We’re all too aware that motorcycle media has a natural tendency to focus on fresh, Gucci machinery that not everyone can afford. It’s an industry filled with rockstars without the money, which is exactly why we’re bringing you the Budget Bike Battle: a head-to-head series on bargain steeds that’ll be running throughout the winter months, featuring a number of challenges dreamt up by ourselves. And you.
We set a budget of £2,000 to purchase bikes from around the year 2000, and that £2,000 has to include fixing and modifying. Chris – as per usual – was set on something aesthetically rewarding, with scant regard for outright pace and performance. Old Big Nose chose a Kawasaki ZX-7R, while I opted for something devastatingly effective: the Kim Kardashian of the motorcycling world – Suzuki’s GSX-R750 SRAD.
This first instalment is an introduction. Scouring eBay, haggling on deals, driving half way up the country (or just down the road) to collect our newfound pride and joys, followed by a brief examination of the rotting metal.
It’s Al v Chris, Suzuki v Kawasaki, Chilli v Yanagawa. Team SRAD or Team Ninja? On your marks, get set, bump start…