Fake claims are costly
Some bikes may sound too good to be true. That’s often because they are
I recently warned against overpriced bikes with misleading descriptions. Sure enough, the following day my eyes fell on an online auction for a Honda CB750KZ - the first DOHC model.
Bidding was already over five grand, thanks to a glowing description that referred potential buyers to the fact that SOHC Honda CB750S were now fetching up to £25k (which they are in some cases).
It also claimed that this was the last air-cooled Honda 750 and that the DOHC bikes were ‘originally only sold in the USA, but a few were sold in Europe.’ This simply isn’t true. It was launched in Europe, as well as in the US.
Fact: the KZ model was withdrawn very fast. It suffered from a few mechanical issues but chiefly, it was an overweight, ill-handling pig. Honda revamped it into the CB750F and that was much more like it. It also wasn’t the ‘very last of the Honda air-cooled bikes’, as the CBX750 and the Nighthawk were selling well into the 1990s.
To put this in perspective, another KZ, in similar condition (except for a Marshall 4-1 exhaust and fitted with a Vetter windjammer fairing, which is quite desirable on its own), sold for £1140. As I said before, beware.
I’m not sure why, but the Triumph Daytona 955i seems to be underpriced right now. I thought two grand for a 2007 model with 19,000 miles was a bargain... until I saw a 2002 model, with similar mileage and a brand new fuel pump fitted, make just £1400.
The collectable Daytona, is the Cosworth-tuned 900, of which they made just 150. A 41,000-miler recently made £2650 and came with loads of spares. This would be my choice as superb ones are making much more, meaning decent ones will get pulled up in their wake. NEXT WEEK What time of the year is best to buy a used bike?