The bikes may be sen­si­ble enough, but the money’s funny

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Buying Nos -

1989 Benelli 304 £6500

North Le­ices­ter Mo­tor­cy­cles, 01530 263381, north­le­ices­ter­mo­tor­cy­ 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, huntsmo­tor­cy­ 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.”

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