7 BIKES GAINING VALUE
Money in the bank, or one of these in the garage? These beauties will pay their way.
Suzuki GSX-R1100 (1987-92)
The old oil-cooled 750 is already a sought-after classic and you’re going to need £4000 or so for a really good original one (especially if it has the original exhaust). The 1100 is a big tall bike and a dinosaur by today’s standards, and 18in wheels limit tyre choice, but it’s still a 160mph machine with a stunning pedigree and great
Ducati GT1000 (2005-08)
Ducati’s Sport Classics were rather ignored when they appeared, as few saw the point in a modern take on the 1970s naked 900GTS. Now, of course, they’re the most sought-after retros and prices are soaring. The Paul Smart model is already silly money Ð the GT is certain to appreciate. £5000£15,000 depending on model.
Yes. Buy the GT Ð it’s decent value and prices are only going to go one way.
Matchless G80 (1987-92) Honda Fireblade (1992-1994)
When it appeared, it was the size and weight of a sports 600 with an engine that was half as big again and made 50% more power. We’re talking the original 1992-94 bikes here: people are just starting to buy and restore them, or seek out immaculate originals, and when that happens, you know prices are going to soar in the next few years. OK, so the 16in
Yamaha XV535 (1988-2004)
Don’t laugh. This was one of the best Japanese customs ever. Neat, low, lovely soft torquey engine, economical, cheap to insure, it actually handled and stopped. You can bob it, show all the taste of a stoned magpie with extra chrome, or add a screen and leather panniers and make it a budget tourer. £1000-£2500 (avoid anything under a grand). Yes, especially if you’re short in the leg.
Ducati 916 (1994-98)
Triple-distilled pure essence of classic, and one of the most beautiful motorcycles ever built. Fundamentally, it was a reworked 851/888 engine in a new set of clothes, but its amazing looks were complemented by its dynamic abilities: this and the models that followed it won just about everything going. As Ducati developed the model into the 996, the 916 lost value and you could have picked one up for maybe two and a half grand. Now entry level is a grand more than that, and top bikes are well into five figures.
What you’ll pay now
If you want an appreciating ornament, yes. But a 996 is cheaper and makes more sense.
Triumph Speed Triple (1994-96)