So after almost a couple of years of hunting for a 'classic' Triumph to ride around the local lanes and B roads where the Daytona is a lot of effort, I've found out that some of the ebay-only sellers seem to ship containers of bikes from the US without much consideration for protection (but does explain why so often any decent quality photos are hard to come by - must be a market selling old phones with crap cameras for those blurry back of the workshop shots), that my idea of well-maintained is a long way from that of quite a few private sellers (bearing in mind I'm not looking for a restored show pony, just wanted a bike I could ride and fettle) and their idea of a 'bargain' is no such thing if it hasn't been started for yonks, rims are corroded and tyres are perished, etc, etc (doesn't fill you with confidence about what might be the state of other bits either). Shame Phil Mills off here was not a bit closer, his 5TA was a great looking bike and well cared for..... Anyway, after a couple of 4 hour round trips to look at 1960/70s bikes I realised I need to either do a lot more research or find a friend who is an expert if I'm going to find a decent classic. I turned my thoughts to what else I would enjoy riding around here and could give a bit of TLC if needed, dawned on me a soft roader/enduro would be the tool for mucky lanes and potholed B roads. As is often the way of things, shortly after this revelation while chatting to the former Hughenden Triumph guys I discovered they had just the bike for me so I'm now the proud owner of a 1991 Yam XT600 which has been bored out to 660, has stainless headers and a Ti can, refurbed/new rims, and although well used it's been set up properly and cared for. What a giggle to ride, had forgotten things like the effect of closing the throttle on a big single, have to remember to turn on the petrol and use the choke - old skool is cool! I'm looking forward to getting out and about a lot more often. Still have an eye out for another Triumph though - my accountant has already said there's room in the garage A big thumbs up to The Motorcycle Barn in Bucks, and to Motomove UK in Plymouth - they love bikes, are friendly and professional.