1. Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade 2006 – 2007
First place on our list goes to the fantastic Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade. Produced between 2006 – 2007, this model improved on the 2004 – 2005 version significantly, and proved to be much more popular in the UK.
With a brutal 998cc engine that developed 170 bhp giving the Fireblade a 170 mph top speed, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this is one of the most intimidating bikes you could own. On the contrary, the CBR1000RR Fireblade was easy to ride, and it proved to be extremely popular as a first 1000cc category bike for riders.
Grantham Honda’s used Honda bikes include the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade. It offers sharp balance, terrific handling, and it benefits from a quality suspension and big brakes for stopping power. Back in 2006, this WAS the best bike for covering ground quickly. It might not be the latest model today, but it’s still a fantastic bike – be sure to check a used version thoroughly before buying.
2. CB1000R 2008 – Present
The Honda CB1000R is one of the best bikes money can buy today. It has the Fireblade engine but in this bike it’s retuned to offer better mid-range performance. The result is a bike that’s extremely flexible and a joy to ride every day – even in city centres, although, it works best on country lanes!
Launched in 2008 the CB1000R develops 130 bhp and 100 lb /ft of torque, which makes it good for a quarter mile time of just 11.4 seconds. It also weighs only 217kg, and so in-gear response is blistering.
What makes this bike such a great second hand buy is that it’s an enthusiasts machine, which means it’s going to have been well looked after. With a 43mm upside down front forks which are fully adjustable and twin 310mm front discs with four-caliper pistons, this bike is ideal for riding hard.
3. CB500 1994 – 2003
Many riders like to buy bikes that are under just a few years old, but if you want a bike that’s going to cost hardly anything and will prove to be extremely reliable, then the Honda CB500 is hard to not recommend.
Produced between 1994 and 2003, this bike features an extremely reliable 500c engine that has proven itself as bomb-proof. It’s also cheap to run and easy to maintain. The engine revs to 8000 rpm and you will love stringing out every one of this bikes 57 bhp. The gearbox is smooth and the ride is comfortable.
This a cruising bike, and so we recommend finding one that’s eaten up motorway miles, rather than country lane miles. Try to find a good 2000 – 2003 example.