VERDICT ‘None are built down to a price’


Motorcycle News (UK) - - FEATURE -

Th­ese fab four ma­chines prove a lit­tle cash goes a long way. None is built down to a price, scrimps on build qual­ity or lacks the fun fac­tor. They’re all com­fort­ably less than seven grand, ex­cept the Ver­sys 650, and all cheer­fully cost around £78 a month on PCP. Yamaha’s MT- 07 con­tin­ues to im­press af­ter all th­ese years and it’s the cheap­est here, mak­ing it the pick of our 700s. The new Ninja 650 is hot on its heels and is a grown-up, prac­ti­cal sports­bike that won’t break the bank. An­other Kawasaki com­pletes our lucky-seven podium – the mile-munch­ing Ver­sys 650 – and bring­ing up the rear is the pleas­ingly perky, en­try-level Har­ley-david­son Street Rod.

MICHAEL WATER­HOUSE, MCN READER re­mem­ber most was tak­ing it on a club trip to Wales, when the rain poured down for two days. Fol­low­ing a cou­ple of ex­cel­lent, ex-po­lice riders, my Tiger han­dled so well it hugely boosted my con­fi­dence. For that rea­son, it will al­ways be one of my favourite bikes.”

The Tiger 1050 has that ef­fect on peo­ple: lots of them.

Fab four make for a great group test

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