Amassing a collection of classic motorcycles is a great way to invest your money. They don’t take up as much room as classic cars, and there’s an enormous variety out there when it comes to price, meaning that even those with modest means can get started. The demand for vehicles of this sort has steadily appreciated over recent years, and it looks set to continue to do so, since many of them are no longer in production.
The 916, with its sharp lines and light body, is regularly listed amongst the most beautiful motorcycles ever built. It’s the epitome of mid-90s style, and set the tone for the superbikes that followed. Released in 1994, it was just about everyone’s bike of the year, and set standards when it came to performance. If you want to draw attention at a set of traffic lights, then this bike is a great way to do it.
Going back still further in time, the Triumph T120 makes a wonderful investment for those with the money to spend. It’s nicknamed ‘Bonneville’ after the salt flats where multiple land-speed records were broken on bikes of this kind, and was provided with slightly more power than its contemporaries, in order to appeal to petrolheads in the American markets. It’s since been revamped to cater to the demand – but the original is where it’s at.
In 1990, the last Matchless bike rolled off the production line. The company was experiencing a bad spell from which it could not recover. The G80 is still preferred by many enthusiasts, owing to its reliability and performance. Its popularity is such that you’ll still have a relatively easy time finding spare parts, new and used.
This bike came in many different forms, with rarer models now fetching slightly higher prices. It arrived in the 1970s, and, like the Ducati, represented another radical departure from the designs of the time. The bike sported a water-cooling system that, at the time, was totally unheard of. If you find one in good condition, be sure to snap it up!
If you’re in the market for multiple bikes, or you intend to expand your collection in the future, then it might be worth thinking about whether you have the room to store them properly, and whether you’re going to get value for money with conventional insurance products, specialised multi-bike insurance can often work out as a better deal.