Is investing Q in RG500S a good bet?
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