Now is the time to invest in a sporty blast from the past
Dwindling interest rates offering minimal financial benefits mean people are now investing in classic Japanese sportsbikes for a future cash return. With the value of classic machines beginning to rise, more and more buyers are investing in older machines for a decent profit in years to come. But with bikes of all shapes and sizes seeing enormous jumps in price, predicting what to invest your money in is tricky.
Even the smallest-capacity bikes, such as Yamaha’s FS1-E, change hands for eyewatering sums – with the most expensive we could find just shy of £5000. Jon Goldson has spent over a decade in sales at Italia Moto Ducati in Lincoln and has witnessed the growth in classic machines first hand.
“What we’ve noticed is that really collectable things sell really well throughout the year. If something’s really desirable, the buyer is already looking for it. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is – he’s got to have it,” Jon said. “We get classic bikes in as often as we can. I would fill the showroom with them if I could. We used to have a showroom full of classics with a few new Ducatis.
“We have seen a big upturn in interest in classic bikes and I’m putting that down to the fact that classic cars are becoming ludicrously expensive whereas you can pick up a reasonable classic bike for under £10,000.”
Despite being a Ducati man, Jon sees the future big money lying in classic Japanese sportsbikes. “It’s the generation that had them originally or the ones that wanted them in their youth that’s driving interest. Those are the people that buy the classics, and they change and evolve.
“Give it a couple of years and guys of my age will be looking for slab-sided GSX-RS so buy one now while they’re still cheap, stick it away for five years and triple your money!”
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