Buy a GS, now

‘ Buy a de­pre­ci­a­tion-free bike,’ says MCN used guru

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When bike prices go up – and they will next year – de­pre­ci­a­tion of older bikes changes. All of a sud­den it’s not: “Well, it’s five years old so it’s lost half its value,” but: “Well, look at the price of a new one. OK, so the new model has a few more giz­mos and a new paintscheme, but it’s 15 grand!” And that makes your older model worth more.

I’ve just been through this with a mate who was after the lat­est BMW R1200GS. That’ll be the in­terim 2016/17 model launched in Au­gust this year to bridge the gap be­tween the non-euro4-com­pli­ant 2016 model and the new-for-2017 ver­sion ar­riv­ing in April. Confusing, eh? The in­terim GS gets gear­box re­vi­sions, a new dash­board, new paint, new crash­bars and a few other fol-derols. Plus (of course) it’s Euro4­com­pli­ant. A dealer had an ex-demo 2016 model in stock, neg­li­gi­ble mileage, and five grand cheaper, partly be­cause it wasn’t spank­ing new and partly be­cause it was the old model. My mate bought it.

The same ap­plies to used bikes. A new base model 1200GS is £13,285. Add £1370 for the Pre­mium Pack­age (elec­tronic sus­pen­sion, on­board com­puter, etc). Add £520 for the Com­fort pack­age, and £800-odd for de­cent lug­gage. Cruise con­trol? £395. LED head­light? £700!

You can spec a GS up to £18,000 with­out blink­ing. Right now, a used 2014 GS is worth £10k-£12k, de­pend­ing on spec and mileage. In a year it’ll hardly have de­pre­ci­ated, and it’s ba­si­cally the same bike.

Cur­rent GS is £13,285; 2012 mint ex­am­ple is £7200

HHOWOW MUCH? NE I L M U R R AY: USED BIKE WHEELER DEDEALER.ALER. HE’S ON YOUR SIDE

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