Table of contents
- Buying advice for used sports motorcycles 20 recommended super athletes
- Aprilia RS4 125 (model year 2011)
- Yamaha YZF-R 125 (model year 2011)
- Kawasaki Ninja 250 R (model year 2011)
- Honda CBR 600 RR (model year 2005)
- Yamaha YZF-R6 (model year 2005)
- Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R (2007 model year)
- Triumph TT 600 (model year 2000)
- Ducati 748 (model year 2000)
- Suzuki GSX-R 750 (model year 2004)
- Yamaha TRX 850 (model year 1995)
- Kawasaki ZX-9R (model year 2000)
- Ducati 900 SS (model year 1997)
- Honda CBR 900 RR Fireblade (model year 2000)
- Suzuki TL 1000 S / R (model year 2000)
- Aprilia RSV Mille (model year 1999)
- Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R (2008 model year)
- Honda VTR 1000 SP-1 (model year 2000)
- Suzuki GSX-R 1000 (model year 2008)
- Honda CBR 1000 RR Fireblade (model year 2008)
- KTM 1190 RC8 (model year 2008)
- Needs analysis: what should the new bike do?
- Close inspection is essential
- Offers and price comparison of used sports motorcycles
Aprilia RS4 125 (model year 2011): from 1,800 euros.
Yamaha YZF-R 125 (model year 2011): from 1,600 euros.
Kawasaki Ninja 250 R (model year 2011): from 1,700 euros.
Honda CBR 600 RR (model year 2005): from 2,500 euros.
Yamaha YZF-R6 (model year 2005): from 2,500 euros.
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R (model year 2007): from 2,800 euros.
Triumph TT 600 (model year 2000): from 2,000 euros.
Ducati 748 (model year 2000): from 3,500 euros.
Suzuki GSX-R 750 (model year 2004): from 2,400 euros.
Yamaha TRX 850 (model year 1995): from 2,000 euros.
Kawasaki ZX-9R (model year 2000): from 2,200 euros.
Ducati 900 SS (model year 1997): from 2,500 euros.
Honda CBR 900 RR Fireblade (model year 2000): 2,300 euros.
Suzuki TL 1000 S / R (model year 2000): from 3,000 euros.
Aprilia RSV Mille (model year 1999): from 2,000 euros.
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R (model year 2008): from 5,000 euros.
Honda VTR 1000 SP-1 (model year 2000): from 3,500 euros.
Suzuki GSX-R 1000 (model year 2008): from 4,500 euros.
Honda CBR 1000 RR Fireblade (model year 2008): from 5,500 euros.
KTM 1190 RC8 (model year 2008): 5,000 euros.
Buying advice for used sports motorcycles
Buying advice for used sports motorcycles
20 recommended super athletes
No type of motorcycle ages faster than sport bikes. A positive side effect: With the technology that is well hung, prices drop faster than elsewhere. Ideal for finally putting together a small hobby racing team. 20 used and recommended sports motorcycles for beginners and advanced users.
Jorg Lohse, Thorsten Dentges
Is there still a high-end at a low-budget tariff? In any case, when the rationally calculating used buyer rushes into the market for older sports bikes. Whereby “to fall” is the wrong word in this context. Because with these pearls there is no need to be in a hurry at first, this will happen automatically later – after the purchase. We have selected 20 sports motorcycles that are suitable for beginners and advanced riders. There is something for every driver’s license class. In terms of displacement, the models range from a small 125cc Aprilia to the gigantic 1190cc KTM.
Aprilia RS4 125 (model year 2011)
With the distinctive front headlight is the Aprilia RS4 125 like the face of her big Superbike sister. This is well received by young sport beginners, and ball-and-socket joints with threaded rods for adjusting the gear lever, radial brakes and the massive steering head on the aluminum bridge frame look like they came from the racing department. Unlike some boring mopeds that were only made up with war paint, this 125cc wants to do gymnastics and not just pose.
The Aprilia RS4 125 is available from 1,800 euros.
Unfortunately, however, the tuning weaknesses of the four-stroke engine from the Spanish motorcycle manufacturer Derbi cannot be discussed away. This is a difficult legacy for the successor to the two-stroke RS, which was offered since 2011, which was very successful on the circuit at the time. Neat used copies of the Aprilia RS4 125 are available for less than 2,500 euros.
