The bikes may be sensible enough, but the money’s funny
1989 Benelli 304 £6500
North Leicester Motorcycles, 01530 263381, northleicestermotorcycles.com They say: “Fantastic Benelli 304 still in its box, brand new and never ridden or registered. The 304 was the last of the micro 254 range and offers stunning multi-cylinder engineering only seen on factory race bikes.
“Produced in 1989, we have the documentation from the UK importer of the time to help with age-related registration. Not to be confused with other Benelli fours which were little better than Honda copies, these were designed in house by their Grand Prix engine designer.
“It will need a ‘deep’ PDI prior to running it but we’d stop short of pulling it apart.” We say: “Good value for a zero-miler.”
1989 Honda VFR750R RC30 £59,995
Hunts Motorcycles, 0161 432 1303, huntsmotorcycles.co.uk. They say: “As new, unregistered and never been run. Complete with original stand, spare keys, factory handbooks and delivery literature. This bike has been carefully stored in climate-controlled surroundings. This one is probably the best and certainly most original example now available.
“We expect that whoever buys it will keep it in the same condition. It wouldn’t be a simple matter of just firing it up as whatever fuel is in it will have emulsified and there’s every chance that valve stem seals and the like will have gone hard. And to run it would halve the current value.” We say: “Way too much money.”
2000 Honda SP-1 RC51 £17,500
Private sale, ebay Owner Rob Quinn says: “This is an unregistered, unused UK 2000 model year Honda SP-1 RC51. I bought it as a completely standard SP-1 UK bike which was painted in the SP-2 Castrol colour scheme to commemorate Colin Edwards’ 2002 World Superbike Championship.
“I was told by the person I bought it from that it was originally bought direct from Honda (I have the original invoice) then commissioned by Castrol and painted in the SP2 colour scheme and used for promotional display purposes only. “I’ve owned it for six years now and the clock shows just five miles.” We say: “Not standard and so not worth it.”