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ktm rc8 is used bike of the month

Vehicle valuations company mycarcheck.com has picked the KTM RC8 (2011) as its Used Bike of the Month. Mark Field says: “The styling divides opinion but its fans say it is one of the best-looking bikes around, fantastic to ride and a real alternative to a Ducati or Aprilia. With 175bhp, 94 ft-lb of torque and a top speed of 186mph, it isn’t the fastest 1000+cc sports bike, and it doesn’t have traction control either, yet it more than makes up for this in sheer character.”

In advice aimed at the consumer but of interest to the trade, Field continues: “The R model comes with top components such as Brembo brakes, Marchesini wheels and WP suspension, the dashboard is immense, and its fully adjustable footrests, seat height and handlebars mean it can be tailored for any type of rider. Expect to pay £8500-£11,000 for a good one and check before you buy because, of all the KTM RC8 models we checked last year, a higher than average percentage were previously written-off.”

As to market trends, Field said: “Dealers tell us the used bike market has had a relatively successful time recently, especially compared to the struggling new bike sector, which has seen a disappointing decline in sales. June’s Ride To Work initiative was a big success, with many insurers adding free commuter cover to their leisure policies to encourage people to get on their bikes. Sunnier weather also helps, of course, and bikes entering the used market at the end of their PCP deals are boosting the availability of good quality stock.”

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

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