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'Jekyll and Hyde' Kawasaki Z1000SX

Mycarcheck.com has chosen the 2014 model Kawasaki Z1000SX as its Bike of the Month.

Mark Field said: “The SX is a great example of evolution done right, an ideal option for ageing riders still young at heart. With 140bhp and a top speed of 165mph, it fills the gap between the Z1000 and the ZX-10R, only with a little more maturity. The subtle styling, upright riding position and forgiving suspension give this bike a rather Jekyll and Hyde personality; its true character is revealed when you start to press on. Good fueling, sharp throttle response, uprated brakes, traction control and a choice of engine modes make it as comfortable going fast as it is hauling panniers. Expect to pay £6,500-£7,500 for a 2015 plate in good condition and, as always, full service history is advantageous.”

As to market trends, Field said: “Historically, this is the time of year when bike sales really take off, but the mixed weather conditions have slightly dampened proceedings since the new plate in March. Registration figures are looking positive though, with a 4.7% rise compared to this time last year. Scooters were up 14.2% and motorcycles up 5.4%, which is welcome news. There’s a long way to go to catch up with the 2015/16 new sales figures, but at least we’re heading in the right direction. The used market is also still doing well, but dealers are generally finding it harder than they’d like to procure ready to retail stock.”

With information from the police, DVLA, insurers and finance houses, My Car Check holds data on every vehicle on UK roads – things that buyers should be aware of before making an offer.

CDL Vehicle Information Services, which owns My Car Check, performs over one million look-ups a day for companies including AutoExpress, CompareTheMarket, Go-Compare, Moneysupermarket, Swiftcover and Tesco.

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