MCN has turned 60 this year and what better way to celebrate this milestone than by naming the top 60 bikes of all time as voted for by you. In line with this incredible achievement, to accompany this week’s issue, we will be running a used bike spotlight with bikes that have made it into to top 60 currently for sale on MCNBikesforsale.com. So if you fancy owning one of the iconic machines that make up the best of all time, then look no further as some of the top pickings are here.
Not the original Dakar replica, but definitive of the ’80s/’90s breed and undoubtedly one of the best, enough for it to still be in strong demand. Refined (it was developed from the 1988 HRC-built XRV650), versatile and robust Honda’s V-twin was also good-looking, comfortable and something of a cult – hence the return of an all-new version in 2016.
This Africa Twin has been extensively rebuilt and repainted to give it a better time against the elements. The engine on this machine has seen relatively low miles with only 23000 on the clock it should be good for plenty more yet.
The term Fizzy has become synonymous with the sporty little 50cc moped that was so popular with the rebellious youth of the 1970s. Sat bolt upright it’ll show 45mph on the speedo; tuck down, chin on the tank and it’ll slowly creep past 50mph. It may well be straddling less than 5bhp – but it’s a whole lot of fun.
Due to the ever-increasing popularity and nostalgia value, finding a decent Fizzy now is becoming something of a challenge and prices for them are skyrocketing. This one is one of the less popular restricted models made in the 80’s but is still good for a trip down memory lane.
The first truly modern GS debuted as the R1100GS in 1994 but only really took off when joined by the first globe-traveller ‘Adventure’ version. Soon after, McGregor and Boorman used it for their Long Way Round TV globe-trek and ‘adventure bikes’ went massive. The GS/Adventure remains BMW’s best selling bike to this day.
This seems to be a fairly decent example that has less than 50k on the clocks. It doesnt mention anything of the service history though so its worth checking and using it as a haggling point if there is little to go wiht it.
Definitive early 21st century Japanese superbike was the best of its type in the pre-injected era and is still widely admired for its blend of looks, versatility, effectiveness and thrills. Later offerings may be faster, more powerful and more sophisticated, but few are as pure and just plain ‘right’. Not just the best GSX-R, the best bar-none.
The K5 still defines Suzuki, with the new-for-2015 GSX-S1000 using a derivative of the motor that was in the GSX-R1000 a decade before it, back in 2005 Suzuki hit the nail on the head with this bike. Prices are rising as demand for these machines is increasing so nowadays you’ll be lucky to find one under four grand.
Massive 60th birthday special
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· Free Greatest Racers posters
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