So summer’s here (even if it is wet) and you’re looking for a bike that you can have some proper fun on, but you don’t want to break the bank.
But what can you get that will keep both you and your bank account smiling?
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When you think of 90’s sportsbikes, the three that stand out most are Ducati’s iconic 916, Yamaha’s R1 and this, the Honda CBR900RR Fireblade. Though getting on now, the 900 Blade still represents a great used buy that is plenty capable on both the road and track. It may not be as sharp as today’s offerings but it’s still going to leave a massive grin on yer mug as you wind it through your favourite B-road.
The R6 dominated the 600cc class until 2001 and has always had a reputation as a hardcore hooligan, a statement that’s still true today. It is a precision tool that will scream to a 15,000rpm redline that will see it to over 160mph. Not bad for a bike that’s 17 years old.
The Humble CBR600F brought with it genuine capability as a machine to make you smile through the twisties with the practicality of a machine that you could use every day. What’s more, the 600cc engine that powers is neigh-on bombproof. Cheap, practical, fun, sorted.
So you’re not likely to find a Ducati sportsbike for under 2k that isn’t an absolute dog, but why do you need one!? If you’re hankering after a v-twin sports bike without paying silly money then the Millie surely has to be on the list of hopefuls.
If you’re on a budget for a cheap sportsbike then early ZX-6R’s are always worth considering. Both capable and practical, the ZX-6R has proved to be both a great commuter and a hoot when the road becomes fun. Overlooked by the CBR600 and the R6 later, it now is a brilliant used bike bargain.