Originally Posted by The Older Gentleman
Tank? Oh, I stuck a protector on the tank some time after you saw it. I'm not bothered if the tank has a slight zip scuff, really.
The bikes you quote are already soaring in price so their investment potential is reduced, I'm afraid. The trick is to find bikes that aren't shooting up in value but will in the not-too-distant future. I'm buying air-cooled Kawasaki GPzs right now and earlier model CBR600s. I bought an immaculate 1993 one in the Fireblade RWB livery for £1200, traded it straight out to Steve Bateman Superbikes for £1450, and he's stuck it in his collection. But bog-basic Japanese two-strokes are what I'd be looking at as well.
Limited editions tend to be a marketing con. Different paint and a badge on the top yoke - useless. Unless the limited editions have worthwhile and very desirable additions or modification from the stocker, they're worth no more.
My own H2? I've put 4,000 miles on it so far - not a lot, but I own nine bikes so they don't all get ridden every day. The gearbox has run in nicely now so finding neutral isn't as bad as it was. It hasn't been cleaned since I bought it, but then it hasn't seen much rain and road muck. The fuel economy has improved a little, or maybe I'm just not using it as hard, but it's still appalling. It's been taken on Continental jaunts three times.
I stick to my assertion that it's (really!) a bloody awful motorcycle but it still has me giggling when I ride it and it still, on occasion, scares me shitless.
Interesting, I wouldnít disagree with you about the GPZs especially the 1100 bruiser but percentage wise any GS1000, even the shafty G model will out perform the early CBR600s including the jellymould ones .
The power of the 1980s nostalgia buyer still has some way to go even if they are just being collected now rather than ridden .
Yamaha 5JJ and 5VY would be a better buy as they have not yet exploded like the 4XV . Despite the increases already made I believe that a UK original Red/white 4XV will continue to outperform any other bike for the next ten years as it just has everything going for it ie Top of the Range , Groundbreaking design, affordable in 1998 and would have been the poster bike of an entire generation that will potentially purchase their dream bike just like I did with my bedroom poster bike the Honda CBX , sadly the subject of my other poster continues to allude me ,Debbie Harry from Blondie .
Iíve seen some basic commuter bikes do well but they have to be in exceptional condition before they sell as few people are prepared to put big money into the restoration of "average" bikes . Relatively speaking it would cost a similar amount to fully restore say a Honda CD200 and a CB450 Black Bomber .
Buy an already rising Urban Tiger Fireblade , Red /White 4XV , NS400 , RS250 , KR1S RGV and you have a fair to good chance of outperforming any up and coming bikes , just look at any of the bikes listed five to seven years ago , I really donít think they will stop any time soon .
Yes I agree with you about the H2 but as you also are well aware of itís that bloody awfulness that makes it so bloody appealing .