Japanese motorcycles predominate in the forthcoming H&H Classics auction to be held at the National Motorcycle Museum on 2 March. The sale will feature 171 motorcycle entries – almost 25% (41) of them being Japanese – with a total estimate of £1.2m.
Japanese motorcycles appeared in the UK in large numbers during the late 1960s and early 1970s and helped bring about the decline of the once dominant British motorcycle industry.
These machines now are becoming sought after by collectors looking for the next good investment, as seen last year when H&H sold a 1969 pre-production Honda CB750 for £157,500.
The latest auction includes a collection of three Suzuki GSs, all at no reserve, a 1957 Honda Benly (second picture), a never started 1999 Yamaha YZF-R7, and an ex-Dave “the wheelie king” Taylor record-breaking 1974 Yamaha YZ400 (top picture).
Head of Motorcycle Sales at H&H Mark Bryan says: “It’s an important growing market and over the past 10 years in particular Japanese bikes have become more sought after. This very much highlights the age profile of the buyers who either rode or aspired to ride the bikes from that period, and who now can afford them.”