Is in­vest­ing Q in RG500S a good bet?

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

I have been for­tu­nate enough to ac­quire two Suzuki RG500S af­ter want­ing one since 1985 when I was 15! I paid top dol­lar for a mint UK bike with many up­grades and all the orig­i­nal parts and got the chance of a cheaper Skoal Ban­dit bike that needs a lit­tle tlc, but came with loads of spares.

Will these beau­ties con­tinue to rise in value? I’m won­der­ing how long I should hang on to them – will they peak in value once all the guys of my age who lusted af­ter them as a young­ster have bought one? Billy Whizz, Northants

An­swered by Neil Mur­ray, MCN A There are bikes that gain in value be­cause they hap­pen to be fash­ion­able at the time, and bikes that gain in value be­cause their ap­peal is timeless. The RG500 Gamma falls into the lat­ter cat­e­gory. Not only was it one of the fastest things on the road at the time – al­ways a good hook – but it rep­re­sents the last big (rel­a­tively speak­ing) twostroke. We won’t see ma­chines like it again, and for this rea­son it will never lose its ap­peal.

Po­ten­tially, the Skoal Ban­dit will be more valu­able, be­cause Skoal Ban­dit tobacco pouches were sub­se­quently banned for health rea­sons (they were car­cino­genic). A bit like two-strokes them­selves, ac­tu­ally...

This guy might look a bit mardy but RG500S will al­ways hold their value

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