Loadsa cc does not always means loadsa money...
There’s no replacement for displacement, certainly not when it comes to getting massive value for money on the used market. Biking behemoths like Triumph’s Rocket III, Suzuki’s Hayabusa and Honda’s Gold Wing between them pack 5466ccs of pure mechanical brilliance, and what’s more... they can be picked up for not a lot of cash.
Triumph’s Rocket III holds the honour of being the largest-capacity production motorcycle ever made. Its 2294cc triple-cylinder engine is a giant of a powerplant, generating an astonishing 147ftlb torque at just 2750rpm. The Rocket also posts an impressive 0-60mph time, taking just 3.3s to complete the task.
Although these well-built beasts retailed for £12,000 when new, you can now pick up an early, 2004 model for just £4500. If you fancy one a couple of years newer, 2013 models with low miles can be had for around £9000 – some with lashings of accessories, too.
For those who fancy something a little sportier, Suzuki’s amazing Hayabusa represents some seriously bonkers bang-for-buck on the used market. The 1340cc inline-four cylinder dragster is one of motorcycling’s legends, not just for its outright speed and aerodynamically sculpted looks, but also for the ease in which it lets you access its earth-shattering performance. Fancy doing easy-peasy 10-second standing quarter-miles? The Busa is your best bet. Pre-registered new ones can be purchased for around £9500, while slightly older, but still current, 1340cc Busas can be picked up for just £4000 privately.
Honda’s Gold Wing is also a giant amongst bikes, but one that can now be snaffled for as little as £6500 on the used market. The Japanese luxury tourer, which currently costs £25,000 new, is powered by an 1832cc flat-six engine that propels the bike’s 407kg weight, plus rider, passenger and all the luggage you can cram into its factory-fitted panniers with surprising sprightliness. It’s a motorcycling experience that simply has to be experienced to be believed, especially when you consider the Wing can propel itself from a standing start to 100mph in just 11 seconds thanks to its mighty and meaty 123ftlb torque.
With so many brilliant bargains around for these types of bike, perhaps it’s time you started to think big.
‘A Gold Wing costs £25k new but you can get a used one for £6k – bargain!’
It’s big, it’s bad, but you could land a Triumph Rocket for about £5k