BAR­GAIN ALL-ROUNDERS FROM £2000

Sports tourers are as happy do­ing ma­jor miles as they are sporty Sun­day blasts. Here are some you might want to con­sider

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PRICE RANGE: £2000-£4000

Ac­cord­ing to some, the Honda VFR800I pro­duced between 1998 and 2001 was the ul­ti­mate ver­sion of one of the great­est bikes of all time. And now you can have one for as lit­tle as £1600. The VFR, in all its forms, has al­ways been a bril­liant all-rounder, ca­pa­ble of set­ting a de­cent pace on track­days and of­fer­ing the kind of com­fort­able rid­ing po­si­tion and er­gonomics to get you to the Alps and back with­out crip­pling your wrists or back. The peachy V-four mo­tor is a joy but be­ware of rec­ti­fier is­sues that can cause bat­ter­ies to boil. The eas­i­est fix is to buy an un­of­fi­cial re­place­ment rec­ti­fier.

An­other con­tender for best all-round bike is Yamaha’s FZS1000 Fazer that was pro­duced between 2000 and 2005. De­spite hav­ing a hugely pow­er­ful R1 engine, this is a civilised bike that you can com­mute on, thrash hard on track­days or even tour on — but you’ll want to fit a taller screen if you’re tour­ing. Build qual­ity is good but cor­ro­sion can be an is­sue so look any model over closely. Ex­pect to pay between £2400 and £3500.

If you’re on a bud­get but still want a great all-round bike then Tri­umph’s Sprint ST is a good op­tion. Rang­ing in price from £1600 to £2700, the bikes were pro­duced from 1998-2004 and the three-cylin­der mo­tor makes a nice change in the four-pot mar­ket. The pre-2002 ver­sions were a lower state of tune (108bhp as op­posed to 118bhp) so if you want more grunt, go for a later one.

Though it looks a bit bland, the 2006-2009 Honda CBF1000 is a lot of mo­tor­bike for not a lot of cash (between £2400 and £5000). It houses a de­tuned 2006 Fire­blade engine with 97bhp, han­dles beau­ti­fully and is com­fort­able too. The CBF is a bit of a for­got­ten gem but that’s great news for buy­ers be­cause it means you can pick one up for a song.

likes: 2000 Honda VFR800I. Cel­e­brat­ing Honda’s 50th an­niver­sary, this spe­cial VFR has heated grips, sin­gle-seat cowl, dou­ble-bub­ble screen and cen­tre­stand. 43,000 miles. £2995. Dealer ad on www.mc­n­bikesfor­sale.com

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