‘You can get a low mileage bike for un­der £900’

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Bikes that won't lose you a penny

Time was ev­ery firm had a 500. In the 1970s you could have had a four-stroke four, fourstroke par­al­lel twin, two-stroke twin, fourstroke trans­verse V-twin, four-stroke in­line twin…

Now 500s are in de­mand again and the need for ex-learn­ers to find a de­cent A2 bike is keep­ing val­ues sur­pris­ingly buoy­ant.

The best choice for around a grand is the 120mph Honda CB500S. You can pay £600 for a shocker or two grand for an im­mac­u­late low-miler, but a grand will get you some­thing with maybe 30,000 miles on it.

Suzuki’s ba­sic air­cooled GS500 twin is about 10mph slower. Go for a naked one – £750 is all you need to pay for a good’un.

Kawasaki’s ER5 is the com­muter ver­sion of the GPZ500S, in a sim­ple steel frame. Its per­for­mance falls some­where be­tween the Suzuki and the Honda, but its prices are, if any­thing, lower than the GS500. You can get a sub-20,000 mile bike for un­der £900. Like any good used A2 bike, de­mand ex­ceeds sup­ply and you will al­ways get your money back.

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