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Classic motorcycles still power our dreams. From the quintessential Harley Davidson to the classic Vespa, two-wheelers hold a prime place in the hearts of collectors. What are the trends in this market and how can you buy safely? We invite you to read on as our motorcycle experts answer 5 common questions about buying motorcycles online.

1. What determines the value of a classic motorcycle?

Value is an interesting variable in a sector where demand is often higher than supply for many models. The value depends on factors such as the mechanical and aesthetic condition of the motorcycle, its history, rarity and the demand fluctuations since the motorcycle’s release. The demand for 1960s – 1970s models are currently on the rise, but older models are still actively sought-after by collectors throughout Europe.

The value of a classic motorcycle depends on factors such as the mechanical and aesthetic condition of the motorcycle, its history and rarity and demand fluctuations 
2. What should I check before before bidding on a motorcycle on Catawiki?

Our in-house motorcycle experts check and confirm all descriptions and details for each motorcycle offered up for auction. Therefore many aspects that are frequently recommended to check before buying a motorcycle online have already been checked for you by a team of specialists in the motorcycle field. It is nevertheless necessary to ensure that the model can be registered in the country of your choice, and at what cost, before placing a bid. Within the European Union, motorcycles older than 30 years can normally be registered as a classic vehicle, which is relatively easy. Although changes in registration are often straightforward within the EU, some brands or models can be problematic: our in-house expert’s role is also to inform and advise potential buyers about these procedures.

Buying a motorcycle on Catawiki is easy; many important checks have already been carried out for you by our in-house motorcycle experts
3. What are ‘trendy’ brands?

Harley Davidson, Vespa and the beautiful English brands (Triumph, Vincent, Norton), followed closely by their inexhaustible German competitors – BMW – are all trendy brands. Italian brands are also well represented.

4. What are good investments?

Cycles and mopeds from the 1950s to the 1970s are increasing in value and popularity. They are pleasant for small trips, or as beautiful decoration. Often in addition to a large cylinder, they are a ‘pleasure’ investment for an affordable price, ranging from €500 to more than €5,000 for an exceptional model.

Cycles and mopeds from the 1950s to the 1970s are good investments
5. Where can I buy a motorcycle safely online?

There are many online auctions and marketplaces out there where you can find classic motorcycles, but who can you trust? Here at Catawiki, we combine the convenience of buying online with the trust of traditional auctions. Our team of in-house experts check every motorcycle offered up for auction for quality and authenticity. Their years of experience in the field allow them to curate auctions featuring only the best motorcycles, so you can bid with confidence. Take a look at our weekly selection in our Motorcycles auction.

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