BIKERS FROM THE 196OS PUSH UP THE PRICE OF JAPANESE BIKES
H&H Classics forthcoming auction on Sat 2nd March boasts an impressive 171-motorbike entry with a total estimate of £1.2m – almost 25% of them being Japanese.
Japanese motorcycles appeared in the UK in large numbers during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s and signaled the decline of the then dominant British motorcycle industry.
These machines now are becoming sought after by collectors looking for the next good investment, as seen last year when H&H sold a 1969 pre-production Honda CB750 for £157,500!
Of the £1.2 million pounds worth of bikes on offer next week, interestingly 41 are Japanese.
These include a collection of 3 Suzuki GS’s all at no reserve, a 1957 Honda Benly, a never started 1999 Yamaha YZF-R7 and an ex Dave “the wheelie king” Taylor record breaking 1974 Yamaha YZ400.
Head of Motorcycle Sales at H&H Classics, Mark Bryan, says: ”It’s an important growing market and over the last ten years in particular Japanese bikes have become more sought after. This very much highlights the age profile of the buyers who either rode or aspired to ride the bikes from that period, and who now can afford them.”
1974 Yamaha YZ400 “£4,000 – £5,000
1983 Suzuki GS1100E “No Reserve”
1957 Honda Benly 125 “£10,000 – £15,000
1999 Yamaha YZF-R7 “£25,000 – £28,000