Advantages: Excellent chassis with upside-down fork and stiff steering head, snappy radial brake; compact, but still reasonably comfortable seating position; aggressive-sporty design, high “wow!” factor for a 125cc; moderate consumption
Disadvantage: Hardly any suitability for everyday use, girlfriends or buddies don’t last long on the mini pillion seat; Handlebar stub mounted on fork bridge, thus sometimes high repair costs in the event of a fall; Engine tuning not optimal, weak in the lower speed range
Technical data (model year 2011): Water-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke engine, 124 cm³, 11.0 kW (15 PS) at 10,500 rpm, weight 146 kg, tank capacity 14.5 liters, seat height 815 mm, top speed 125 km / h, 0-100 km / h in 16.4 seconds (0-80 km / h in 9.7 seconds), consumption (country road) 3.3 l / 100 km
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Yamaha YZF-R 125 (model year 2011)
This applies to rookies Yamaha YZF-R 125 a hot number since 2008. Seldom has a newcomer caused so much sensation in the eight-liter street scene. No wonder, after all, even with 15 hp, tires that are quite wide for the displacement class, a stable chassis and crisp brakes, it can be turned around the corner very jaggedly. In addition, this model has proven to be durable and reliable, even when the tap is regularly pulled fully.
Entry-level prices for the Yamaha YZF-R 125 start at 1,600 euros.
The four-stroke engine is good for well over 50,000 kilometers, and the Yamaha passed the MOTORCYCLE endurance test over 25,000 kilometers YZF-R 125 brilliant. The motorcycle looks mature and mature, so it is not only in high demand among wild Gaskoppen. Well-kept specimens with less than 25,000 kilometers and sometimes even some accessories can be found for as little as 2,000 euros.
Advantages: Top performance in this class, very lively and powerful engine; good workmanship and best reliability; Chassis and brakes never overwhelmed, designed for a very sporty pace; very low fuel consumption
Disadvantage: Relatively high wear of the secondary drive chain and brake pads; Spring elements could respond a little more finely; not particularly handy for a 125cc; Seating comfort for the driver okay, but not good; Sometimes a clearly defined pressure point is missing when coupling.
Technical data (model year 2011): Water-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke engine, 124 cm³, 11.0 kW (15 PS) at 9,000 rpm, weight 141 kg, tank capacity 13.8 liters, seat height 830 mm, top speed 130 km / h, 0-100 km / h in 14.8 seconds (0-80 km / h in 8.5 seconds), consumption (country road) 2.5 l / 100 km
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Kawasaki Ninja 250 R (model year 2011)
This machine had a little-noticed guest appearance in Germany from 2008 to 2012: just over 2,000 units were sold. The type EX250K was the fourth edition of the 250, which had made a career in the USA and Canada as GPZ, GPX and ZZR since 1986, and then as Kawasaki Ninja 250 R. With injection, 33 HP and a new, stylish fairing, the inexpensive street athlete also got off to a good start in this country.
The Kawasaki Ninja 250 R is available from 1,700 euros.
The twin of the Kawasaki Ninja 250 R hungry for revs, under 6,000 rpm is not much, stable brakes and a handy chassis underpin the sporty claim. The second-hand offer is manageable, longer journeys to the viewing must be taken into account. In the advertisements you should pay close attention to whether there is a reference to accidental or tipping damage, because the previous owners are often unsafe motorcycle beginners.
Advantages: Very cheap to maintain, economical to use; conventional engine technology, tried and tested thousands of times, rock solid; very easy driving behavior, absolutely suitable for beginners and very entertaining on narrow country roads; good straight-line stability
Disadvantage: Above-average rate of damage caused by accidents and falling over (tears in the fairing, scratches on the exhaust and notches); little torque (22 Nm), power is only noticeable from 8,000 rpm; Gabel is somewhat insensitive
Technical data (model year 2011): Water-cooled two-cylinder four-stroke in-line engine, 249 cm³, 24 kW (33 PS) at 11,000 rpm, weight 172 kg, tank capacity 17 liters, seat height 765 mm, top speed 160 km / h, 0-100 km / h in 7.5 seconds , Consumption (country road) 3.1 l / 100 km
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Honda CBR 600 RR (model year 2005)
The Honda has been in force since 2003 CBR 600 RR than the tightened CBR in the 600 class. At the time, the parallel model and the long-running model, the CBR 600 F could also be fast, but on the racetrack it almost looked out of place in the face of increased competition. Right from the start, however, the then brand-new super athlete also played out a particular strength that helped the tamer F-model to success: courtesy instead of top performance.
Are you interested in a Honda CBR 600 RR? Entry prices start at 2,500 euros.
With super ergonomics, easily predictable power development and finely adjustable brakes, the Honda CBR 600 RR achieved top lap times in the 600 class. The PC37 in question was given a little more power in 2005, and it was given an upside-down fork. This recommended used one is still a first-class choice for fun racing training today.
