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Top 5 bikes under £2500

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Our experts have been taking a close look at what used machines are available for different budgets kicking off with an upper limit of £2500 and, while that might not sound like much, you may be surprised at the variety – and quality – of used machines on offer.

Nor does that financial limit restrict you to particular types of bike. As we’ve tried to show there are more than a few great machines on offer at that price point, whether you’re after a first time, A1 licence-compliant 125, ‘first big bike’ middleweight, adventure-style tourer, litre-class all-rounder or more.

None of the bikes we’ve picked are worryingly old or rare; all have proven mechanicals and a great reputation for reliability and all are well-respected for their abilities throughout the motorcycling media so, as long as young find a typically decent, well maintained and Mot-ed and HPI-clear example you should have nothing to worry about.

Best of all, though, you should also have a great bike that’ll deliver many miles of motorcycling pleasure and all for a bargain price. Here’s our Top 5 £2500 used buys across a variety of categories…
1. Honda CBR125R – the sporty A1 learner one
Although overtaken by Yamaha’s slightly larger, racier YZF-R125 in 2008 and ultimately deleted from its range in 2017 when it failed to meet Euro4, Honda’s sporty learner 125 has had a deserved reputation for being one of the very best of its type, ever since it was first introduced in 2004, became hugely popular as a result, was updated and smartly restyled in 2011 and remains a brilliant used. buy. It’s good-looking, well built, durable and reliable, ridiculously easy to ride, gives good fuel economy and is, well, a Honda, with all the reassurance, quality and decent dealer back up that goes with it. Best of all, that popularity means there are plenty of good, used examples around, many within our £2500 budget, some as recent as 2017 with under 5000 miles on the clocks and a nice, snazzy Repsol MotoGP replica paint job to go with it. At that price you quite literally can’t go wrong.

Find a Honda CBR125R here.
2. KTM Duke 390 – the A2 roadster one
Austrian off-road specialists KTM are equally reknown these days for their punchy, lightweight, fun-packed single-Duke roadsters, starting off at 125cc before going all the way up to the new-for-2020 890 twin. But the classic and arguably best version of all is the 390. First introduced in 2013 and with a punchy, 44bhp 373cc single-cylinder motor, lightweight trellis frame, decent brakes, tyres and suspension and… that’s about it, the Duke 390 is the essence of a fun-packed supermoto for the road. Sure it’s quite dinky for larger riders, pretty basic and not the most practical for anything other than short distances or town tom-foolery and, yes, the original was updated with new styling, TFT clocks, LCD headlight etc in 2017 (which is out of our price range here). But a good original that’s likely to have low mileage can be had for under £2500 and A2-compliant bikes simply don’t get any more fun.

Find a KTM Duke 390 here.
KTM Duke 390
3. Suzuki GSX650F – the bargain middleweight all-rounder
Suzuki GSX650F
4. Honda XL650V Transalp – the adventure-style one
Honda XL650V Transalp
5. Honda CBF1000 - the 1000cc sports-tourer
Honda CBF1000