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Best-selling Motorbikes and Scooters depreciation over three years

by Andrew Segal 8th June 2018

If you’re thinking about investing in a new motorbike or scooter this summer, InsuretheGap.com has looked at the best-selling motorbikes and scooters from 2015 and how they have held their value in the last three years.

From the full list (see the table below), the BMW R1200 GS motorbike held it’s value the best, losing just 17% of its initial cost from 2015 to now. Today it is valued on the market at £10,750, compared to £12,969 when new.

At the other end of the table is the Honda NSC 110 scooter, which depreciated the most since 2015. Its cost to buy new in 2015 was £1,982, but this has dropped to £1,340, a deficit of £600. This is a depreciation of 32%, effectively a third of its value.

Looking at the top 10 overall, the average depreciation of the motorbikes and scooters was 23% between March 2015 and March 2018. Our similar study looking at the depreciation of the best-selling cars over the same period revealed the average drop was 26%.

In second place behind the Honda NSC 110, came another Honda, this time the CBF 125. It lost 27% of its original value, going from £2,682 in 2015 to £1,950 in 2018.

And unfortunately for Honda, another of their models came in third. The PCX125 scooter cost £2,737 in 2015 and is valued at just over £2,000 in 2018 (26% down).

The BMW S 1000 RR, the most expensive motorbike on the list at £13,620 brand new, had a 23% reduction in value, coming in at fourth on the list. Two other bikes also depreciated at the same rate; the Honda CBR 125 R and the Yamaha MT 09 Tracer.

BMW took both the first and second spots in terms of holding their value best, with the Adventure version of the R1200 GS coming in with a loss in value of just 20%. Yamaha had the two entries directly afterwards, the MT 07 ABS (21% depreciation) and the MT 125 (22%).

Ben Wooltorton, Chief Operating Office at InsuretheGap.com, said: “A lot of a bike’s mechanics are on show so things that would get ignored with a car, like a worn suspension or a corroded exhaust or pipes are much more likely to get noticed so keeping on top of a bike’s general maintenance will help keep its value. Then general factors will also play a part in how much a bike is worth when you come to sell, or if it’s unfortunately written off, including its mileage, number of owners, service history and whether it’s been used for leisure or commuting. The top depreciating bikes in the study are small engine commuter-types, which are also generally ridden by younger, less experienced riders”.

InsuretheGap.com used Glass’s data to compile the survey and all the valuations are based on average mileages. The full details are displayed in the table below.

Make/Model of Motorbike/ Scooter & order of depreciation with 1 the fastest 2015 Price New 2018 Valuation Depreciation % Avg. Mileage (total over 3 years Order of depreciation with - 1 the fastest - 10 the slowest
1. Honda NSC 110 (Scooter)
1 speed, petrol, 108cc
£1,982 £1,340 32 8,000 1
2. Honda CBF 125
5 speed, petrol, 125cc
£2,682 £1,950 27 6,000 2
3. Honda PCX125 (Scooter)
1 speed, petrol, 125cc
£2,737 £2,025 26 6,000 3
4. Yamaha MT 09 Tracer
6 speed, petrol, 850cc
£8,149 £6,300 23 8,000 4
5. BMW S 1000 RR
6 speed, petrol, 999cc
£13,620 £10,500 23 8,000 4
6. Honda CBR 125 R
6 speed, petrol, 125cc
£3,582 £2,750 23 6,000 4
7. Yamaha MT 125
6 speed, petrol, 125cc
£3,899 £3,050 22 6,000 7
8. Yamaha MT 07 ABS
6 speed, petrol, 689cc
£6,354 £5,050 21 8,000 8
9. BMW R 1200 GS Adventure
6 speed petrol, 1170cc
£12,770 £10,250 20 14,000 9
10. BMW R1200 GS
6 speed, petrol, 1170cc
£12,969 £10,750 17 12,000 10
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