Secondhand bikes are not second best
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.