Somerset classic Motorcycles
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Thank you for visiting our website and letting us tell you who we are and what we do. We are Somerset Classic Motorcycles. We supply classic Japanese motorcycles around the UK (not just Somerset!).  
 
We are motorcyclists ourselves and still have a passion for it after very many years of riding. We put all our skills, experience and energies into looking for the best examples we can of a range of classic Japanese bikes.  
 
We specialise in bikes from the late 60’s to the early 80’s and typically from around 350cc up to 1,000cc. We offer both premium bikes which are typically higher value bikes with a great attention to detail but also everyday classics which are just as useable but may have more patina and signs of previous enjoyment!  
 
We will always aim for a price that’s fair to our customers and to give the friendliest and most helpful service. All our bikes are carefully chosen, prepared by experts and come with the information you need to give you confidence. 
 
We can deliver to your door in most areas of the UK, some areas cost more than others so do get in touch and we can confirm the cost, in some cases we can deliver without charge. 
Visits to view our bikes are by appointment only as many of our bikes are held in secure storage and therefore will be brought into our workshop for you to view. Just let us know when you'd like to come and what you are interested in seeing and we'll be ready for your visit.

We do not simply buy and sell bikes, we add value. In some cases, this might mean a full service, carbs cleaned ultrasonically, new brake linings, new tyres and a fresh MOT. In other cases this might mean a major nut and bolt restoration involving specialists in their field providing craftsman or engineering skills now rare to find.  
 
We also offer a bespoke service in which we will make additional changes to the bike at the customer’s request. Rest assured, any bike we sell will have been well prepared, but we always need to draw the line at the point where the general public will not pay for the extras. Individual customers value different things so we give them a choice of upgrades. 
 
We also believe in looking after our customers and love to welcome them back for their next bike. For those with limited time (or lots of bikes) we offer an annual service and MOT and bike health-check with collection and delivery of the bike. Just because you’re busy shouldn’t mean you can’t run a classic! 

For Sale Now - Viewing by appointment only please
Kawasaki ZRX1100 1999 - £5495
Classic looks and modern performance make these ZRX1100's quite a desirable package and values are on the up, don't miss this low mileage example, rides great and sounds fantastic.. what are you waiting for!
Honda CB550 K2 1976
Japanese middle-weight bikes are becoming very popular now as they offer easy to ride bikes with Japanese reliability. Many people who have been classic biking for some time are switching to something lighter and easier to manage and Hondas in particular are much in demand. The 550 is a great engine size with enough power but still very manageable.
Honda CB500T 1976   £3,495
This bike is a very useable classic. It has some original patina from the years of enjoyment of previous owners but is very clean and tidy. It starts and runs well and should be a totally reliable bike. These bikes are becoming popular with those switching from British bikes as they have the look and feel of a British bike of the time.
Honda CB550 K3   £4,995
This is a great example of the CB550, the K3 was the last version and saw a number of updates including the smooth silencer design.
This bike has been carefully recomissioned including new front rim and spokes and it's had it's carbs ultrasonically cleaned too. To finish off the work it's had new Continental Tyres both front and rear.
Honda CL360
The particular example we have for sale has been recommissioned and partly rebuilt  the proper way.   
Originally supplied in the US, this bike has did not need a complete restoration as it was already a good example. Not concourse, this is a useable classic which still looks fantastic. 
Kawasaki H1   £8,995
The bike was have for sale is a fully restored example in really good condition. It is for riding though and is not totally concours. It was restored in 2018, having been originally registered in the US,  including a complete engine strip-down and rebuild. The paint is new and the frame has been powder-coated. The exhausts have been re-chromed. It runs like it should and is ready to ride immediately.
Suzuki  T500 Titan 1976   £6,995
Our Suzuki T500 has new chrome with no expense spared, triple plated by the country's finest platers. ... what's that I hear you say... yes triple plated, this is where the metal is copper plated first, then nickel plated and then finally chrome plated, the results ar far better than the original finish, click for more pictures and full details, don't miss this one, these are getting hard to find in this sort of condition
Laverda Jota  1977   £16,995
Every now and then a really special bike passes through our workshop and this Laverda is one of them.
Everything about this motorcycle confirms to us that this is a genuine, increadibly special motorcycle and not to be missed.

Kawasaki Z900 a4   £17,495
Introduced in 1976, the Z900 followed in the footsteps of the legendary Z1. 
 
The particular example we have for sale has been completely rebuilt the proper way. 
 
This bike has been completely taken apart including a full engine strip-down and rebuild using new parts where needed. The paintwork is new and faithfully recreates the Kawasaki original. New exhausts and instruments complete the restoration which takes the bike back to the way it would have looked at the local Kawasaki dealer back in 1976. If not better!
Kawasaki Z1A 1974   £18,995
This is a brand new restoration of a Kawasaki Z1A. The work has been done for us by Tim Blakemore of Bristol so a proper job with everything as it should be. The bike has been thoroughly checked, rebuilt where needed and the correct parts fitted then a new coat of the most popular colour for this model added. A new sets of exhausts completes the bike. 
 
