Well, "classics", but also interesting older bikes... I sold my '78 Yamaha SR500 this week. Five years ago I paid $3k for it. This week I sold it at a friendly price in today's SR market, to a mate for $4k. I can't remember how many kms I rode on it, but it was in the tens of thousands and it gave me a lot of joy. It's as though the motorcycle fairy (NiteKreeper?) came along and said, "Here, have a free motorcycle for five years. No, let me restate that: have a passion-arousing classic bike with heaps of character and kudos, for free for five years. And now that your five years is up here is your $3k back, and we'd like to give you $1000 as a parting gift." Not bad. And I'm sure the current owner just bought himself a free bike. This applies also to interesting older bikes: a few years ago I sold a Suzuki GR650 after having 18 months of fantastic riding on it. Although they went on to sell for $2.5 -$3k for a while just afterwards, at the time I happily sold mine for $1500...after having paid $1500 for it originally. I bought it without rego etc, and sold it the same way. That was a great 18 months of free riding. (As an aside to this topic, My '98 Hornet 600 was hardly a classic nor an old interesting bike, it was rather an example of the seller wanting to get rid of a bike in a hurry. I bought it with rego for $2.7k. 18 months and 30,000km later I sold it unregistered for $3k.) I just paid today for my next bike, $4k. They don't make them anymore and they're definitely classics. I expect it'll just keep my money warm for me until I need it again in a few years.... In the meantime I'll enjoy riding free, for free.