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Value for money?

Is it just me or do bikes cost way too much these days? Yeah, I’m tight, but I’m also sane, and when I look at the price of some of the latest and greatest crotch rockets it beggars belief. Especially for some of the top spec jobbies. It doesn’t seem too long ago that you could get a Mars bar for 30p, and a decent litre sportsbike for under £10k, like the big bang R1 for instance that arrived in 2009 with a £9k(ish) price tag… before it leapt up a few grand almost overnight. Figure that? For me that was the turning point of bikes getting dearer and I’ve not stopped crying since. Of course, manufacturers need a return on their technological investments, pioneering production techniques and utilisation of pricey materials.

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