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The real price of bikes revealed

Published: 14 April 2004

We asked you to tell us the deals you’re doing on bikes right now. The following reveals the reality of how much we’re actually paying for a wide range of bikes all around the country.

The asking prices you see in ads give some guidance. But there is usually a little haggling to be done. But just how well can you expect to do? We could give you some informed expert guesswork. But the best guide is the real prices that real motorcyclists have been paying – and that’s exactly what you’ve got here.

As more and more of you send in your details we’ll build up a database and give you regular updates on the deals you can hope to make up and down the land.

If you’ve just bought a bike and would like to join in, simply e-mail mcn.online@emap.com with ‘Deals’ in the subject line and include the following information: The make, model and year of the bike you bought, what the list price was and how much you actually paid (and any extras that got thrown in to sweeten the deal), whether the bike is an official or parallel import and which region of the nation you bought the bike in.

Mark Hussey picked up a brand new unregistered 2003 Honda CBR600RR from an official Honda dealership. He haggled it down to £6000 and got crash bungs thrown in along with the standard 2 year warranty, AA cover and Smartwater.

Richard Holt purchased a brand new SV650S K3 in Candy Copper (Rusty colour) in Berkshire for £4295. He had a Datatool system 3 fitted for free and it came as standard with Alpha dot security.

Andy McAteer, 28, bought a 2001 X-plate Suzuki GSF 600Y Bandit for £2995 from a Honda dealer in Scotland. The bike was immaculate and came with Alphadot, a 3 month warranty, s service history, full tank of petrol, years road tax, and newly serviced.

Anne Ramage bought a February 2004 pre registered silver Triumph Speed Triple with zero miles and Triumph screen for £5799. List price is £7499

David Wilmot got a new Suzuki GSXR-600 K3 for £4950 in Lancashire. He got Alpha dot and first service included in the deal.

Alex Groves, 29, bought a Honda CBR954RR Fireblade - 2004 (04) registered (23 days old) from an official UK Honda dealer in south London. It was used with just 340 miles on the clock and a double bubble screen. It came complete with a full two-year warranty, AA cover. List price was £8600, he paid £6795 (the original buyer paid £7,200).

Rob Smith bought a new SuzukiSV1000S in silver from a Bucks official dealer last August. He paid £5600 but got £3000 for his 99 CBR600 FX as a trade in. He also got 12 months tax, 12 months AA cover, Labour free first service and Smartwater.

Marlin Wrightson bought an official UK ’04 CBR600RR from a Wiltshire dealer for £6750 otr (list is £7299). You also got a free tank protector and the 1st service completely free (parts & labour) as the bike wasn’t ready when he turned up to collect.

Trevor Corbett, 45, bought a Hayabusa in blue and Silver (K4 model). Listed at £8699 he paid £7500 at a dealer in the south west. The dealer fitted the extras he had bought himself at the Ally Pally show free of charge.

Gareth Willmore, 19, from North Yorks bought a CBR600RR – 4 (UK)(list price £7300) for £5200 plus his 2002 Aprilia RS125. Included in the deal was a £160.99 seat pod, an £80 Oxford bag and a £9.99 tank protector.

Steve Stuchbery, 39, bought a 1999 S reg Suzuki GSX-R 600 from a South Yorks dealer for £2950 with 12 month T&T, new rear Bridgestone tyre and new HJC helmet.

Richard Howell, 36, bought a new official GSX-R600K3 for £4995 from a Welsh dealer. He paid cash. The list price was £6849 or there about.

Dave Pollen bought an official import pre-registered K3 GSX-R1000 from a Wiltshire dealer in blue and white for £6900. It came with Datatag and alphadot included and he got £4700 for his 2001 R1 as a trade-in.

Phil Denny, from Cumbria, bought an Aprilia Tuono for £6400. The list price is £7499.

Mike McGowan pre-ordered a 2004 Honda CBR1000 Fireblade (list £8700) UK model from a West Sussex dealer. He paid £8300 with Smart Water and two years AA assistance. Because the delivery got delayed he got 10% off any accessories or clothing He bought.

Roger Patrick, 40, paid the asking price of £2199 for his 1994 official import RF900RR. The Hampshire dealer gave him a one month parts and labout warranty.

Ian Hitt, 38, bought an official 2004 YZF R6 from a West Sussex dealer for £6850 versus the list of £7499. He added an Arrow pipe which was fitted for free and he got a morning's Advanced Riding Tuition. The bike is an official UK model.

Chris Hughes, 20, bought an X reg CBR600 FY. It was listed at £4300 but he got it for £4200 included a lock and chain. It’s an official bike from a Bucks dealer.

Euan Clapperton, bought a new, unregistered Kawasaki ZX-6R 2003 model for £5800 on the road, seat hump thrown in for free, a Scottish dealer.

’Graham’ bought an 03 Daytona 955i with 2500 miles on and 11 months old for £5500. Bought privately. Similar bikes advertised with dealers in MCN were being offered for £6000-£6400.

Chris Roughneen, 28, bought Triumph Speed Four for the full list price of £5350 but got rad cowls, bellypan, a rear hugger and Cat 1 alarm thrown in at a Lancashire official dealer.

Matthew Williams, 25, bought a new official Kawasaki ZX-6R from a South West dealer. The list price was £7250 but because it was a 2003 model (only a sticker change for 2004) the dealer sold was listing it at £6250. He paid £5900.

