Ver­dict

BIKE (UK) - - USED ADVENTURERS -

All these bikes are good value, though each in their own way. At £8000 the Africa Twin looks and feels like a com­pletely new bike but is £2500 cheaper than list. At that price, the only nig­gles are the slightly dis­coloured spokes (they all do that ac­cord­ing to own­ers), and the spar­sity of extras – though the pre­vi­ous owner has fit­ted heated grips and en­gine bars, there’s no cen­tre­stand, pan­niers or 12V socket. And it’s not the DCT model. But stuff that. If you’ve got the cash and want what is ef­fec­tively a brand new ad­ven­ture bike you’d strug­gle to do bet­ter than this. The GS is a dif­fer­ent propo­si­tion. For £5500 you are buying an ex­am­ple of the great­est ad­ven­ture bike in his­tory, made by a com­pany whose brand car­ries the kind of ca­chet Suzuki would sell its grand­mother for. With un­der 10,000 miles on the clock, ours is barely run in and, with a bit of at­ten­tion to the flakey en­gine paint, would look al­most new. Be­cause of the age-price ra­tio it doesn’t feel like a bar­gain, but that’s not what Gses are about – you buy it be­cause it’s a fan­tas­tic bike which won’t drop in price much even if you rack up proper miles. If you want to join the GS club, this is a sen­si­ble place to start. The Tiger, on the other hand, feels more like a bar­gain. £4000 for a bike this tidy, fun, prac­ti­cal and fast seems like a no-brainer. Be­cause of the mileage (32,000) you’ll probably have to re­place a few more bits than the oth­ers but there’s no rea­son why it couldn’t be just as much fun. Pro­vided, of course, you don’t head off down a tempt­ing green lane.

Thanks to Jax Mo­tor­cy­cles, York. jax­mo­tor­cy­cles.co.uk and 01904 425150. CMC Mo­tor­cy­cles, Can­nock. cm­cbikes.com and 01543 428 528

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