‘Bikes need to be cheaper and better quality’


In reply to your story asking about the state of biking, I have been riding bikes for 30 years and currently have a 2015 R1 which I love and hate in equal measure.

At 55, I’m not as flexible as I used to be but I love fast road riding and the odd trackday, so I could not bear to part with this amazing machine.

Like a lot of riders, I am always toying with the idea of having something different, or maybe even a second bike, which allows me to do a few more things that I can’t possibly do on the R1.

I still believe in being able to buy a bike outright using my savings, or to take out a low-interest loan and have something of value that’s mine at the end of the term.

I remember when cash was king and hungry dealers were prepared to haggle and give decent discounts on new bikes. That has little relevance nowadays however, as most dealers get incentives for providing finance on new machines to their customers and I think PCP is ruining biking, as it encourages price rises.

A few years ago, I thought about buying a Triumph Trident (£7k) or a Yamaha Ténéré T7 (£8k) to have as a second bike. These are budget, part-bin specials, and yet both have now risen considerab­ly in price since their introducti­on.

I think the Ténéré is a superb concept but I’ve heard people complainin­g about rusting spokes and numerous other quality issues. I can’t believe that a lot of manufactur­ers are still using cheesy green fasteners and other cheap parts, to reduce bike costs in 2023.

How about giving us a better-quality product, when the prices go up ? I want to be out enjoying my bike, not worrying about corrosion and having to keep it clean. Paul Bremner

You raise some good points but inflation is running at 10% and wages aren’t. PCP is a gateway for some to own the bike of their dreams in this tough climate. Agree about finishes though. MW

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