SA’s 10 Most-Searched-For Motorbikes
With accurate cross-brand motorcycle sales figures impossible to come by, particularly taking used sales into account, AutoTrader search results give the clearest indication of South Africa’s bike-buying preferences. With over 1,7 million motorcycle visits in the past year, AutoTrader is the most visited online motorcycle marketplace in the country.
Here are the top 10 most searched for motorbike makes for 2017:
From the top most searched for makes, listed below are some of the most popular models searched for in 2017.
BMW R1200 GS
In 2007 actor Ewan McGregor and journalist Charley Boorman climbed aboard a pair of R1200 GS Adventures and wound their way from Scotland to Africa’s Southern Tip, immortalising an already immortal motorcycle. The R1200 GS and GS Adventure are near indestructible machines, the buyer-voted benchmark for adventure touring.
Berlin-based BMW Motorrad’s S1000RR redlines at 14,200 rpm, bringing bikers demonic power as they wind through SA’s open roads. First introduced in 2008, this inline-4 superbike shot to the top of two-wheeled speed trendsetters and has stayed there. This racer slots in at number 3 on AutoTrader’s most bought used motorcycle list.
Super reliable and super safe, this parallel-twin engine dual-sport motorcycle was launched in 2008 and continues to captivate. The perfect ‘back on the road bike’, it offers riders the right mix of solid safety and the ability to open up and fly.
Honda CBR Range
Ever since the legendary Honda CBR900RR hit the roads nearly 25 years ago, this inline engined high-performance range has remained a favourite. With the core of the original tech remaining unchanged, the CBRs rank tops among used bike buys for their incredible performance and reliability.
All hail the GSX-R! This range has been around since 1984, and with its flagship, GSX-R1000 has won the ‘King of the Superbikes’ title in the minds of motor-cycling men and women over and over. As global trends have turned the model has remained a constant favourite, and with searing upgrades launched in 2017, is poised to once again take its place at the top.
CRF1000L DCT Africa Twin
“It’s not a question of how far your Africa Twin will go, it’s how far you’re willing to take it,” or so the saying goes. 30 years ago the Africa Twin set the benchmark when it conquered the Paris-Dakar Rally, and over time the bike has continued to re-invent itself. Now sporting unique manual and automatic gear shifting, it’s the ultimate all-terrain two-wheel option.
The YZF-R6 is advanced, a super machine, designed to race and to fly. It has won more AMA middleweight races and championships than any other 600cc, making it the real deal when it comes to satisfying the need for speed.
In 2005 Suzuki revamped its cruiser line, couching all their offerings under one broad umbrella; the Boulevard. Comprising of the S40, S50, S83, C50, C90, M50, and M109R, it’s this Suzuki range that heads up South Africa’s taste in slow cruising, even beating the traditional Harley to the punch.
With the AutoTrader SA Bike Fest powered by Discovery Channel taking place at the Kyalami Grand Prix circuit from 25 – 27 May, visitors will get to see many of these motorcycles up close and in action.
“There’s no doubt that motorcycling is on the rise in South Africa,” said George Mienie, AutoTrader CEO. “We’re seeing a continual increase in appetite across the board. From small engined inner city commuters to speed bikes and the bruising cruisers. We’re looking forward to seeing the newest bikes and tech on the market at the SA Bike Fest in May.”