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Cycle News 2019 Issue 09 March 5

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P124 CN III LOWSIDE BY RENNIE SCAYSBROOK T here may be plenty of perks in this game of motorcycle writing, but high pay is not one of them. We get to ride the latest and greatest for a living, but rarely can a person who calls him or herself a motorcycle writer physically afford the tires, let alone the bike itself. Motorcycles are luxury items. The key word here being luxury. They are not items deemed nec- essary for survival by the greater society—although I tend to think they are from a mental health point of view. The last few weeks, my mode of transport has been a luxurious 2019 Suzuki GSX-R1000R. A stel- lar machine. It's as fast, smooth and safe as any sport bike I've ever ridden on the street. It's also sitting in dealer showrooms for anywhere between $15,500 and $16,500, making it unattainable for anyone of my ilk—even though I admit the performance is stag- geringly good for the money. The want of a new motorcycle is ever present. But lately, I've be- gun to look in the rear-view mir- ror. Depending on your financial situation, a second-hand bike can prove to be a wise investment. A quick scan on Cycle Trader has revealed some interesting op- tions. For example, I found a four- year-old Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R ABS out the door for $10,995 in Long Beach, Califor- nia. This one was the limited-edition model, number 294 of 300, with a year's registra- tion and 2874 miles on the clock. That's not even run in. A 2019 ZX-14R ABS is the same bike—it hasn't changed at all aside from the paint— and will set you back an MSRP of $14,999. And that's before you consider the taxes, insurances and associ- ated costs of getting a new bike on the road. It, therefore, be- comes a tough argu- ment to go buying a brand-new machine, and I can't help but feel sorry for the guy on the dealer floor who must move new bikes when he is undercut to such a level thanks to stock that hasn't even aged, despite the number. But what if you can't deny the allure of a new motorcycle? I get it. It's all yours. Unmolested. Un- touched. Curiously, motorcycle manufacturers have been slow to adopt financing models like leases that have been common- place in the four-wheel world for decades. But as the world moves away from the outright vehicle ownership culture, companies are being forced into new models to ensure they can keep selling bikes and keep the bottom line in the black. Take Ducati, for example. A little over two years ago Ducati launched its Ducati Premier Financing program, which aimed to slice the cost of ownership for potential customers. This works similarly to the BMW 3asy Ride Finance Program, which is modeled off the car world. With THE CHANGING FACE OF MOTORCYCLE RIDING There have nev- er been so many ways to get onto a bike as there are now.

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