Advantages: Almost indestructible, very reliable row four; very comfortable ergonomics for race-ready sport bikes, which are also suitable for taller riders over 1.85 meters; Chassis very balanced and well balanced; stable, easy to dose brakes
Disadvantage: In extreme areas, the footpegs touch down comparatively early, but only relevant for racetrack use; noticeable load change reactions; Throttle response quite hard; a bit too sporty for longer tours and country road trips, hardly any passenger comfort
Technical data (model year 2005): Water-cooled four-cylinder four-stroke in-line engine, 599 cm³, 86 kW (117 PS) at 13,000 rpm, weight 191 kg, tank capacity 18 liters, seat height 820 mm, top speed 265 km / h, 0-100 km / h in 3.3 seconds , Consumption (country road) 5.5 l / 100 km
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Yamaha YZF-R6 (model year 2005)
The type RJ095 shown in the picture was only built in 2005. For R6 fans, it is completely overshadowed by its direct successor, the popular RJ111 type. Interested parties benefit from it, because one Yamaha YZF-R6 from the 2005 vintage easily costs a large ticket less than the 2006 machine with roughly the same mileage.
The Yamaha YZF-R6 is available from 2,500 euros.
Compared to its predecessors, Yamaha had improved a lot, including installing a radial brake pump and radially bolted brake calipers, modifying the fork and shock absorber and changing the front tire dimensions (120/70 ZR 17 instead of 120/60 ZR 17). The seating position and ergonomics are impeccable. You can be precise and fine with this Yamaha YZF-R6 iron even over the smallest side streets. The bottom line is the type RJ095 with its superb handling, high cornering stability and steering precision as well as excellent brake control.
Advantages: Upside-down fork with a nice, sporty, tightly set-up with good feedback; Very good, stable handling in both tight and wide curve radii; First class braking effect and dosage; clearly visible shift light.
Disadvantage: Bony transmission with loud gear changes in the first three gears, bumps in the drive train when the accelerator is released; a steering damper is missing for ambitious drives on the racetrack; Moderate wind protection, pillion seat extremely uncomfortable.
Technical data (model year 2005): Water-cooled four-cylinder four-stroke in-line engine, 599 cm³, 88 kW (120 PS) at 13,000 rpm, weight 188 kg, tank capacity 17 liters, seat height 820 mm, top speed 265 km / h, 0-100 km / h in 3.2 seconds , Consumption (country road) 5.2 l / 100 km.
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Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R (2007 model year)
A power on the highway since the 1990s! In 2003, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R received injection and an increase in displacement (636 cm³) – in favor of everyday suitability. Anyone who wanted to drive ambitiously in super sports races had to resort to the radical ZX-6RR with a rule-compliant 599 cm³. In 2007, the more roadworthy version returned to this cubic capacity, got an impressive 125 hp out of the engine, downgraded the transmission of the six and successfully revised the chassis.
You can buy a Kawasaki ZX-6R for as little as 2,800 euros.
The Kawa customers, however, appreciated the model upgrade less, mainly because of the weight gain of over ten kilos compared to the predecessor. Although the chubby racer had brilliant driving characteristics, the sales figures fell. Because the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R is also less sought after as a used one, this great, quite young motorcycle can be acquired relatively cheaply.
Advantages: Cheap used prices; great top performance for a 600, gentle load change; high stability in curves, successful suspension set-up, particularly good to drive on winding country roads, flawless gearshifts; great low beam and high beam when driving at night.
Disadvantage: Compared to other 600 super athletes of the same age, quite difficult; in the lower speed range rather a listless idea, engine response is moderate; quite blunt stoppers; Due to the lack of a damper, the handlebars tend to flap.
Technical data (model year 2007): Water-cooled four-cylinder four-stroke in-line engine, 599 cm³, 92 kW (125 PS) at 14,000 rpm, weight 203 kg, tank capacity 17 liters, seat height 820 mm, top speed 262 km / h, 0-100 km / h in 3.4 seconds , Consumption (country road) 4.9 l / 100 km.
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Triumph TT 600 (model year 2000)
Was this necessary? In 2000, Triumph dared with the Triumph TT 600 the attack on the Japanese super sports class. Instead of causing a stir as an exotic brand with its own bike, Hinckley / England only puzzled together proven concepts. In terms of appearance, a Honda CBR 600 F of the penultimate generation at the time seemed to have been the godfather, and the conventionally constructed four-cylinder could not really keep up with the competition in terms of power delivery.
The Triumph TT 600 is available on the market from 2,000 euros.
At least one wanted – as a novelty in this class – to score with a modern injection system, but massive set-up problems led to a real slack, especially in the middle of the engine speed. Triumph made major improvements, but the Triumph TT 600 had already lost its reputation. The fact that the English rider with her extremely handy chassis was able to put the Japanese competition in the bag did not help much. The successor came in 2003. Today the TT attracts as an inexpensive, almost youngtimer with an exotic flair.
Advantages: Stable chassis; neutral steering behavior; very handy; Braking with a brutal bite, but fine-tuned; Sitting position very comfortable for sports conditions.
