‘Sporty 600s will bounce back’

Ar­rival of new R6 will see sec­ond­hand su­pers­port bikes rise in value

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

I do love it when a man­u­fac­turer ‘re­sus­ci­tates’ a near-mori­bund class, be­cause all of a sud­den sim­i­lar style bikes built ear­lier be­come trendy, and that means there’s some money to be made.

Look at retro bikes. Kawasaki (ar­guably) pi­o­neered them with the air-cooled Ze­phyr range, which wasn’t a sales suc­cess. Then other man­u­fac­tur­ers started ten­ta­tively launch­ing retro bikes - like Du­cati with the Sport Clas­sic range and, more re­cently, the Scram­bler.

Lo and be­hold, retro is in again and a good clean 750 Ze­phyr is worth £2000, more if it’s the one with wire wheels and Z1 paintscheme. I wish I’d bought a cou­ple when they were cheap­ish.

I think it’s go­ing to hap­pen again now that Yamaha has launched the new R6 ( just af­ter Honda de­cided to kill off the CBR600). There’s a good chance it’ll re­vi­talise in­ter­est in the 600cc su­per­sports class, and then you’re likely to see prices firm­ing ap­pre­cia­bly. A week or two be­fore the R6 an­nounce­ment, I was won­der­ing whether or not to snap up a re­ally clean 2000 year Kawasaki ZX-6R for £1900. I wish I had.

Oddly, while an older CBR600 is still a great bike, I don’t think it’s quite naughty enough to be dragged up­wards by the R6. GSX-R600S and older model R6s, yes, and quite pos­si­bly the Tri­umph Day­tona 675. All bikes are cheap to buy in win­ter, but su­per­sports bikes are par­tic­u­larly hard to shift and thus even bet­ter bar­gains.

If you fancy an R6, buy quickly as prices are on the up

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