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Old 23 October 2018, 11:28 PM
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So, as I've missed the boat on buying a Cossie or MK1 escort a decade ago for a few grand and selling it for 25 grand as some people are now doing, and as I don't have a warehouse to stash cars away, I am wondering if buying a bike or two and popping them under a cover in the garage for 5 to 10 years would see me make a few quid more than I'd get by leaving the cash in the bank. The big question is what would I buy?

I've lost touch with the market as I haven't had a bike in many years but I have shortlisted the following and wondered if anyone thinks it is a good/bad idea:

Fireblade - 1992 model (first year of production)
Ducati 916 - early model but prices are already going up
Hayabusa - again first year model so 1999
R1 - very early carb model

Anything I've missed that can be picked up now for a decent price? Triumph triple maybe? Obviously I'll need to buy a good model, preferably with low miles and as standard as possible.

Someone help make me rich please!
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Old 24 October 2018, 03:53 PM
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Personally I'd be leaning towards old school 2 strokes - RGV 250's would be top of my list. If my budget was stretched a 400cc 2 stroke like the NSR 400 or RD 500. Decent RG 500's are already through the roof.. since Moto gp fased out 2 strokes, these have become more collectable of the last few years. As they say, 'They don't make 'em liked they used to'
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Old 24 October 2018, 04:51 PM
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VTR1000 SP1 or SP2 seem to be nicely on the rise in price.
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Old 24 October 2018, 05:17 PM
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most of the interesting stuff is already well on the rise IMO.........you'll struggle to get any kind of "bargain" these days either 2 or 4 wheeled
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Old 24 October 2018, 06:53 PM
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Sadly Stockcar is correct as pretty much as anything worth having has already risen to top heavy pricing.
That said, I bought this last year (2 owners, UK bike and 11K genuine miles for 3K).
It popped up on Ebay when i was bored at work and i snapped it up immediately!
I had a mate spray it for free and another mate fit the decals and i refurbed/sprayed the calipers, fitted new braided lines and it's like being 17 all over again!

How i got it..



After a bit of work..



and nearly finished, just need to get the rear number boards sprayed on..




I don't really care if it's worth more than i paid as i'll never sell it, but i suspect at some point it'll triple in price.
Also, i reckon at some point a ZX10R C1H (as seen in my first pic) will be bit a of winner, if nothing else just because they are such a bloody handful to ride.

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Old 24 October 2018, 11:33 PM
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Thanks everyone. Coincidentally I was looking at RGV250s, RD500s and SP1s today. RGVs aren't too badly priced (yet) but a good low mileage SP1 or RD500 is already well on the way up in price.

Think I need to think about something a little newer perhaps or less obvious that is bottoming out now and will become a classic, rather than those that we basically already know are classics. But what? GSXR1100 slabby? YZF750? KR1S? ZXR750R? Aprilia RSV Mille?
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Old 25 October 2018, 02:50 PM
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You'll be lucky to even find a KR1S for sale, rocking horse poo.. My neighbour has got one still in the factory crate in his garage!!! the slabby isn't a bad idea, just depends how much coin you'll need to put in to it to get it mint, I guess most have been down the road at some point.

Something that caught my eye was the KTM RC8. Pretty unusual bike that's not made anymore, and prices are very good IMO. I'd have one tomorrow, but I don't use the one I've got now nearly enough. I see these going up like the Ducati 996's etc in the future
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Old 25 October 2018, 02:57 PM
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Thanks Si. I rode Snetterton a few years back on an RC8 so I've already considered those but I am thinking they may still have some dropping to do in price before they start going up so I have discounted them currently. I might be wrong of course - this is all just me trying to predict the future.

Wow, a KR1S in a crate. That's got to be worth bloody good money now even if they weren't quite as popular as the RGV etc.
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I've gone for a 98 r1 and a c2h zx10r and a p1 zx7r, don't think the 7r is going to go anywhere but the r1 seems to be rising and the c2h is worth more than I paid, both low mileage mint bikes.
sp2 and sp1 seem to be floating around the same price for the last few years now, want one but they are decent money for the condition I'd want

the 2 strokes also are big money now
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Old 30 October 2018, 11:46 AM
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That's a lovely Pepsi RGV

As has been said, smokers prices have certainly increased over the last few years that's for sure, but there are still some good affordable ones out there.
I have a few Cagiva 125's & also a Yamaha TZR250 3MA that I restored a few years ago.





A couple of my Cagiva Mito's with my TZR




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Old 31 October 2018, 11:31 PM
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Very nice!
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Old 01 November 2018, 12:45 PM
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Yes I agree, all very nice examples- love the Pepsi RGV, and that TZR looks super clean!
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When you see the prices that the bikes I used to ride years ago what they are worth now I some times wish i had kept hold of a few ie my old mint Z1B purchased for 1k is now worth in excess off 15k my old H1 bought for 800 quid restored now are in the high 7k plus price range RD 250/400 all high prices 750 water bottles GS 1000s you name it all the rice rockets are high priced now so nowadays what would go up in price hindsight is a wonderful thing if only
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