Well my very good mate had just got his learners permit and he was searching for a good 250 to learn on. He came to me very confused to which bike to get until I let him take my hornet for a ride.
That was it, so the searching begin. He told me that he would like to restore one like I did to mine so I just happen to know where one such bike existed.
Meet exhibit A.
The story goes that the previous owner let someone else take it for a spin. They lost control and slid up a gutter.
You might spot the dirt on the ground that I had to dig out of the hole in the engine casing. I wanted to make sure that the crank shaft wasn't bent and that the engine cranked over.
The damage including the following.
-Dented front rim
-Smash headlight and casing
-Clutch cover, magneto and stator trashed
-Tires worn and accident damage
Now considering that he wanted $1,000 for the bike in this state and that it has only 14,000 klms on it I thought it was a pretty good deal.
Now fast forward about 2 months and this is what it looks like now. This is what has been done to the bike so far.
-Second hand clutch cover, magneto and stator
-Fuel tap (no fuel tap on bike??)
-Front rim repaired
-New tires (very sticky ones)
-All panels repaired and painted in candy apple red and black.
-Street fighter head lights
-Led blinkers all round
-Ebay fancy mirrors
-Full service and tune including carby clean and new o-rings
All up I think that the bike owes just over $3,500 with 12 months rego and he could sell it for well over $4,000 all day. Not that he intended to sell his pride and joy.
We went for a big ride today and it was great to see him enjoy his hard work.
I couldn't help myself so i took a picture of the twins...
Anyway I thought you would enjoy the pictures.