2015 Motorcycles | Value for Money Award
Posted by Canstar Blue September 26th 2016
Riding a motorcycle is a thrill most riders are happy to spend their hard-earned money on. It can be an expensive hobby, but like anything else in life, a little extra for quality is usually worth paying for.
But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t shop around to find the best value bike you can, particularly with so many great makes and models on the market. Canstar Blue’s survey of more than 700 motorcycle owners found they spent an average of just under $10,000 on their latest set of wheels, with those aged in their 30s willing to spend the most, at just over $12,000.
Just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so too is the thought of getting value for money from your motorcycle purchase. Naturally it will depend on how often you use it, how much enjoyment it gives you, weighed up against how much you actually paid for it. Good value for money doesn’t just mean cheap price, so to give you an idea of how other Aussie riders rate their motorcycles in terms of value for money, we sought to ask them.
We’re happy to announce that Honda motorcycles were deemed to offer the best bang for the buck, in the eyes of our survey respondents.
So what is Honda doing to rate so favorably for value? Well, you don’t need to search for long to realise that Honda boasts a hugely impressive range of road and off-road bikes at reasonable prices. Here is a brief guide to just a handful of Honda’s most recognisable models and the value for money credentials they offer, with affordability a key focus for the brand.
Honda believes that no other Supersport motorcycle combines power, handling, ride quality and overall build quality like its versatile CBR1000RR does. It says the original 1992 CBR900RR Fireblade created “a revolution in open class Supersport motorcycle design”. Its combination of big-hitting power and light, middleweight-size chassis created a breathtaking riding experience on open road or closed circuit. And the 2015 CBR1000RR cements its stellar reputation as “the best overall Supersport package” thanks to several improvements, such as engine and exhaust modifications for more power and torque, a new riding position and a new windscreen.
Launched in 2009, the VFR1200F was developed to deliver a blend of sports and touring capabilities using the latest technologies, Honda says. It was a “clean-sheet interpretation” of the ultimate road-sport machine – a concept driven by extensive understanding of customer needs and the adoption of state-of-the-art technologies. In pursuit of heightened levels of control and feedback, Honda says the VFR1200F adopted the latest race-track bred technologies, adapted and evolved to create a machine that can be many things to many riders. The harmonic growl of the flexible and responsive V4 motor rekindles the emotions inspired by previous iconic VFRs, with its unique ‘heartbeat’ engine feel and an unrivalled level of refined performance.
Honda says its 2014 CTX700N was specifically engineered to make motorcycling more approachable, affordable and fun than ever before. Declared to be “amazingly affordable”, friendly and comfortable, the CTX700N is said to be perfect for everyday rides, weekend trips, two-up exploring and just about anything else. Part of a brand new innovative CTX700 series, it promises a smooth-running fuel-injected engine, comfort, technology and experienced wrapped up in one affordable package.
The NC7505A is Honda’s “ideal commuter machine”. With handy features such as the helmet sized under seat compartment and standard fit ABS, the NC750SA is the ideal mid-sized daily commuter for riders of all sizes and experience levels, Honda says. It offers twin balancer shafts, new exhaust muffler and taller gearing plus a host of other detail upgrades for 2014.Practical features such as the easy-to-read instrument display and Honda’s Ignition Security System ensure the new NC750SA is a popular machine with both riders stepping up to a larger motorcycle or those wishing to scale back.
Further details of the above bikes and other models can be found on Honda’s website.
Read our motorcycle customer satisfaction ratings for more.
Frequently asked questions
Canstar Blue commissioned I-view to survey 882 Australian motorcycle riders in order to measure and track customer satisfaction. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who currently own and have ridden a motorcycle in the last 3 years (excluding scooters and mopeds) – in this case, 733 Australians.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then alphabetically. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.