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
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.