Top 10 Modern Classics

History will look kindly on these bikes

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2. MV Agusta F3

MV Agusta F3

We know there are a number of MV Agustas that belong on this list. However, it’s been nearly 40 years since MV last churned out a three cylinder, and the F3 is equally stunning now as the 500cc racer of 1974 was when it was introduced.

Three cylinders, 675cc, engine-brake, wheelie and traction control, plus a counter-rotating crankshaft set the F3 apart from its four-cylinder brothers and most everything else on the road. And let’s not forget its sexy curves; if looks alone could win comparison tests, the others don’t even need to show up. At $13,999, expect the F3’s value to drop slightly in the short term. However, we think it’ll be a fine investment for the long haul.

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  • Greg Morris

    I can not believe you guys left out the Suzuki SV-650.

  • Grant Ray

    Even in terms of US-spec bikes, this list is seriously weak. Brand new sport bikes like the S1000R and the 1199 are great, but you guys should really know better than to be so narrow-minded about what makes a classic. No KTM 950/990 Adventure? No Bimota V-Due? No Ducati Sport Classic? No Aprilia SXV? No Honda XR650R? No BMW HP2 Enduro? That’s just off the top of my head.

  • Nils G

    I kept reading through, wondering when the V-Max would show up. So, where is it?

  • Dusty P

    How about any of the Buell XB lightnings? Not only were they technologically unique, but there’s the whole Buell legacy, the fact that the company no longer exists, would be cause for a lot of exclusivity down the road. There’s not a bike in this list more unique than an XB.