Kawasaki Z900 (a4) Just 26k miles  £17,495
The particular example we have for sale has been recommissioned and partly rebuilt  the proper way.   
Originally supplied in the US, this bike has did not need a complete restoration as it was already a good example. Not concourse, this is a useable classic which still looks fantastic. New exhausts have been added to complete the work done.
Yamaha AT1 125   £2,295
Just going through our workshop is this fantastic Yamaha AT1. First registered in the US (and with a dealer sticker still on it), this is a fun little single cylinder two-stroke bike with lots of character. Why grown men walk past much more expensive and exotic bikes to marvel at it we don't know but they do!
Honda CL350 1972   £3,745
This is a newly arrived Honda CL350. The bike was already sound when we took ownership of it but needed a good service and it was back into life at the touch of the electric starter, a cracking original example.
Honda CB750 K7 1978   £6,995
This is an example of the Honda CB750 K7. This was the last of the four pipers and continued to be available after the introduction of the F sport variant with the 4 into 1 pipes. 
 
This bike had been stored for very many years and forgotten. We are not sure why it's showing so few miles early in its life but it’s a sweet bike with a healthy engine. 

Honda CL450 1970   £3,995
This is an example of the rare Honda CL450. These bikes have established something of a following for those looking for a manageable twin which has a little bit more power than a 250 yet is no bigger or harder to ride.  
The engine has the usual Honda build quality and reliability and we believe that this one has the remarkably low mileage showing. It has come to us as a bike with good compression in the motor and only minor deterioration to the paint and chrome. It is missing a decent exhaust system so that will be an urgent priority. 

Suzuki GS1000E 1978   £7,995
This is a great example of the Suzuki GS1000E. We have taken this bike apart and absolutely everything in it confirmed the ultra-low mileage. The bike was pristine on the inside and has been a pleasure to restore. We have been able to retain most of the original bike so this is as authentic as they come.
Suzuki GT750 1976    £7,995
This is a great example of the Suzuki GT750. This bike was in great condition so needed little to bring it back to life and is offered in great running condition and a very usable classic with plenty of tinkering opportunity left for the new owner. Just click on the link to see more photos and read more..

Suzuki GS1000E 1978   £2,995
This will be a great example of a very useable Suzuki GS1000E. We will be taking this bike apart and building a Practical classic. Nearing completion of a restoration of the same model our team are keen to progress this one.  
If you would like to have this bike restored in a particular way or to a particular standard then please get in touch. If you put a deposit on the bike we will discuss with you the best way to bring it back to what you want and agree a budget with you. In this case the final anticipated price shown above may change of course. 

Kawasaki GPZ550 1989   £3,495
Here is a very clean and tidy example of the GPZ550. It has clearly been looked after by previous owners and we have thoroughly checked it over and made sure it is a good as it should be. This one is ready to ride and enjoy. 
 
We choose our bikes carefully and then we prepare them thoroughly. All our bikes are fully serviced, not just an oil and a plug change but a complete check including brake linings, tyre condition and battery health.
Kawasaki GPX600 1995   £2,995
This Kawasaki GPX600 is in great condition, it has only covered 9861 miles since new with the MOT history showing little use between MOT tests. It is original and unrestored and should prove a sound investment as well as a great and rare bike to enjoy. 
 
We believe this is an up and coming future classic, especially in this condition and a great lightweight bike to get around on. 

Honda CB1000 1996   £3,995
This Honda CB1000 “Big One” is presented in excellent condition, just as you would expect with just 11,675 miles on the clock, it will of course go though our workshop for a full service to ensure that it rides as well as it looks.  
 
These bikes have all the style and presence of a classic bike with the practicality and usability of a modern bike with brakes and handling to match. The engine is silky smooth and with plenty of torque. 

Honda CBR1100XX Blackbird 1999   £3,995
This is a very clean and tidy example of the Blackbird. It has clearly been looked after by its previous owners and we have made sure everything is as it should be. This one is ready to ride and enjoy.  
We choose our bikes carefully and then we prepare them thoroughly. All our bikes are fully serviced, not just an oil and a plug change but a complete check including brake linings, tyre condition and battery health. Anything which doesn't come up to scratch is replaced and our bikes are supplied with an MOT and all the documentation we have collected. 

Honda CBR1100XX Blackbird 1999   £SOLD
Here we have an excellent example of the Blackbird finished in, appropriately, black. This one has covered exceptionally low miles and this shows in the condition. The bike has been thoroughly prepared and is ready to ride. 
 We choose our bikes carefully and then we prepare them thoroughly. All our bikes are fully serviced, not just an oil and a plug change but a complete check including brake linings, tyre condition and battery health. Anything which doesn't come up to scratch is replaced and our bikes are supplied with an MOT and all the documentation we have collected. 

