Buying a bike? Do your research

Published: 13 August 2017

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Some bikes may sound too good to be true and that’s often because they are

I recently warned against overpriced bikes with misleading descriptions. Sure enough, the following day my eyes fell on an online auction for a Honda CB750KZ - the first DOHC model.

Bidding was already over five grand, thanks to a glowing description that referred potential buyers to the fact that SOHC Honda CB750s were now fetching up to £25k (which they are in some cases).  

It also claimed that this was the last air-cooled Honda 750 and that the DOHC bikes were ‘originally only sold in the USA, but a few were sold in Europe.’ This simply isn’t true. It was launched in Europe, as well as in the US.

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Fact: the KZ model was withdrawn very fast. It suffered from a few mechanical issues but chiefly, it was an overweight, ill-handling pig. Honda revamped it into the CB750F and that was much more like it. It also wasn’t the ‘very last of the Honda air-cooled bikes’, as the CBX750 and the Nighthawk were selling well into the 1990s.

To put this in perspective, another KZ, in similar condition (except for a Marshall 4-1 exhaust and fitted with a Vetter windjammer fairing, which is quite desirable on its own), sold for £1140. As I said before, beware.

I’m not sure why, but the Triumph Daytona 955i seems to be underpriced right now. I thought two grand for a 2007 model with 19,000 miles was a bargain... until I saw a 2002 model, with similar mileage and a brand new fuel pump fitted, make just £1400.  

The collectable Daytona, is the Cosworth-tuned 900, of which they made just 150. A 41,000-miler recently made £2650 and came with loads of spares. This would be my choice as superb ones are making much more, meaning decent ones will get pulled up in their wake.

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