Vintage motorcycles are a thing of beauty. So, it is no surprise that so many people that favour two wheels over four, may look to start building their own collection of classic motorcycles. So, how can you go about starting to build and maintain a classic motorbike collection? Read on to find out more.
Buying Classic Bikes
Fortunately, in today’s day and age, it is relatively easy to find all kinds of vintage and classic bikes for sale. Classic motorbike auctions are one of the best places as you can often get a great deal and find some real gems, plus these events can be good fun and a way to meet other motorbike enthusiasts. The internet is your other main source, but you must be careful here and always use trusted platforms. It is always a good idea to see the bike in person before parting ways with any money. Additionally, there is always room for negotiation, so you can always look to get a lower price.
Where to Store Them
You will also need to think about where to store the vehicles. Giving bikes enough room to avoid collisions and scrapes is essential and protecting them from the elements is a must. A garage or showroom are both good options because these will prevent exposure and bolster security for your prized possessions.
How to Care for Them
Your classic bikes will need regular maintenance in order to keep them in good condition and to preserve their value. This should involve cleaning and polishing with gentle products, lubricating and oiling mechanical parts to avoid corrosion and checking the manual to see the best ways to care for the specific model. Servicing should be done regularly, either by yourself or a professional. Motorbikes are designed to be driven, so you should take each one out for a spin every once in a while, to keep everything ticking over. Collectors who do want to take their bikes for a spin could financially benefit from multi bike insurance, to protect yourself and your motorcycle in the event of an accident.
Maintaining the Value
You will also want to do all that you can to maintain the value, especially if you plan to sell at any point. Regular maintenance is the most important thing you can do, but you also need to ensure that any replacement parts are from the original manufacturer or as close to as possible. This will help to preserve the motorcycle mechanically and maintain its aesthetic value.
Starting a classic motorcycle collection can be incredibly rewarding and good fun. Vintage bikes are a thing of beauty and it is fascinating to see how they have developed over time, but starting a collection is a big decision and it is important that you know where to buy them, how to store them and the best ways to maintain and preserve their value.