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New motorcycle sales take toll on used prices

New bike discounts make it buyer's market

By Tim Skilton on Tue, 2 Oct 2007 - 02:10

EurotaxGlass the leading supplier of automotive intelligence, reports the volume of new sales, and the attendant clearance prices, have had a significant negative impact on the used motorcycle market.

"By the time the clocks go back at the end of October many riders

will have hung up their leathers for this year," explains Randal

Thomas, Motorcycle Editor at EurotaxGlass's. "With demand falling,

any motorcyclist still interested in acquiring a machine knows that it

is increasingly a buyers' market."

In response, 'sales' signs are appearing in showroom windows across

the UK. Despite the mood of greater caution, the more forward-looking

retailers are not afraid to maintain or even increase their stock

levels, provided they have the necessary funds, in order to avoid the

shortage of stock that always catches out the market at the start of the

next sales year.

Some sections of the market have performed better than others.

"September brought the traditional reports of sixteen and seventeen

year-olds seeking mopeds, scooters and 125cc learner machines as

transport to school, Further Education College or their first job,"

says Thomas. "Despite this increased demand, there are signs that

transaction prices for used machines are being depressed by competition

from the significant numbers of low cost brand-new machines arriving

from Asia."

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