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Offline wurzel

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Re: 1977 Suzuki GT500
« Reply #20 on: January 11, 2018, 09:54:45 »
  They are a lovely bike, easy to ride,doesn't feel like a big bike,but can tramp on if you ask it too, mine has had the optional tune, gives more mid and top end go.

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Re: 1977 Suzuki GT500
« Reply #21 on: January 11, 2018, 13:32:42 »
If we've moved on from talking about that (very nice) GT500 to talking about KTM's they were all chatting on one of the motorhome forums about a special deal on some pre-reg 390's (ideal lightweight toy to take in/behind your van.....)...

Not sure if there are any left, I can't remember the dealer, it might be this......

http://www.ktmcentre.co.uk/bikes/used/view/3622/2017-ktm-duke-390-duke-abs

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Re: 1977 Suzuki GT500
« Reply #22 on: January 11, 2018, 14:17:05 »
  They are spot on for the back of a camper, mine will be gracing my van.

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Re: 1977 Suzuki GT500
« Reply #23 on: January 11, 2018, 17:36:14 »
Do you notice that there are not many images of it from the front, there is a very good reason for that  :-x Why oh why are bike designers always drugged off of their faces (DL650 XT Gleek, all current KTMs are perfect examples)  :bawl:
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Re: 1977 Suzuki GT500
« Reply #24 on: January 11, 2018, 17:57:44 »
  Mine is a 2016, no beak to speak of, I prefer it as it's lighter and lower than the 17.

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Re: 1977 Suzuki GT500
« Reply #25 on: January 11, 2018, 20:10:21 »



Why oh why?
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Re: 1977 Suzuki GT500
« Reply #26 on: January 11, 2018, 20:46:56 »
Looks like Kylo Ren... :roll:

Or maybe not! You certainly can't call it ordinary...
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Re: 1977 Suzuki GT500
« Reply #27 on: January 11, 2018, 21:27:50 »
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Re: 1977 Suzuki GT500
« Reply #28 on: January 13, 2018, 09:31:26 »
I'm generalising here so do not take it personally

I donít think it is quite that simple. Unfortunately you lost money because the bike you had was one which, so far, has not really grabbed the attention of collectors therefore they have not appreciated in value. For some reason that era of bikes in general have not performed like those from before and after. There are signs that it may be changing. Very good examples of the GS1000 are just starting to climb, as are naked Gold Wings. I am sure the XS will have its day eventually.
I donít believe the demand for classics is diminishing. Most classic bikes are owned by people who have at least one other bike and cover very few, if any miles. Many are just left on a SORN. I have owned many classics and been to view a huge amount and I could count on one hand the number that were the only bike in the garage. If you have a few grand sitting in the bank, buying a classic bike, or car, makes perfect sense. The interest on investments is virtually nil at present, so why not own something that is nice to look at and tinker with? The most important thing is to buy well. If buying something that is an established classic you must get one that is complete because certain parts can be unavailable or very expensive. In most cases it is best to buy one that is already in perfect, or very good, condition. If you buy a bad one and restore it you will struggle to get your money back. I have several bikes. Only three are currently taxed and motíd. Two are stashed away in my mother-in-laws garage in the hope they will go up in value. As with all investments, there is a risk. Classic vehicle values soared and crashed last time we had a major recession, but they have bounced back to greater heights this time around.  I am always on the look out for another. I quite fancy this GT in fact. I used to own a T500 which, apart from the tank and disc brake is pretty much the same bike.

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Re: 1977 Suzuki GT500
« Reply #29 on: January 13, 2018, 09:57:28 »
Saw the KTM at the bike show. Ugliest thing I have ever seen! Designer must have been on something.

I just bought a GT380 for all the 'old' 'I had one of those' reasons. Shame I didn't see the 500 before. I am looking forward of a summer of going back 45 years!.
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Re: 1977 Suzuki GT500
« Reply #31 on: January 13, 2018, 18:08:19 »
Go for a ride on a KTM 1290, being ugly, subjective anyway, will not even enter your head.

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Re: 1977 Suzuki GT500
« Reply #32 on: January 13, 2018, 19:04:26 »
I agree about beauty/ugliness of bikes. The T120 I bought in 2016 was IMO a nice bike to look at but it was a big disappointment in almost every other respect.
I'd much rather have what may be perceived as an ugly bike if it ticks all the other boxes. KTM's may be a bit different but they generally are fairly cutting edge in terms of design and performance.
I prefer my beaky V-Strom's looks to the older models but all very subjective.

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Re: 1977 Suzuki GT500
« Reply #33 on: January 21, 2018, 18:25:14 »
I've decided not to part with the bike - going to have to work hard at making more space but it's staying  :dance: :dance: :dance:

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Re: 1977 Suzuki GT500
« Reply #34 on: January 21, 2018, 18:55:37 »
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