Harley-davidson 1200 Sportster
We’ve chosen 2004 as the cut-off date because, although the Sportster has been around in one guise or another since 1957, the old rigid-mounted engines were boneshakers and the 883 is just a bit too, well, weedy. This was the year they rubber-mounted the engine. Not a sportsbike in any sense of the word, but a standout machine and you can practically build one from spare parts, from the wheels up. Nobody leaves a Sportster stock (the first thing people change is the tiny fuel tank, and the second is the exhaust). You don’t so much buy a Sportster as start collecting one, like those endless D’agostini partworks that sucker you into building a model of HMS Victory. For four years.
What you’ll pay now £4000-£8000, depending on spec. We’d choose an FI model from 2006 on.
But should you? Well, it’s a lifestyle choice. And a way of avoiding depreciation.