Disadvantage: First year with very high performance characteristics; Equipment and processing quality not on the level of the competition; high weight.
Technical data (model year 2000): Water-cooled four-cylinder four-stroke in-line engine, 600 cm³, 80 kW (109 PS) at 12,700 rpm, weight 206 kg, payload 189 kg, tank capacity / reserve 17/3 liters, seat height 790 mm, top speed 247 km / h, acceleration 0– 100 km / h 3.4 seconds, consumption 6.8 l / 100 km.
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Ducati 748 (model year 2000)
The Ducati 748 has a special role in this category. Originally, the three-quarter liter twin was allowed to compete in races against 600 four-cylinder engines according to the rules of the time – and the Duc did this very decently and courageously at the turn of the millennium. From today’s perspective, however, this sports motorcycle is no longer so great: too slack, too heavy, too stiff at the hips. In any case, a few years younger 600s would hang the Italian mercilessly on the circuit.
The Ducati 748 is available from 3,500 euros.
So what? If, on the other hand, you listen to your heart and soul instead of orienting yourself by lap times, you do Ducati 748 still makes perfect sense for sports freaks, because the sound of the four-valve desmos and the beautiful single-sided swing arm are intoxicating. Well-cared for, properly maintained copies can be found for 4,000 euros. The good thing: such collector’s items hardly lose their value!
Advantages: Amazingly lively yet pleasantly low-vibration twin with high entertainment value; stiff chassis, almost unlimited freedom of lean angle, ideal for use on the racetrack as a hobby; great sound; high value retention.
Disadvantage: High consumption; Maintenance should be left to professionals, which means very high maintenance costs; too uncomfortable for everyday use; often with visual and technical defects due to age; some offers as advertised collector’s vehicles are significantly overpriced.
Technical data (model year 2000): Water-cooled two-cylinder four-stroke V-engine, 748 cm³, 72 kW (98 PS) at 11,000 rpm, weight 209 kg, tank capacity 17 liters, seat height 790 mm, top speed 245 km / h, 0-100 km / h in 3, 7 seconds, consumption (country road) 7.8 l / 100 km.
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Suzuki GSX-R 750 (model year 2004)
Racing classes like Formula 750 haven’t existed for a long time, and the days when superbikes were mostly on the road with 750 cc are over. Suzuki’s evergreen GSX-R 750 (since 1984) survived until 2016. Chapeau. Anyone who doesn’t care about a class, for whom a super sporty 600 is too jittery, but a 1000 is too bulky, should be said: Take the Suzuki GSX-R 750!
The 150 PS strong, light under 200 kilos Suzuki GSX-R 750 offers an optimal compromise between performance and drivability for the undecided. With a narrower frame, shorter wheelbase, steeper steering head, titanium valves, a new shock absorber, radial brakes and impeccable power delivery, the 2004 Suzuki is a hot tip for sport beginners who can save some money for race training due to the very fair used prices.
Advantages: Easy to turn and at the same time very harmoniously coordinated row quad, starts well even in cold weather and runs very smoothly quickly; Maintenance-friendly tank can be folded up; can be brought to any desired line quickly and quickly, great handling.
Disadvantage: No more luggage hooks on the seat hump like on the previous model; Headlights somewhat weak and irregular; Consumption with forced pace on the country road is quite high and quickly over 7.5 liters / 100 km; Braking stability could be better.
Technical data (model year 2004): Water-cooled four-cylinder four-stroke in-line engine, 749 cm³, 109 kW (148 PS) at 12,800 rpm, weight 197 kg, tank capacity 17 liters, seat height 830 mm, top speed 275 km / h, 0-100 km / h in 3.1 seconds , Consumption (country road) 5.1 l / 100 km.
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Yamaha TRX 850 (model year 1995)
Those who focus on small, fine club events and do not want to follow the Ducati mass buoyancy there, should consider this clone of Japan. And finds out that the Yamaha twin goes its own way with the exception of the tubular space frame “Bolognese style”. Because unlike Ducati, the Twin doesn’t rumble in a V shape, but in a row. And thanks to the 270 degree crank pin offset, the Yamaha TRX 850 also score with a characterful soundscape.
You can get a Yamaha TRX 850 for just under 2,000 euros.
Below, however, the Yamaha TRX 850 really gets on the nerves, disrupted by pronounced load changes and uneven engine running. So quickly out of the speed basement, and you are quickly where the parallel twin makes you want to go. The chassis impresses with precise straight-line stability and a high degree of freedom from banking. As an offshoot of the TDM Funbike, the TRX sold very slowly between 1995 and 1999 with just under 2,500 units. But today it is available as a neat youngtimer from enthusiasts.
