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BULLIT SPIRIT 125  (2017-on)

BULLIT SPIRIT 125 (2017-on)

New price:  £2,395
 
  • 125cc  -  11.5 bhp
  • 80 mpg  -  120 miles range
  • Medium seat height (840mm)
  • Suitable for A1 licence

Half-price hipster

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 3 out of 5 3 out of 5 3 out of 5 3 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5
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BULLIT HERO 125  (2017-on)

BULLIT HERO 125 (2017-on)

New price:  £2,495
 
  • 125cc  -  11.5 bhp
  • 80 mpg  -  150 miles range
  • High seat height (860mm)
  • Suitable for A1 licence

Post-apocalyptic A1-legal transport

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 3 out of 5 3 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5
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BMW R NINE T URBAN GS  (2017-on)

BMW R NINE T URBAN GS (2017-on)

New price:  £10,550
Used price:  £10,800 to £11,500
  • 1170cc  -  108 bhp
  • 55 mpg  -  160 miles range
  • Medium seat height (850mm)

The G/S is rebooted for 2017

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5
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DUCATI SCRAMBLER 800 Cafe racer (2017-on)

DUCATI SCRAMBLER 800 Cafe racer (2017-on)

New price:  £9,305
Used price:  £6,900 to £11,300
  • 803cc  -  75 bhp
  • Low seat height (805mm)

It’s the café racer fans have been pining for since the demise of Ducati’s old Sport Classic range.

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5
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TRIUMPH STREET SCRAMBLER  (2017-on)

TRIUMPH STREET SCRAMBLER (2017-on)

New price:  £8,900
 
  • 900cc  -  54 bhp
  • 63 mpg  -  164 miles range
  • Medium seat height (792mm)

Out with the old and in with the new! Top job, Triumph!

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5
1 owner ratings 5 out of 5 4 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 4 out of 5
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TRIUMPH STREET CUP  (2017-on)

TRIUMPH STREET CUP (2017-on)

New price:  £8,600
Used price:  £7,800 to £7,900
  • 900cc  -  54 bhp
  • 63 mpg  -  164 miles range
  • Medium seat height (780mm)

Triumph reckon they’ve nailed it… and they’re not wrong

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5
1 owner ratings 5 out of 5 4 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5
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DUCATI SCRAMBLER 800 Desert Sled (2017-on)

DUCATI SCRAMBLER 800 Desert Sled (2017-on)

New price:  £9,395
Used price:  £6,900 to £11,300
  • 803cc  -  75 bhp
  • 52 mpg  -  154 miles range
  • Low seat height (860mm)

Finally, the Scrambler we’ve been waiting for

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5
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BMW R NINE T SCRAMBLER  (2016-on)

BMW R NINE T SCRAMBLER (2016-on)

New price:  £10,530
Used price:  £9,000 to £20,000
  • 1170cc  -  110 bhp
  • 45 mpg
  • Medium seat height (820mm)

Much more than a styling exercise

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 5 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5
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TRIUMPH THRUXTON 1200  (2016-on)

TRIUMPH THRUXTON 1200 (2016-on)

New price:  £10,400
Used price:  £9,500 to £12,000
  • 1200cc  -  95.6 bhp
  • 50 mpg  -  150 miles range
  • Medium seat height (810mm)

Triumph’s big-capacity sports retro goes as good as it looks

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5
3 owners' ratings 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 4.7 out of 5 4.7 out of 5 4.3 out of 5
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TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE T120  (2016-on)

TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE T120 (2016-on)

New price:  £9,600
Used price:  £9,000 to £10,000
  • 1200cc  -  79 bhp
  • 50 mpg  -  140 miles range
  • Medium seat height (785mm)

A relaxed retro for the modern world

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5
5 owners' ratings 4.2 out of 5 3.4 out of 5 4.8 out of 5 4.6 out of 5 4.8 out of 5 4.4 out of 5
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TRIUMPH STREET TWIN  (2016-on)

TRIUMPH STREET TWIN (2016-on)

New price:  £7,300
Used price:  £6,500 to £9,300
  • 900cc  -  54 bhp
  • 63 mpg  -  164 miles range
  • Medium seat height (750mm)

Classic looks aside - the Street Twin is a brilliant roadster in its own right.

