THEY’RE GO­ING FAST

UK deal­ers are of­fer­ing in­sane dis­counts on soon-to-be-re­placed sports­bikes. Act now to save big

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

Next year will be a big­gie for sports­bikes as three of Bri­tain’s best-loved mod­els get lon­gawaited up­dates. But to make way for this ex­cit­ing new stock, UK deal­er­ships are cut­ting thou­sands of pounds from the prices of out-go­ing 2016 mod­els, mean­ing it’s pos­si­ble to bag a ze­romile GSX-R1000 for £8999, a new 2016-spec Fire­blade for £10,999 or a cur­rent model R6 for just £8995.

Come spring­time, the all-new Suzuki GSX-R1000, Honda CBR1000RR Fire­blade, and Yamaha YZF-R6 will steal the spot­light with fresh styling, so­phis­ti­cated trac­tion and sta­bil­ity con­trol, and the lure of more power. But with their glitzy new spec sheets will come po­ten­tially dizzy­ing price tags. Nei­ther Suzuki, Honda nor Yamaha have con­firmed their 2017 prices, but with the pound strug­gling against the yen and euro, chances are we’ll see sig­nif­i­cant price rises across the board.

Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 has been an MCN favourite for years thanks to its raw, low-down grunt and spa­cious rid­ing po­si­tion. While it may be 25bhp short of its vari­ably valve-timed 2017 suc­ces­sor, it’s by no means a slouch and will wheelie off the power in third gear. Do you need any­thing more?

Mean­while Honda’s Fire­blade, with its per­fectly bal­anced chas­sis and Mo­togp-in­spired Pro-link swingarm, is still the sweet­est-han­dling road­go­ing litre bike money can buy – and these days it takes even less cash to get your hands on one.

Yamaha’s lat­est R6 will be hit­ting the 2017 show­rooms with fresh styling, trac­tion con­trol, a quick­shifter and a re­vised en­gine with Euro4 com­pat­i­bil­ity, but in terms of per­for­mance it’s al­most iden­ti­cal to the cur­rent model. When you con­sider the new-for-2017 model could re­tail for around £11,000, it makes pay­ing just £8995 for a zero-mile 2016 model all the more en­tic­ing.

‘ The cur­rent Fire­blade is still the sweet­est-han­dling litre bike out there’

Lit­tle else beats the vis­ceral GSX-R rid­ing ex­pe­ri­ence The Du­cati 1098 looks fast stood still R6 gets re­vamp in 2017, but cur­rent mod­elm is still a scream

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