badndn Posted November 21, 2013 Share Posted November 21, 2013 (edited) Been pondering this. I see a bunch of people pretty much giving their Gilroy or KM bike away to buy a 2014 Chief. I am trying to predict the future by remembering the past. I think the PP100 Chiefs in particular will start becoming somewhat desirable sooner rather than later with the new Sheriff in town. These bikes have what it takes to be sought after. Low production (rare) and beautiful. They also have another thing that makes them like musclecars or any other vintage car. They harken back to a simpler style and time. The PP100 bikes are a simple motorcycle. No EFI, no real computer. They have the classic V-twin look and arguably one of the prettiest engines ever made. All this makes them prime targets for restorers and collectors on down the road. I remember in 1978 seeing a white Hemi Superbird sitting on a used car lot on a corner in Charlotte NC. The price was written in shoe polish on the windshield..."1200.00 LOW MILES". Even then I knew the Superbird was a special car, but I rode right by it to another car lot and bought my first Corvette. A 1970 LT-1. A rare care too. Paid 3600.00 for it. Long story short, I kept the 70 Vette until 1984 and traded it in on a brand new 1984 Corvette. For those that don't know about Corvettes, Chevrolet didn't make an 83, they shut down production and introduced the "ALL NEW" 1984 model with all the bells and whistles. Uninhibited use of plastic and electronic bullshit everywhere, Bose stereo, digital dash, Crossram TBI, etc.. It was a NICE car. It was a GOOD car. It had issues, but most were easy fixes and were first year glitches. I drove the car until 1995. Put over 300000 miles on it. Could not have asked for a better car. BUT...it lacked something. It lacked the grit that the 1970 Vette had. It wasn't easy to maintain or fix and when it broke, it was big bucks. I sold the wore out 1984 for a few thousand bucks. By then, the Musclecar trend had become HUGE. The white Superbird I road past would easily fetch 1/4 million and that LT-1 Vette would easily go for 100k. The old 1984 that was a mass produced wonder that everybody loved is still sitting in the guys backyard that bought it from me. He MIGHT could get 1000.00 for it. Maybe. So..the moral of the story is...Boys (and Girls) don't sell your rare Superbird to buy a common Barn Sparrow. If you want a Barn Sparrow, buy that too. But don't give your Superbird away to get it. The KM bikes will become collectible and desirable at some point too. If for no other reason than rarity. It's guaranteed. I think the current concept of lower price, mass produced Indians will hasten the process. At some point, rejetting your carb will become cool again. Indian owners will long to have a bike that they can actually tune and work on. lol My opinion. What's yours? Edited November 21, 2013 by badndn 9 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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