the ongoing question: RC51 collectibility?
Yes, I know many threads already exsist on this topic. Most of them are a few years old and debate whether or not the bike will become collectible. I don't need to debate that point as I believe they have been a classic since they hit showroom floors.
What I would like to discuss is, now that the median age of an RC51 is about 10 years: has the bike reached the bottom of its depreciation curve? When will it start gaining in value? Which examples will be worth the most? Which modifications will help or hurt the value? And where do you see the bike 10, 20, 30, 40 even 50 years from now?
Personally, I think this is the best time to get one. I don't think they are going to shoot up in value any time soon, but I do think you'll see them creep up over the next ten years and probably level off. At that point they may have reached their original retail price of about $10k. I think in about 25 years you'll start to see some impressive figures for these machines, possibly close to $20k in today's dollars for low mileage SP2's. Original bikes will start becoming more desirable as you can't hardly find one today that doesn't have an undertail kit, I don't think a pair of Sato's will ever hurt the value, nor will a good dyno tuned map.
Obviously this is all speculative, for all I know I could be trying to unload my Nicky Hayden edition for two grand less than what I paid for it. But unless I lay it down, I find that scenario highly unlikely. Anyway, I'd love to get your input on this topic, go as far into the future as you want.