Top 5 alternative touring bikes

By Dan Aspel -

Touring & travel

 09 July 2010 17:22

Thinking of heading across the world on two wheels? A sensible rider would lock and load a big, sensible touring bike with tried and tested, top of the range kit. 

But if you’re a little eccentric, a little wayward or just plain mad, here’s range of bikes that could (technically) get you there on a thimbleful of fuel.             

Suzuki Van Van

1. Suzuki Van Van - 90mpg
An unconventional choice, even for UK roads, but the Van Van’s cute looks may win you friends when you need them most.

  • Fuel cost from Skegness to Kathmandu: £421
  • Average used price: £1400

 

Honda Innova

2. Honda Innova - 100mpg+
Steed of choice for pizza delivery boys. You could go down in legend as the most dedicated of their kind.

  • Fuel cost from Skegness to Kathmandu: £270
  • Average used price: £1200

 

Honda C90

3. Honda C90 - 100mpg+
The classic alternative tourer. No frills, no mess, no problem. No speed either.

  • Fuel cost from Skegness to Kathmandu: £315
  • Average used price: £1200

 

Honda CBR125

4. Honda CBR125 - 72mpg
The sporty, head down stance may take it out of you on the Kazakh steppe, but hey! You’re going quickly for a 125.

  • Fuel cost from Skegness to Kathmandu: £526
  • Average used price: £1,900

 

Yamaha Virago

5. Yamaha XV250S Virago - 65mpg
The low-slung Virago boasts classic cruiser style, with plenty of shiny chrome. It’s important to look good when you’re lost in the Himalaya.

  • Fuel cost from Skegness to Kathmandu: £583
  • Average used price: £1,495


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