‘Retro’s too rich for me’
BMW’S retro roadster is a good bike but used prices are on the high side NEXT WEEK Is the PCP bubble really about to burst?
My Kawasaki ER5 was quickly flipped for a £70 profit. You may remember I hooked the battery up to a car battery, and it turned, chuffed... then stopped. I switched the fuel tap to prime and petrol poured out of the air intake and it hydraulic locked. I doubt it did any damage as it was turning very slowly, and I shoved it back into the lock-up for a day when I could strip and clean the carbs.
Anyway, somebody wanted it as a project so away it went. I’m quite pleased, actually, because I only spent half-an-hour trying to get it to go, and nothing whatsoever on parts, so it’s someone else’s problem now and if it turns out to have a damaged engine, there’s money to be made breaking it (have you seen what used ER5 tachos go for?). Everyone’s a winner.
My Sprint ST has the replacement ignition switch fitted and is purring. A new pattern front brake lever is on its way (cost £14) and that’ll be at Kempton Park autojumble in May. A one-owner 24,000-mile 2001 ST, full service history, all receipts, threepiece colour-matched luggage set, needs nothing – it should fly off my pitch. I hope.
There are quite a few used BMW R nine Ts popping up in the classifieds now. Starting prices seem to be around nine grand. Whether they’re selling at that price, I rather doubt it. New list price is only two or three grand more (depending on model and spec).
I’ve been looking at a 2014 model a dealer is trying to shift for around £9.5k. I just think that’s too much. The bikes are in demand for sure, but there’s no shortage of them around, and depreciation should be more than a mere 20% over three years. I’d haggle around eight grand for a 2014 bike. BMWS do tend to hold their value better than most, but even so.
The R ninet is a good bike, but seconhand prices seem a bit steep