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post #1 of 16 Old 07-22-2007, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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Question Will the Vstrom become a classic?

I was following an old BMW home from work the other day, a nice bike in the middle of restoration. A couple of days later, a relative stopped by a family gathering with his "new" '72 Honda CB350. What a great bike... brought back a lot of memories.

All of this made me wonder if the V-Strom will become a classic in 30 years. It's a great bike, affordable, easily accessible, not unlike the CB350.

What do you think? Will people be restoring 'Stroms in 2037?

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There will always be somebody somewhere who will find one and restore it but if you are wanting to know whether keeping a Strom is an investment in the way a Brough Superior or an original Bonneville is then IMO the answer will be a firm no.
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It'll be a classic in a Bette Midler kind of a way!:mrgreen:

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It'll be a classic in a Bette Midler kind of a way!:mrgreen:
Now that's funny!

I don't think our bikes will even gain the collectiblity status of a Transalp (which I don't really understand why they are so popular). Either way, I'm enjoying it NOW.

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I've thought about it, and I doubt it. Too much plastic and electronics. But who knows, in 30 years you might be able to ask a replicator to produce any part. Assuming of course, there is any gas left to run the thing and private property is still allowed.

I'm gonna take care of mine, ride it till it dies, then see what's available then.

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We won't have to restore them in 30 years. They will still be running and Suzuki will still be making them.
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Not a classic in the since of a Norton or other type classic but definitely a bike that can be kept and ridden for 20 years and if they quit making it someone will say, "That bike is sweet. What is it?!"
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I was following an old BMW home from work the other day, a nice bike in the middle of restoration. A couple of days later, a relative stopped by a family gathering with his "new" '72 Honda CB350. What a great bike... brought back a lot of memories. <snip>
What do you think? Will people be restoring 'Stroms in 2037?
I think bike sales from the 1970's / early 80's were at a high that make a lot more people nostalgic then would be the case today. http://www.jama.org/statistics/motor...sales_year.htm shows overall bike sales were ~3 million per year around 1980, compared to 700K in recent years. Bikes that stayed around virtually unchanged throughout that period (i.e. BMWs, Honda CB750/350, Yamaha XS650 / RD350) had a lot of people riding them. IMHO, I doubt the DL will become a classic - I think the people riding the DL now, are the people who started on classics?

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I think the people riding the DL now, are the people who started on classics?
That is the way I was thinking about it. The guy who bought the CB350 says he gets waves from just about every rider who is thirty years old or more, because a lot of them learned how to ride on a CB.

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probably not...

But I think its sibling the SV 650 will. There is a whole lot of aftermarket stuff and club racing for that bike. It is just too good for the money. You should see the SV forums and see what they do with em. Our little engine will have years of support.

Unfortunately with all our plastic bits, I don't think many will be around after 10 years. Yes, somebody could make a mold and do body work, but it probably isn't worth it. If someone were to start buying crashed bits and put them in a barn, maybe......

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