‘Old riders keep used prices high’
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.