Hit sin­gles

New & used trailies from £2k

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Andy David­son MCN STAFF WRITER

We’re in the tail end of win­ter. It’s cold and grey out there, and our sweet black tar­mac is lost un­der a thick blan­ket of salty grime. Why on earth would we take our pride and joy out in those kinds of con­di­tions?

Stan­dard pro­to­col dic­tates we give our bikes a once-over, wrap them up safely un­der a cover and tuck them in for a spot of hi­ber­na­tion un­til we’re once more blessed with dry roads and beau­ti­ful sun­shine. But while most mo­tor­cy­cles wouldn’t say no to a toasty garage, there is, how­ever, one breed which laughs at the prospect – the sin­gle-cylin­der trailie, mo­tor­cy­cling’s tough­est col­lec­tion of bikes.

Light­weight, ver­sa­tile and en­dowed with al­most un­fath­omable lev­els of dura­bil­ity, th­ese thumpers are ca­pa­ble of tack­ling any­thing you throw at them – from green lane es­capades and en­duros to round-the-world epic ad­ven­tures. They may well all be trail bikes at heart but they each have their own ad­van­tages and ex­cel in dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions.

So, un­der a cloak of cloud and mist, we nabbed a solid cross sec­tion of sin­gles to rep­re­sent the trailie class. Rang­ing from 250 to 650cc in c apac­ity, th­ese sin­gles will all make you smile more than a six-year-old on his birth- day. Whether you’re pow­er­ing through the mud on the Yamaha Serow XT250, en­ter­ing an en­duro on the Suzuki DR350, rid­ing to Morocco for a splash of sun on the CCM GP450 Ad­ven­ture or tour­ing on the BMW F650 Dakar – they’ll all keep you happy, and, just as im­por­tantly, on the road (or in­deed of­froad) through win­ter as your mates sit out the com­mute in their stuffy cars. The only ques­tion is; which is the best used propo­si­tion, and which ca­pac­ity suits your needs the best?

To find out, we bor­row a hand­ful of trailies to find out which one you should go for to keep the wheels rolling un­til spring­time.

‘All four are light, ver­sa­tile and un­fath­omably durable’

■ All four of th­ese bikes are for sale at www.stafford­mo­tor­cy­cles.co.uk PLUS: Find over 14,000 bikes for sale at mc­n­bikesfor­sale.com

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