It makes sense to search for pre-reg­is­tered bikes

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage - Neil Mur­ray makes a liv­ing buy­ing & sell­ing pre-loved metal

Buy­ing pre-reg­is­tered and exdemo bikes is a good idea. I’m look­ing at an ad for a pre-reg Honda CBR500, at £800 off list.

What’s the catch with things like this? None, re­ally. Some­times a dealer pre­reg­is­ters a bike sim­ply to hit a sales tar­get, which will net him a bonus or a re­bate. You, the buyer, get what is tech­ni­cally a used bike with zero miles, one ex­tra owner listed on the V5 and maybe a month or two off the war­ranty.

Es­sen­tially, you’re los­ing the ini­tial de­pre­ci­a­tion. In two or three years, the bike won’t re­ally be worth any less than a one-owner ma­chine. Re­mem­ber, also, that you won’t be pay­ing any PDI or de­liv­ery charges as those have al­ready been ac­counted for.

Ex-demo bikes are slightly trick­ier, be­cause they have been rid­den, and may have a few hun­dred miles on the clock. But the same rules ap­ply: if the dis­count is big enough, it’s a sound way to buy. I bought my Yamaha Tenéré this way, four years ago, for a sav­ing of over a grand. It’s worth ex­actly the same as any other 2009 model Tenéré now.

I had a snoop and these are the bar­gains I found, all on pre­reg bikes with zero or de­liv­ery mileage: Du­cati Mon­ster 1200, £9450; Honda 1000 Va­radero, £7995; Suzuki Ban­dit 1250S, £7999; Yamaha YBR125, £2250 (that’s a steal); 2014 Yamaha XJ,6 £4799; Du­cati Scrambler Sixty2, £5995; and fi­nally, a 2015 Kawasaki Ninja 250, £2975 (that’s cheaper than many 125s). Put ‘pre-reg’ into your searches. It makes sense.

Next week

The Hondas that are fetch­ing astro­nom­i­cal money

Save £800 on this bike by go­ing pre-reg

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