Euro4 will change the face of motorcycling
For many, Euro 4 legislation is just another way that the European bureaucrats can interfere with our lives... and not in a good way.
But as this year plays out, it looks likely to create two positive outcomes. One is that there is a string of machines that are not Euro 4 compliant and we are starting to see some stunning deals as manufacturers try to clear the decks. Suzuki are offering 0% finance on most of their current models and there are loads of other super-tempting carrots dangling. The current Fireblade is by no means a bad bike, but because there’s a new one coming soon (see latest images if the new machine on page 4), demand is low for the existing model. Wit a £3.6k deposit, you can now get a 2016 Blade for £99 a month over three years.
And the good news doesn’t end there. Euro4 means that many existing models will get improvements for the coming year. ABS is top of the list and there are a host of other, more mundane changes.
Some of the smaller-selling machines may be axed to avoid the cost of redesigning them to meet the new legislation or a replacement machine could be unveiled as a replacement.
And while manufacturers are desperately plugging the dam in a bid to hold back the flood of new bikes, so that the current ones can be shifted, the drips have already started to appear.
The new Blade hits the headlines this week and more will follow shortly.
Any bike manufacturers with a backlog of stock will be keen to get them shifted before the new bikes hit at the start of next year. So if you’ve got an eye for a bargain, the next few months could prove fruitful while a whole slew of new bikes will also tempt many as the shows welcome glistening new metal with open arms.
So while some old favourites (XTZ660, CBR600) may fall by the wayside, there should be plenty of new models to get very excited about in the coming weeks. And with new bike sales still going strong, it’s the perfect time to revamp a range. Fall behind now and it could be impossible to claw things back.