Ok, let’s see if the collective wisdom of Londonbikers can help or will I just get abuse.
I’ve got a bike itch at the moment. Not a serious one but I am getting jealous of photos and being on the forum when buggers like @Jay and @Panagiotis are buying shiny Supermotos… Here’s the background facts
- Financially, there is money for a bike. However
- I have a one year old so unlikely to have more than a couple of hours every other weekend (if that).
- I’m not hugely enjoying my job and the long term may be that my job is cut. Unlikely to happen until about Q4 this year and may not happen at all but have to plan for these things, especially given Corona
- I need to keep a pot of savings in cash for various bureaucratic stupidities (not spend it, just prove I have it).
- Next year we want to move from our flat to a house
- Towards the end of its tenure with me, my last bike started costing me beaucoup bucks in servicing. I don’t want to have to go through that again
- I don;t have a garage but the bike is kept covered in covered car park, though open from the sides. Rust could happen from prolonged winter exposure.
- I don’t have time for much servicing on my own.
All of the above mean I don’t want to tie up any significant pot of money on a machine I will use on those very rare days and then have to constantly shell out for servicing etc.
So, my dilemma…
Just give up and wait until things settle down
Fuck it, splurge and deal with shit when it hits the proverbial fan
Find a very cheap runner
On that last point, what bike would satisfy my itch but not fall foul of the above ‘facts’? I was thinking an old CB500 but they are pot luck to find one in ok condition and their age means they end up needing money thrown at them continuously?
I don’t need something shiny… just something that I can jump on for an hour or so (on or offroad) and forget about shit.
Over to you LB - thanks for reading