Get inspiration for your Fantasy Garage

Published: 14 January 2004

You could win a set of Hein Gericke HGR one-piece leathers by picking your own £20,000 Fantasy Garage.

The only rules are that all the bikes you choose must be advertised in our Bikes for Sale section on motorcyclenews.com, and your total must be within the £20,000 limit. When you have finished, email the list to mcn.online@emap.com with ‘Fantasy Garage’ in the subject line. Copy and paste the details of each bike from the ads you find into the text of your email. Include your name, address and daytime contact number to be in with a chance of winning.

And if you’re struggling to come up with your list of bikes before the closing date of Tuesday, January 24, we’ve got some inspiration for you. Members of the MCN team have come up with the machines they would choose if they were given £20,000 and an empty garage. To avoid anyone using our own lists, we’ve based our choices on average market prices. And remember, it isn’t just about quantity, so don’t feel you have to beat Phil West’s total of nine bikes!

Andy Downes: MCN News Editor:

1) Mint Honda RC45 (as late as possible) and totally standard for about £12,000. 2) 1969 Triumph Bonneville TT120 - no lights, straight through pipes. Perfect for £8000.

Angus Farquhar: MCN Reporter (online):

1) Ducati 748, simply the best looking bike ever - £4800. 2) Honda VFR400, biggest isn't always best - £1900. 3) Honda XR650 Supermoto, You can throw it round like a rag doll and don't have to worry too much about it breaking - £2800. 4) Piaggio Vespa PX200, dropped bars, full race exhaust and big carbs. Okay, I know, I've got strange taste - £2000. 5) '03 Honda Hornet, I ride every day so something's got to be able to take it - £3600. 6) Triumph Bonneville America, for those lazy Sunday afternoons - £4895.

Ben Purvis: MCN Chief Reporter:

1) Mint RC30 for around £9000. 2) Bimota SB6 for around £4000 (just to look at, not ride!). 3) Honda NS400R (£2000ish for a good one - preferably with a 500cc big-bore kit on it). 4) Pre-war Scott Flying Squirrel? £5000 should pick one up, albeit not a minter.

Dan Thornton: MCN Reporter (online):

1) Honda CBR400RR £3300 Full on BabyBlade for the short of stature and experience. 2) Suzuki DRZ400E (+ supermoto wheels) £4000. Fun off-road, on supermoto tracks and commuting 3) Ducati 748 £4800 Still one of the sexiest bikes in the history of the world. 4) Suzuki GS1200SS £3684 Mad Max retro styling with full on reliability and comfort. 5) Peugeot XR6 Sport £2499 Until you’ve thrashed the nads of a two stroke flying up to 40mph, you haven’t truly laughed If I had the cash, I’d buy a spare just for mates to race me into town and back.

David Cushman: Editor (online):

1) 1995/6 Blade £3000. Because it was my first full-on hard bastard bike. 2) 1993 Harley FXDS Convertible £5500. Because the sun does shine sometimes. 3) Suzuki DR350 SR (94) £1500. For the mud... and rain. 4) MV Agusta F4S X plate £6850. For the pose. 5) BMW K1100RS, 93 £3000. For the long distance ease and comfort.

Gary Pinchin: MCN BSB Reporter:

1) Harley-Davidson FLSTR1450 Fat Boy for long-distance hauling - £11000, 2) Harley-Davidson 1200 Sportster Sport for tooling around town - £4000, 3) Buell X1 Lightning with race kit for Sunday mornings - £5000.

James Tindall: MCN News Reporter:

1) 2002 Suzuki GSX-R750 £5500. 2) 2002 Honda CR250 £3000. 3) 1999 Ducati 996 SPS £9400. 4) Anything else goes on a tricked-up Monkey Bike.

Marc Abbott: MCN Sub-Editor:

1) 916 rep Minimoto £700. 2) Bimota V-Due £12,000. 3) Lambretta GT200 £2300. 4) Yamaha R6 £5000.

Mark Hamilton: MCN Sub-Editor:

1) Yamaha R7 £10,000. 2) Honda VFR750 £3000. 3) Yamaha XJR1300SP £4000. 4) Honda XR400R £3000.

Mark Manning: MCN Staff Photographer:

1) BMW K1200LT. £10,000 2) BMW R1150GS. £6000 3) Honda XR250 £3850

Matt Wildee: MCN Road Tester:

1) Aprilia RS250 (the best handling two-stroke road bike ever…) £4000. 2) Aprilia Tuono Racing (RSV-R power and handling, and you can see over the top of Range Rovers) £8000. 3) 1985 Suzuki GSX-R750F (original race rep and coolest GSX-R ever) £2000. 4) Honda CBR600RR track bike (confidence inspiring, RCV lookalike) £7000.

Michael Guy: MCN WSB Reporter:

1) Aprilia RS250 £3000. 2) Ducati 749 £7500. 3) Honda Africa Twin - £4000. 4) KTM EXC 520 - £4300. 5) Gilera Scooter - £1200.

Phil West: MCN Sub-Editor.

1) Ducati 750 Paso £1400. 2) Yamaha RD350LC £700. 3) Yamaha GTS1000 £2500. 4) Suzuki GSX400 Katana £850. 5) Suzuki GT200X5 £300. 6) Triumph Thunderbird £3000. 7) Ducati 748 SPS £4700. 8) BMW R1150GS £6000. 9) Yamaha RD250DX £550.

Trevor Franklin: MCN Chief Road Tester

1) V-twin power equates to instant power delivery. And when talking big-cubed V-twins expect big power, too. And that's why I'd go for any large capacity V-twin, be it a 4-valve air-cooled donk or an 8-valve liquid-cooled superbike. But it'd have to be red, and Italian with the word Ducati emblazoned on the tank. Ok it'd be a 996S purely because there's so much you can do with it, engine or chassis-wise. £7000 for an absolute minter

2) There'd have to be a classic, but a classic from my era, and quite possibly a bike I once owned. Yeah, sod it Honda's six-cylinder CBX1000. The orignal nekked one of course (not the namby-pampy touring version). It was beautiful, had super smooth power and had great presence. £4000 for a decent one

3) Obligatory off-roader would be a tatty, four-stroke single. Tatty because it wouldn't get any better looking with my limited off-road experience - so far gravel traps at race circuits. Possibly a Yamaha WR426 because I like the way it purrs along and makes me look if I'm capable of doing something other than falling off. £2000 for a shed of a thing

4) We all want a track bike, because we've all got big ambitions but little capability. Suzuki's GSX-R750 K3/4 would fill a big part of my dream garage, the rest of taken up by the work benches and tools needed to install the race accessories, like lightweight wheels, larger volume rad, Ohlins forks etc. The sort of stuff that would use up the rest of my £20k. £7000 (including race components)

Pick your list with our Advanced Search function, email it to mcn.online@emap.com and you could win some Hein Gericke leathers. Alternatively, discuss our choices on the News message board. Follow the link, left.