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Future Classics: '97 Suzuki TL1000S, '94 Honda Fireblade & '98 Triumph T595 Daytona

Looking for an excuse to buy a bike that’s both great fun and a potential money-maker? Each of these beauties costs less than £2,500 but all are future classics still just flying below the radar of mainstream popularity. Try these three for size. Go on

The futures market is a hard one to predict. Unless you’ve secretly invented a flux-capacitor, strapped it to the back of your VFR and disappeared in a trail of flames across a Sainsburys’ carpark while a crazy old man with mad hair screams excitedly, you will have no idea what the future holds. But it is possible to have a fairly good guess, especially when it comes to investing in a potential classic bike.

Bricks and mortar are a sound investment, unless you live on a flood plain or near a rapidly eroding cliff but what’s the fun in sticking your cash in a house? Why not invest in something that you can actually enjoy? Which is where these three bikes come in.

Fairly obviously we’re not going to pretend buying a 1998 Triumph and hanging onto it for five years will make you a millionaire, but what each of these three bikes will do is hold their value, and quite possibly even improve on it. When it comes to justifying the purchase this makes them an ‘investment’. So what have we got?

Having set ourselves a maximum spending limit of £2,500 we searched the secondhands to see what potential classics had yet to start reaching silly money. The first to catch our eye was a Triumph T595 Daytona, the first ‘proper’ sportsbike to come out of Hinckley and a firm favourite with Triumph fans. At £2,500 this bike was not only mint, it was also a certain classic. Next was Suzuki’s TL1000S. When you are looking at a future investment the bike needs a reason for becoming a classic, and what better than a reputation as one of the nastiest bikes ever launched? Perfect, and at £2,195 it was cheap, if a little tatty. Finally a 1994 FireBlade caught the eye. In truth the stunning Urban Tiger paint scheme did. The 1994 isn’t as popular as the original 1992/93 model, but it’s still an early Blade and a bike that many have fond memories of.

So, with our assembled collection, which has a total cost less than a modern 600, we headed out onto cold roads to see if they’d be money well invested, or the motorcycling equivalent of involvement in a sub-prime loan…

Read on for the first of the future classics

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