A lot of us don’t have big budgets or the disposable income to just drop on a brand new toy on a whim.
That means research, getting creative, and figuring out how to get the best bang for your buck. There is no better feeling then getting a great deal on a used motorbike. What’s better is getting a great bike within your budget.
We did a lot of the hard work for you. We asked our biker community what’s the best bike for £3,000. We got some great suggestions from our riders based on experience.
1. Triumph Speed Triple 1997-2004
The Speed Triple is essentially a naked upright ‘streetfighter’ style bike. It manages to service the 955 triple engine into an stimulating and flexible package. The 955 Triple is a big, tough ‘mans’ machine. Don’t expect to keep up with the latest super sports bikes but you will definitely have a more comfortable ride. When buying a second hand bike look out for usual wear and tear… and look out for factory extras such as flyscreen, belly pan, hugger, noisy cans they all make the bike look and sound that little bit better. Use them as a bargaining tools to drop down the price a little.
Image: Triumph 955i Speed Triple- https://www.flickr.com/photos/nours/
2. Honda Blackbird 1997- 2005
The Blackbird is a practical, comfortable handling sports tourer. Don’t get me wrong in its time it has held the record as the fastest production motorcycle.
The Honda is no-nonsense and commanding in one nicely presented Honda package. It is one of the best all-round motorcycles out there if you like them big and powerful.
If you’re covering long distances the in-line four works well producing acceptable low down power, strong midrange and a top end rush that swallows up the miles. The Honda CBR1100XX was the top dog in its day, which means it’s reasonably well spec’d up. Comfort’s pretty good. It’s worth considering a double bubble screen too for increased wind protection.
3. Suzuki SV650 1999 – 2006
Image: Michel Malignon, Suzuki SV650S https://www.flickr.com/photos/jano2106/
The SV is a up-front V-twin a great all-rounder which proves you don’t have to be dull to be practical. The Suzuki is adaptable, affordable, a doddle to ride. It’s a great first bike and yet is a blast to hoon about on. When on the bike it has a super-light feel, accurate steering and confident suspension. If you’re a tall rider you may find an SV650 a little cramped. A economical initial price coupled with low running costs and cheap insurance makes the Suzuki SV650 a strong option.
These option will give a good idea of strong and reliable bikes within a reasonable budget. If you think we missed out a bike make sure to comment below, it will help out the buyers reading this… Who knows we may even feature it on our next list.