Advantages: Parallel twin with long service life; Sitting position still comfortable for tall people around 1.90 meters; Maintenance intervals for valve clearance extremely long.
Disadvantage: Load change reactions disrupt driving dynamics; unwilling throttle response in the low speed range.
Technical data (model year 1995): Water-cooled two-cylinder four-stroke in-line engine, 849 cm³, 61 kW (83 hp) at 7,500 rpm, weight 213 kg, load 207 kg, tank capacity 18 liters, seat height 790 mm, top speed 217 km / h, consumption 5.6 l / 100 km
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Kawasaki ZX-9R (model year 2000)
When the Kawasaki ZX-9R replaced the GPZ 900 R in 1994, it was a quantum leap. The big ninja immediately appealed to us with its super sporty driving dynamics – without sacrificing comfort. In terms of ergonomics, the green poison arrow offered a comfortable place, which is why the now grayed-out darlings of this model are still used by brisk solo travelers as potent sports tourers. However, if you are toying with the Neuner as a hobby sports device, you have to focus on younger specimens. Up to the 2002 model year, the superbike was – as in this category
Common – every two years, more or less elaborately model-updated, in 2004 the guard was finally changed by the ZX-10R.
The Kawasaki ZX-9R is available from 2,200 euros.
The Zett-Ixen offer a very good price-performance ratio around the turn of the millennium: the completely revised types ZX900-C2 from 1998, ZX900-E1H from 2000 or ZX900-F1H as the final version of the 2002 and 2003 years Problem that the officially second generation had to struggle with from 1998 onwards: the massive fork flutter, which mainly occurred during hard braking maneuvers on undulating slopes. Not with all ninjas and not with the same intensity. It wasn’t until 2002 that the problem was off the table.
Advantages: Beefy acceleration at low and medium speeds; upward explosive power output; very stable technology (from model year 1998).
Disadvantage: Fork flutter on some types from year of construction 1998 (remedy with duller brake pads).
Technical data (model year 2000): Water-cooled four-cylinder four-stroke in-line engine, 899 cm³, 105 kW (142 hp) at 11,000 rpm, weight 211 kg, load 179 kg, tank capacity 19 liters, seat height 830 mm, top speed 276 km / h, acceleration 0-100 km / h 3.1 seconds, consumption 5.5 l / 100 km.
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Ducati 900 SS (model year 1997)
What could be nicer than if you could stop time in this fast-moving world? Our tip: up on this youngtimer athlete from Ducati, which still exudes a sporty flair. Of course, from 1994 onwards, the sister model 916 ensured that the SS series (1991 to 1997) suddenly appeared like a sluggish delivery donkey. But wait: the Ducati 900 pp lighted a bright fire in the hut even today.
The Ducati 900 SS is available from 2,500 euros.
Just the soundscape of the air-cooled, carburettor-fitted two-valve V-engine of the Ducati 900 SS turns on a lot. And if you want to let it fly on the country road, you are well served with 78 hp. The red fire continues to blaze vigorously at small, fine club events on the racetrack. You should take your time when looking for it: Many bikes have been messed up badly as a result of excessive conversion and tuning measures.
Advantages: Excellent V2 with a wide range of performance; solid technology; nicely processed; Lover status with meanwhile good value retention.
Disadvantage: Very uncomfortable sitting position; blunt brakes; high maintenance costs; The density of offers is reduced by bikes with questionable tuning measures.
Technical data (model year 1997): Air-cooled two-cylinder four-stroke V-engine, 904 cm³, 57 kW (78 PS) at 7,000 rpm, weight 198 kg, payload 202 kg, tank capacity / reserve 17.5 liters, seat height 800 mm, top speed 213 km / h, acceleration 0–100 km / h 3.5 seconds, consumption 5.3 l / 100 km.
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Honda CBR 900 RR Fireblade (model year 2000)
When it appeared in 1992, it revolutionized the world of super sports: a superbike just under one liter, with the weight of a 600. Testers and buyers were immediately enthusiastic about the Honda CBR 900 RR Fireblade. Because with its driving dynamics it looked like it was from another planet and made the competition look damn old. Mainly because the Fireblade was not only convincing on the racetrack. Even under everyday conditions, the 900er could still be moved quite comfortably through the winding terrain. Honda learned quickly and repeatedly gave the Fire Blade useful upgrades during the model updates, which usually take place every two years. Sports fans with a penchant for youngtimers are looking for a well-preserved carburettor CBR from the years 1992 to 1999 (model type SC 28 / SC 33). As original as possible, so that the value is retained in the future. There are always some delicious offers to be found on the digital sales portals for as little as 2,000 euros.
The Honda CBR 900 RR Fireblade is available from 2,300 euros.
