What can you get on a £1500 budget?

I was asked this question earlier this week and it had me completely stumped. A quick browse of eBay saw a general rise in prices for everything sporty compared to the prices when I last had a look this time last year, either due to the promise of good weather or other factors that might demonstrate a pattern of rising used bike prices in future.

Early R1’s are no longer in the fifteen hundred quid bracket that they were a year or two ago. First generation Aprilia RSV Mille’s that were once languishing unsold on the used marked at a grand have now been snapped up.

Even the Suzuki TL1000R’s are making a comeback and you’ll be pretty fortunate to find even a tatty one for £1500.

Here’s a selection of the stuff I’d spend a bag of sand and a monkey on (with a little haggling involved)

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This Aprilia Mille from the year 2000 will probably end up going for more than £1500, but it has to be worth a cheeky bid? A dubiously badged Termignoni exhaust is included with the sale and a chip along with a new chain and sprockets mean it hasn’t been totally neglected. Perhaps the crack near the headlight fairing will keep it within budget? One to watch.

 

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If you’re feeling the V-Twin vibe then how about a Suzuki TL1000R? Prices have reached silly levels recently with a local dealer selling a standard low-mileage example for an unbelievable £4800..

This one is up for £1875 but if you’re good at haggling then who knows what you can get it down to? The owner’s reason of “selling because I have too many” may need further prodding. Gumtree can also attract stolen bikes so treat anything listed on there with the usual level of care.

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If only an R1 will do then your budget will be squeezed to the maximum thanks to the growth in their popularity recently.

98-99 4XV models are collectors items now and the newer 00-03 models regularly fetch a lower price than their first generation counterparts. Don’t expect anything approaching original condition but bargains can still be had if you look hard enough. Watch out for a dodgy second gear, smokey engines and frame damage that is commonplace on early examples. If you have one already then hang onto it for dear life.

 

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