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?
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.
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?
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.
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?
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