*Sigh*\n\nSome people have rose-tinted specs when they describe their bikes,\nespecially if they've stashed them away in the garage years ago. The\nseem to think they're still as nice as when they were put away. Not the\nfirst time I've discovered this.\n\nThe Le Mans: well, OK, so it was a blue one and therefore not my\nfavourite colour. But it had been put in the garage and not properly\nstored. Not greased up or anything, although he'd squirted oil down the\nbores and turned the engine over from time to time.\n\nThe frame paint was shabby and flaking off. The stanchions were shot,\nThere was an oil leak from somewhere - looked like the feed lines to the\nhead. The tyres were dead. No battery. A fairing lower was cracked. The\nfront brake (which operates the right-hand front disc on its own) was\nsticking (common fault).\n\nThe rest of the blue paint was good, and the seat (amazingly) was\nperfect. Steel brake lines throughout and a bagful of useful new spares\n- seals, cables, brake pads, bulbs etc.\n\nI could see that just what I'd listed above meant 500 quids' worth of\nwork, and given the asking price of ukp1700, that meant it was a no-no.\nApplying the Tog law of adding at least 50% for the faults that you\ncan't see and which come to light after it's been bought and properly\nplayed with or ridden made the equation even worse.\n\nSo I left it. I might simply bid him a grand tomorrow. For that sort of\ndosh, I'm interested.\n\nFurther bulletins as and when.