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Hesketh 24 (2014-current)

£35,000

1950cc, 145bhp, 120mph, Insurance group 17

Hesketh is the latest UK heritage motorcycle brand to be reborn and the ‘24’ is their first offering. As a mix of American hot rod power (the S&S engine) and semi-retro Brit style (the ‘24’ is a nod to James Hunt’s 1975 Hesketh F1 car) they don’t come much more bristly or brash and both classy and a little bit ...

  • MCN rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Bimota BB3 (2014-current)

£28,000

999cc, 200bhp, 186mph, Insurance group 17

One of the lightest and most powerful bikes ever. But on the track it comes up a little short. The tyres aren't great and it really isn't worth the extra £10,000 over the 2014 S1000RR it shares so many parts with. It's a brave attempt for Bimota and looks fantastic but there a few rough edcges that are hard to ...

  • MCN rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Yamaha MT-09 (2013-current)

£6,799

847cc, 115bhp, 145mph, Insurance group 14

Yamaha’s MT-09 middleweight roadster should be spectacular – a worthy rival to Triumph’s mighty Street Triple. Experienced riders will love the power from its 115bhp, 850cc three-cylinder engine, its ability to do easy stunts and the huge reserves of ground clearance available. Newer riders will enjoy the motor’s flexibility, light weight and low seat. It’s as happy doing the daily ...

  • MCN rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Yamaha Fazer8 (2010-current)

£7,999

779cc, 106bhp, 137mph, Insurance group 16

Yamaha’s Fazer range of bikes used to be all about hard-working, do it all, value for money bikes. One look at the today’s price for the new Fazer8 says otherwise when comparing it to the competition – and the fact there is the slightly bigger capacity but vastly superior FZ1 in Yamaha’s line up. But what you have to remember ...

  • MCN rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Kawasaki Z750R (2011-2012)

£7,349

748cc, 105bhp, 130mph, Insurance group 11

Kawasaki say they’re gunning for the Street Triple R with the new Z750R, but it ultimately lacks excitement and you don’t get the kind of performance you want from a 750 or an ‘R’ tagged bike. It seems the marketing men have gone a bit giddy with that badge. If you’re expecting a smaller version of the excellent new Z1000, ...

  • MCN rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Honda PS125i (2006-current)

£2,899

125cc, 13.5bhp, 65mph, Insurance group 5

The PS125i is sturdy, well made and has the weight of the Honda brand behind it, so you know it’s a safe and reliable purchase. That said, it’s pricier than the competition and doesn’t perform as well. Ridden in isolation it’s perfectly adequate, but for the money there are better scooters out there.

  • MCN rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Victory Hammer 8-Ball (2010-current)

£11,495

1731cc, 92bhp, 115mph, Insurance group 15

The Victory Hammer 8-Ball is basically a lower-seat, cheaper specification version of the Hammer muscle bike. It still has the same gutsy motor, but instead of twin front brake discs it has a single caliper and rotor, plain black paint instead of the more upmarket finish usually seen and the suspension is lowered front and rear to drop the seat ...

  • MCN rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Honda Fury VT1300CX (2010-2013)

£9,975

1312cc, 57bhp, 110mph, Insurance group 15

As Japanese customs go, Honda’s Fury is arguably the best Harley-Davidson clone to date. Its looks are radical for a Japanese custom, majoring more on a raked-out chopper design than a straightforward custom or cruiser, and Honda America’s design team should be applauded for this. Now add an engine that is typical Honda – perfect fuelling, gearbox and gutsy, complete ...

  • MCN rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Harley-Davidson VRSC V-Rod Muscle (2009-current)

£13,845

1250cc, 109.2bhp, 145.1mph, Insurance group 16

Harley’s cruiser V-Rod has been about since 2001, and the new Muscle is… is just another styling exercise to bolster what is arguably a tired range. The Muscle is essentially a reworked V-Rod with design touches (muscular, flowing lines) to front it up as a serious boulevard traffic light blaster. Except it isn’t that muscular – 12.25sec standing quarters anyone?

  • MCN rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Yamaha YZF1000R Thunderace (1996-2003)

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1002cc, 145bhp, 165mph, Insurance group 16

The Yamaha YZF1000R Thunderace started out as Yamaha’s last throw of the old school superbike dice, and resulted in the final incarnation of the FZR1000 EXUP. But ironically the Thunderace has proved to be a better big bore sports touring motorcycle than out-and-out superbike – albeit a humungously fast one. If you like your superbikes big and brash and with room ...

  • MCN rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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