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Adventure bikes have been ruling the new sales roost and that has sparked interest in modern classic versions – and chief among those is Honda’s original Africa Twin.
Despite their age, prices of these rugged machines are climbing. A look at mcnbikesforsale.com reveals they are regularly changing hands for anywhere between £4000 and £8000.
Rugged good looks and relative rarity value aside, one reason these bikes are growing in popularity is their analogue nature. With little in the way of electronics, there is far less to go wrong (even though modern electronics are actually very reliable).
Although early bikes are now nearly 30 years old, these machines are still capable of heavy usage and can tackle light off road riding, despite a weight of around 200kg.
Dave Busby, 49, is the director at Stafford Motorcycles and founded the dealership in 2003. Dave has witnessed the growth in popularity of original Africa Twins first-hand and spoke to MCN about the trend.
He said: “There’s been a dramatic shift towards the adventure side of motorcycling because people are moving away from the more mainstream sportsbikes. It’s a shift towards a freer way of riding.
“The original Africa Twin has a lot of appeal, due to its robustness and simplicity. A new bike with electronics has a higher probability of breaking down – whereas something of this age can be fixed at the roadside.
“These bikes are popular with men aged 40 and over. Some of them are bought for leisure, but we have prepped bikes to go round the world so there are some serious buyers out there.”
Dave went on to say that due to their increased popularity, these bikes are becoming harder to stock inside the showroom, with owners keeping hold of them as an investment for the future.
“We are struggling to get these machines in now. We had one in the shop recently with 3500 miles on it and we sold it after little over a month for £7995,” he said. ■ Great deals on new Africa Twins, see story right
‘We had one in the shop with 3500 miles on it and sold it for £7995’