5 classic sportsbikes to lust after

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Classic sportsbikes will always be in fashion, right? 

As an investment, they offer a great return for your money. As machines, they define the pinnacle of what sportsbikes from the last two decades.

As appreciating-classics, these five sportsbikes will never go out of style, so pick your jaw up off the floor and gawp over these...


1999 Yamaha R1 £2995

Seller says

“Let’s be honest here, this was the best supersport of its generation. Some say the fireblade was an awesome machine. Maybe on the track but the R1 was an all-rounder. Comes with double bubble screen and aftermarket leavers, all the rest is totally standard.”

MCN says

“The third and final great sports bike of the nineties. The FireBlade set the agenda, the 916 added finesse and the Yamaha YZF-R1 topped them off with extra power and madness. Even today the original Yamaha YZF-R1 is a sports tool to be reckoned with and updated Yamaha YZF-R1s are even more potent and easier to use too.” 

1998 Ducati 916 £6995

Seller says

“An amazing copy of the rare Carl Fogarty Replica. Lots of carbon fibre, Termi pipes and silencers and the original pipes included. A very reluctant sale of my pride and joy. Currently taxed and in occasional use together with my 1995 900SS., 5+ owners, Red, £6,995.”

MCN says

“The bike that needs absolutely no introduction. The 916 is still an uncompromising motorcycle designed to lap tracks fast which means it’s not such fun on a wet and bumpy country lane but it always makes the rider feel very special - whether they’re out on a blast or just staring at its gorgeous curves in the garage. Beautiful.”

1995 Honda CBR900RR Fireblade £2995

Seller says

“Everyone knows the name Fireblade, but there is only one model of this iconic brand that has forged out its very own niche. It's not known by a number, capacity or even letter designation. This Blade is known by its paint scheme - the Urban Tiger. This one comes with a seat cowl, steering damper, tinted screen and painted wheels. Has 34,490 kilometres on the clock. The bike will be serviced and come with 12 month's MOT. This bike has been imported from the Continent and will be UK registered on an age-related number plate upon sale.”

MCN says

“The motorcycle that changed how sports motorcycles were built. Designed by the legendary Tado Baba, the Honda CBR900RR FireBlade wiped the floor with its competitor motorcycles not by being more powerful (it wasn’t) but by being lighter. Rivals were all well over 200kg, the first Honda CBR900RR FireBlade was just 185kg which made it perform superbly. It’s still a wild ride and a surprisingly practical motorcycle too.”

2000 Honda SP-1 £5995

Seller says

“Here we have for sale a Honda VTR1000 SP1, these are becoming an appreciating classic, better than money in the bank. It is in fantastic condition for its year, and has only covered 17,117 miles from new. These are a great bike to ride, with a lovely sound. This particular bike has lots of extras fitted which includes a Ohlins steering damper with the Harris mounting kit with top fairing bracket, pillion pad inc, a tinted double bubble screen, carbon Micron exhaust silencers, Harris adjustable rear sets, Harris carbon hugger, Ohlins rear shock, Harris exhaust brackets and a undertray. It has mot until March 2018 and will be sold with a 3-month warranty.”

MCN says

“The Honda SP1 was built to prove a point; that the world's number one bike maker could beat Ducati on the track, using a V-twin. It became renowned for its an on/off fuelling set up, too much power for the chassis and a cramped riding position. But that doesn’t hinder its wonderful set up when the roads open up. The Honda SP1 is beautifully made, sounds awesome and makes 90% of riders look faster than they really are. Let’s also not forget that it was this bike that took Joey Dunlop to his legendary Formula 1 TT win in 2000 too.”

2005 GSX-R1000 K5 £5195

Seller says

“This is a beautiful example GSXR1000, many say this is 'the one to have' from the looks, power delivery and superb ride-ability. This bike has been very well looked after from new, full stamped service book, stacks of receipts, owner’s manual, spare key and fob etc. All round exceptional condition. Fitted with carbon fibre intakes, front mudguard and chain guard, tail tidy, rear sets, Suzuki tinted double bubble screen, R&G crash bobbins and engine case cover, Goodridge braided lines, rear seat cowl and a carbon look rear guard. Supplied to you serviced and MOT'd.”

MCN says

“The first Suzuki GSX-R1000 set new superbike standards in 2001, the second one did it again in 2003 and this, the third full Suzuki GSX-R1000 update, went straight back to the top of the superbike tree in 2005 and became a legend. The reasons for the Suzuki GSX-R1000's solid reputation for this machine are simple. Sublime, lithe ergonomics and handling, radical styling and full-on usable power.”


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James Archibald

By James Archibald

Former MCN Junior Web Producer