A clear push into the modern can be experienced with the Honda CBR 900 RR Fireblade from model year 2000 (type SC 44), which is a completely new design. With injection and a regulated catalytic converter, Honda is once again setting important accents. And the update also fits dynamically: the 16-inch front wheel with its wobbly steering behavior and lack of accuracy is finally giving way to a problem-free 17-inch model, with which the Blade gains in handiness and neutrality. In 2004 the 900 series was finally replaced by the new 1000 generation (SC 57).
Advantages: Robust sports motorcycle with real everyday qualities; from 2000 modern engine management and regulated catalytic converter; powerful motor.
Disadvantage: Tendency to hit the handlebars when accelerating hard; partly disturbing vibrations; Models up to 1999 with stubborn 16-inch front wheel.
Technical data (model year 2000): Water-cooled four-cylinder four-stroke in-line engine, 929 cm³, 112 kW (152 hp) at 11,000 rpm, weight 202 kg, payload 188 kg, tank capacity 18 liters, seat height 815 mm, top speed 274 km / h, acceleration 0-100 km / h 2.9 seconds, consumption 6.1 l / 100 km.
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Suzuki TL 1000 S / R (model year 2000)
The second chance for the Suzuki opens up on the used market, where the former flop is asserting itself as a sought-after exotic and enjoying growing popularity. But back to the beginning: In the mid-1990s, a true two-cylinder hype pervaded the sports scene. Of course, every manufacturer wanted to cut a slice of the cake.
The Suzuki TL 1000 S7R is available on the used market from 3,000 euros
Suzuki tried it from 1997 with the TL 1000 S. But the previously highly acclaimed V-Twin disappointed in practice with many weaknesses and had to go to the workshop again and again for various improvements. Of course, this frightened even the bravest buyers. A second attempt, the even sportier-tuned sister Suzuki TL 1000 R from 1998, also had to face severe criticism. Real fans, on the other hand, appreciate the fire of the 1000 twin.
Advantages: Classy engine; partly very lovingly cared for and sensibly refined (especially steering damper / chassis components).
Disadvantage: Chassis weaknesses due to too soft fork and overstrained rear wheel suspension; many problems / improvements in the first series (see receipts).
Technical data (TL 1000 S, model year 2000): Water-cooled two-cylinder four-stroke V-engine, 996 cm³, 92 kW (125 PS) at 8,500 rpm, weight 210 kg, payload 190 kg, tank capacity 17 liters, seat height 835 mm, top speed 254 km / h, acceleration 0-100 km / h 2.9 seconds, consumption 5.5 l / 100 km.
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Aprilia RSV Mille (model year 1999)
If you don’t like the four-cylinder mash from Japan, you can either go for the Italian brands Ducati or – Aprilia! Their Mille can only look back on a comparatively short, but nevertheless lively history. The starting shot for the V-Twin was given in 1998 (Type ME). The 118 hp engine of the Aprilia RSV Mille, which incidentally comes from the supplier Rotax in Austria, is placed in a chassis that is particularly convincing due to its neutrality.
The Aprilia RSV Mille is available from 2,000 euros.
I like them in general Aprilia RSV Mille because of its high reliability. This is also confirmed by the MOTORRAD endurance test over 50,000 kilometers. Only small weaknesses in the final balance, that is a respectable achievement for a new design. If you like it a little more sophisticated on the engine side, look specifically for the model update from 2001 with 125 HP (type RP). The moderately adjustable brake system is noticeably better with accessory pads (Brembo, Lucas).
Advantages: Precise chassis with great handling; high quality equipment; also processed very neatly in detail; great soundscape; mechanically high reliability.
Disadvantage: Partly pithy vibrations; Chain whips; Obtaining spare parts and maintenance is time-consuming and expensive.
Technical data (model year 1999): Water-cooled two-cylinder four-stroke V-engine, 998 cm³, 87 kW (118 PS) at 9,300 rpm, weight 223 kg, payload 178 kg, tank capacity 21 liters, seat height 810 mm, top speed 269 km / h, acceleration 0-100 km / h 3.1 sec, consumption 7.5 l / 100 km.
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Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R (2008 model year)
When the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R appeared for the first time in 2004 as the successor to the ZX-9R, which had almost been degraded to a touring athlete, it was a bang: 175 hp, mercilessly trimmed for racing, uncomfortable, nasty. Superbike fans liked this rough character. Kawasaki was finally able to compete in the premier class of amateur athletes again. The type E (2008/2009) with 188 hp, modified chassis, new trim parts and brakes caused a sensation again.
The entry-level prices for the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R start at 5,000 euros.
With this Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, you can still travel very quickly today – a second-hand, comparatively inexpensive, first-class machine for pilots who have experienced very lean angles. Interested parties should therefore also take a very careful look when buying (scratches, cracks?) To see whether the previous owner or the previous owner may have exaggerated it a bit during one or the other training session.
