Don’t get car­ried away

Why an old Africa Twin may not be worth as much as you might think

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

The Africa Twin was a crack­ing ma­chine, is now a cult bike, and last year’s re­lease of the new model has re­minded peo­ple of this fact. The old V-twin re­ally, re­ally held its value. It went out of pro­duc­tion in 2003, but even a cou­ple of years ago, a de­cent one would cost you £3000. But un­for­tu­nately, peo­ple are get­ting op­ti­mistic.

Just the other day I was pon­der­ing buy­ing one. The seller thought his 2001 model low-miler was worth £4400. Dream on. Ad­mit­tedly it had a lot of good ac­ces­sories, but don’t be suck­ered into think­ing a 15-yearold African Queen is worth that.

If any­thing, the new model has killed ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the old – there re­ally was lit­tle to com­pete with it, ex­cept for an old Yamaha 750 Ténéré, and while the Twin was a bet­ter bike, no­body should pay any­thing more than £3750 for the very best one. Or you could hunt out an old Yamaha 600cc Ténéré sin­gle for less than half that – it’s way cooler and prac­ti­cally el­e­vates you to hero sta­tus in parts of Europe.

I’ve also been look­ing at learner bikes. That one-time teen dream sports 125, Honda’s CBR, seems to have fallen out of bed price-wise. Yamaha’s YZF has ham­mered it. You can buy one for the price of a CBF125, maybe even less.

Oh, and the Kawasaki KH100EX I bought last De­cem­ber for £650 will, by the time you read this, have been sold at Kemp­ton Park au­to­jum­ble. I hope. I’ve had quite a bit of fun on it, and I’m aim­ing for £850.

“I’d prob­a­bly buy a bike for £500 and spend the rest go­ing on hol­i­day! But on a more se­ri­ous note, I’d go for a Honda CBR600RR and turn it into a track bike. I think I could pick up an early model, say 2004, for around £2500 then spend the rest get­ting the sus­pen­sion ser­viced and ready for sum­mer track­days.”

Itõs a glo­ri­ous bike but donõt spend more than £3750

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