The bikes that Euro4 killed

REGS HAVE KILLED OFF Hug­ging trees means say­ing farewell to these. Neil Mur­ray makes a liv­ing buy­ing & sell­ing pre-loved me­tal – and he’s on your side

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Phil West

2015 Tri­umph Bon­neville T100

OK, sure, Tri­umph’s all-new 2016 Bon­neville fam­ily, rang­ing from the 900cc Street Twin to the storm­ing 1200cc Thrux­ton R is de­servedly get­ting rave re­views across the mo­tor­cy­cling world, but don’t write off the old one yet. First off, many of the new­bies are al­ready sold out un­til Septem­ber. Sec­ond, apart from fail­ing to meet Euro4

2015 Honda NC750X

Honda have sig­nif­i­cantly re­vised the DCT­com­pat­i­ble, new-rider-friendly NCS for 2016, with one of the key mo­ti­va­tors be­ing Euro4. Ad­mit­tedly, the new NC-X both looks much bet­ter and has a few spec im­prove­ments – but then the old ver­sion, com­plete with easy­go­ing man­ners, use­ful lug­gage com­part­ment in the tank and clever auto-box op­tion was good enough to be one of Europe’s best sell­ers.

We’ve seen plenty of 0-mile, ’15 DCTS at £6299. The new one’s £7049. Per­for­mance is un­changed. That’s £750 for style and a bit of spec. en­vi­ron­men­tal regs, there’s not much wrong with the old 'uns, es­pe­cially the fi­nal, blinged-up lim­ited-edi­tion ver­sions, of which there’s cur­rently still plenty at bar­gain prices at deal­ers. We’ve seen 0-mile, old-stock ones go­ing for as lit­tle as £6999. Con­sid­er­ing the good, but fairly ba­sic, Street Twin model starts at £7350, why not?

2015 Tri­umph Speed Triple 94R

With the clas­sic ‘Speedie’ naked triple re­placed by all-new S and R ver­sions for 2016, the last-of-the-line old ver­sion, the com­mem­o­ra­tive 94 and 94 R, are now see­ing their prices slashed. Dif­fer­ences are new elec­tron­ics, five ex­tra bhp, a host of de­tails – and price.

New 94s are as low as £9299 com­plete with £1000 parts voucher, Öh­lins/brembo’d ‘R’ from £9499 with the same voucher of­fer.

When the new S and R Speed Triples cost £10,200 and £11,500 re­spec­tively, maybe…

2015 Du­cati 821 Hyper­strada

The (slightly) more long-legged ’Strada has al­ways been the more log­i­cal of Du­cati’s bonkers runty, stunty su­per­mo­to­style mid­dleweights. It’s just as much of a hooli­gan toy but with some nod to prac­ti­cal­ity. Euro4, how­ever, has forced the whole 821 fam­ily to be re­placed for 2016 by a new, cleaner, slightly grun­tier but oth­er­wise barely-changed 939 fam­ily. For the time be­ing, a few of the old 821s re­main, at im­pres­sively dis­counted prices.

New, from £9999, low-mileage ex-demos from a grand less.

There’s lit­tle dif­fer­ence be­tween the 821 and 939, so yes.

2015 Suzuki SV650S

Even the SV650S can’t live for­ever – although it was start­ing to seem like it. It’ll fi­nally be killed off this year by Euro4 (don’t worry, an equally bril­liant, all-new Euro4-com­pli­ant naked SV has al­ready been launched), the ea­ger, ver­sa­tile and bud­get­priced V-twin has been a great first big bike for a gen­er­a­tion and through two in­car­na­tions. With the new road­ster now launched, stocks of the old, half-faired 650S are run­ning out.

List is £4999, but we’ve seen new ones for £4599 or less.

But should you?

With the new naked at £5499 that makes the S a steal.

Bag your­self a Bon­nie bar­gain But should you? More than just a great first bike, the SV is an all-round great bike It even looks the same as the lat­est model What you’ll pay to­day But should you? Go­ing up… Speed Triples

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