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In under 200 words please.
Good question. There may well be a formalish definition, something like anything over 15 years old...so that insurance co's can categorise any old nail but...I reckon it's something like - an iconic and instantly identifiable machine that most people would recognise as representative of it's class.This means that many modern bikes are probably classicsFireblade (especially the twin headlamp models)GS BMW'sVFR Hondasand so on as well as the usual older stuff.
2 definitions:1) A vehicle made before a set date, eg 1975 or something2) A highly desirable vehicle from whenever, it's desirability proven by something like a 2nd hand value higher than it's retail value.or something!
An instantly recognisable design that anyone remembers if if you mention the name eg E type Jag, The Mini , Ducati 916 , Porsche 911 .
If someone says it's a classic, that's a start.
I can tell none of you lads have owned one... here's my definition:Something that people think they want. The people who own them wish they didn't as they drink money, in the shape of spares, labour and headache by the gallon; they never look any better than when you got them and you sell them for less than the cost of the last service. However they're fun to ride and superb if you get a good example.
Irn Bru FreakWhat constitutes a classic... wrote
What constitutes a classic...?In under 200 words please.
ClassicI think 'Having lasting significance or worth; enduring' is best for bikes.
That's not a classic, that's a motorbike ... any motorbike.
three words long , term , appeal if after 20 years people are still paying good money for them and they are actively sought after its a classic
I got wood.
A 'classic' is a bike that exists in smaller numbers than the number of people who want to to own one. The whole classic bike scene is a mind game supported by mutual self interest, the players often afraid that if it isn't taken seriously the value of their collections will diminish. These people (usually men) have a habit of standing around with their collections and bid the prices up.
There appears to be 2 definitions applied to bikes..Bikes that are for sale at ridiculous prices by dealers.................Classsic Same bike when you try to trade it in at same dealer...................Undesirable old POS
we've all got our own idea of what a classic is, i raced with the classic club in the early eighties and in those days their idea of a classic was anything expensive and british,japs were just a fly in the ointment and certainly not classed as classics
Nothing defines "classic," quite like this:
hit the nail on the head!
you sell them for less than the cost of the last service.
Really?Which is the expensive part of an old Brit service?
ink ink wrote
Really? Which is the expensive part of an old Brit service?
The gallon tub of hand cleaner.
Which is the expensive part of an old Brit service?
You don't appear to be a classic bike enthusiast so why are you here?
Bike Breaker wrote
Trying to get some pipe stems bitten off.Like all groups of motorcyclists classic enthusiasts can take things way too seriously. (I've been there and done that!)
Aint ape hangers like that illegal in the uk?
Mancunian Lee wrote
Dunno, but I think they're frowned upon in the Owners' Club.
That's blasphemy , I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder and all that but what a fucking waste. If you're going to use a Vincent engine in a "special" at least do it right, like this
Whatever it is that you have and are trying to sell at a price vastly greater than what it's worth.
I do believe I've kept my old MZ mouldering in the back of the garage long enough to change from unloved DDR junk into a classic!
Anything that reminds middle aged men of their youth....for my generation that's the LC and Katana.
Panther, Ariel red Hunter (where is VLB268?) advance and retard levers, C11G to name a few, I still ride, but insurance companies look at me when I say I have been riding biggies since I was 16!
gsxr 750 1985 -1987....classic/ old school bikes.
Oooh Slabbies, looked like french 24hr endurance bikes when they came out... I suddenly have this need to search E-bay & Gumtree!
I got one a GSXR1100L 1990 vintage and owned it since 1993
Too simple, however, evocation of past times, instantly recognisable as it is different for some reason, normally from a time when vehicles all looked different hence recognizable. I have a 1969 long wheelbase Land Rover diesel, and a brace of Yamaha 535's I also have a RE 2011 Woodsman. The Yammy's being one at 21 and a lovely ride and the other almost 30 but needing a bit of TLC are going to be classics due to smallish bike, fairly light but more importantly shaft drive so low maintenance cost wise.