I’m thinking on getting a classic motorcycle. Or perhaps some off brand that one would not see on the roads. The problem is I don’t know much, read that as anything, about older motorcycles. Hell I don’t know much about motorcycles at all, at least in who makes what not how to ride silly.
Anyway I’m looking to see who knows what. Maybe see some pics. Hopefully someone may have owned one and knows a bit about them. The Hesketh motorcycles look kind of interesting. And the Brough Superior is one sweet looking machine, but way way way too expensive for me. They are selling, if they even come on the market, for $85,000+. That’s too much, by about 70 grand.
Next I’ve been looking at Nortons and they might be right up my ally. I’ve seen them go for cheap, between 1,000-10,000. I also understand that they still, or until recently, made a rotery engine for Europe.
So what I’m looking for is:
Price, hope to keep it under $15,000. While I will be getting a raise soon 15k is a lot to spend.
Reliablity, yes it’s an old motorcycle but some makes are much better then others. I know they will brake more often, but some will more then others. I would like to do at least some touring on it.
Parts, I will need to be able to get parts, even after market parts so while a really old machine that costs nothing will cost a ton if I have to have parts made.
Power, I will need something that will at least keep up with traffic. Probably something that goes at least 90mph. I can get by on my 600 Shadow quite well, but I don’t want to be run over.
So lets see what someone can come up with. I’ve been looking through my motorcycle books, but only one really has anything about older bikes and they don’t show enough pictures.