‘Old rid­ers keep used prices high’

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What they po­litely call ‘ma­ture’ mo­tor­cy­clists of­ten have the on­set of rheuma­tism to prove it. I should know. But they still tend to buy sports­bikes. It’s just that they don’t tend to buy sports­bikes that re­quire adop­tion of the mis­sion­ary po­si­tion to ride them.

Nope, the 50-60 year-olds still want the per­for­mance and the han­dling, but they want a de­cent up­right rid­ing po­si­tion and a comfy seat. A friend de­scribes his BMW S1000XR as a sit-up-and-beg Gixxer 1000, and he ought to know, as he’s had one.

What this means is that a used Du­cati Mul­tistrada, BMW S1000XR, Kawasaki Ver­sys 1000 and sim­i­lar is a cast-iron used buy. It’ll have been owned by some­one with the nous to care for it and the money to af­ford proper ser­vic­ing.

The BMW costs from £12,650 new and you can eas­ily run it up to well over £15,000 by tick­ing the op­tions boxes, but it holds its value. I’m look­ing at a ‘sold’ ad for a 2016 model with 8000 miles on it and it made £10,200.

There’s a much wider choice of Mul­tistradas, so there’s some­thing for ev­ery pocket, and they do de­pre­ci­ate quicker than the BMW, partly be­cause they have had a few is­sues and, well, be­cause it’s a Du­cati.

As for the Ver­sys, that’s the cheap­est of the lot. Go for a post-2015 model and pay around £7000. It’s less pow­er­ful and less sporty, but it’ll save you a de­cent whack.

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