It’s bet­ter than you think

Performance Bikes (UK) - - MAILBOX -

I AM SUR­PRISED you pub­lished John Wheatcroft’s, shall we say, ill-in­formed let­ter with­out com­ment (PB, Au­gust 2018). Ev­i­dently he is un­aware of the con­cept of in­fla­tion and how vastly bet­ter per­for­mance/ safety-for-money is in the elec­tron­ics age. To whit: if the 2004 R1 cost ex­actly the same as it was in 2004 at a price of £8899, with av­er­age in­fla­tion (per the Bank Of Eng­land cal­cu­la­tor: 3%) it would be £12,989.

But, a few points here: I sus­pect that the ac­tual new mo­tor­cy­cle price in­fla­tion rate, given the va­garies of the fi­nan­cial col­lapse 2008-10 and its im­pact on Ja­panese man­u­fac­tur­ers, is likely higher.

The rel­a­tive per­for­mance of the R1 is worlds apart from the 2004 model – way more power, torque and weight sav­ing. But what re­ally sets them apart is the 14 years of sus­pen­sion, tyre, and es­pe­cially elec­tron­ics tech­nol­ogy. The mod­ern R1 has a su­perb suite of elec­tron­ics that make the bike quicker, faster, and safer-ish. Not to men­tion the huge leap for­ward in qual­ity and con­struc­tion. I would imag­ine any PB reader, if they could af­ford it (PCP or other­wise), would want and ap­pre­ci­ate t the im­mea­sur­ably bet­ter 2018 bike for an ex­tra £3500.

Ac­cord­ing to John he paid £8399, or £12,259 in to­day’s money: £3359 for a far su­pe­rior ma­chine. To­day’s bikes are so much bet­ter value. John Fish­man CN: All true: but, you’re be­ing un­fair to John. Here’s an or­di­nary rider with an ac­tive in­ter­est in new sports­bikes and a his­tory of new pur­chases, who feels they’re out of his reach. PCP isn’t for ev­ery­one, and the facts on pa­per don’t tell the whole story. There’s no easy an­swer: man­u­fac­tur­ers aren’t go­ing to make a loss on new bikes, and you won’t con­vince rid­ers like John to spend be­yond their means.

John reck­ons the new R1 is def­i­nitely worth the £3359 more than a 2004 model cost new at the time

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