Originally Posted by geordie_e
@walkabout, just looked at your link, how important do you think ABS is on these bikes ??
A salesman, especially one who works for a BMW dealer, will tell you that it is essential for the resale value of the bike; personally, I have never owned a bike fitted with ABS - I can see its' attraction, but, there again, I have not owned a bike fitted with a slipper clutch nor traction control nor radial brakes, to name a few more possibilities.
Following other threads about ABS, I generally have thought it is not a bad idea if it is switchable i.e. if I can choose to switch it off. Quite a few bikes offer ABS as an option nowadays of course, so I guess that means that more and more second hand bikes will have it in the future.
New bikes: yes, it is an attractive concept, especially if you can get a good discount - don't forget that lots of dealers will "negotiate" so is it really such a good discount?
For a new bike, you have the definite advantage that the dealer knows that you can go elsewhere to buy, assuming that you are prepared to travel a bit of distance - basically, every new bike is the same as every other one, all else (such as discounts) being equal. See the ads for the big dealers in the MCN, with delivery anywhere in the UK on offer.
For a second hand bike you are much more in the hands of the dealer - the more interest you show in a particular bike, the more the salesman can manipulate your expectations and "wants" - all a good game BTW if you have time to spare in the showrooms!
Keep reading the threads in here about "which bike" Geordie!!
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