‘One heart, dif­fer­ent price’

Why pick­ing an un­pop­u­lar ver­sion of a favourite will save you cash NEXT WEEK Why you should never buy a bike with­out an MOT ‘ The Gla­dius was wal­loped with the ugly stick & comes in girly colours’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Buying & Selling - SIDE NEIL MUR­RAY: USED BIKE WHEELER DEALER. HE’S ON YOUR

Man­u­fac­tur­ers th­ese days use en­gines in an in­creas­ing va­ri­ety of ba­sic forms and chas­sis plat­forms. This is be­cause emis­sions leg­is­la­tion makes it much more ex­pen­sive to de­velop mo­tors and to re­coup the in­vest­ment they have to sell many more units.

A few decades ago, Kawasaki did this bet­ter than most Ð think of how many bikes were pow­ered by de­riv­a­tives of its air- cooled 650/ 750 four Ð but now theyõre all at it and thereõs a wide vari­a­tion in de­sir­abil­ity, not to men­tion price, be­tween dif­fer­ent mod­els us­ing the same ba­sic heart.

Take Suzuki's 650cc V-twin. The orig­i­nal SV650 was a bril­liantly con­ceived bud­get bike with a mod­ern twist, and itõs still with us. Itõs been around for so long that there are ex­am­ples for ev­ery pocket, start­ing at around £750 for a good 'un. The V-strom ver­sion tapped straight into the ad­ven­ture bike mar­ket but ap­peared rel­a­tively re­cently, and so used ones are pricier. The Gla­dius was wal­loped by the ugly stick and its girly colours and name-as­so­ci­a­tion with Dame Edna's favourite flower killed its chances as soon as it ap­peared. A Gla­dius's used value is some 10% be­low an equiv­a­lent age SV650.

Or thereõs the BMW R1200C, dis­missed as be­ing too bizarre, yet the other BMWS pow­ered by the same en­gine are all pop­u­lar.

Choose wisely and think about what youõll be able to sell it on for.

It may share the SV650’S motor, but the Gla­dius was un­pop­u­lar... so it’s cheap

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