What current bikes will become classics?

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  1. krzydmnd

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    I'm watching a moto documentary and they're discussing the McQueen Metisse which just makes my pants tight.

    What are some current bikes that you think may become classics in their own right in 20+ years?

    Who is doing it right, right now?

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  2. Andyvh1959

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    Wow, that's a tough one. Decades ago some bikes became classics because those bikes just did everything better. In the mid 60s a number of Hondas did just that and at prices that many could enjoy the bikes; CB450 Black Bomber, 250 Elsinore, CB750. Early superbikes like the GS1000, KZ1000, CBX1000. Now there are SO many bikes that do SO many things so well that real standouts are less common, and so many bikes have become so alike. Maybe something like the cross-plain crank Yamaha? Some bikes with unique suspensions that actually worked well for many years. Maybe even the 300hp supercharged Kawasaki or a BMW S1000RR.
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  3. Gham

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    I kinda wonder about 10 years down the road if the current Guzzi V7's will be sought out as an inexpensive tourer for the next generation
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    Ducati Monster, Hayabusa and Aprilia RS250 are the first that come to mind in more recent history.
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  6. Andyvh1959

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    A Harley electric as a future classic? Doubt it. Just because it is different doesn't make it a future classic. If it truly was the best early electric motorcycle out there then maybe, but its not even on the open market like a Brammo or Zero. Like the Harley Nova its simply an engineering study.

    I am not a Harley rider, but a few Harleys come to mind as possible future classics: the FXR chassis line, to include the FXRT, the Duece maybe, the VRod because of the unique to Harley engine, the XR1200 (because it is such a good overall bike).
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    I might be biased but the 950/990 Adventure perhaps... They have that rally styling that KTM has abandoned lately with the 1x90 generation.
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    Ducati Sport Classics
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  12. krzydmnd

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    I could see the Ducati Scrambler becoming a classic. The original R1 will for sure be one, if it isn’t already (can’t believe it’s turning 20?!). The original BMW GS Adventure? Aprilia RSV4?
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    I mean, I know the feeling, but neither of those bikes are really not that recent anymore...
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    Not current at 27 years old but any of the early Hinckley Tridents, especially the first 900, or the early 1200 Trophies might b a good bet on an appreciating classic, or at least a bike that you could hold on to for a few years and not lose much come resale time.

    Slightly more modern, the Japanese pocket rockets , the exquisite 400s like the RVF400, GSXR400, ZXR400 etc. Not just because they were great bikes but there is also the scarcity value as most of them were Japanese market bikes that weren´t released officially in Europe or the USA.

    Slab sided GSXRs are already getting collectible. I´d expect the original CBR900 Fireblades to go the same way soon.
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    These bikes are 20 plus years old and destined to find their rightful place in America's motorcycle history.

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    CBX is another which is a classic already and a collectors item
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    Yes, tidy CBX's already command handsome sums.
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    Most of the bikes already mentioned are already somewhat collectable/classic.

    Current bikes (ones less than 5 years old) that will be collectible would have to be relatively low volume sellers, or unique ones that 30 year olds today would like to buy now if they had the $. And since motorcycling seems to be declining in popularity, it will have to be something with cachet or high performance.

    So
    Aprilia V4s
    4V and V4 Ducatis, especially S, R, commemorative, and tri-colre
    KTM RC8R
    Some Moto Guzzis and Triumphs (if their legacy continues through the next age group or two)
    Most Harleys (history shows there is no such thing as a valueless HD), though the sheer volume may prevent that. The name carries a lot of weight with a lot of people.
    Maybe some Indians: but I don't think so- the name doesn't have the same appeal to people under the current buying age.
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    high performance sportbikes, especially up-spec versions (i.e., Honda SP, Yamaha R1M, HP4, Kawasaki H2, etc..)

    Then again, maybe the BossHoss, Vultus, Grom, & Rune will be the most sought classics with folks in 20 years :lol3
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  20. Andyvh1959

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    A Boss Hoss? Now that is funny. I could see the tube frame Buells of the mid to late 90s becoming eventual classics as they still had the early development uniqueness about them.
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