Coly Cur­ran waited for just the right mo­ment to strike – and scored

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NEW SE­RIES where readers re­veal their canny buys and lucky breaks. This month Coly Cur­ran and his ZX-9R

We’re of­ten blamed by our readers for two things – driv­ing up the prices of older bikes and caus­ing our au­di­ence to add their col­lec­tions. In the case of Coly Cur­ran’s lat­est ac­qui­si­tion, a two-owner, 24,000-mile 1999 Kawasaki ZX-9R C2, we’ll hap­pily take the rap for the sec­ond com­plaint. How­ever when it comes to the first there can be no moan­ing about the price – Coly bagged the ZX for 1200 Eu­ros, which is around £1050.

Coly’s mate Jimmy Mckil­lop had been trawl­ing a sell­ing site called Donedeal, whose name if you squint and read it quickly sounds like a charm­ing lit­tle town in Ire­land. In fact it’s an Ir­ish au­to­mo­tive buy­ing and sell­ing forum.that’s where Jimmy spot­ted the bike for sale in Dublin.

Jimmy had first brought the C2 to Coly’s at­ten­tions a few months back when it was up at 1800 Eu­ros.then the ask­ing price dropped to 1500 Eu­ros and Coly knew it was time to strike.

Even with the ask­ing price down to 1500 Eu­ros (£1320), Coly saw some hag­gling points. “The wheels are in a bit of a state. The pre­vi­ous owner breeds some kind of ter­ri­ers and I sus­pect they’ve been cock­ing their legs up against the bike,” he says.

Tatty wheels or not, they were fit­ted with new tyres and the chain and sprock­ets had seen re­cent re­place­ment too. Fresh pow­der coat will sort the wheels. Other ne­go­ti­at­ing points were a scrape on the tailpiece paint­work and a weep­ing fork seal. How­ever in­clu­sion of the orig­i­nal ex­haust, in­di­ca­tors, ser­vice book and a Haynes man­ual sweet­ened the deal, once Coly had beaten the seller down to 1200 Eu­ros.

How­ever Coly didn’t have it all his own way. “My mate was go­ing to take me in his van from Newry to Dublin to fetch it but the turbo blew. So I had a 1hr 10min ride in 0°C to get it home,” he says.

Coly’s look­ing for­ward to some warmer weather scratch­ing on the ZX-9. “I broke my wrist fall­ing into a me­chan­ics pit in a garage so missed the Clas­sic TT,” he says. Coly will make up for that this year. Bought your­self a bar­gain? Tell Alan. alan.see­[email protected]­ti­cal­sports­

For a tad more than a grand – that’s a grand bit of kit

It’s not ev­ery time you run into a des­per­ate ven­dor who’ll chop chunks off his ask­ing price – but when you can smell blood – steal the deal

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