As some noticed, I nearly bought an old 1974 CB750 Cafe Racer recently. It would have been a fantastic bike; however I passed on it.
Well essentially because it didn’t add anything to my garage that isnt already there. Goose is just as sporty, handles just as well and can do the same if not more than the CB. That and it was already pushing the envelope finance wise, and after doing the right thing and sleeping on it, I decided that buying it would be a poor decision.
However I still wanted something new in the garage.
Primarily because I dont have anything for commuting/twisties/scratching/maybe one day a track day.
The 109 is a tremendous bike. However its home is out on the highway and wide-open B roads. Its a great bike for eating up km’s and having a blast whilst doing it. While it can do commuting duties, but its really not the best job for it. And with 45,000k’s on it now, I’d rather now keep the K’s down and simply enjoy the bike out where its meant to be.
Now Goose… old Goose. Again Goose could do all these things, but at what cost? The simple fact is the bike is getting pretty long in the tooth. I still love breaking him out on Old Dunger Rides and soon intend to join the VJMC. However piling up commuting k’s would just equate to a wasted bike. It would only be a matter of time before Goose went bang and then there would be no Goose, and considering the history I have with that bike – I would hate to see that ever happen.
So, what now? Well, I came up with a kind of list of things/features any new bike had to have. It had to be modern-ish, I don’t want another headache to constantly fix. Goose and the 109 already do a good job of that. It had to be relatively sporty, something I could hit the twisties and maybe even a track day eventually. It has to be comfy enough to commute on. I dont have a long commute (about 15-20mins) but I aint doing it on a back-breaker. And lastly it’s got to be good looking. Meh – I can be vane if I want.
Oh, and the budget could go much past $3k.
Now there are a few bikes that would fit these ideas. The ZX6 for instance. However I’ve just NEVER been a fan. I know they’re meant to be a terrific bike. And the other thing is most in my budget would be thrashed. In fact most things in my budget would be thrashed. It was an issue I faced with most bikes I was looking it.
Then I stumbled on this: Its a 1998 Yamaha FZS600 Fazer. 64,000k’s, in top nic and bog-standard. New chain and sprockets and new tyres. Regularly serviced. I went and took a look on Friday evening, slept on it and confirmed the purchase Saturday evening.
Assuming I can organise cash and a way of picking it up (trailer anyone?) – it might even make coffee tomoz night.
The first pic is from the ad, however the others aren’t pics of the actual bike, but you’ll get the idea….