Neil Mur­ray makes a liv­ing buy­ing & sell­ing pre-loved metal – and he’s on your side

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

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 mo­tor­cy­cle­ 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.

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