Resale of restomod bikes?

Discussion in 'General' started by tinkerer, Dec 14, 2020.

  1. tinkerer

    tinkerer New Member

    Feb 9, 2020
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    Hi All,

    Happy Holidays! I am starting to purchase parts for my 1974 CT70 build, which is just a frame with a VT registration. Having had a 1970 CT70H as a kid, I know what the performance is like and not sure it's practical to ride in my area with 45-55 mph speeds. I was thinking about going the Chinese engine route of 155+ CCs, 2 inch swingarm, and inverted fork, but was wondering how marketable these restomod bikes are when completed should I decide to sell it. I realize a correctly restored 1974 will likely be worth more. Welcome all feedback.

  3. OLD CT

    OLD CT Well-Known Member

    May 15, 2006
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    The best thing to do is don't plan on getting all your money back on the resto mod investment. Even a stock rebuilt bike price point all depends on the quality that was invested in the resto. A bike full of clean aftermarkets parts and new paint is not going to bring as much as a low mile untouched bike. The real big money CT's are the true clean ''original'' bikes.;)
  4. fatcaaat

    fatcaaat Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2007
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    The market is extremely soft on rest-mod bikes, particularly those built with low quality chinese parts. If you are looking to make the bike ridable at speed, and retain value, you should keep your mods to a minimum, use high quality parts, and keep all the spares.

    Granted you just have a frame at this point, so it really doesn't matter what you do. You can probably go on FB to CT Modders and find a bike already built selling for much less than it will take you to build it. I have a titled, 1993 CT70 that is built using only the highest quality Japanese parts available, and cannot get so much as a 1/3 of what it cost to build it to sell it.

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