Top 10 superbike bargains

Second-hand or new, now is the time to grab a bargain

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Submitted by Visordown on Mon, 06/02/2017 - 16:41

WE’VE seen the whole superbike class get an overdue makeover in the last couple of years, including a new R1 and ZX-10R and finally a new Fireblade and GSX-R1000.

Since values of older models tend to weaken as they are superseded, now’s a good time to get optimum bike for your money by going second-hand.

In some cases you don’t even need to buy used, as the superseded model can still be purchased new, with dealers keen to get them out the door.

Here, then, is our reverse-order top 10 superbike bargains.

10. 2012 Suzuki GSX-R1000

It might not have been top of the class at its launch, or indeed anywhere near, but that’s exactly why it’s a bargain. In a dawning age of multi-mode traction control, confusing instrument panels and a growing bar-switch-to-thumb ratio, the GSX-R1000 was still a Neanderthal of a superbike. 

The 2012 incarnation came with a few updates including new forks and brakes, but stuck to the old recipe of an obscenely powerful in-line-four with only your wrist to save you.

Of course the lower-than-average tech had to be reflected in the price, and still is. These days there are plenty of very nice 2012 GSX-Rs advertised at around £7K. Or you could ride out of dealership on a pre-registered 2016 model – essentially the same machine but new – for under £10K.

Engine:  999cc in-line-four

Power: 185hp

Torque: 86lbft

Kerb weight: 201kg

 

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