This week's Good, Bad and Ugly takes a look at brand new bikes that the dealerships are looking to see at reduced prices
For over 25 years Scott's bought, sold and broken up motorcycles for parts. From doing deals in person under the streetlights of London to surfing the web and buying bikes on his phone. He's purchased bargains, howlers and a few he'd rather forget.
"It’s that time of year again where the new models for 2018 will be drip-fed to us via a series of motorcycle shows," said Scott. "But if you aren’t too fussed about having the latest thing, it’s a great chance to sniff out a genuine bargain. This week’s Good, Bad and Ugly is all about brand new 2017 bikes at discount prices."
The Good: Aprilia RSV4 RF 2017 | £15,950
eBay link: www.ebay.co.uk/itm/222361863269
In a world chock-a-block with hyper-sports road bikes. you could pick any of this year’s current crop and be dazzled by their technology and abilities to brighten up your life. But if you like your litre bikes to be a bit different then the Aprilia V4 is a great way to step away from the inline four-pot diet.
With its 65° banked V4 engine it’s a thinly veiled race bike that boasts up-to-the-minute gizmos that will help you take advantage of the claimed 200bhp! The RSV4 RF merges cutting-edge technology with racetrack-inspired gizmos that a salesman will be all too happy to harp on about.
Italian bikes aren’t for everyone, but once sampled many owners never look back. This 2017 model is brand new; it would’ve set you back a fiver short of £20,000 earlier this year, so with a saving of £4,045, if you’re serious about buying one this will make your decision a bit easier.
The new price tag of £15,950 is still a massive chunk of cash to wang on a motorcycle, and with the competition ready to reveal bikes we might not know about just yet, it’s a balance of wait and see what’s new for next year, or being too slack and missing the genuine deals on the last of this year’s models that are sat at your local dealer.
Anorak Fact: Max Biaggi won his last WSBK crown in 2012 on the Aprilia RSV4.
The Bad: Ducati Scrambler 2017 | £7,999
eBay link: www.ebay.co.uk/itm/331715551374
Retro-styled bikes continue to be a major part of most manufacturers’ ranges. No doubt this will continue into 2018. The Ducati Scrambler is an established part of the Ducati line up, and with no shortage of aftermarket odds and sods available to personalise your Scrambler, their attraction is clear to see.
They say that style never goes out of fashion, but many motorcycles can become sensitive to growing old. Once the pomp and the PR dudes have finished doing their jobs it’s then left to franchised dealers to shift the units and hit their targets.
A model that was in short supply and retailing at full list can soon end up overstocked and being reduced. This ‘Urban Enduro’ edition is brand new and comes with a tempting £800 slashed from its list price. There’s now also quite a few used examples on the market; maybe those who are doing things on a budget could be swayed by finding one of those.
With most models treated to an update or cosmetic makeover every few years, buyers are more aware of how a new model can suddenly be so last year!
The Scrambler is a very popular model and Ducati knows how to milk its bikes with limited editions and so on, but at £7,999, it’s still a large amount of wedge, especially given that low mileage 2015 models in immaculate condition can be had for around £5,000.
Anorak Fact: The Scramblers 803cc motor is a reworked Monster 796 engine.
The Ugly: Honda Gold Wing GL1800 2017 | £21,999
eBay link: www.ebay.co.uk/itm/162724515007
Since its launch in 1974 Honda has always had a Gold Wing in its range, there have been several incarnations, and since 2001 it’s been a whopping 1800cc engine that’s been at the heart of the current ’Wing. With a new model due in 2018, now’s a good time to treat yourself to the outgoing model. Rarely discounted due to its niche in the marketplace, the Gold Wing is one of those models that appeals to a varied but small part of the motorcycling fraternity.
This GL1800 is being offered with a £3,000 saving from the rrp. That might sound big, but like everything about the Honda Gold Wing, the list price is rather large to start with. Even with the discount you’re still going to have to find £21,999.
You do get a heck of a lot of bike for your buck, and it’s easy to snigger if you’ve not experienced a ’Wing, but for those that get the concept, they’ll see it as money well spent!
Anorak Fact: There’s a world of accessories out there for the Gold Wing, one of the optional extras for the GL1800 is an airbag!