With values doubling in a decade, if you’re thining about buying a two-stroke, do it now! ‘Prices are going through the roof, so get one before it’s too late..’
Why buying one now will always make you money
With the prices of classic two-strokes continuing to rocket, this could be your last chance to grab one for sensible money. With prices climbing fast, classic strokers are now worth more than many box-fresh sportsbikes.
Bikes like Aprilia’s RS250, Suzuki’s RGV250 and Honda’s import NSR250 have been climbing for the last decade, but are now becoming increasingly rare – and as they often come with a cult following, the demand for bikes is often greater than their availability. Such enthusiasm has allowed prices to rocket.
Check MCN Bikes For Sale and you’ll find a handful of popular machines in a variety of guises, all with hefty price tags. A prime example of this is Aprilia’s RS250. The lightlweight Italian-built stunner has always been in demand, but early examples are now fetching around £6000. Back in 2007 you’d be looking at less than £2500 for a similar bike – a 140% increase. And they will climb further in years to come.
MCN’S Sports Editor, Michael Guy, owned an RS in the early noughties and says: “It made you feel pretty special because it’s about as pure a roadbike as you can get. It just made you grin from ear to ear. It was just pure, proper two-stroke power. It was just lovely to ride a bike that light.
“You need to be careful when choosing one though – some spares can be hard to get hold of, which makes restoration harder. This, of course, is part of the reason that mint bikes command a premium. But prices are still going up month-by-month.”
Another popular machine is the Suzuki RG500. A cult classic that turns heads wherever you ride it, clean bikes are advertised for as much as £15,000 – over £1000 more than a standard new GSX-R 1000 L7! A decade ago you could get a very tidy example for £3000.
The big prices aren’t just reserved for racy two-strokes either. In the 1970s Suzuki produced the GT750. Affectionately known as the Kettle, these upright classics can change hands for prices up £15,000 - more than double the price of a minter from 10 years ago.