The Haggard bike build

So while Emma was at work on Saturday I went for a nice cycle to Dom’s house (30ish mile round trip) as part of my training for my four day cycle to Paris. Which my brother has managed to persuade me to do, well it didn’t take too much persuasion as I’m cycling to and from work every day at the moment so feel pretty fit and I’m always up for one of these get from A to B challenges. We’re doing it in four days because I don’t have a great deal of holiday entitlement left and we’re going from London to Paris instead of Cambridge to Paris, to make it fit within the four days that I’ve allocated to the challenge (going from Cambridge would have added an extra day).

While I was on my way home, on the outskirts of Willingham I noticed a motorbike for sale for £300 and it was MOT’ed (till December). I’ve been keeping my eye open for cheap bikes, I really want a classic Vespa but that’ll cost close to £3k and I don’t really have that sort of budget for something that is more of a play thing than something of really use (maybe in the next couple of years). The bike that I was looking at was a made in Korea, classic style 125. I didn’t know it was made in Korea at the time, I thought it was an even more rubbish made in China piece of crap. I believe that Korea made bikes are supposed to be a little bit better than Chinese ones but probably not by much.

The owner of the bike must have seen me looking it over and came out of his house, he seemed to be a nice guy – it was his grandson’s bike. I took it for a test ride down his drive way; it worked and was in pretty good condition for something worth so little. So I thought what the heck, I’ll take a punt and buy it so I did. I didn’t have a lid so I was prepared to walk it home, but the guy kindly offered to lend me a helmet and to follow me home on is own (much, much better) bike so I drove it home (probably close to a mile). I haven’t driven it since as I have had time to buy a helmet yet, so haven’t bothered taxing or insuring it yet either. It fits in my wooden shed too so that’s a bonus.

Here are some phone pics…

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Some pics that Jonny took using his camera…

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I’m not really planning to ride it much when I do eventually get a skid lid. I cycle Monday to Friday (at the moment) and use the Alfa at the weekends, its going to be more of a project/play thing than anything else. I think that watching Haggard Garage has inspired me to do something fun/productive with my spare time. My plan is to convert it into a Cafe Race (Google image) for very little money (less than £200). I’ve already got a ton of ideas, which I’ll list in another post because this one is getting a bit long. One of which is to mod/cut the seat and make it into a single seater (as most Cafe Racers are) but Jonny wants me to take him to Hunstanton on it. Not sure how it’ll perform with the weight of both of us on it, considering its only a 125 (hopefully it’ll still reach 50mph) so we’ll have to do that before I start modifying it too much.

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