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 5 out of 5 4 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5
8 owners' ratings 4.6 out of 5 4.4 out of 5 4.9 out of 5 4.9 out of 5 4.8 out of 5 4.6 out of 5
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SINNIS RETROSTAR 250  (2015-on)

SINNIS RETROSTAR 250 (2015-on)

New price:  £2,200
 
  • 249cc  -  20.7 bhp
  • Low seat height (770mm)

Buy some BSA tank badges and you'll be laughing

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 3 out of 5 3 out of 5 3 out of 5 3 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5
3 owners' ratings 4 out of 5 3.3 out of 5 3.7 out of 5 4 out of 5 5 out of 5 2.7 out of 5
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FRANCIS-BARNETT FALCON 250  (2015-on)

FRANCIS-BARNETT FALCON 250 (2015-on)

New price:  £3,600
 
  • 249cc  -  20.6 bhp
  • Medium seat height (835mm)

‘It’s handsome, and lively enough to be entertaining’

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 3 out of 5 3 out of 5 3 out of 5 3 out of 5 1 out of 5 1 out of 5
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HERALD CLASSIC 250  (2015-on)

HERALD CLASSIC 250 (2015-on)

New price:  £2,750
 
  • 249cc  -  21 bhp
  • Medium seat height (780mm)

The Herald 250 is a straightforward bike from another era.

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 3 out of 5 3 out of 5 3 out of 5 3 out of 5 2 out of 5 2 out of 5
4 owners' ratings 4 out of 5 3.8 out of 5 4.5 out of 5 4.3 out of 5 4.8 out of 5 3.3 out of 5
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TRIUMPH THRUXTON 900 Ace (2015-2016)

TRIUMPH THRUXTON 900 Ace (2015-2016)

New price:  N/A
Used price:  £6,000 to £7,500
  • 865cc  -  69 bhp
  • 45 mpg  -  150 miles range
  • Medium seat height (820mm)

A limited edition, cosmetically-tweaked version of the existing and enduringly popular Thruxton

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 3 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5
1 owner ratings 5 out of 5 4 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 4 out of 5 5 out of 5
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DUCATI SCRAMBLER 800  (2015-on)

DUCATI SCRAMBLER 800 (2015-on)

New price:  £6,895
Used price:  £5,500 to £11,300
  • 803cc  -  75 bhp
  • 52 mpg  -  154 miles range
  • Low seat height (790mm)

Stylish, easy to ride, desirable and afforable

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5
9 owners' ratings 4 out of 5 3.9 out of 5 4.2 out of 5 4.4 out of 5 3.9 out of 5 3.9 out of 5
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NORTON DOMIRACER  (2014-2014)

NORTON DOMIRACER (2014-2014)

New price:  N/A
 
  • 961cc  -  80 bhp
  • 42 mpg  -  130 miles range
  • Medium seat height (813mm)

A sensory overload - better than sex!

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 5 out of 5 4 out of 5 5 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5
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KAWASAKI W800  (2011-on)

KAWASAKI W800 (2011-on)

New price:  £6,799
Used price:  £4,800 to £7,100
  • 773cc  -  47 bhp
  • 52 mpg  -  162 miles range
  • Medium seat height (790mm)
  • Suitable for A2 licence

Successor to W650 gives Bonneville a run for its money and is, arguably, even cuter

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 5 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5
14 owners' ratings 4.6 out of 5 4.2 out of 5 4.7 out of 5 4.7 out of 5 4.7 out of 5 4.1 out of 5
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MOTO-GUZZI V7 RACER  (2011-on)

MOTO-GUZZI V7 RACER (2011-on)

New price:  £8,132
Used price:  £6,500 to £10,000
  • 744cc  -  49 bhp
  • 45 mpg  -  170 miles range
  • Medium seat height (805mm)
  • Suitable for A2 licence

"A class act. Special version of V7 Classic comes with an unbelievable raft of goodies"

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 5 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5
4 owners' ratings 4.5 out of 5 4.3 out of 5 4 out of 5 5 out of 5 4.5 out of 5 4.5 out of 5
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