Motor Industry News
My Motorcycle Check top tips for UK used motorbike buyers in December ’15 and January ’16, including bike of the month:
- Motorcycle Live: new models across the whole spectrum
- 2016: continued growth in terms of new bike registrations
- Never pay cash, trust your gut feeling and check before you buy
“The Triumph Scrambler stands out as a great option” - 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: “In a fairly niche but growing sector of the used market, the Triumph Scrambler stands out as a great option. With Ducati’s Scrambler range only arriving last year, and the Scrambler version of the BMW R9T not launching until 2016, the Triumph Scrambler is already an established used performer. Buyers have a decent amount of choice and a well-accessorised one with aftermarket pipes represents fantastic value. 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: “With the end of the year upon us, it is a good time to look both backwards and forwards. If 2014 was a bumper year in terms of the sheer number and diversity of new model launches, then 2015 appears to have outdone it. With thousands flocking to Motorcycle Live at the NEC this month, there are new models being unveiled across the whole spectrum.
“Yamaha is looking to take the MT strategy further with the stunning R1-based MT10, while the XSR700 attempts to open up new sales avenues. To prove that sports bikes aren’t dead, Suzuki has unveiled the hotly anticipated new GSXR1000. Interestingly, because demand is still to be proved, there are more bikes arriving which fall into the middleweight sector - the BMW G310R, Yamaha MT03 and even Ducati with the smaller capacity Scrambler Sixty2.
“All of this adds up to an exciting 2016 and we can only see a continued level of growth in terms of new bike registrations. These will, of course, be fuelled by ongoing PCP promotions and it remains to be seen whether this will be good for the industry over the longer term.
“In the used market, the story is quite straightforward: If you can source clean, average mileage, decent condition stock, with proper history behind it, it will be good news. The retail level has naturally slowed of late and the period immediately before Christmas is traditionally mixed. There appears to be a fair amount of used stock available, but traders admit that the job is by no means easy."