How much, Mister?
The inevitable drawback of the LC’s popularity and recent high profile is that prices have risen steeply. “You’re looking at £8000 for a really good, restored 350LC now – or up to 10 grand for a mint bike with a bit of history,” says Daryll Young, who should know. The boss of Silverstone-based IDP Moto (www.idpmoto.com) masterminded the recent LC racing revival, and he has bought and restored several dozen 250s and 350s over the last couple of years.
Even settling for an unrestored bike, or an RD250LC rather than a 350, is unlikely to result in finding one going cheap. “With the 350, I’d say £3500 to £4500 for a slightly scruffy runner,” says Daryll. And the smaller model shares most parts, so prices are not much lower. “A good 250LC will go for around £5000, up to £7000 for a mint one.”