Tri­umph Tiger 1050

Six used up­right all-rounders for half the price of those in our Group Ride

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The V-four choice Honda Cross­run­ner > £3500-£6500 > 2011-2014 > 782cc 90° V-four > 100bhp > 240kg

YOU WANT A re­laxed rid­ing po­si­tion and do-any­thing flex­i­bil­ity, but don’t want an ad­ven­ture bike’s com­pro­mises. You’re in luck — that sounds just like Honda’s first-gen­er­a­tion Cross­run­ner. Be­neath its slightly lumpy styling you’ll find the trusty un­der­pin­nings from the supreme VFR800: same V-four en­gine; same cast alu­minium frame; same road-fo­cused sus­pen­sion, brakes and wheel sizes.

No tow­er­ing seat height, no bo­ingy long-travel springs, no fer­ris-wheel front end. The Cross­run­ner is pure sports tourer, just with added com­fort. Its high, wide han­dle­bars give a much more easy­go­ing stance than the head-down VFR, while the added lever­age light­ens low-speed steer­ing. You still have a 21.5-litre fuel tank which can just about stretch to 200 miles be­tween fill-ups, and most im­por­tantly you still have that gor­geous, ad­dic­tive V-four at the bike’s heart.

Yes, the Cross­run­ner has less in­stant re­sponse and lacks the grunt of a Tiger, a Tracer or a Ver­sys. Yes, you’ll need to work the Cross­run­ner’s mo­tor a bit harder, spin its smaller pis­tons faster and force the VTEC to un­lock all 16 valves. But isn’t that part of the fun?

And best of all, it’s great value. Early bikes can be found for less than £4k, while £5k gives a rich choice of low-mileage bikes with use­ful bolt-on bits. Own­ers tend to be sen­si­ble, so you’ll find more heated grips and hard lug­gage than lairy ex­hausts or race-rep paint. Just watch out for used bikes sit­ting at, near or just over the 16,000 or 32,000-mile mark, as they’ll be due the in­fa­mously ex­pen­sive VTEC valve check.

Tiger 1050 was de­vel­oped purely for the road. And it shows Honda Cross­run­ner de­liv­ers big­ger grins the harder you work it

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