Neil Murray makes a living buying & selling pre-loved metal – and he’s on your side
The new Tomtom RIDER has been redesigned for life on the road and, with MCN, we’re going to help you discover, explore and enjoy new routes each week. Download each from motorcyclenews.com/ greatrides onto an SD card and your Tomtom Rider will show you the way.
£1000-£1400. If you’re on a budget, yes.
Honda CB600F Hornet (1998-2006)
It’s the old carbed Honda CBR600, but with the fairing stripped off. Huge fun: a real hooligan’s machine, but early models were spoiled by a raging thirst and a ridiculously small tank that would get you to the next town but not necessarily back again. High
Yamaha FZS600 Fazer (1998-2003)
The YZF600 Thundercat engine already had a bit more mid-range than the competition, even if it lost out at the top end, so Yamaha gave it a dollop more and dropped it in a budget steel chassis topped off by a half fairing. Bingo! It drove well in any gear, looked good, was frugal and handled well. It was such a success that people rated the 2004 replacement (powered by a retuned R6 engine) as inferior in many aspects, especially torque. The 2002-on model with the bigger tank is better, but they are all decent options.
What you’ll pay now
£800-£1400. But should you? Most are getting a bit tired now, so choose carefully.
can’t go wrong.