Mike.Morgan wrote:As a younger member of the club (in my mid thirties) I see this as a cycle which will bring about the end of the club and most classic British bikes on the road.
1.People hold onto their bikes for too long, hoping the value will increase as much as possible as they become more of an asset than a bike to ride.
2.As values increase, younger riders can not afford to pay the prices being asked, therefore not using, riding and gaining the technical knowledge needed to maintain these bikes.
3.The experienced owners who have the expertise needed fall of their perch, taking their knowledge with them.
4. Younger riders struggle to keep their bikes running without these experts to refer to.
5. The market becomes flooded with bikes from the increasing number of deceased collectors and disgruntled younger riders unable to keep their bikes on the road.
6. Bikes become worthless and are eventually scrapped.
I quite agree Mike, aside from you saying you are in your mid thirties! Late thirties Mr Morgan, stop kidding yourself!