Lure of the tour

‘You can pick up ex-demo Tro­phies for £1500 off the list price’ For­get Easyjet and take a two-wheeled trip with one of these cut-price tour­ers

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Get some great deals on dis­tance de­stroy­ers

If your idea of an all-in­clu­sive pack­age deal is a two-week trip to the sun on an over­crowded Air­bus then look away now. But if you fancy set­ting your own agenda on a brand new tourer, loaded with all-in­clu­sive ex­tras like hard lug­gage, comfy seats and 12v con­nec­tors then you’re in luck.

Not only have we iden­ti­fied four of the best value-for-money pre-reg­is­tered and nearly new tour­ers avail­able, but we’ve also worked out which would be the cheap­est to run per mile over a 3000-mile tour­ing trip.

Tro­phy takes top hon­ours

For those who want a proper, ful­ly­loaded tourer that’s bril­liant value to buy and even bet­ter value to run, the Tri­umph Tro­phy 1200 SE is cur­rently the bike to beat. Now dis­con­tin­ued from Tri­umph’s range, it’s still pos­si­ble to pick up pre-reg or ex-demo 2016 mod­els for just £12,000 – that’s a sav­ing of £1500 over rrp. With equip­ment in­clud­ing hard lug­gage, elec­tron­i­cally ad­justable screen and sus­pen­sion, cruise con­trol, stereo, ABS and trac­tion con­trol, the Tro­phy is ready to roll when­ever you are. And, as the 1215cc shaft-drive triple re­turns a bril­liant 52mpg and only re­quires ser­vic­ing every 10,000 miles, it’s topped our run­ning cost chart with its 12p-per-mile per­for­mance.

VFR1200X gives you Xtra

Honda deal­ers are sweet­en­ing the deal on new VFR1200X High­lander edi­tions by of­fer­ing low-rate fi­nance and £1000 de­posit con­tri­bu­tion on a bike that al­ready has £2000 off the cost of all its ex­tras. The High­lander comes with de­lights such as three-piece hard lug­gage, cen­tre­stand, heated grips, fog lights and tour­ing screen which when bought sep­a­rately should cost over £3000, but at £13,499 for the non-dct ver­sion the High­lander only costs £1000 more than the stan­dard Cross­tourer. Plus, Honda are also of­fer­ing a three-year ser­vic­ing pack­age for just £575, sav­ing you up to £385 in po­ten­tial parts and labour costs, and mean­ing the Cross­tourer will only cost you 16p per mile to run on your tour.

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