As manageable as the space needed to keep one and easy to maintain, a 1970's superbike is a wise choice whether for pure riding pleasure or as a sensible investment - or both.
The GT750 was Suzuki's flagship model and it was the last and greatest two-stroke motorcycle they created. Motorcycle journalists commonly described the GT750 as 'awesome'.
The Dream CB750 Four was truly a monumental landmark in the history of motorcycles and its launch in 1969 caused Kawasaki to delay the launch of their own Superbike and return to the drawing board to think again.
The giant killing legend of the eighties. Compact and nimble, these are the machines that every young motorcyclist of the era dreamt of owning. Even today they are a hugely exciting and very capable machines - an absolute joy to own & ride.
The Z1 was introduced in 1972 and the four cylinder double overhead cam engine was the most powerful production motorcycle engine made . It soon became widely referred to as 'The King' and it positively ruled the roads.
Honda created a landmark motorcycle and what is often considered the worlds first modern Superbike with the CB750. The beefy four cylinder SOHC machine was revealed in 1969 and included the first disc brake seen on a mainstream motorcycle.
The Japanese muscle bike icon of the Seventies. Kawasakis' Z1 summed up the spirit of Seventies super biking. It burst on to the scene in 1972 dominating the decade with performance that put it way ahead of the opposition.
The Z1 was the fastest motorcycle of its day and the Z1A was the second evolution. The only differences were the paintwork and minor technical modifications. Z1s' are the pinnacle of collectable Japanese motorcycles.
Kawasakis' Z1 summed up the spirit of Seventies super biking. It burst on to the scene in 1972 dominating the decade with performance that put it streets ahead of the opposition. The Z1A is the second evolution.
A stylish all round motorcycle with the best handling of the era and ample power. The super smooth four cylinder twin cam engine has developed a reputation of being bomb proof. Without doubt the most usable seventies classic.
A beast of a motorcycle and with the largest capacity and power output of any production bike manufactured at the time meant that nobody could then deny that Yamaha offered a true superbike in their line-up.
A very usable triple cylinder sports bike. Introduced in 1976 it improved each year until 1981 when it finished its production run as an 850. Standard specification included triple disc brakes, cast wheels and CV carburettors.
The 400 topped Yamaha’s RD range and well and truly earned its legend of being a giant killer. They were fast, furious and it was no wonder they were the dominant tool for production racing.
Kawasaki's third evolution of the legend, the H2B, maintained all the charisma and thrills of the original but the package was tidied up nicely with tighter handling courtesy of a longer wheelbase and revised geometry.
Maybe not superbikes in terms of mass but certainly superbikes in terms of capability. The LC Yamahas are milestone machines that took us out of the seventies and storming into a new era. They became known as giant killers for good reason.
Not from the seventies but an achingly beautiful and collectable motorcycling milestone all the same. It is not just a pretty face either as its race record of three consecutive World Superbike Championships titles confirms.
Smooth, fast and civilised. The DOHC CB900F is a sophisticated package and pushes the perception of just how good and usable a 35 year old classic bike can be. It was not exported to the USA at this time and so remains comparatively rare.
An iconic seventies collectable. Designed and built particularly for the younger motorists. Super fun and now super rare it is estimated that just 200 are currently left on the road. They raise a smile on the drivers face - and everybody elses.
The four-stroke GS750 was a substantial technical advance over the outgoing range of two-strokes that Suzuki were famed for. Despite being 'just' 750cc they were the fastest Japanese motorcycle available in 1976. The GSs' are a most usable classic.
When introduced in 1976 this was the best sports motorcycle money could buy. Reaching speeds of more than 140 mph it was the fastest production motorcycle to date and has become the legendary motorcycle of the 1970's.
40 years ago the Kawasaki Z1 ruled the roads. There have been big advances in motorcycle dynamics during that time but this modified 'Zed' retains all of the original charisma with performance that is bang up to date.
The six cylinder, 1047cc, 24 valve engine delivered 105 BHP and the bike itself handled the enormous power superbly with stable handling and fantastic brakes. It could reach 140mph which was sensational by standards of the day.