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Top 10 bikes currently surging in value

Published: 17 June 2017

Updated: 15 June 2017

Bikes for sale

It's the Top of the flops

They failed to hit the right notes when new, but these bikes are now surging up the used bike hit parade. Here are the top 10 climbers, and all are available on

You can’t hit the nail on the head every time, and some of the greatest songs ever written failed to top the charts purely down to bad timing. Release a song at the right moment and it can take the world by storm and sell millions; fail to get your timings correct and you get beaten by Robson and Jerome.

You can read more about these bikes and why they’re worth so much more now in this week’s issue of MCN, out now. 

10. Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R - 2006/07

The Wheelbarrow gains traction

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R for sale

Seller says

“2006 (06) Kawasaki ZX10R in green with 21,866 miles on the clock. The bike is fitted with a Datatool alarm, Arrow twin exhausts plus standards, Hugger, Tinted screen, Seat cowl plus seat, R&G crash bobbins plus forks, Tail tidy and swing arm bobbins.” 

9. Suzuki B-King - 2007/12

A stillborn concept turned cult machine

Suzuki B-King motorcycle for sale

Seller says

“Grey, the B-king is becoming a rare beast to obtain. a true monster of a naked bike that is surprisingly nimble and agile for its size., 1 owner, Service history, Clean bodywork, Akrapovic exhausts, Seat Cowl.”

8. Buell XB12 - 2003/10

Quirky always sells

Buell XB12 motorcycle for sale

Seller says

“The Buell XB12R Firebolt is a real man's machine that works. Harley-Davidson engine mated to a stubby, innovative, high-tech aluminium frame with lots of well thought out touches makes a superb, nimble sports bike. The Buell XB12R may not be the fastest thing in a straight line but awesome in corners and stacks of fun. As a sports bike or even a track day tool, the Buell XB12R Firebolt's handling works. Steering's so rapid you look and the motorcycle turns. But it manages this without being unstable too, testament that Buell's innovations work.”

7. Ducati Sport Classic range - 2005/10

The worst timing – ever!

Ducati Sport Classic motorcycle for sale

Seller says

“A stunning example of a Ducati Sport classic, The Sport classic range is only going one way in terms of value and that's upwards! This bike has the Termignoni exhausts fitted as well as the full fearing also supplied is the standard exhaust and fearing. We will carry out a full belt and valve clearance service before the new owner takes delivery also this Sport classic will be supplied with a full MOT and 12 month parts and labour warranty.” 

6. Aprilia Moto 6.5 - 1995/2002

A case of design gone mad

Aprilia Moto 6.5

Seller says

“This example is in its original state as designed by Philippe Starck. Powered by a BMW F650 single cylinder motor, the Aprilia Moto 6.5 was designed as a chic town motorcycle and that's where it works best. Nimble steering, a narrow seat and plush, pot-hole-proof suspension makes it ideal at traffic carving. The Aprilia Moto 6.5's straightforward Rotax five-valve is identical to that powering the last generation Aprilia Pegaso so it's fairly brisk, flexible and fault-free. 2390 kilometres on the clock, the bike will be serviced and come with 12 month’s MOT. This bike has been imported from the Continent and will be UK registered on an age-related number plate upon sale.”

5. Kawasaki KLV1000 – 2004/06

It’s a Suzasaki…

Kawasaki KLV1000 motorcycle for sale

Seller says

“HPI clear, print out included (there was an issue with the HPI flagging up a discrepancy with the mileage on their database but all previous MOT's back up mileage correctly). Good service history stamped in book + good MOT history. Owners manual is also included., Next MOT due 18/08/2017. Bodywork and tyre condition are both good. It comes in Metallic Orange. The previous owners have fitted the Givi VR46 top box, MRA screen with adjustable spoiler and the handle bar pull back raisers. This has also had a new top grade Regina chain fitted. There are a couple of small cracks to the offside side fairing but other than this it is in a good overall condition.”

4. Yamaha MT-01 – 2005/10

So near, yet so far

Yamaha MT-01 motorcycle for sale

Seller says

“MOT 18-May-2018 Completely standard Great condition 1 previous owner.” 

3. Suzuki GSX1400 - 2002/08

Retro mile-muncher

Suzuki GSX1400 motorcycle for sale

Seller says

“GSX1400K2, 6 owners from new, good condition all round and in nearly standard trim.”

2. Harley-Davidson XR1200 -2008/13

Harley’s European attack that fell flat

Harley-Davidson XR1200 motorcycle for sale

Seller says

“1202cc, 2010 10 Reg, 5,575 miles, Metallic Orange, FSH, stunning condition, alarm, immobiliser, seat cowl. Torque hammer exhaust, HPA air filter kit, Saddleman seat, Ohlins fork internal kit, Bitubo rear shocks. from our great selection of absolute top quality used bikes. £6,995.” 

1. Honda SP-1 – 2000/01

Honda’s V-twin world-beater

Honda SP-1 motorcycle for sale

Seller says

“This Honda VTR1000 SP1 comes with exceptionally low mileage for its age and is showing just 3328km on the clocks. With one owner from new, this bike was first registered in July 2002 and comes with service history and is presented in very good original condition.”

And you can find plenty more on the MCN Bikes For Sale website or MCN's Bikes For Sale App.

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