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Soar­ing prices may look like a bad thing but there is a way round them.

AT THE STAFFORD show the Bon­hams auc­tion had a sale value of al­most £3,500,000! Ja­panese bikes from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s con­tinue to hit big money. An RD350 made £8625, a Suzuki XN85 Turbo reached £7475 and an RG500 sold at £13,800. Such prices are nice for sell­ers. You could ar­gue the val­ues help restos, too. 15 years ago a rough RG500 might have been worth two grand, and the five or six it’d be worth re­stored made it hard to jus­tify the time and money – but the resto costs are now an in­vest­ment. Strong prices are bad for those who just fancy a cool bike, though. But there’s a so­lu­tion. The USA. There’s a gap be­tween val­ues of some de­sir­able mod­els in the US and what they fetch here. Buy on­line then en­list ship­ping agents to whisk the bike back – our Mark Gra­ham paid £902 to get his Har­ley door-to-door, in­clud­ing col­lec­tion, ship­ping, duty, the lot. And Nigel has just bought a sweet Honda trail bike – see page 118.

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