Ps-era faves slide into ei­ther clas­sic in­surance or no tax, no MOT cat­e­gories. Yes!

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Im­por­tant news from the ex­cit­ing world of po­lice mo­tor­cy­cle col­lec­tions, plus Freddie and Waldi

Bikes reg­is­tered in 1999, in­clud­ing Aprilia’s epic RSV1000SP Mille and Yamaha’s badass YZF-R6, will be­come el­i­gi­ble for clas­sic in­surance this Jan­uary. The rolling 20 year mile­stone is recog­nised by most in­surance com­pa­nies so there are sav­ings to be had for own­ers of a whole raft of PS favourites.

Suzuki’s bril­liant SV650 which is al­ready kind on the pocket when it comes to buy­ing and run­ning is one of ma­chines to ben­e­fit from this newly awarded clas­sic sta­tus, as is the first gen­er­a­tion beam-framed Honda CBR600F-X (is it re­ally 20 years since Jim threw one of these into the tyre wall at Nog­aro in France?).

There’s ex­ot­ica, too. As well as the Mille SP, Bi­mota’s Tl1000r-pow­ered SB8R and 900Ss-en­gi­need DB4. Du­cati’s 748SPS, the 916-pow­ered ST4, 996 Bi­posto and SPS join the list, as does Hinck­ley Tri­umph’s sport tour­ing Sprint ST. If you’ve got any of the above, or a bike reg­is­tered in 1999, stick it on your clas­sic pol­icy.

There’s even bet­ter news for own­ers of 1979 reg­is­tered mod­els – yes, that’s you early GS1000S own­ers, X7 stal­warts and RD400F rid­ers. Your ma­chines will this year no longer re­quire tax or MOT. Ob­vi­ously that’s no ex­cuse to run your tyres down to the can­vas, re­move your baf­fles and get for­get­ful with main­te­nance, but it’ll save the an­nual trip to the MOT sta­tion, plus a few of your hard earned pounds end­ing up in the pocket of The Man. Some­times it re­ally is a happy new year.

Cheap in­surance for these now – and de­servedly so

Stick one of these on your clas­sic pol­icy

No tax, no MOT now

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