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Antique values for bikes

Ok, this is a legitimate question. How come some antique bikes, like Harley Davidson's, are valued so high $$ and classic Japanese bikes never are?

I looked online and no matter how old the Japanese bike was, and it didn't matter what the brand name was, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, it's $$ value was just as a used bike and not as an antique?

Japanese bikes are better quality, run longer, and should have antique value just like anything else. Can someone explain why they don't?

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In my country , as well as Germany and many others European Countries , an PRISTINE and 100% OEM Kawasaki Z900 from 1974 sells for 14000$ ( or more !) . That is around 4 or 6 times (depending on in which Country the bike were bougth) more than the price from new !!!
So , how come that you dont think that older Japanese bikes is not worth much ?? LOL


Note:An 1969 Honda CB750 sells for around the same amount , an Honda 1975 GL1000 K1 for a little less .(but ONLY when 100% OEM , and like new condition ).

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Anything is worth what some moron will pay for it, has nothing to do with actual value.
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Its a bikes "Following" that drives the price up. When I bought my KZ1000 I gave 1500.00, through the years of riding it I have had some folks want to buy it for double that. I have seen some going for 10,000 as well but they are really clean original bikes. Im thinking about listing mine for sale and see what happens, but I'll do it E-bay and allow shipping this should increase my base of buyer.
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I love taking the '72 CB450 out where there are a bunch of $20K Harleys. The 450 always steals the show, at least till a classic Brit twin shows up. My brother rides a '14 Road King. It is a nice bike. If I wasn't so damm cheap I might have one. The Diva will allow me to ride with him for a fraction of the cost. I will just have to put up with him telling me about torque and that a modern 1840 cc fuel injected twin is (barely) faster than a 32 yo jap 1200cc bike.

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You may want to look at this guide for vintage bikes: http://www.nadaguidesstore.com/Store...ppraisal-guide the book is worth it if you're a serious collector or someone thinking about a collector bike. I had a friend who died last year, he had a very large collection of motorcycles some never seen in the U.S.A.and some very rare, when he sold the collection he left his wife very comfortable.
Bikes that tend to be worth money are those with low production, anniversary models, special editions, one year only bikes, running and original.
He had an Indian Dispatch-tow trike and there aren't many of those around, his was original right down to the car dealerships name on it.


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For something to bring the high dollar, you have to have several people with more money than they know what to do with, wanting the same thing.
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Some time ago ( one or two years) a famous music artist paid 30k to have a BSA (like the one in my avatar "same color") restored.

BTW....A 1969 Honda 750 (cast engine) is a pretty high dollar bike....!
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Was thinking about this earlier, in old tractors John Deere is the high value piece. Could be something about 2 cylinders, LOL.
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You may have answered your own question when you state that Jap bikes are better quality and last longer. Add to that the mass production of iconic models and the rarity requirement for outrageous pricing goes out the window.

If you want an example of a high priced Japaneese vintage bike, search for Sandcast Honda CB750. They were the first run of the 750cc superbikes. Made before Honda had the production molds ready for the engine cases, hence the need to use sand molds. Only about 7500 built with many of those being taken out of circulation due to chain breaks killing those precious namesake cases.

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