Lucy Callear, 20, bought an 04 plate Suzuki SV650S in Yorkshire for £4100. She got crash mushrooms, restrictor kit and fitting thrown in.

Mark Harrison, 26, also picked up a brand new Suzuki SV650S in Lancashire but paid £100 more at £4200. He also managed to get 10% off his clothing.

Shawn Wood, 29, bought a 2004 Honda CBR600RR. List price was £7,299 but he only paid £6,800 on the road and got a disk lock thrown in.

Geo Hollas bought a GSX-R750 K4 for £6795 otr from a Scottish dealer. He said: "I was planning to buy a GSX-R600K4 but when I was quoted only £6250 for the 600 (without haggling), I decided to ask about the 750 and at that price I couldn't refuse."

Michael Anderson bought a 2004 Aprilia RSV Mille R in London for £8495. He couldn't get anything off the price but got a Scottoiler and crash bungs thrown in.

Aron Burghart bought a 2004 Triumph Daytona 600 in Nottingham for £6000. List price is £6399 otr. He traded in his 2001 Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 XLH (with Stage 1 and re-bored to 1200) with 13k on the clock) for it and only had to put in £1900 cash.

Martin Keable, 36, bought a 2002 Ducati Monster S4 in Buckinghamshire for £4800. When he started looking there were several bikes priced just shy of £6000. But he found one reduced from £5999 to £4999 and haggled it down to £4800 with 12-month warranty (£500max claim) and 10% off the bike kit he bought that weekend.

Jon Marsh bought a 2004 Aprilia Tuono Fighter in Lancashire for £7200 otr with a DataTool system3 alarm. Retail was £7595 + otr without the alarm.

Andy Sixsmith, 40, bought a new Suzuki GSX1400K3 in Cambridgeshire for £5195 otr. It's a parallel import with no extras thrown in but he got a good price for his Daytona 900, he says. The dealer delivered the bike to Unit Sidecars in Essex to have a Watsonian GP700 Sidecar fitted and all the work was finished a week ahead of schedule. Total cost, including additional trailer, £11,500

Jason Budd 28 got a brand new Aprilia RS125 GP in Hertfordshire for £3,400 otr. He managed to get £200 off and 15% off any accessories he bought.

Graham Cartwright, 50, bought a 2004 Yamaha R1 in York for £8600. He got no extras and paid £200 for a Meta alarm.

Bill Davis traded in his Kawasaki ZX-9 for a 2004 ZX-10R. The bike was £8550 and he got £3000 for the ZX-9. There wasn't room to haggle much but he got Datatag thrown in.

Nev Dean bought a 2004 Kawasaki Z1000 for £6999 otr. The list price is £7399 otr

Geoff Dodsworth, 38, got a Suzuki GSX-R1000 K4 in Yorkshire for £7799 including a Meta alarm, that's £750 off list price plus a £275 alarm

Warren Gill, 37, bought a Suzuki GSX-R750 for £6550 including a Laserline 862 alarm. He got £3750 for his 3yr old Honda CBR600F with 9700miles on the clock.

Dave Carne, 48, bought an SP-2 from an official East Anglian dealer for £8,595. His alarm set him back an extra £300. Dave reckons he also got a very good deal from Honda insurance, saving himself £200 over his previous company.

Derek Sylvester, 35, bought a 2004 official Yamaha FJR1300 ABS in Galaxy Blue with Datatag kit, Yamaha Inner bags for panniers and official Yamaha heated grips for £9950. List prices are: £10600 (bike) + £50 (Datatag) + £50 (inner bags) + £175 (grips) = £10,875.

Neil Suffolk bought a 2004 Yamaha R1 in Red/Black in South London. He paid £9399 with GAP insurance - £298 plus Datatool Cat 1 alarm - £299. He said: " No other extras, and none were offered FOC."

Steve Reynolds, 31, bought a 2004 model GSX-R750 for £7100 (its list is £7699). It’s a UK model sourced in Devon.

Paul Ewing bought a Honda Super Blackbird in Glasgow with a Baglux harness, Alpha tank bag, hugger and Scottoiler for £8440 all in. The list price is £8499 without the extras.

Roger Lyon managed to get an £800 trade-in on his Y-reg Peugeot Speedfight 100 to afford his 2004 Aprilia RS125 GP1 at £3672 at a dealers in Gloucestershire.

Spencer Gibbens has just got a 9000-mile, mint condition Kawasaki ZX7-R P3 (1998) for £3499. Apparently it’s never been out in the wet, and he managed to get a £2700 trade-in for his old 2001 Honda Hornet 600.

Keith Mitchell is still happy about the Suzuki Bandit 1200S he bought early this year. The pre-registered bike was advertised at £4800, but he got a good trade in. Especially as he describes his old bike as a 10-year-old GSX750F with an oil leak, rusty exhaust, knackered battery, worn-out rear tyre and 51,000 miles on the clock!

Have you just bought a new bike? How much did you pay and what did you get for your money?

We want to track the real prices real riders are paying right now. And we’ll share your feedback with the thousands of users who visit this site every day.

We’d like to know: The make, model and year of the bike you bought, what the list price was and how much you actually paid (and any extras that got thrown in to sweeten the deal), whether the bike is an official or parallel import and which region of the nation you bought the bike in.

Please also include your daytime contact telephone number, name and age.

Send it all in an email to mcn.online@emap.com with DEALS in the subject line.

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