Money in the bank, or one of these in the garage? These beau­ties will pay their way.

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage - By Neil Mur­ray

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)

This oil-cooled bad boy should make you money What you’ll pay now But should What you’ll pay now But should you? What you’ll pay now But should you? Styled by the great Mas­simo Tam­burini, it’s de­sign per­fec­tion What you’ll pay now But should you? What you

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