Sportsbikes. Nowadays they're ultra-powerful, ultra-expensive machines with computing power that would rival the Space Shuttle. Of course, you don't need all the electronics and over 200bhp to have fun on the road, you could perhaps have more fun on something much cimpler and easier to ride.
That's where these bikes come in. All the below bikes make excellent road-going sportsbikes and can be yours for under £2000.
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Prior to the RSV, Aprilias were small bikes. How could they possibly take on Ducati? Like a boss, was the answer. Rotax made the RSV’s lump and it was a corker. Fast forward nearly 20 years and early RSVs are creeping back up in price, but a good one is a genuine bargain.
By the end of the century, the CBR600F was getting beaten up on track by sportier competition. But the CBR, boosted by its frame and engine revamp, still had the package to top the class on the road. It’s still no slouch on track and has great reliability: ideal first cheap sportster.
The earlier B-model is more of a high-speed straightline blaster, but by 1998, C-model 9Rs were catching up with Honda’s Fireblade. Huge power, sound handling and some comfort make the Ninja an excellent choice.
Unfortunately the Daytona was about four years too late in a fiercely competitive class. The R1, GSX-R1000 and Fireblade are lighter and faster. The Triumph’s saving grace is its gruff three-cylinder engine, distinctive looks and the fact few riders can use anything like all the performance any of these motorcycles offer.