COMMUTER CLASSIC 2
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