Motor Industry News
My Motorcycle Check top tips for UK used motorbike buyers in November and December 2015, including bike of the month: Aprilia Caponord 1200
- Show time: Motorcycle Live at the NEC, 28 Nov - 6 Dec
- New bike sales 12.3% up on the same time last year
- Never pay cash, trust your gut feeling and check before you buy
“Finding an Aprilia Caponord 1200 might not be easy, but your effort will be rewarded”
- Rob Hobson
My Motorcycle Check – the UK’s No.1 motorbike and scooter provenance website – has saved many a biker from making an expensive two-wheeled mistake. In these monthly bulletins its Valuation Team’s experts reveal significant trends in the UK market and choose a ‘bike of the month’.
My Motorcycle Check’s Rob Hobson said: “Finding an Aprilia Caponord 1200 in the used marketplace isn’t always easy, but your effort will be rewarded. Great handling combined with the powerful Aprilia V4 engine adds up to miles of fun. As always, check to make sure the one you’re looking at is what it claims to be, especially when buying privately.”
As to market trends, Hobson said: “It’s that time of year again. The clocks have gone back, dark nights are closing in and the weather is worsening. Only the hardiest of bikers are still out on the roads. However, the days of the two-wheel market grinding to a halt in winter are long gone. Dealers use the time wisely, scouring the used market for end of season bargains.
“It will soon be show time, with the NEC hosting Motorcycle Live from 28 November until 6 December. Those still deciding whether to upgrade or enhance their current bike might just be tempted by one of the new offerings.
“The latest 2015 new bike sales figures show that 93,725 units were sold to the end of September, an increase of 12.3% on the same time last year. The drop in sport tour and tour sales has much to do with the increase in naked and adventure sport sales – a change in definition, rather than a decline in use. Of the top ten vehicles sold, six are 125cc, with only two of these being scooters. The other four machines are Yamaha MT derivatives and BMW GS options.
“In the used market, it is a mixed story. The bikes for sale are often not in the best condition or have higher than average use, as has been the case for some time. Values are based on model demand, condition and service history. Prices have to be flexible for anything not ticking these boxes.”