Top seller on the used market

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Top seller on the used market


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Top seller on the used market

Top seller on the used market
Second hand? ?? Bought!

The used market is booming. Also in 2008 the trade expects a strong plus. MOTORRAD asked which models were particularly popular this year and what second-hand buyers will have to be prepared for in 2008.

Jorg Lohse


That was a bombastic year. Many dealers in Germany surveyed by MOTORRAD in mid-November report the development of used bikes. Thanks to a very mild winter, there was already a real run on used cars at the beginning of 2007, which dragged on well into the summer. Most of what was traded in at the dealer only stayed there for a short time and was quickly back on the road with a new owner.

Despite the dramatic shortage of some machine types, hardly anyone wanted to switch to alternatives: »Many customers«, according to one dealer, »are looking very specifically. Only if they haven’t found anything after many weeks will they consider another model. «One of the reasons is the convenient Internet search: all the offers for the motorcycle of your choice can be found quickly and easily via large sales portals and then browsed through. MOTORRAD interviewed ten large dealers about what is happening on the used market. In general, super athletes were extremely popular this year.

But choppers and cruisers, which now only play a subordinate role, run noticeably well when used. However, the Scandinavian factor must be taken into account here: some dealers sell up to 50 percent of their long fork inventory to Northern Europe. The Suzuki Hayabusa is also a real export hit, which is often shipped to Greece. What was particularly popular in 2007 and which trends are emerging for 2008 can be found clearly arranged by machine type.

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Super athlete

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Suzuki GSX-R 600.

Super athletes are very hot irons even when used. This year, models from the years 1999 to 2003, which were offered at prices between 4000 and 6000 euros, were particularly popular. The displacement class played no role: 600s like Suzuki’s small GSX-R were just as popular as the big sisters with 1000 cubic meters. It is very popular Yamaha YZF-R1, closely followed by Suzuki GSX-R 1000 and Honda Fireblade. In contrast, fell Kawasaki However, the ZX-6R and ZX10-R fall somewhat in favor of buyers. For young super athletes, the high price is an obstacle to buying.

Forecast for 2008: The run on four to seven year old super athletes will continue. If you are looking, you should not hesitate to buy.


Top seller on the used market


Yamaha FJR 1300.

Large touring machines are also in high demand. Overall, however, they do not reach the level of super athletes. What is also related to the costs: At up to 10,000 euros, the price level is well above what is spent on super athletes. One of the most popular models this year was the Yamaha FJR 1300, and the BMW R 1150 GS is also in great demand. Typical customers include older, experienced frequent drivers who are looking for young used vehicles and who expect a significant discount compared to the former new price. After all, many an expensive, large-volume second-hand big bike is increasingly facing competition from new machines that are offered at dumping prices.

Forecast for 2008: Touring bikes up to 6,000 euros will not be standing for long. Discounts can be expected for young used vehicles.


Top seller on the used market


Honda Hornet 600.

With the all-rounders, the price counts first and foremost. Typical buyers are young beginners who are looking for a cheap bike between 2000 and 4000 euros. Middle-class machines à la Honda are particularly in demand Hornet 600 or the 600 Fazer range from Yamaha. Older Suzuki Bandit models can also be sold quickly and easily. Motorcycles below 2000 euros are difficult to find in stores? which is usually related to the fact that many old machines up to 1995 are not bought because the dealers shy away from giving the one-year warranty. The big bikes last year were mainly the Yamaha XJR 1300 and Kawasaki Z 1000 asked.

Forecast for 2008: bikes around 600 cubic meters and 3000 euros will remain in demand. Those who need more displacement and invest more money have better cards.

Chopper & Cruiser

Top seller on the used market


Suzuki VL 1500.

When it comes to new sales, the Langgabel faction has long been ranked under “also ran”. Not so with the stock of all machines in Germany: Here choppers and cruisers are high on the list. And the chrome jewels are in great demand as used ones. This applies to the small-caliber Yamaha XVS 650 Drag Star as well as to the mid-range cruiser Kawasaki VN 800 or large V-Twins such as the Suzuki VL 1500. The age of the machines is less of a role, more a well-maintained, un-tinkered original condition with low mileage. The fact that the genre is popular in Scandinavia and is often bought up in this country contributes to the shortage of choppers and cruisers in the trade.

Forecast for 2008: Speed ​​will be required when buying. Inexpensive cruisers with low mileage will continue to be in demand.

Top ten used searches

Which machines are interested buyers looking for on the Internet? MOTORRAD has looked at the hit list from the sales portal The top ten have a clear message: Long live sport.

1. Yamaha YZF-R1 The 1000 is in pole position among those looking for it.
2. Yamaha YZF-R6 double victory: The little sportswoman from the same family is also in demand.
3. Suzuki GSX-R 1000 The Kilo-Gixxer has also secured a place on the podium.
4. Yamaha Aerox R 50 scooters are booming, young people are using the web to buy.
5. Suzuki GSX-R 750 Because of insider tip: The mid-size superbike is wanted.
6. Honda CBR 600 F The super sports car with center stand is a real bargain.
7. Suzuki GSX-R 600 The trio is complete. Even the smallest GSX-R makes it into the top ten.
8. Peugeot Speedfight 2 50 Sounds fast, it’s wanted. A scooter for the youngsters.
9. Honda CBR 600 RR Aha: In the “Wanted” section, the 600 is in front of the Fireblade.
10. BMW R 1200 GS Right at the front for new sales, “only” 10th for used cars.

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