When it comes to the money….

Many of us started our careers on old motorcycles. Because we had no money for newer copies. And those old motorcycles? They were simply worth little. I bought a Norton 88 for 75 guilders. A BSA café racer without registration for one hundred and fifty peak. At Muts in Soest I bought a frame with license plate for twenty-five guilders. A nice T500 cost me six hundred guilders. When I was rich there was a very nice CB 750 K2 for two thousand peak and a Laverda SF for 3.250 rock-hard guilders.

In the meantime, those prices are only to be dreamed about

Because all the motorcycles I mentioned are no longer 'old', but 'classic'. It is only when you compare the current classic prices with the new prices of current motorcycles that they are still not really expensive. Because 'a lot of money' does not have to be expensive.
Motorcycling from the pure budget angle of our early childhood is still possible. But then you just have to have grown with the calendar. There is now an almost overwhelming range of motorcycles from the second half of the eighties, first half of the nineties for amounts under € 1.000. We are talking about neat, good motorcycles between 400-1200 cc. Most of that offering consists of 600 cc Japanese four-cylinder. And you can still see how many 600 cc Diversions were sold at the time. But you also have FJ1100 and 1200's for less than € 1.000. Much of the offer consists of stuff with tubs from the yogurt box color era. From machines that have never been able to appeal to me optically. But on the scale of ugliness, those engines are still amply surpassed by the soft custom twins of a cc or 400-450. In addition, the Kawasaki Ltd's are so convincingly awkwardly styled that an acquaintance of mine doesn't even manage to give his copy away. But if we think back to our younger years: motorcycling can still be very cheap.

The end of tinkering

In addition, the current generation of cheap - perhaps once classic - motorcycles is just about the last on which you as a motorcyclist can do some technical maintenance yourself. They are still largely - well: let the ignition and rev counter be electronic - free from electronics. In terms of power and performance, even those horribly ugly Kawa Limited twins are even more than traffic compatible

But yes: the current budget offer has little to do with our memories and emotions

In fact, many of us find the styling of that era just plain ugly. So what do you do with such a thing? Well: just possibly the same as what we used to do with our then not yet classic motorcycles. To drive. Grab the motorbike to get tobacco, cigarettes or a crate of beer. That aside from the fact that many of us nowadays live smoke-free and low alcohol. Such a 'knakenfiets' does not steam with passion. But it is a motorcycle. A motorcycle about which you don't have to worry too much about an unexpected rain shower or a scratch on the tank. Just one thing to enjoy useless driving if you want to get some fresh air. Because for the real moments of enjoyment you have your real classic. That is the machine for the added emotional value. And that it also has a certain financial value nowadays? Well, it has already been said: a whole new motorcycle is more expensive. But who wants to be seen on a machine that is 'the ideal platform for your smartphone'? So go crazy: buy a neat Diversion 700 with suitcases for € 600. In any case, shopping becomes fun.

And if you keep your purchase a little tidy? Then you will have an enormously valuable, usable classic at home in 25 years' time. Top!

It cost 2.250 guilders. Just before the euro time
A knakenfiets: Neo classic or Handy for extra?
A kind of pug ...
A world bike for small change

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  1. My first bike.
    A red Honda CB500 from 1976.
    There was a Rickman racing fairing that went off first.
    I didn't like it.
    Have the valves and carburettors adjusted by Bas van Asten.
    It almost knocked me over because he found out during test driving that the front brake was not working.
    I drove my entire military service to Utrecht and later Mönchen-Gladbach.
    Ah, my poor mother.
    For over 20 years on a 1978 CX

  2. A Yamaha XJ 700 S from 1985 still has enough power for me and has been my tour bike for 9 years to ride some nice kilometers at the age of 68, possibly with my biker babe on the back, nice and relaxed had only walked 22.000 miles at the time I bought it for € 775, = added a few leather bags with a tool roll and a screen on the front.
    I can maintain the engine myself (luckily) it stays nice and cheap until I stop driving.

  3. Many people do not differentiate between classics and just old motorcycles or cars, as long as it is old is worth the money! Nonsense !!

  4. VX800, I also sent it.
    Except for a somewhat weak front fork, a moped that is seriously undervalued.
    Sends fine.
    I was used to the weak frame of my Kawa 1000 and the first corner I waited for the signals from the frame.
    I had never gone through a corner this fast ...
    There was some frame development work between the Kawa and the Soes.
    Drove half the world to their eyes with that thing ..
    Ultimately give it away.

  5. Classic mopeds (so yes: 49cc) are not cheap anymore either; many an oldie has an asking price that makes you quiet ...

    Knakenbikes are fun for you; it is not something and will never become something, too many have been produced for that.

    • On the other hand: they have also been flickered away en masse or transformed into a cafe racer, scrambler, bobber or waddannook. There are fewer Opel Kadettjes left than Ferarri's. That idea.

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