What goes around, comes around…

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It is strange when the rolling time-scale of clas­sics move for­ward. When I first hap­pened upon CMM ,it­was around 2005. I was 34 and I think I re­call a Kawasaki Z650 on the cover. Even just a year later, CMM had a Fire­blade on the cover, which at the time was just 14 years old. That was 2006 and yet when my pre­de­ces­sor, Ben Wilkins, called me he asked me to do some­thing on the Blade in 2011 as a free­lancer, it was still just shy of 20 years of age. Many asked if the Fire­blade was ready to be called a clas­sic. Now the Fire­blade (or Fire­blade, from 2004 o n) is 25 years old. That’s sig­nif­i­cant. Those 1990s ma­chines are de­serv­ing of the ti­tle of clas­sics. Like the Yamaha YZF750R I put on my first front cover back in Jan­uary 2013 (which is now worth at least £1000-£2000 more than back then), we need to recog­nise the need to keep an eye on the mar­ket­place and move for­ward. That’s why we are look­ing at both the core ‘top-end’ of the clas­sic Ja­panese mar­ket and the com­ing clas­sics in our new ‘Mar­ket­place’ sec­tion of the mag­a­zine. We can see that – in the last few years – prices have been chang­ing for even the cheap­est mod­ern clas­sic Jap bikes and we want you to know what to buy: now! We’ve said it be­fore: it’s bet­ter than money in the bank!

Edi­tor Bsim­monds@mor­tons.co.uk

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