Why are property investors and landlords buying old motorcycles?

It’s been well documented how the government has targeted property investors who rent their properties out, harshly to raise tax revenue. This has now become so acute that they are selling much of their property portfolios and exiting the market. This is leaving them with a financial headache; large amounts of cash sat in the […]

What do 2017 ROI Charts tell us about the future of classic motorcycle prices?

Having just published the charts for classic motorcycle price increases from 2010 to 2017 and they are the most telling charts I have ever worked on. Look at how Honda CB750 K0 Sandcast prices are just starting to break out, increasing 32% in 2016 and 80% in the last year. Now there is a lot […]

Investing in a classic motorcycle collection

More customers are building classic motorcycle collections with me, as an alternative to saving for a pension. All of them ride their bikes, as do nearly all of my clients. When we sit down to talk through what they want, I ask them to be frank about how important the investment side of such a […]

Does mileage really matter with Ducati 916/996?

Many people look at Ducati 916/996 machines and are put off by mileages of 25,000 and 35,000 miles. Yet these machines, if they are well maintained and not raced, are often good for three times those mileages. These are modern motors and they are built to achieve mileages well in excess of 150,000 miles between […]

What are owners really making on their classic motorcycles?

There have been figures of 360% since 2010 bandied about, but is that really true? Here are the real figures of values customers have achieved since 2010, so you can make up your own mind. This is all legitimately tax-free and assuming that the machines in question are investment grade. Value in 2010     […]

Why did Honda build the Phil Read Replica?

I wanted to understand more about my Honda CB750F2 Phil Read Replica, as it holds such an interesting and important place in motorcycling history, as you can read here. There are only 35, of the original 150 machines, built left in existence. That makes this classic motorcycle one of the strongest investments as the world […]

What does Brexit mean for classic motorcycle values?

I have been frequently asked this question and, although it is early days, one familiar pattern is emerging. I have been in the industry since 1988, so when interest rates went rocketing and property crashed, I started exporting to mainland Europe in those pre-internet days. What has been happening since 24th of June 2016 is […]

What is all the fuss about Honda CB750 Phil Read Replicas?

Honda CB750 Phil Read Replica Owning such a machine is the opportunity to own an extremely rare piece of motorcycling history. In 1976, Honda introduced the 73 BHP CB750F2. Apart from being the hottest summer on record, it was also a time when every Englishman was ripping off his air filter, throwing away factory exhausts […]

Are homologation specials worth the investment?

Firstly, what is a homologation special? To enter machines into competitive racing, manufacturers had to build a limited number of homologation special machines and sell them to customers for use on the road. If they sold enough of them, then they could base their race machine on that machine. So they were often built to […]

What is driving the prices in Japanese and Italian classic motorcycles from the 1970s and 80s? Here’s some hard facts.

It is a well-known fact that classic cars from the 1970s and 80s have enjoyed immense tax-free profits, ask anyone who bought a 1970s Porsche 911 in 2005. To be precise, they have been outperforming property and all other tangible assets over the last ten years reaching 469% according to Knight Frank’s wealth report of […]

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