Honda CBR900RR Fireblade 1999   £3,995
It’s no secret that the price of early Fireblades have started to take off. If you’ve been looking for a genuinely good bike you’ll know this already of course. 
 
The Fireblade we are offering has been cared for and the last owner had it for 10 years. We are extremely careful about which bikes we will buy so we were delighted to find this one in excellent condition. 

Suzuki GSX1400 2003   £4,295
Here at Somerset Classic Motorcycles we are fans of the Suzuki GSX 1400. Our directors have either had them or still have them in their personal collections. They are a modern classic and becoming very sought after if they are in great condition. 
 
Most are the classic blue and white which has become something of a trademark for them. Here is one of the much rarer silver ones, as good as our customers expect.
Suzuki GSX1400 2002  £5,295
This is a great example of the now collectable GSX 1400. We would welcome any inspection to see how good it really is. The mileage is quite low as it often is in the nicest examples. 
 
This particular bike is ready to ride and enjoy. 

Yamaha FZS600 Fazer 1997   £2,995
This is a low mileage bike and is still very original. It runs really well and starts on the button. It will be supplied with an MOT and has been through our workshop and been fully serviced. This one is ready to ride away and enjoy.
Honda CB550 K3
This is a great example of the CB550, the K3 was the last version and saw a number of updates including the smooth silencer design.
This bike has been carefully recomissioned including new front rim and spokes and it's had it's carbs ultrasonically cleaned too. To finish off the work it's had new Continental Tyres both front and rear.
Honda CL360
The particular example we have for sale has been recommissioned and partly rebuilt  the proper way.   
Originally supplied in the US, this bike has did not need a complete restoration as it was already a good example. Not concourse, this is a useable classic which still looks fantastic. 
Kawasaki H1
The bike was have for sale is a fully restored example in really good condition. It is for riding though and is not totally concours. It was restored in 2018, having been originally registered in the US,  including a complete engine strip-down and rebuild. The paint is new and the frame has been powder-coated. The exhausts have been re-chromed. It runs like it should and is ready to ride immediately.
Honda CB550 K3
This is a great example of the CB550, the K3 was the last version and saw a number of updates including the smooth silencer design.
This bike has been carefully recomissioned including new front rim and spokes and it's had it's carbs ultrasonically cleaned too. To finish off the work it's had new Continental Tyres both front and rear.
Honda CL360 - SOLD
The particular example we have for sale has been recommissioned and partly rebuilt  the proper way.   
Originally supplied in the US, this bike has did not need a complete restoration as it was already a good example. Not concourse, this is a useable classic which still looks fantastic. 
Kawasaki H1
The bike was have for sale is a fully restored example in really good condition. It is for riding though and is not totally concours. It was restored in 2018, having been originally registered in the US,  including a complete engine strip-down and rebuild. The paint is new and the frame has been powder-coated. The exhausts have been re-chromed. It runs like it should and is ready to ride immediately.
Honda CB550 K3
This is a great example of the CB550, the K3 was the last version and saw a number of updates including the smooth silencer design.
This bike has been carefully recomissioned including new front rim and spokes and it's had it's carbs ultrasonically cleaned too. To finish off the work it's had new Continental Tyres both front and rear.
Honda CL360
The particular example we have for sale has been recommissioned and partly rebuilt  the proper way.   
Originally supplied in the US, this bike has did not need a complete restoration as it was already a good example. Not concourse, this is a useable classic which still looks fantastic. 
Kawasaki H1
The bike was have for sale is a fully restored example in really good condition. It is for riding though and is not totally concours. It was restored in 2018, having been originally registered in the US,  including a complete engine strip-down and rebuild. The paint is new and the frame has been powder-coated. The exhausts have been re-chromed. It runs like it should and is ready to ride immediately.
Some great bikes that we have recently sold...
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Customer Choice
We believe strongly in giving our customers as much choice as we can. To do this we offer a range of bikes at different price ranges, including some of the best in the market but also bikes which are restored to be reliable and something to be proud of but not absolutely pristine. 
 
We also offer the chance for customers to decide how they’d like a bike to be restored such as the choice of colour, level of attention to detail or the upgrades fitted such as electronic ignition. A deposit secures the bike and discussions begin about how the bike will be finished. 

If you would prefer to buy a bike and do a good amount of the work yourself then we have a number of bikes that we haven't yet prepared for sale and can be bought on trade terms.
Workshop
We have moved into our brand new workshop building, not far from  Taunton and Ilminster. It's a great new facility where we prepare and restore our great range of classic motorcycles from the 70's and 80's. If you want to pay us a visit then do get in touch, visitors are welcomed but by appointment only please.
You might have seen the (August 2019?) edition of Classic Motorcycles Mechanics showing a very nice Honda CB900 (supplied by a friend of ours from another provider of great Japanese classics).  
 
What you won’t know is that the bike was restored by our very own enginer a few years ago
CONTACT
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CONTACT ADDRESS

andy@somersetclassicmotorcycles.co.uk
mark@somersetclassicmotorcycles.co.uk

Tél : 01823 762261

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