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