Sec­ond­hand bikes are not sec­ond best

Motorcycle News (UK) - - THIS WEEK - ANDY CAL­TON

Buy­ing some­thing new is lovely. You get the box-fresh feel and stuff even smells new.

But, of course, you pay hand­somely for that priv­i­lege. Buy a two-year-old Pani­gale 1299 and you’ll save up to £4k on what it cost new. And it’s still fast and lovely – as­sum­ing it’s been well looked af­ter. If it hasn’t, you’ll pay even less.

The fur­ther back you go, the less you’ll pay. Gen­er­ally, the fur­ther back you go, the greater the gam­ble.

But scrolling through some bikes on mc­n­bikesfor­sale.com it’s tempt­ing to take that gam­ble.

MCN’S Ped Baker has just bought a 2002 Fire­blade for £3.5k (see page 44) and see­ing it in the flesh re­ally ham­mers home just what a won­der­ful hunk of metal it is for not very much money.

Noth­ing quite beats buy­ing a bike from new if you can. It’s yours and there won’t be (shouldn’t be) any nasty sur­prises, any rounded-off or seized-in bolts. But if a new ma­chine is out of reach there are so many sec­ond­hand op­tions that can serve up sound mo­tor­cy­cling ex­pe­ri­ences.

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