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BIKE (UK) - - THE BIG TEST -

Fi­nance ex­am­ples from kawasaki-kalcu­la­tor.co.uk, based on our KRT edi­tion at £13,939 on the road. De­posit: £2000 APR 5.9% 36 monthly pay­ments: £172 Op­tional fi­nal pay­ment*: £7456 To­tal payable: £15,662

*af­ter three years you make the fi­nal re­pay­ment to keep the bike, or use the bike as the de­posit on another new one, or re­turn the bike and walk away. De­posit: £2000 APR 9.5% 36 monthly pay­ments: £380 To­tal payable: £15,686 miles of 85mph mo­tor­way cruis­ing be­fore looking for petrol (that’s 48mpg). You’ll be want­ing to stretch your legs be­fore then any­way. An­noy­ingly, it hasn’t a fuel gauge or a mile-toempty range func­tion. In­stead, it shows how much fuel you’ve used, thereby pro­vid­ing hours of mo­tor­way fun as you try and remember the tank size (17 litres), es­ti­mate you cur­rent mpg and then do some maths. Mad­ness. Oh, and if you want a di­vorce, take your other half on the back. At £13,939 this is an ex­pen­sive mo­tor­cy­cle and it shows; from the red an­odised fork tops, to the neat damp­ing ad­justers at their base, to the mir­ror-in­te­grated in­di­ca­tors. The bike ar­rived af­ter the salt lor­ries had gone on their sum­mer hol­i­days so it’s difficult to tell how long fas­ten­ers will last, but early signs are good – a brisk wash brings ev­ery­thing back to as new. Qual­ity is proper.

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