Power bikes are motorcycles that are highly optimized for speed and acceleration.
they are not really popular among South Africans as most commercial motorcycle riders prefer other types of motorcycles that put comfort and fuel economy ahead of speed and acceleration.
However, power bikes are quite common among the younger generation who don’t only obtain them because they are a better and more convenient means of transport but also because they want to make a fashion statement.
There are various power bike brands on the market ranging from Yamaha, Honda, BMW, Kawasaki, Topstar to Ducati.
Power bikes are more popular in top cities in South Africa like Durban, Port Harcourt, Calabar, and Johannesburg. And they are a great option for those who live in areas where traffic jams are a daily reality. They can easily glide through traffic jams and get you to your destination without breaking the law.
This article focuses on the prices of power bikes in South Africa including the prices of locally used and tokunbo (foreign used) power bikes.
Where to Buy Power Bikes in South Africa
There are quite a number of power bike dealers in the country and most are situated in the top cities like Durban, Owerri, Port Harcourt etc. You would have to move to these locations to buy a power bike. However, you can also buy from the official office of the manufacturer of the brand you intend going for.
Another option to consider is buying power bikes from websites like Jiji and Olx. These sites have ads of power bikes from many brands being sold by individuals and possibly dealers.
However, you need to be careful when buying from an online site to ensure you don’t buy a stolen or faulty motorcycle.
Cost of New Power Bikes in South Africa
Due to the fact that there are a few dealers around, it was quite difficult to get the actual prices of brand new power bikes in South Africa. The prices listed here are the standard average prices across the country and are subject to change due to factors like customs fees and tariff and delivery fees that affect the prices.
- Yamaha R6 N4 million to N5 million
- Suzuki GSX-R600 N4 million to N4.5 million
- Kawasaki ZX-6R N4 million to N4.2 million
- Honda CBR600RR N4 million to N5 million
However, these prices are subject to change due to the factors listed above and the effect of currency exchange rates.
Tokunbo (Foreign Used) Power Bike Price in South Africa
- Kawasaki 400cc Power Bike N1.6 million to N1.85 million
- Kawasaki 600cc Power Bike R$ 25,900 to N1.1 million
- Kawasaki GPZ Power Bike R$ 29,600 to R$ 34,040
- Yamaha YZF 2011 N2.5 million to N3.5 million
- Yamaha R1 Power Bike R$ 25,160 to R$ 33,300
- Yamaha R6 600cc Power Bike 2005 R$ 27,750 to N1.2 million
- Yamaha MT-03 2010 660cc Power Bike R$ 22,200 to R$ 33,300
- Honda 2002 900cc Power Bike N2 million to N2.5 million
- Honda CBR 600cc Power Bike R$ 27,750 to N1.1 million
- Ducati Monster 700cc Power Bike 2013 N2 million to N2.5 million
- Harley Davidson 2014 Power Bike N5.2 million to N6 million
- BMW S-Series N3.5 million to N4.5 million
- BMW R-Series R$ 29,600 to N1.5 million
- Buell XB Series 2009 N1.7 million to N2.5 million
- Qasa Qlink Power Bike R$ 15,540 to R$ 22,200
(Locally) Fairly Used Power Bike Price in South Africa
- Kawasaki 400cc Power Bike 2014 R$ 18,500 to R$ 29,600
- Kawasaki Vulcan 2010 Power Bike R$ 31,450 to N1.15 million
- Suzuki Gsxr 4000- 600 Power Bike 2002 R$ 16,650 to R$ 25,900
- Sinoki Supra 150 Power Bike R$ 5,550 to R$ 11,100
- Haojin Power Bike HJ-150-50 Fabio R$ 5,550 to R$ 11,100
- Electric Power Bike R$ 11,100 to R$ 17,760
- Suzuki Epicuro Power Bike R$ 6,660 to R$ 11,840
- Yamaha YZF-R6 Power Bike R$ 4,440 to R$ 11,840
- Peugeot Power Bike R$ 7,400 to R$ 14,060
- Honda Power Bike 900cc 2003 R$ 6,660 to R$ 17,760
Related: Prices of New Motorcycles in South Africa
Brand New Vs Foreign Used (Tokunbo) Vs Locally Used
Due to the scarcity of brand new power bikes in South Africa, foreign and locally used ones are the main option of most bike lovers. And they are relatively cheaper than brand new versions which make them a better financial option.
However, it is important to note that brand new power bikes are more durable and will last longer than the used versions. As for foreign and locally used versions, the main difference between them is the location in which they have been used as the former has been used outside South Africa while the latter has been used in South Africa.
Foreign used versions are known to be more durable than locally used power bikes. Hence, they are a better option and are more expensive than locally used ones.
Advantages of Power Bikes
Power bikes are a cheaper and faster means of transport than any public transport service you would find. They are able to reach a speed of 300 km/h making them pretty faster than cars and do not easily overheat or wear out after running for a long period of time.
They are known to be very durable and require little maintenance even after excessive usage. They are built with tough parts that can withstand pressure and their tyres are strong enough to withstand friction and the action of moving on roads. However, you will enjoy more durability if you purchase a brand new version.
Power bikes are quite small which means they will be able to fit through tight corners and help you scale through traffic jams without stress. This is a really big advantage for those living in heavily populated cities like Durban.
Disadvantages of Power Bikes
Moving at a speed of 300 km/h sounds pretty fast and it is really fast. While they are built for speed and offer a great balance system, they are not safe to drive on busy roads or tough terrains.
Power bikes are built to last with top quality materials, therefore, it is understandable why they are very expensive. However, a brand new model would cost you about N4 million, which is quite expensive for many South Africans.
Getting a replacement to a part of your power bike is a hassle as very few stores are into the sales of power bike parts.