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Selling a bike after completing the restoration is common. And it begs the questions of what do you restore or fettle and when is it time to take a break from it all?

The line that goes "That's the last one I will ever do" is one that is frequently heard at shows, club nights, ride outs arid meets. It rormally emanates from the owner's lips following a protracted restoration, overhaul or rebuild. The outcry is indicative of countless hours in the workshop, expenditure aoove and beyond or far too many highs and lows in getting the bike to :he state it's in now. Anyone who owns an old bike will know that it's only a matter of time before you have to la/ spanners on it; even a NOS machine dragged out of its original crate will need basic servicing at some point.

Working on old bikes can be as frustrating as it is rewarding but wien you've given so many months of your free time to something and it's finally back on the road for first time in decades the end result may sometimes seem like something of an anti-climax once the initial euphoria wears off. After a protracted project it's entirely reasonable to want some time away from the work bench or your hobby can become a rod for your own back. Too much work makes Jack a dull boy etc.

How often do you see bikes for sale immediately, or very soon, after the owner has finished a rebuild or restoration? Do you ask yourself why? I recently came across an article about a guy who had built the machine he'd wanted to own for years and no sooQ^had he finished it and got it MoT'd than it sale. Now, obviously it was his mach^i and money etc but it beats me (and how anyone can put that much of the' into a bike and then simply walk away ft You might argue he'd have been better o? begging a ride on a similar machine 20 ago and saved himself all the pain and cojJ

Spannering bikes is arguably a perverse < enjoy your leisure time but it's normally beneficial/therapeutic/cathartic - providing you've mapped out what you're trying to achiei^ Is the bike a daily rider, a rolling project, will it a potential show bike or perhaps just a cost effective project? Krowing where you want to ge to from your current starting point is pivotal with any old bike. Sitting on the work bench right now is the engine of a bike that is currently stored in boxes around the garage. I've owned the bike for prcbably five years and it's only now that I've

started on it. The aim of the project is bring the bike back to how it would have looked when it was new using the best resources of the twenty first centu'y and if it looks a little 0"T in terms of better paint finish and shinier chrome I'll happily take that on the chin.

My memories of this particular model stem from endless sunny days in the early 70s, more money than I knew how to spend, a teenager's view on life and hardly a ca'e in the world. Obviously my recollections are skewed and biased; I also know the bike I am restoring is less than perfect and had a few design flaws; they all did. However, I also know that the bike was, and remains, a style icon of its time and even now is viewed as drop dead gcrgeous by many. Although the bike will be ridden, one of the primary reasons it's getting all this TLC is thai it flicks my switches, floats my boat, ticks all the boxes; the look, the sound, the styling, the detailing all strike a harmonious chord tor me in a way that others of the genre, for no good reason I can give, don't. Simply put, it doesn't matter how special a bike might be perceived, if it doesn't do it for me I cannot commit to it.

Doubtless I may well be declining the opportunity to reprse the project or something similar immediately after its completion but what I won't be doing will be selling it in the foreseeabe future. This one is a keeper and I could happily see it being part of the living room furniture in my dotage assuming this gej approval from the very significant other, only buy one classic bike to ride, fettle, re own or enjoy make sure it's the one that want and not one that peer pressure, your or a so ca led expert says you should have; it's your bike and you know what you want. When it's how you want it you may well chant the mantra "that's the last one I will ever do"... until of course you find another Jewel of the Orient! O

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