There has been a huge surge in the classic and vintage car and motorbike world in recent years.
It would be nice to have something like the Vincent Black Lightning as a vintage project, but finances might not allow that. Maybe the “oh so cool” Harley Davidson Panhead 48? A motorbike so coveted that Hot Wheels made a very sought-after 1/64 scale model of it.
Even an older superbike from the 1990s and early to mid-2000s can be seen as a classic motorcycle.
There are many online blog articles on this subject. Today we’ll be looking at some old-school motorcycle tips and things you should consider when buying (or building) one.
What Are You Going To Use It For?
This is an essential factor to consider.
If you’re looking at a classic or vintage motorcycle to use on weekends or periodically, then you’d want to find something that has some aftermarket or enthusiast support. It should be easy to repair, with a lot of parts available.
Regular Use Of Your Motorcycle
American or Japanese manufactured motorcycles would be the go-to option for this. American motorcycles, like Harley Davidson, are “a dime a dozen” and have loads of enthusiast support. Parts are very cheap, and you can customize your motorcycle to your heart’s content.
Japanese motorcycles were mass-produced, especially Honda and Yamaha, so there are loads of them. They offer a very reliable and fun way to get your vintage motorcycle fix.
They do, however, have one problem; parts can be rather expensive. They can be quite tricky to repair and might need some special attention.
My Motorcycle Is Going To Be A Showpiece
How deep are your pockets? That’s the significant limiting factor here.If you’re buying or building a showpiece, you can look at any manufacturer from any country or region and any era you may know.
A lot of enthusiasts look at European manufacturers in this regard.
They offer exciting Italian models like Ducati and Cagiva, legendary British marques like Triumph and Norton, as well as dependable German brands, like BMW, for example.
Each brand brings its own quirks and challenges to the table but could offer extremely lucrative returns on the vintage auction market if done correctly.
Whatever the reason for choosing to buy a classic or vintage motorcycle, they can give a sense of freedom and excitement that’s unrivaled by any other means of transport from the same era.
Whether you choose American, Japanese, or European, you won’t be disappointed. They all have their own unique smells, sounds and fun factor. Some are easy to repair, and others might need some professional assistance.
We’re confident that your choice would bring you many smiles per mile.