AFRICA CALL­ING TOP TIP

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Motorcycle News (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

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’

You don’t have to do this with your mod­ern clas­sic but it’s damn good fun

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