So, it’s 2016 (and our 50th anniversary) and if it’s going to be like 2015 we are going to need to strap ourselves in and prepare for take off.
This time last year we were building our new website and preparing our new online accessory and parts shop. Both of which launched in February. In the meantime Honda had 0% finance offers on the CB650F and the CBR125R. The latter was actually run all year and we’re hoping they continue into 2016 as it proved very popular with our customers – especially those looking for their first sports bike.
Meanwhile, Suzuki were launching their 2015 Spring deals… 0% on most of their range of motorcycles with £1 deposits – from custom cruisers to GSRs to Burgman scooters. However, the GSX-R had been overlooked… that was until the start of the 2015 Moto GP season with Suzuki entering the fray once again and delivering a new Moto GP GSX-R colour scheme to match their race bikes.
Eventually, the GSX-R made it onto the 0% deals and along with the Yoshimura bits dripping off the Gixxxer 1000 it proved too tempting for some of you. We couldn’t get hold of the Moto GP bikes for all the tea in China and we weren’t alone as other dealers snapped up each one that landed on UK shores! Suzuki UK had to wait six weeks to get their next shipment in from Japan!!
Honda also introduced two new models in 2015. The CB125F to carry on the mantle from the CBF125 of best economy in the 125cc category. Also, they produced a new luxury top-end 125cc scooter in the form of the Forza 125 – featuring LED running lights, bags of storage, stop/start engine technology, adjustable screen, ABS front and rear and more super economy to boot. The Forza was another success and like Suzuki with the GSX-R1000, Honda were stretched to meet the initial surge in demand.
Suzuki, also had new models in 2015 with the launch of the Address 110 – another excellent economic and versatile scooter. They also reintroduced the evergreen Bandit 1250S to much glee from the touring and courier community. A model fans had been clambering for for a couple of years.
Some of the biggest news of the year came as always from Motorcycle Live in November. Both of our franchise manufacturers unveiled some exciting new machines. First up was Honda. After months (possibly years) of rumour and speculation they finally launched the very impressively spec’d Africa Twin CRF1000L. With it’s various gadgets, gizmos (including TC and manual rear ABS) many expected the price tag to be up there with the other bikes in the Adventure category, but with the OTR price being set at £10,499 it has got a lot of people very very very excited for 2016. In fact our demo arrives in store in mid-January so watch this space!
Honda are also looking to relaunch the very popular SH300i scooter which they took off the market back in 2013 (after the launch of the Forza 300). We have a couple of preorders already and we expect them to resume their popularity in 2016.
Suzuki took the wrappings off the new 2016 GSX-R 1000 with aggressive new looks, a new chassis, engine, quick shifter, 10 level traction control, variable valve timing – let’s just say there aren’t too many disappointed GSX-R folks. It was what a lot of you were waiting for and we can’t wait to see them in our showroom mid-2016.
What a year! Finally, we’d like to thank everyone for their patience while we waited for stock and also want to say a huge thank you to all of our customers in 2015 – we look forward to helping you in 2016!!