Future classics

Published: 28 February 2014

2003 Ducati 999
Few bikes have proved as controversial as Pierre Terblanche’s replacement for the iconic 916 and this fact alone makes it a worthy future classic.

Launched in 2003 the 999 instantly hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons. The graceful and flowing lines of the 916 were replaced with an angular look, weird stacked headlights and a double sided swingarm. Ahead of its time or just plain ugly?

The jury was split when it came to the styling and this caused sales to be slow.
In a desperate attempt to rekindle market share Ducati updated the 999 in 2005 by removing two of the vents at the front, giving it a more pleasing look, and increasing power to 140bhp, but that wasn’t enough to save the 999 and after just four years it was replaced by the 1098.

Ten years since it first graced our roads the 999 is rapidly being seen as a future classic due to its brief life span and troubled history. Collectors are drawn to bikes with a quirk rather than the run of the mill and few can argue the 999 sticks out in the timeline of Ducati superbikes.

With a 2003 999 costing around £3,500 you can own this future classic for a very reasonable amount, or you can push the boat out and get a 999S with Öhlins suspension for around £4,500 or even the stunning 999R for closer to £9,000. Although they are yet to properly turn in value, there is no doubt that prices of the 999 are only going to go one way… 

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2009 Yamaha YZF-R1
The 2009 R1 was the first Yamaha superbike to use the ‘cross-plane crankshaft’ engine, something that separated it from the rest of the Japanese litre bikes. For a future investment get the ‘pink’ frame model, it was only built for one year and was certainly a talking point!

2007 BMW HP2 Sport
An HP2 Sport will cost you the thick end of £10,000, but you will never lose money on this iconic BMW. The most powerful Boxer to date is a stunning bit of engineering and a truly staggering machine that has hardly depreciated since its launch in 2007. A glorious machine to own, ride or simply just look at.

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