BIG bar­gains

Loadsa cc does not al­ways means loadsa money...

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week -

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

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