Some selective motorcycle wishes for 2022:
TRIALS RIDING ON A BUDGET!
1986 Yamaha TY350 Trials Bike
A well looked after old bike that comes with lots of spares. It would also let me tackle the Ontario Amateur Trials Association’s season of events and get my head around trials riding.
APEX TRIALS RIDING!
2022 GASGAS TXT RACING 250
This is the accessible option in GasGas’s competition range of trials bikes. It’s a lightweight, 2-stroke competition machine that isn’t quite as mad as their 300cc beasts.
OWN A DREAM CLASSIC!!!
This is a tricky one! Old bikes are vanishingly rare in Ontario so I’d have to go overseas for this pre-war Triumph Tiger 100. It’s £12,000 ($21k CAD) and I’d need to get it shipped over this way which would probably add some more thousands on there in terms of shipping and duties.
OWN AN EASIER(?) CLASSIC!
It’s not for sale so this isn’t exactly an easier classic, but it’s local and it’s a lovely 1961 BSA. I’d have to convince the owner to sell it and I’m not sure what it’d need for the road, but it looks fantastic!
BIZZARRE WINTER PROJECT
$2000 (but I’d offer $1500)
750 GSZ 750 F
with 42k kms on it. Not asking much and it’s ridiculous, but I like it for that – it’s a full 90’s colour commitment! I’d actually like an 80s Katana but they’re hard to find. It’d be my first Suzuki! I like the organic shapes, but it’s a heavy old bus for the power output.
A MORE BIZZARRE RUN AT A KATANA
¥198,545 (that’s about $2300CAD, maybe $3k with shipping/customs)
You need a 2016 or newer SV650. The new ones are $7500
. A lightly used (5200kms) 2018 with some nice extras is $6300
With a $10k CAD budget I could create a modern special as an homage to the classic Katana. A bit more on top would get it a period accurate paint job. It wouldn’t have that big air cooled work of art on it though.
2004 HONDA CBR600 F4i TRACK BIKE
$2500 (I’d offer $2200)
It’s been dropped and has some scratches, but I’d want it to track ride so I don’t care about the aesthetics. It’d get stripped down and ridden only on track. It’s only 167 kilos
to begin with and I’d take even more off. This one’s only got 32k on it. It’d get lightened up and mechanically sorted and then do what CBR600s do best – take corners at speed.
I still need a vehicle that could move this stuff to where I need it, but that’s another story.
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