Ris­ing new bike prices may mean great PCP deals

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - ANDY CAL­TON

New mo­tor­cy­cle sales have been soar­ing for the last three years, but it seems ris­ing bike prices might slow down that suc­cess story.

Huge fluc­tu­a­tions in the Euro and the dol­lar and costly mod­i­fi­ca­tions – so that ma­chines can meet Euro4 leg­is­la­tion – and in­fla­tion are the main rea­sons man­u­fac­tur­ers give for the price rises, but if sales start to slow we could see less de­vel­op­ment of new bikes and a slow­down in the sec­ond­hand mar­ket.

There were some small signs of a change last year with the month of July show­ing a 2.6% drop in sales on the pre­vi­ous year. It was the first – and only monthly drop in the last few years. And once deal­ers started to of­fer great deals on Euro3 bikes – to clear the decks – things picked up.

But the Yamaha MT-07 has gone up by nearly 20 per cent since its launch in 2014 and a Du­cati Scram­bler has gone from £6895 to £7650 now. It’s a sim­i­lar story across the board. The hope is that tasty PCP deals – a new Blade can be ‘yours’ for just £119 a month de­spite its £15,225 pric­etag – will make ris­ing RRPS ir­rel­e­vant. And with a new Yamaha R6 cost­ing £10,999 (the out­go­ing CBR600RR was £8999), let’s hope PCP deals con­tinue to tempt new buy­ers.

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