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The classic car era extends only through the early 70s then ends abruptly due to regulations from that time and their impact on low volume models and producers. The same thing is happening with motorcycles, delayed to maybe pre model year 2000. Some stuff from the 90s will become collectable, Italian and some Japanese bikes reflecting the existing pattern. Very little after the very early 2000s will ever be collectible in my judgement.Now is the time to buy Italian sport bikes of the 90s.
I think that's very bad comparison.What killed the immediate post 70 classic car market was a sudden neutering of performance. That cant be said of the late model bike evolution
First gen 900SS are very undervalued. They trade at 3-4K for very nice examples. I think that will double in the next decade.
Well, yes and no. IMHO, at least in the case of American cars, the styling of post 1970 classic cars got worse, especially the extremely boxy 1980's.So, it wasn't just the performance, but, the styling. By the mid-90's performance was back, and now, crazy amounts of performance are available, 500-700 HP available in modern day muscle cars. Heck, even your typical V6 family sedan is quicker than the the typical 1960's or 1970's muscle cars.
Maybe the MGS-01.
Collectors tend to be guys in their 60s buying up the cars they coveted but couldn't afford a half century ago when they were teenagers- Thus the baby boom generation is driving the price appreciation of 60s cars. So what motorcycles are the current baby boomers, millennials, coveting? Most of them see cars as an evil necessity at best, and the few who covet them seem to be into hot hatches like the Focus RS, Golf R, and Suburu WRX. Motorcycles aren't even on their radar...
The mid 2000's Ducati Sport Classics, 1000GT, 1000 Sport, and esp. the Paul Smart 1000LE are all already collectable, just look at the prices.It is possible some Buell models might become collectables as well.
Some Japanese sport bikes (for example the last two strokes) fall in the same category.
I think design and rarity has something to do with it. I sold my W650 with 15,000 miles on it for not a lot less than what I paid for it new. It was a one of the first classic retro designs relanched with only 2000 brought into the states. Prices on them have held up remarkable well for a 17-18 year old mid size Japanese standard. It will be interesting to see what impact if any the W800 will have on that. I do think some of the Buell's will be quite collectible and believe it or not, some of the new V7's as well- they are just too distinctive and still fairly uncommon. Of them, I think the V7/50 stands a pretty good chance, then again I might be a bit biased:
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