Ask RideApart: Used Sportbike Bargains

You ask, the community answers. It's Ask RideApart. This week: What are the best used sportbike bargains?

This question comes to us from reader James, who asks: "What older sportbikes are bargins now, yet still hold their own as a daily ride, factoring in maintenance and all-weather ability?"

Us? We'd suggest a 2005 or 2006 Suzuki GSX-R1000. That bike is lighter, sharper and torquier than the current model while being only slightly behind on peak horsepower. It also rides like a more compact package. But, since it's no longer latest and greatest, you can pick up low mileage examples for low bucks. Spend the money you save on improving the suspension and brakes and you'll have a bike that'll keep up with anything on the road today. Here's one in Florida that's in mint condition with only 4,200 miles on it listed with a Buy It Now price of just $5,900. We bet the winning bid will be even lower and this thing's barely been ridden. Other people's ill-advised toys are your sportbike bargains.

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