Posted: 24 Oct 2011
Honda CB1300 (2003-2011)
Price range: £2,500-£10,700
Honda’s 1300cc retro bike is one of the biggest naked bike on the market and a stunning second hand buy. Great looking and with an engine that drives like a locomotive with huge amounts of low-down grunt. The naked F or A versions have retro appeal while the half-faired F offers a bit more weather protection. Go red and white, by far the coolest colours.
Yamaha FZS1000 Fazer (2000-2005)
Price range: £2,000-£4,500
The original Fazer is a brilliant do-it-all machine than is ideal for either relaxed touring or comfortable commuting. The re-tuned R1 engine suits its character perfectly and while the suspension is a bit soft when the pace increases, for general road riding it is soft and forgiving. A real gem of the second hand market for those who want a bike to do serious miles on.
Kawasaki ZRX1200S (2001-2002)
Price range: £2000-£3000
While most riders remember the ‘Eddie rep’ R version, few recall its S brother. Something of a failure in the showrooms due to its slightly ugly look, the S is the hidden bargain of the second hand world. Around £2k gets you a storming bike with a thumping 1200 engine and comfortable riding position. It’s not as cool as the R, but it’s far cheaper and underneath the half-fairing is identical.
Ducati Monster 800 S2R (2003-2005)
Price range: £2500-£5,000
The Monster 800 only appeared for a brief time before being dropped from the range, something that was a terrible shame as it’s a cracking bike. The 800cc V-twin engine has all the charm of the 600 but packs a bit more go without the intimidating power of the 1000. Tricky to locate but worth searching out and good looking with its twin stacked pipes.
Aprilia Tuono (2003-2006)
Price range: £2,500-£4,500
The first and easily the maddest Tuono ever built manages to retain all of its insanity nearly a decade after it was first launched. Not of the faint-hearted, this 1000cc V-twin is madder than a box of frogs and brilliant fun to ride because of it. A proper sportsbike minus its fairing with excellent handling and an awesome engine but ultimately hard work due to its insane nature. A proper Marmite bike, you will love it or hate it.
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