Apologies to the large number of you living outside the United Kingdom, but I’ve decided to do something that’s pretty local: listing all the manufacturer incentives I can presently find. All of the following are available until 31 March 2019. If/when new deals become available after that I’ll try to remember to update this article accordingly. Feel free to bookmark it, and get in touch if you see that I’ve missed something.
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The German motorcycle manufacturer is offering a number of deals that combine so-called “deposit contributions” and not awful financing. Most appealing to yours truly is the offer of a £500 deposit contribution and 5.9 percent financing on the excellent S 1000 R. The naked bike is delightfully smooth and utterly thrilling. Throw some Wunderlich accessories at the thing (eg, a screen) and you’ve got something of an all-rounder. Meanwhile, you can get the same sort of deal on the more affordable but markedly less exciting F 800 GT and F 800 R.
Also available at 5.9 percent APR but with just a £155 deposit contribution is the G 310 R.
If the R nineT is more your style, BMW is offering a £500 deposit contribution and 7.9 percent financing on it, the R nineT Pure, R nineT Scrambler, R nineT Racer, and R nineT Urban G/S
The folks at Ducati are apparently doing well enough that they don’t really need to roll out the red carpet but there are a few incentives. Probably the best one is the offer of a free Touring Pack to anyone willing to throw down the dough for a Supersport. That earns you (soft) panniers, a tail bag, a tank bag, heated grips and a touring screen. If you are a tiny person (I find the SuperSport to be frustratingly uncomfortable) here’s your opportunity to own a charming, somewhat nonthreatening V-twin-powered beauty. Having said that it’s nonthreatening, though, I will give it kudos for being pretty easy to wheelie.
Equally easy to put on one wheel is the psychotic Multistrada 1260. Ducati’s offering free panniers to anyone willing to take on this beast. Alternatively, the company will be happy to bedeck you in Ducati clothing lagniappe: that’s jacket, trousers, boots, and gloves.
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Speaking of psychotic, the V4 Panigale is nothing but. Ducati is willing to help you protect the damned thing with 15 percent off its in-house insurance, and a free BikeTrac unit to help you find it again if envy gets the better of someone.
Ducati’s deals, by the way, are good until 30 April 2019.
The beauty and curse of a Harley-Davidson is its easily customisable nature. There’s a part of you that laments the fact the bikes don’t automatically come with stuff you want, then, once you commit to the idea of building your very own particular thing from the phonebook-thick accessories catalogs you’ll lament an inability to stop.
To get you pointed down that terrible one-way road, Harley is offering £1,000 toward parts, accessories, and clothing if you buy a Softail or Sportster. If I’m doing my math correctly, that means you can get a Street Bob with cruise control, a screen, luggage rack and swingarm bag for the standard price.
I’ll admit to being legitimately tempted…
Big Red is offering a number of particularly attractive 0-percent finance offers – primarily aimed at clearing out any remaining stock. For example, the interest-free deal is available on 2017 and 2018 Africa Twin and 2018 Africa Twin Adventure Sports models. This actually strikes me as a pretty enticing offer, but as best I can tell Honda expects a sizable deposit from anyone capitalizing on the opportunity.
If you’re keen on a 2017/2018 CBR1000RR, however, Honda is willing to help out with the bill by offering up to £2,000 in deposit contribution, also available with 0-percent financing. If you feel you absolutely must have a bike in the current model year, Honda is offering its CB1000R and CB1000R+ naked bike on naught percent, as well.
Meanwhile, you can get a 2018 CBR500R for just £4,999. That’s an incredibly good deal – more than £1,000 cheaper than the 2019 CBR500R.
My favorite brand is doing everything it can to hype the impending arrival of the FTR 1200 at dealerships. The highest priced of the FTR 1200’s variations will be the FTR 1200 S Race Replica. As I was in the process of putting together this article Indian sent me an email alerting me to the fact that riders willing to shell out for the top-dollar American naked will be rewarded with a free Akrapovič exhaust.
“The offer includes the Akrapovič low-mount exhaust in titanium and stainless construction with a protective black matte carbon fibre heat shield,” explains the media release. “The slip-on Akrapovič pipe enhances the impressive flat track styling of the FTR 1200 S Race Replica delivering a soundtrack to match.”
Not to be outdone by Honda, Kawasaki is offering interest-free financing on a lot of its models, but sadly not on the one I’m interested in. Still, with as little as £199 deposit you can get the following financed at 0 percent APR: Versys X-300, Ninja 400, Ninja 650, Z650, Versys 650, Vulcan S, and Z900. Keep in mind that this financing is for a hire purchase deal (ie, the traditional loan in which you’re paying off the full price of the bike rather than effectively leasing it for three years via PCP), so your monthly payment will be a little higher.
If it weren’t for the fact I find the parallel twin engine that drives the Versys to be ungodly levels of buzzy I’d be all over this deal. It would make a great commuter/all-rounder.
If you can find a Moto Guzzi dealership in Britain the brand is offering a reasonably good deal on its V7 III model variants. With an £800 deposit you can secure 4.9-percent financing on the retro beauty. Givi and the like offer a mess of accessories, including a fancy bit of retro fairing, so you’re not too far from having a characterful moto that’s up for all kinds of low-speed thrills.
As mentioned not too long ago, Suzuki is offering a host of different deals. Free luggage on its V-Strom 650 and V-Strom 1000 models, 0-percent financing on the squid-thrilling GSX-R1000R, and financing as low as 2 percent on some 10 different sport and street models.
And as mentioned even more recently, the folks at Triumph are also adopting the luggage and accessories theme, offering panniers on its Tiger 800, Tiger 1200, and Tiger Sport models, or £500 toward ‘personalization’ of a Bonneville T120 or Bonneville Bobber. Alternatively, the British company is offering “low-rate” financing of 6.9 percent on its Street Triple models. Keep in mind, however, that Honda’s standard financing rate is 6.9 percent.
It appears that in certain cases with certain models you can get financing as low as 3.9 percent through Yamaha’s YOU Motor Finance. However, good luck in using the company’s website to determine exactly what those models and certain cases are. The promotion seems to be geared toward steering you into the clutches of a dealership, which is outdated thinking as far as I’m concerned. I prefer to have a strong sense of what to expect (what I want, what I can afford, what’s realistic, etc) before I sit down with a salesman.