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KTM 950 Ad­ven­ture

While BMW’S new 1200GS was win­ning com­par­a­tive group tests, the 990 was right on its heels. In fact, the KTM is more ac­com­plished off-road, while its liq­uid-cooled V-twin de­liv­ers more fun. Early 2003 mod­els can be picked up for less than £4000.

Honda XL1000V Va­radero

Honda’s 19in front wheel Va­radero is big, spa­cious, com­fort­able and bul­let­proof. The thirsty V-twin lacks a bit of zip and you’d never de­scribe it as a deeply de­sir­able mo­tor­cy­cle – but their own­ers love them. You can find a rea­son­able one for just £2000.

Kawasaki Ver­sys 650

Launched in 2006, then up­rated in 2009, and again in 2015, the Ver­sys of­fers more smiles than Suzuki’s V-strom, but lacks its com­fort. Orig­i­nal mod­els start at £2000 while 2009 bikes can be had for £3000. You might find the 2015 model for a snip un­der £5k.

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