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Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Tl1000r -

Honda VTR1000 SP-1 2000-2001

996cc, 8v, dohc, 90-de­gree V-twin Smaller, lighter and slim­mer than the TL-R, Honda’s (HRC’S) at­tempt at beat­ing Du­cati won WSB first time out. The 2002 SP-2 had a host of changes (big­ger throt­tle bod­ies, new in­jec­tors, swingarm, ECU, forks, wheels and more). A steal com­pared to an RC30.

Value now: £4950-£6750

Du­cati 996 Bi­posto 1999-2001

996cc, 8v, desmod­romic, 90-de­gree V-twin

A small and stubby sports star over­shad­owed by its higher spec S and R ver­sions and by both the orig­i­nal 916 and the last-of-the-line 998 (which came out in 2002). Best value vari­ant of Du­cati’s de­fin­i­tive su­per­bike.

Value now: £4950-£6500 (more for S &R ver­sions)

Aprilia RSV1000 Mille 1998-2003

998cc, 8v, dohc 60-de­gree V-twin 128bhp from its com­pact Ro­tax twin in a beau­ti­fully crafted chas­sis. Looks slightly odd­ball and never ‘quite’ won on track. A used bar­gain.

Value now: £2400-£4000

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