BIKES Q&A

RiDE (UK) - - Used Bikes -

Q

I’m try­ing to choose be­tween an Aprilia Caponord 1200 and a Honda Cross­tourer — both at about £6500, with pan­niers. Which would you go for?

A

Tough call. The Caponord is lighter, more ag­ile, has far bet­ter (semi-ac­tive, elec­tron­i­cally ad­justed) sus­pen­sion and a bit of a wow fac­tor. But it’s chain-driven and the cruise con­trol is ir­ri­tat­ing (but at least it has it). The Cross­tourer has more power, a silky shaft­drive and ex­cel­lent com­fort for two but it’s heavy, softly sprung and those spoked wheels take ages to clean. Heart says Aprilia but head says the residuals on the Honda will be stronger and the dealer net­work is larger. We’d still go for the Caponord.

Q

I’m do­ing 15,000 miles a year, though the PCP scheme I bought the bike on says 5000. My dealer wants to move me onto a new bike af­ter one year but I think the trade-in value is too low. What can I do?

A

Sadly, not very much. You should have been hon­est about the mileage you do, so your PCP could have been set up to re­flect that. The ‘guar­an­teed fu­ture value’ is only guar­an­teed if you keep to the mileage limit. Now you’ve been un­der­pay­ing, so that comes off the trade-in. If you keep the bike, you’ll just knock more value out of it and you’ll get even less af­ter two or three years. You may be bet­ter to jump sooner, onto a deal based on your ac­tual mileage. The al­ter­na­tive may be to wait and buy the bike at the end of the PCP term, as it doesn’t sound like it’s the right way for you to buy a bike.

Q

I’m look­ing at buy­ing a 2014 Tri­umph Tiger Sport. I’ve man­aged to get a test ride on the cur­rent model. How dif­fer­ent is the 2014 bike?

A

To ride, pretty sim­i­lar but in tech terms, there’s a big dif­fer­ence. The 2014 bike isn’t ride-by-wire, so doesn’t have en­gine modes or cruise con­trol. It makes a whisker less power and is a shade thirstier than the cur­rent model — but does it mat­ter? It’s still an en­gag­ing, up­right 125bhp sports tourer that’ll do 180-200 miles to a tank. Han­dling is good, com­fort is ex­cel­lent and value is noth­ing short of out­stand­ing.

The Aprilia Caponord — good spec and your heart will thank you

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