Advantages: Radial brake bites great, significant improvement over the previous model; Brute engine power, from 6,000 rpm brutal development; good seating position, practical tank shape (helmet hollow) for extreme race posture; perfectly coordinated spring elements
Disadvantage: Only moderate shiftability of the transmission; a little more punch would be desirable in the lower speed range; Pull-through values not quite as good in a class comparison; poor luggage storage; too radical for extended and more moderate country road excursions.
Technical data (model year 2008): Water-cooled four-cylinder four-stroke in-line engine, 998 cm³, 138 kW (188 hp) at 12,500 rpm, weight 208 kg, tank capacity 17 liters, seat height 810 mm, top speed 298 km / h, 0-100 km / h in 3.2 seconds , Consumption (country road) 5.4 l / 100 km
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Honda VTR 1000 SP-1 (model year 2000)
Whiz or collect? Anyone who is a committed hobby racer looking for a race roll to squeeze out of them should read this away. Because the bottom line is that this exotic from Japan is too good to sink into the gravel trap when looking for your personal best. But that doesn’t mean that the Honda VTR 1000 SP-1 doesn’t have it. But on the contrary.
The Honda VTR-1000 SP-1 is available from 3,500 euros.
Connoisseurs remember: With the finely crafted SP-W from Honda’s HRC racing department as the basic model of the Honda VTR 1000 SP-1, “Texas Tornado” Colin Edwards won the Superbike World Championship title in 2000. In-house, however, the V-Twin had to compete with the brute Fireblade, where it clearly got the short straw: too soft in the series setup, too heavy and “only” 136 hp. Instead, you can enjoy the sporty qualities of the 1000s on winding country roads. And also on some enjoyable laps on the circuit.
Advantages: Hand-tamed engine; very harmonious for a V-Twin at the bottom / in the middle; finely responsive chassis.
Disadvantage: A little too unwieldy in very tight bends; high consumption; Very sporty seating position that takes getting used to.
Technical data (model year 2000): Water-cooled two-cylinder four-stroke V-engine, 999 cm³, 100 kW (136 PS) at 9,500 rpm, weight 221 kg, payload k. A., tank capacity 18 liters, seat height 810 mm, top speed 269 km / h, acceleration 0-100 km / h 3.2 seconds, consumption 7.8 l / 100 km.
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Suzuki GSX-R 1000 (model year 2008)
The type WVCL (2007/2008), better known as K7 / K8, suffered from the heavy burden of actually having to top the grandiose predecessors K5 and K6 as a younger model. That did not succeed, so that freaks still use the Suzuki to this day GSX-R 1000 mostly disregard the seventh and eighth generation. Bargain hunters should now sit up and take notice, because while alleged collector’s item prices are sometimes called cheeky for already scraped on K5, the bargain density for K7 and K8 is quite high.
For the Suzuki GSX-R 1000, an investment of at least 4,500 euros is due.
And on closer inspection, the motorcycle is not so much worse that it should be left behind. In terms of torque, acceleration and top speed great, high stability in curves, perfect lean angle, great wind protection and ergonomics as well as well-controlled brakes – do you really need more? Answer: no.
Advantages: Nominal output at the highest level; electronic steering damper works well; three-way adjustable footrest system as standard; Braking with a good bite; multiple and sensible adjustable spring elements; three power levels at the push of a button on the handlebars.
Disadvantage: Chassis requires retrofitting and readjustment measures in order to be competitive; quite high weight in direct comparison with competitors; pipes to the silencers, jumbled together in a careless manner; often tinkered fall machines on offer.
Technical data (model year 2008): Water-cooled four-cylinder four-stroke in-line engine, 999 cm³, 136 kW (185 PS) at 12,000 rpm, weight 212 kg, tank capacity 17.5 liters, seat height 810 mm, top speed 295 km / h, 0-100 km / h in 3, 3 seconds, consumption (country road) 5.3 l / 100 km.
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Honda CBR 1000 RR Fireblade (model year 2008)
The Fireblade is one of the longest club members in the sports department, and has been with them since 1992. The seventh generation, the type SC59 (2008 to 2016), has little in common with the original Blade CBR 900 RR apart from the name, but is still considered a great option in the superbike league. Although the Honda CBR 1000 RR Fireblade with almost 180 hp machines such as a 200 hp BMW S 1000 RR lags far behind in terms of performance, the SC59 has enough heat for advanced roasting over the racetrack.
The Honda CBR 1000 RR Fireblade is available from 5,500 euros.
Beginners appreciate the playful handling and agility, as well as the workmanship and durability as well as a healthy portion of suitability for everyday use. ABS was available as an option from 2009, but the Honda CBR 1000 RR Fireblade had only minor modifications until 2011. Well-maintained machines of these vintages can be identified without long journeys at moderate prices.
