Real Classic - - Letters -

I was shocked that you did not think that your read­ers would be putting old bikes to reg­u­lar use, though perhaps your strap-line ‘all about buy­ing and sell­ing, rid­ing and restor­ing’ gives a clue to ex­pected pri­or­i­ties. These are my daily rides. For about-town the Cub is favourite; for longer dis­tances the 500 is the nor­mal transport. The Cub was started as a project when a brand-new frame was go­ing for very lit­tle in a lo­cal bike shop, and was com­pleted with bits that came to hand in 1983.

The 500 was bought as one-and-a-half Tiger 90s in boxes in 1980 and was used as a despatch bike for seven years, grow­ing to 500cc along the way. It fea­tured in Mo­tor­cy­cle Weekly as be­ing one of the most prac­ti­cal despatch bikes for high mileages, and has now done well over 250,000 miles. It was the bike of choice for a hol­i­day in the Czech Re­pub­lic in 1993 and also for an ur­gent 400 mile round trip a few weeks ago. And although re­stor­ers de­plore its scruffy con­di­tion, the re­ac­tion from the gen­eral pub­lic is in­vari­ably ‘nice bike!’ Phil Boother­stone, mem­ber 336

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