THE BUYER

‘More ba­sic than the FJR but Sprints start at £3000’

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Sprint is a great sports tour­ing buy

Last week, I said that sports-tourer val­ues ap­peared to be weak. One rea­son is sim­ply that the mod­els that are around have been around for… well, ages.

Take a look at the Yamaha FJR1300. You’ve got early – 2001 or 2002 – mod­els sell­ing for un­der three grand. But much, much younger mod­els (2008, 2009) aren’t mak­ing ap­pre­cia­bly more. Maybe four grand.

That’s the penalty sellers pay for buy­ing ex­cep­tion­ally long- run­ning mod­els, and the FJR is cer­tainly that. Peo­ple will look at an older but beau­ti­fully kept one, and de­cide that it’s as valid a pur­chase as a younger ma­chine, and cheaper.

And the base model is over 13 grand. There are a hell of a lot of other bikes you can buy for that.

If I were look­ing for a sports-tourer, I’d be head­ing to a Tri­umph dealer and a 1050 Sprint. Sure, it’s chain drive and a bit more ba­sic than the FJR, but it’s lit­tle more than nine grand new and used low-mil­ers start around £3000. And I’d spend the sav­ing on de­cent ho­tels on the hol­i­day I’d use it for.

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