Hazel's Place

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Sunday, 2 May 2010

Reducing the collection

We've often discussed the need to reduce our collection of two-wheeled vehicles as we have run out of space in which to work on any of them.  As a result it often seems that the shed contents are more of a scrapheap or motorcycle graveyard than a cherished collection.

I can now happily report than Jon has had some success in this regard, having sold the New Hudson autocycle and the BSA B2 (sob....I wanted that!) at the Stafford Show last weekend.  The New Hudson has gone to Southern Ireland and the BSA has gone to sunny Spain.  He has also agreed the sale of the trusty Enfield Bullet to a friend.  The proceeds have been used to buy a 1999 Triumph Speed Triple, citrussy-green bug-eyed beastie that manages to look both slightly deranged and rather gorgeous all at once.  Well done, Jon - three out and one in!

What success have I had?  Well, I've decided to sell the Morini Kanguro.  I've decided to sell it a couple of times and then changed my mind because it really is a fun bike and, having been wired so it doesn't need a battery, it always starts easily even if it has been left for months.  Anyway, this time I really have decided to sell it.........although I don't plan to advertise it at all.  I've decided that if/when I hear that someone wants a Kanguro then I will let them buy it.  If I like them.  If I feel like it.  In the meantime, it is spending some time in my new storage unit - leaving a bit of shed space here.  So, well done me for being so decisive.  On the strength of that, I bought myself a little 1981 Honda XL185 which I'll be taking to Spain in September for some trail riding - I had to buy it as the trail riding is for twin-shock only so I couldn't have taken either the Morini or the Serow.  And it was a bargain.

Earlier this week, I heard that a friend is interested in buying the Yamaha Radian and I'm more than happy for that to go.  On the strength of that and because I have nothing that will go quick enough to not really annoy Jon if he is on the Speed Triple, I've now bought a Honda XBR500.  Again, a bargain.  It's got the nice spoked wheels (not the earlier com-stars) and a Predator exhaust system - sounds fantastic!  I just need to do some tweaking before I can MOT it (fork seals, steering head bearings) and move the footpegs back to the standard position.  The friend I've bought the XBR from will eventually have the NSU Quickly on long term loan so that will leave more room in the sheds - in the meantime, it will be moved to the storage unit.

So, to summarise, Jon has sold three and bought one and I have moved two, nearly sold one and bought two.  I don't think I'm doing very well really.  It's just as well I have the storage unit so I can just move things out of the way and pretend I've reduced the collection :-)

Pictures of the new toys below - I think you'll know which is which! I'm off to clean the XBR and move the foot-pegs.



7 comments:

  1. Moving on bikes, not an easy task, well for me anyway. Its so easy to justify each and everyone, even when you have two the same. Although I have got rid of a few of the wee bikes since last summer, I really need to work on the art of 'sell'.

    Triumph looks good, even the colours not that bad and the XBR, nearly as good as a Skorpion;-)

    So are you off to the Twinshock Trailfinder in Sept on the XL185? looks like a good event.





    kawa

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  2. I fancied either a Honda Bros, a Skorpion or an XBR. It just happened that a friend was selling the XBR.

    Yes, the XL is for the Twinshock Trailfinder. Should be fun and I think the XL will be ideal, it's a cracking little bike.

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  3. The friend I bought the Skorp off had only used it for a month, then went back to her Bros saying she just couldn't get used to it.
    I think its a great wee bike.

    I know a couple of people who fancy that event and are hoping to do it next year, I hope ;-)


    kawa

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  4. When I said went back to her Bros I was meaning her Honda, not her brother.

    Looking forward to the write up on the Trailfinder event when it comes

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  5. Well c'mon, where did my comment go huh???

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  6. Oops! Haven't seen your comment, sorry.......

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  7. Feel free to recomment if you were saying how lovely that green Triumph is. It is and its mine,mine, all mine hahaha cackle, etc. Back to my padded room.

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