‘A YBR250 is as rare as a coherent speech from Donald Trump’
Why small is the new big
Small bikes are big right now – just look at Yamaha’s 321cc MT-03 or the cut-down Ducati Scrambler Sixty2. But you don’t have to shell out a fortune on lowcapacity, practical fun.
Over in the used market there’s Suzuki’s little 250cc single, the GN250, which morphed into the TU250. Then there’s Honda’s CBF250 – a brilliant little bike, but sadly killed off in 2012.
These are absolute gold, right now. A good one is about a grand, and it absolutely will not depreciate. I guarantee it. The CB Two Fifty, its predecessor, was killed off in 2004, and good ones are now harder to find. Yamaha’s YBR250 is very much in the same mould, but as rare as a coherent speech from Donald Trump. There hasn’t been one on ebay for months.
Once they’ve got past the depreciation of half-a-dozen years, they don’t fall any further. Whatever you pay for a good CD250, CB Two Fifty, GN250, TU250, YBR250 or CBF250, if you keep it in the same condition as you bought it, you’ll sell it for the same money. It’s hard to say that of most bikes.