USED BIKES THREE-YEAR
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Three years used to be a long time in the motorcycle world. Prior to the financial crisis, most manufacturers would update their major models on a biennial basis to keep customers interested. Nowadays, models tend to remain unaltered for a little longer. Although, that doesn’t mean that new bikes aren’t selling.
PCP (Personal Contact Purchase) has made significant inroads into the motorcycle world in the last five years as it gives riders access to new models without saddling themselves with too much debt. After an initial deposit, which is often around a thousand pounds, the rest of the loan is broken up into enticingly small monthly amounts followed by a final ‘balloon’ payment, which can either be settled or the bike returned to the dealer with nothing owing.
In reality very few owners choose to clear the debt and the vast majority simply keep the monthly plan rolling and ride out of the dealership on a new bike every three years. For used bike buyers, this means a burgeoning supply of nearly new machines is beginning to flood into dealers. And very soon one of the hottest properties in Europe will be starting to reach the end of its finance term – the Yamaha MT-09.
Yamaha have sold over 2700 of these incredibly popular machines in the UK alone. But is buying a three year-old machine a better bet
Freelance Road Tester Age 39 Height 6ft 2in CV 13 years road testing, and a used bike expert
MCN Guest Road Tester, Age 38 Height 5ft 10in CV A bike mechanic for 19 years Three-year-old Yamaha MT-09, Kawasaki Z800 and Triumph Street Triple look identical to their 2016 counterparts, but has time been kind to how they ride?