Euro4 will change the face of mo­tor­cy­cling

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Comment - ANDY CAL­TON ED­I­TOR

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.

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