Advantages: Unwaveringly stable chassis, electronically controlled steering damper prevents dangerous kickback; Combination of ABS and composite brake (optional from 2009, series from 2012) very effective; great engine characteristics; Ranges of over 300 kilometers possible.
Disadvantage: Low payload (170 kg), very uncomfortable pillion seat; moderate suspension comfort; cumbersome oil check by dipstick; Gear a bit hooked; Inadequate splash protection over the rear wheel when driving in bad weather; Storage of luggage difficult.
Technical data (model year 2008): Water-cooled four-cylinder four-stroke in-line engine, 1000 cm³, 130.7 kW (178 PS) at 12,000 rpm, weight 209 kg, tank capacity 17.7 liters, seat height 830 mm, top speed 293 km / h, 0-100 km / h in 3.3 seconds, consumption (country road) 5.1 l / 100 km.
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KTM 1190 RC8 (model year 2008)
the KTM 1190 RC8 has rough edges. Literally. The exalted appearance takes some getting used to. Otherwise things are by no means always smooth and smooth for this athlete. In particular, the older RC8s (2007/2008) are – that’s really meant nicely – still real jerks, nervous with strong load change reactions. But also entertaining.
The prices for a used KTM RC8 1190 start at 5,000 euros.
Experienced drivers burn good lap times and are happy about the robust sound, good workmanship and a cleverly thought-out overall construction. The V2 superbike from Austria is by no means exotic, but it still attracts a lot of (curious) glances during race training. If you don’t like that or expect better suitability for touring and everyday life, you should rather look at the more inconspicuous competition from Japan. The KTM 1190 RC8 in any case, a tough race bike is through and through.
Advantages: Ultra stable chassis; The brake responds fine and can be dosed perfectly; very even power output and enormous torque, from 4,000 rpm over 100 Newton meters; large cockpit display, is optimally in the field of vision; well adjustable ergonomics.
Disadvantage: Hard response behavior in the lower speed range; hooked gearshift and clutch that does not separate properly; very low suspension comfort at the rear; pronounced righting moment when braking; The range of good used offers is very manageable.
Technical data (model year 2008): Water-cooled two-cylinder four-stroke 75-degree V-engine, 1150 cm³, 113.8 kW (155 PS) at 10,000 rpm, weight 201 kg, tank capacity 16.5 liters, seat height 820-830 mm, top speed 280 km / h , 0–100 km / h in 3.0 seconds, consumption (country road) 5.5 l / 100 km.
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Needs analysis: what should the new bike do?
Anyone who wants to get a super athlete at an advanced age should not only scan the offer carefully. The first step starts much earlier: the personal needs analysis. What is the new darling supposed to do??
Possibility one: You have always flirted with the racetrack and want to gain new experience there. In spite of an attractive technology package with sports ABS, launch control or traction control, a super sports car of the latest generation is too tricky for you to explore your own limits because it is too expensive. First and foremost, you are concerned with the pure banking experience, the search for the ideal line, feeling for the right braking point – in short: you want to experience the fascination of the racetrack unfiltered. You don’t have to invest 15,000 euros in the superbike for this. A tenth of this amount is enough to put yourself on a solid base in front of your own garage – plus some play money to fix a few things. For example, getting the technology up to speed by revising or replacing spring elements and fitting fresh tires. The ideal basis: the 600 class from around the turn of the millennium. The second hand offer is plentiful, so that you can check and weigh in peace.
Close inspection is essential
You should take the time to look for damage that cannot be seen at first glance – such as a crack in the frame that is hidden under the cladding. Especially the bikes that have already seen many kilometers of racetrack and for which it is no longer possible to determine whether the last touchdown affected the left or right side should not even be left in the virtual parking lot when viewing the advertisement. In any case, there is an offer to concentrate exclusively on well-cared for material without traces of smoke and weird handicrafts.
Second option: You want to bet on an athlete who is either already being traded as a future classic or who has the best potential for it. You want to do one or the other race track lap with it, but more with pleasure than with the lap timer on board. Here, too, the density of offers is right, even if you put the filter “original condition”, “first owner” and “few kilometers” over your search mask. The price level would even make it possible to combine options one and two. The racing planer for perfection training, the almost young timer for club races. The feeling: priceless…
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The range of used sports motorcycles in Germany is very large
Sports motorcycles are considered to be the spearhead of motorcycle construction, which is why the technology does not necessarily have to be out of date, even with used super athletes. Another advantage of constantly new technology is that the prices of used sports motorcycles fall quickly and you can get a good offer from demonstrators. Here are the current offers of used sports motorcycles from Germany: used sports motorcycles in Germany.
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