‘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’
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