THEY’RE GOING FAST
UK dealers are offering insane discounts on soon-to-be-replaced sportsbikes. Act now to save big
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.
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