Retro 250s

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..’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week -

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.

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