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    Hi all, as a new member who is about to be made redundant at Christmas, I am looking for advice as to what bike to start a project with !
    With the wife watching soaps from 6pm till 9pm each night, I have three hours daily to start my first attempt at a cafe racer. I am in no rush and just want to do a good job without breaking the budget. Any suggestions please, bearing in mind I have a 1997 GPZ500S sitting in the garage that o lyneeds replacement fuel lines to pass yet another mot.

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    Considering you are about to make redundant at Christmas, how about spending all that time and money on your 1997 GPZ500S, or is that what your wife said ? :| oops

    and What are you looking for in a cafe racer that your current bike lacks ?
    … not to mention all the other stuff like do you weigh 300 pounds and live next the autobahn, etc.

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    You should go to the new members section and introduce yourself......like first name...any bikes you currently or previously...your skill sets...etc. your riding ability is important as well. You know...proper introduction.

    Since we don't know anything about you and based on your question I'm assuming you don't know a lot so I would suggest a Royal Enfield GT. It comes from the factory like this. Then little by little you can ride it....familiarize yourself with it...find the things you like and don't like about it. Then you can begin to "make it yours" with accessories, cosmetics...things like that. Good luck.

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    fix gpz.

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    Probably not the best idea to start throwing money at a project bike when you know you're going to be made redundant.

    Since you said MOT I assume you are in the UK? Maybe steveo and Mark B might chime in with some ideas of what's good value for money in the UK at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillsy View Post
    Since you said MOT I assume you are in the UK?
    And I've never heard the term "be made redundant" either, here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcw View Post
    And I've never heard the term "be made redundant" either, here.
    I'm still trying to figure out what it means?
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    Quote Originally Posted by o1marc View Post
    I'm still trying to figure out what it means?
    It means you are being laid off work because your job has been made redundant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillsy View Post
    It means you are being laid off work because your job has been made redundant.
    Redundant also means a backup in case of primary failure, but still in place. If he has a budget I don't see why losing your job stops everything. That's why I didn't know what he meant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by o1marc View Post
    Redundant also means a backup in case of primary failure, but still in place. If he has a budget I don't see why losing your job stops everything. That's why I didn't know what he meant.
    He's about to lose his job and has a wife on the couch. The words "No - you already have a motorbike" aren't far away...

    And he said "without breaking the budget" which is very different from "having a budget". IE it's code for "I think it should only cost half as much as it actually will cost"

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