Tourers for under £3,000

By MCN Staff -

General news

 23 September 2013 09:30

Honda ST1100 Pan European
The ST1100 Pan European is one of the very best cross-continental tourers that money can buy, well that less than £3,000 can buy anyway. Almost legendary in both its reliability and comfort, the Pan has steadily built a very passionate fan base since its launch in 1989 – something that has helped keep its second hand value high.

Scanning through the small ads will reveal plenty of Pans showing over 40,000 miles on their clocks as well as a fair few that are topping 70,000 and even one or two over 100,000. Low mileage examples, and by low mileage we are talking in the 25,000 area, are rare but this should be taken as testament to just how reliable the V4 motor is. But that is just one of the cards the engine has up its sleeve.

The V4 1084cc lump is a lesson in how a touring engine should behave. Smooth and perfectly linear in its performance it is the ideal power delivery for relaxed long distance hauls while also providing enough grunt to cart a pillion and full panniers with ease. Add to this a chassis that is both extremely stable and balanced yet somehow manages to pull off the trick of making the Pan’s 297kg feel considerably less and you can see why it is so loved.

A quick glance on one of the many Pan European enthusiast forums will reveal hundreds of passionate owners all more than willing to praise Honda’s excellent tourer. If you are serious about embarking on some long haul journeys then you should consider joining them, you won’t regret it.

Over 40 of them for sale over at bikes for sale

Not too expensive to insure either:

Rider 1, aged 25 from Hull -
£172.36 (£100 excess)

Rider 2, aged 35 from London -
£128.03 (£100 excess)

Rider 3, aged 45 from Edinburgh -
£70.49 (£200 excess)


BMW R1150RT
No feature involving touring is complete without a BMW and the RT is the tourer of choice from Germany. For under £3,000 you are talking a 2001 area bike with about 40,000 miles on the clock. The build quality is superb and the Boxer engine packed full of grunt but Beemers aren’t everyone’s cup of tea.

If you are looking insure this motorcycle

Rider 1, aged 25 from Hull -
£178.38 (£100 excess)

Rider 2, aged 35 from London -
£135.46 (£100 excess)

Rider 3, aged 45 from Edinburgh -
£70.59 (£350 excess)

Triumph Trophy 1200
The original Trophy was first built in 1991 and comes with an inline four 1200cc engine that provides more than enough power for relaxed touring. Not the best looking of bikes, the Triumph’s bulbous fairing does offer a reasonable amount of protection from the elements.

Insurance for this bike:

Rider 1, aged 25 from Hull -
£176.30 (£100 excess)

Rider 2, aged 35 from London -
£133.37 (£100 excess)

Rider 3, aged 45 from Edinburgh -
£71.34 (£350 excess)