80s re­vival

Now is the time to in­vest in a sporty blast from the past

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Dan Suther­land MCN CON­TRIB­U­TOR

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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