False Neutral #35: Investment Bikes

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As promised, we took reader suggestions and talk about which bikes we believe will — or in some cases, won’t — appreciate in value over the next five to ten years. Our suggestions may surprise you; we surprised each other with a couple of them. We also discuss whether there are respectable 50cc options on which a man approaching middle age could commute, and have the world’s shortest discussion of snowmobiles. Be sure to click past the jump — over 40 motorcycle pictures are waiting for you!

Note: Eric’s audio feed has an odd hiss at times early in the podcast, but it goes away before too long, so don’t let it deter you.


False Neutral – Investment Bikes

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01-1972-kreidler-florett-rs
1972 Kreidler Florett RS
02-yamaha-zuma-50-2005
Yamaha Zuma 50
03-brincore-rojo
Bultaco Brinco R
04-yamaha-dt50lc
Yamaha DT50LC
05-gasgas-sm50
GasGas SM50 Supermto
06-yamaha-c3
Yamaha C3
07-2016-yamaha-aerox-r
Yamaha Aerox R
08-honda-mb5_198006
Honda MB5
09-bmw-r906-r90s-om-front
BMW R90/6 (Center), R90S (Front)
Moto Guzzi 1000 SP
11-guzzi-850_t5
Moto Guzzi 850 T5
12-moto-guzzi-v65-lario-83-5
Moto Guzzi V65 Lario
13-guzzi-v50-monza
Moto Guzzi V50 Monza
14-1981katana
Suzuki GS1000S Katana
15-bimota-v-due
Bimota V Due
16-bimota-db3-mantra-2
Bimota DB3 Mantra
17-suzuki-xn85
Suzuki XN85 Turbo
18-honda-cx650t-brochure
Honda CX650 Turbo
19-yamaha-secaturbo
Yamaha Seca 650 Turbo
20-kawasaki-gpz750-turbo-3
Kawasaki GPz750 Turbo
21-kaw-h2r
Kawasaki H2R
22-horex-vr6
Horex VR6
23-honda-rc213v-s
Honda RC213V-S
24-desmodici-rr-01_b
Ducati Desmodici RR
25-honda-sp2-04
Honda RC51 SP2
26-honda-rvf400nc35-94-4
Honda RVF400 (NC35)
27-honda-rc30
Honda VFR750R (RC30)
28-rz350-kenny
RZ350 Kenny Roberts Edition
29-rd400f
Yamaha RD400F
30-1979-harley-davidson-sportster
1979 Harley Davidson XL1000 Sportster
31-84_harley_softail
1984 Harley-Davidson Softail
32-ducati_916
Ducati 916
33-ducati-panigale
Ducati Panigale
34-1998-yamaha-r1-yzfr1f
1998 Yamaha YZF-R1
35-1987-gsx-r750
1987 Suzuki GSX-R750
36-kawasaki-z1-classic
Kawasaki Z1 Classic
37-bmw-r80gs
BMW R80G/S
1983 Honda CB1100F.
1983 Honda CB1100F
39-1988-ducati-851-superbike
Ducati 851
40-bmw-hp2-enduro-03
BMW HP2 Enduro
41-bmw-hp2-sport-7
BMW HP2 Sport
42-bonneville-electro
1982 Triumph Bonneville Electro
43-harley-bobcat
Harley-Davidson 175 Bobcat

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12 responses to “False Neutral #35: Investment Bikes”

  1. pork_rind Avatar
    pork_rind

    Very early this morning, I awoke to see my wallet glowing white hot. I thought I was dreaming and rolled over. Turns out that coincided with the posting of this week’s podcast and the identification of where to buy a NC35. Now I’m doomed.

  2. Batshitbox Avatar
    Batshitbox

    In the ’90s, when Seca Turbos were more common I would always see them with one dirty exhaust pipe and one clean one, always the right side was dirty. I wondered if they had a propensity to burn oil on one side? Eventually my pal got a hold of one and we learned the left side pipe was just a waste gate for the turbo.
    Their Battlestar Galactica exhaust pipes were very distinctive, and usually the only part of the bike you saw!

    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/qTTklBa6pyU/hqdefault.jpg

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

      In 1984, you could buy new, non-current Seca Turbos cheap, cheap, cheap. A bunch of newbie squid riders in my Army Battalion bought them and the wreckage pageant lasted all summer long. I think my disdain for the Seca Turbo is rooted in that episode.

      1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

        Fun Fact: Under the fiberglass bodies, they were actually Yamaha MX175 2-stroke singles.

        http://www.universalhartland.com/code/galc21mc.shtml

        1. pork_rind Avatar
          pork_rind

          You’re telling me they can’t actually fly? TV lied to me?

    2. Mombert Avatar
      Mombert

      Recently read that only one of the pipes is an actual exhaust, while the other one is sort of a blow-off for the turbo…

      1. Batshitbox Avatar
        Batshitbox

        Yes, you recently read that right here on this page, in the third sentence of my comment.

        1. Mombert Avatar
          Mombert

          Oops – gotta say totally overrread that you had already mentioned it.

          I saw in a german vintage motorcycle magazine, i think.

  3. ninjabortion Avatar
    ninjabortion

    I know someone with a pair of janky rd400’s who might give em to me cheap, not sure if i could even combine them into one good one without substantial investment though. I had a blast doing a basic easy resto of a well stored 86 VFR, not well versed in two strokes at all though so i’m not sure if it is worth the trouble…

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