Underrated Classic Motorcycle

Robin Low
5 min readDec 23, 2022

We all know about the beautiful classics like the Kawasaki Z1 900, the bevel drive Ducati cafe racers, the Vincent Black Shadow breaking records at auctions and getting more unaffordable every year.

Here are some classic bikes that are great, and probably will increase in value in the coming years.

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In my list, I’m focusing on several key points that makes these bikes a classic, easily serviceable and rideable (and not just being a collectible)

Kawasaki GPZ900R

This bike is in the movie Top Gun and needs no introduction. It was Kawasaki’s and the world’s first 16-valve liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder motorcycle engine. It was also the first stock road bike to exceed 150 mph. (in 1984)

We can all see how the Kawasaki Z1–900 price has gone through the roof, and I expect this bike to be really expensive very soon. This bike has fairing, and it will cost a lot more now to find one with a nice set of plastic.

BSA Goldstar Clubman

This bike is the legendary cafe racer. The 500cc single is a simple engine yet powerful and effective. In the 1950s, it could reach 180kmh, making it the fastest production bike at that time.

BSA Goldstar is still a really fast bike, even in today’s standards. And many bikes today try to look like that. It rides great, agile and light, but the drum brakes are a little weak so precaution is needed when braking.

Harley Shovelhead FLH

The price of a Harley Shovelhead is already going up. I bought several since 2004, and they were US$4,000 in the past but can easily exceed $25,000 now.

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Robin Low

Author, Traveler, Innovator. Focuses on Social Impact and Innovation.