In MyMotorCycleCheck.com – [the UK’s No.1 motorbike and scooter provenance website] latest Bike Market Overview bulletin its Valuation Team’s expert, Rob Hobson, outlines the most significant trends in the UK market.
Mr Hobson commented: “It’s that frustrating time of year for bikers when the nights are drawing in just as manufacturers unveil their latest models. Many will make their UK debuts at the NEC this month. BMW has its re-designed R1200 GS, pitched against the highly successful Triumph Explorer and a real contender in the new 1190 KTM. Expect the arrival of bigger capacity models from Chinese manufacturers such as Loncin, following their phenomenal growth and acceptance in the lightweight sector.
“As we approach the end of a rain-soaked year, dealers are still reporting ‘fairly decent’ levels of business, leading to some very attractive used options. We predict that used values will drop slightly this month to reflect a general weakening of demand as the weather changes. However, some popular mid-range models – from Yamaha, Suzuki etc – might see bigger drops due to their wide availability and increased competition from new models. In particular, people upgrading to a new adventurer are likely to be moving up from a smaller engined Triumph or similar, generating huge choice in the used 800cc category.
“In the scooter market, more riders continue to opt for the ultra-competitively-priced new Chinese models, forcing down values across the board. There are some real bargains to be had in the run up to Xmas as hard-up scooter riders cash in on their first vehicles, promising themselves an upgrade in the spring.”
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