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Daily commuter or potential classic?

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Mr Messy
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Daily commuter or potential classic?

Post by Mr Messy on Wed 19 Sep 2018, 1:55 pm

My current bike is 17 years old, just under 20K miles and still totally original apart from 2 tires. Well looked after but it is still my daily commuter....I'm curious whether at this age and condition I should stop using it, in the hope that eventually the CB500S will gain 'classic' collectable status...or is it not that kinda bike and I keep using it every day all year?
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Oafski
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Re: Daily commuter or potential classic?

Post by Oafski on Wed 19 Sep 2018, 2:46 pm

Personally I believe Bikes still deteriorate if they're not used. What you need to do is balance it's potential future value as a Classic against the pleasure you get from riding it plus the cost of buying a replacement to commute on. For what it's worth I would "winterise" it as best I could, clean and maintain it as I had been, don't ride it if weather conditions and common sense dictate otherwise and it should still realise a reasonable "bottom out " price should you want to sell it.
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Mr Messy
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Re: Daily commuter or potential classic?

Post by Mr Messy on Wed 19 Sep 2018, 3:05 pm

Can't see these great bikes ever gaining the prestige to sell for £10k then!?
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Oafski
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Re: Daily commuter or potential classic?

Post by Oafski on Wed 19 Sep 2018, 4:35 pm

Sadly I don't. Although they are indeed great bikes and posess a bit more character than most Hondas, at the end of the day they were just a progression from the earlier middleweight twins with no outstanding design features or characteristics to mark them out as Classics that would attract that sort of money. A bike for those of us in the know to ride and love until legislation or lack of suitable fuel  forces us off the road.
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Re: Daily commuter or potential classic?

Post by ceejay on Thu 20 Sep 2018, 6:23 pm

@Oafski wrote:Sadly I don't. Although they are indeed great bikes and posess a bit more character than most Hondas, at the end of the day they were just a progression from the earlier middleweight twins with no outstanding design features or characteristics to mark them out as Classics that would attract that sort of money. A bike for those of us in the know to ride and love until legislation or lack of suitable fuel  forces us off the road.
 
I agree, can't see these going up in value anytime soon unfortunately! I guess that does have some advantages though, you can enjoy it guilt free! Legislation will likely force me to get rid of mine once the ultra low emission zone comes in next year in London which is a shame. Does anyone know what the co2/km figure is for the bike so I can compare it to something that will be ULEZ exempt? Surely it chucks out less that the vast majority of vehicles that are permitted? Even my battered 2003 Audi A4 is exempt.
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Oafski
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Re: Daily commuter or potential classic?

Post by Oafski on Thu 20 Sep 2018, 6:26 pm

Hopefully MAG will get the same result they have achieved in  Birmingham and common sense will prevail.

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Re: Daily commuter or potential classic?

Post by sullivj on Thu 20 Sep 2018, 9:25 pm

In 20 years time, good ones will command a good price. I don't believe mine will ever be worth £5k, but it already draws an admiring crowd.

I have semi retired my 20,000 mile original to dry miles only. I now have a 2nd CB for using in the rain.
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Re: Daily commuter or potential classic?

Post by GollyGosh on Thu 27 Sep 2018, 2:27 pm

Daily commuter or potential classic? Yes, it's both.

The CB5 functions as good as any modern equivalent if not better.  It's appearance is not dated as the retro look is currently back in fashion.  With the right tyres and clothes it can be ridden all year round subject to snow ploughs and gritting in your area.  So yes, it is a daily commuter.

Potential classic? Absolutely.  Any vehicle that has survived when the majority of the same period have rusted away must be a classic.  A 60's Austin A40 will never have the value of a Porsche 356 but they are both classics.

When I was younger, a vehicle over 30 years old was classed as Veteran and over 40 years old as Vintage.  The DVLA class a vehicle over 40 as Heritage and there is zero road tax.

I have no doubt that a properly maintained CB500 that has rust dealt with before the damage has been done will be a desirable Classic bike regardless of mileage.  In the future when the majority are riding detuned eco friendly two wheelers who would not want a CB500.  Though I predicate that equivalent Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawazaki's will be rarer and command higher prices as a lot of money will have been spent to keep them running.

I also predict that someone who can manufacture replacement swing arms for the CB500 could have a nice little earner for years to come...
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Re: Daily commuter or potential classic?

Post by Beresford on Fri 28 Sep 2018, 4:17 am

If one has decided ( like I have ) to keep the bike for ever and ever, it's a good time to get the spare parts to ' lay down '. I've got spare swing arm, forks and lights and fairing. I reckon the engine will last for ever, so all I need now is a spare tank.
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Re: Daily commuter or potential classic?

Post by hh_12345 on Tue 02 Oct 2018, 10:24 am

If time is to be considered it would take more than 40 years for the cb  to become exciting like true classics are, maybe a few million years, like for a fossil- then people will look with interest at it.

So maybe any parts stored now should be put in amber.

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