Bikes for sale: 7 hot bikes you could own for the price of the new Ducati Superleggera
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Ducati’s new Superleggera may be a super-light superbike, but at whopping £70k it’s going to be pretty heavy on the wallet. We wondered what else you could have in your garage for the same money.
We’ve been scouring MCNBikesforsale and picked seven bikes that you could buy that will collectively still be cheaper than a new Superleggera.
All together the bikes here came to a total of £68,632, giving a handy £1368 change.
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So you opt against the Superleggera in favour of a fuller garage but that doesn’t mean you can't bask in some beautiful Italian exotica. The F4 1000 pushes out a lively 195bhp and if you’re still not sold on it then you just need to listen to the exhaust note before falling instantly in love.
Built at the Donington factory, Norton’s Commando 961 is a thing of beauty. It gets attention everywhere and is a highly sought after machine. While the 961cc parallel twin may not be the fastest with only 79bhp on tap, the top-shelf Öhlins suspension and Brembo brakes ensure that the ride is simply sublime. An instant classic.
The SP-1 had one purpose: to beat Ducati on track and that’s exactly what it did in the hands of Colin Edwards in WSB and is also the bike that saw Joey Dunlop take his final Formula One win at the TT. It was also the last of the true HRC developed bikes until the bonkers RC213V-S came along. A worthy bike for any garage.
Before the BMW S1000RR there was the HP2 Sport. It’s a little unconventional and is a lot of money for an air-cooled boxer sportsbike that only pushed out 128bhp but what you get for parting with your hard-earned is a bike that will give big fun with a generous helping of performance parts. It may be a little unconventional, but it’s got a big grin factor and is a highly desirable machine.
One bike that actually deserves the iconic tag. It won four WSB championships in the hands of some Foggy bloke and Troy Corser and its status is beyond question. Let’s face it, who really needs a £70k Superleggera in the garage when you can have a piece of motorcycling history? You can find them cheaper but this one has done fewer than 6000 miles.
Back in the day 250cc race replicas were the sharpest handling, most frenzied, maddest things you could buy on two wheels. In the late 1980s and early 90s, the RGV was the closest thing you could buy to GP bike for the road. Nowadays the 250 is a modern classic and is probably a bit slower and softer than you’d remember. It still looks good, sounds amazing and the smell of burning two-stroke oil will take you right back. It’s still sensational.
Heavily inspired by Yamaha’s 2011 YZR-M1 missile, the R1 became smaller, lighter, nimbler and more powerful when it was re-launched in 2015. It features MotoGP derived tech, a 197bhp crossplane crank motor and is more than enough for all but the most skilled riders. It also has all the bells and whistles; lightweight assist-slipper clutch, anti-wheelie, a quickshifter, traction control and slide control.