The hottest motorcycles on the road don't come cheap. But some of the best of them keep their value after you put them on the road. Bikes made by Harley-Davidson, BMW, and Ducati, in fact, seem to hold their MSRP value better than any others.
By brand, according to data compiled by the Kelley Blue Book Official Motorcycle Guide, Harley-Davidson motorcycles retained an average of 84% of their value over a five-year period. BMW was not far behind, at 81%, with Indian, Ducati and Triumph trailing slightly at 77%, 73% and 72%.
Certain models scored even higher.
The Ducati GT1000, according to Kelley's study of the model year 2010, had a best-in-show retention rate of 97% -- meaning it lost only 3% of its MSRP value -- after three years in service. Its 2008 model had a 90% retention rate after five years.
The company's 2008 Sport1000S, similarly, had an 87% retention rate over five years. BMW's 2008 F800GS had an 83% retention rate over the same period.