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Used bike spotlight; 60th Anniversary special

Published: 21 September 2015

Updated: 21 September 2015

Bikes for sale

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 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.



DUCATI 916 SPS #203

The Ducati 916 managed to transcend the boundaries of the market, gaining universal recognition and praise from both motorcyclists and non-motorcyclists alike. The Desmo engine dominates proceedings, delivering a wonderfully visceral riding experience that is accompanied by the booming V-twin soundtrack that sums up motorcycling in the 1990s. It made motorcycling cool again, and made Ducati what it is today.

This 916 will need a little tlc and a decent service if it’s going to be used on the road as it’s been stood as an ornament for a while but should be a sound investment.



If the 80s RD500LC/RG500 gave a road-going flavour of the two-stroke 500GP era, the stupendous ‘Des’, uniquely (until Honda’s unveiling of its RC213V-S this year) brought the four-stroke MotoGP sensation to the streets for a privileged few. Just 1500 of these £40K V4s were built, all of them ultra-stiff, ultra-extreme instant classics.

When it comes down to credentials, none will match the Moto GP heritage of the Desmosedici (with the exception of the new Honda RC213V-S). This one comes from a private seller and has just over 3100 miles. It’s a lot of money, but sure to retain its value.



Far from being a tarted-up S1000RR, the HP4’s key feature is the introduction of BMW’s ‘DDC’ (Dynamic Damping Control), motorcycling’s first semi-active suspension system. The system constantly adjusts the damping according to conditions, riding style and mode choice, not just making life faster, but safer, too.

Still under warranty and with only 1000 miles, the owner of this HP4 seems to have really looked after this machine. The HP4 was lighter, faster and more technologically advanced than its S1000RR brother. A bold and brilliant statement from BMW.



The Z1 was viewed by most as the world’s first superbike; raising the performance bar to unforeseen heights; it was a new ultimate. If you could afford one, you owned the undisputed king of the streets. If you couldn’t, you wanted one. Today, its stature as the father of all Japanese superbikes is beyond question. The word ‘legend’ is bandied about too often, but the Z1 is exactly that.

It’s not a small asking price but these bikes are becoming rare and their desirability has never faltered. Prices are still increasing and this is a fully restored example with an extensive history to go with it.

Massive 60th birthday special
·         Free Greatest Bikes 32-page pullout
·         Free glossy Valentino Rossi poster
·         Free Greatest Racers posters
Pick up your copy today!

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