got my bike test shortly and cant wait to have a bigger bike than a 125...i want either a sports, naked or a supermoto style (preferably first 2) but only have £1000...what bike and why?
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Welcome c-------------n,dig deeper in your pocket,£1,000 should be ok for ins.Unless you want to ride without,if fined it should be around £150, take a chance.
Seriously,save up a bit more.
As jaffa says, you'll need to reserve quite a wodge for insurance, unfortunately, but it will get better over time. Just suck it up and be glad you're still young " />
You might want to look at a Bandit. Great bikes, everyone's ridden one and liked it. Good bargains to be had on them, they are very good value for money. Reliable, they go well, you can hardly go wrong.
won't get you much of a sportsbike.
Apart from the Bandit, have a look at Honda CB500, Suzuki GS500 or Kawasaki ER5 which can be had for decent prices (though insurance will be another matter). The other bike to consider is the Kawasaki ZR-7 (although a 750, power / performance is similar to a Bandit 600) and aren't particularly expensive to buy.
If its got a few minor marks don't worry (they're newbie favourites and get dropped from time to time, and chances are you'll do the same).
Difficult to get a good bike for that...
Really you just need to search on cost and look for a solid looking bike first and then worry about what it is and how much it will be to insure.
The ER5, CB500, GS500 are probably the cheapest to insure and buy so are a sensible recomendation when someone is on a very tight budget like you are. If you can find a GPZ500 you will probably prefer it though - its similar to a ER5 but prettier with a handlebar fairing.
Sometimes NTV600/650s and the BROS chain drive import will come up in your budget. Worthy but bland bikes as is the old 650 Transalp.
Other bikes that might just fit into your budget but might cost more on insurance:
Suzuki bandit is a nicer bike than the above but is more expensive to buy and run. Suzuki GSX600F is a pretty bandit and is available fairly cheap.
Suzuki SV650 might be worth a look. The early carb models might just be available at your price range.
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i have £1000 not including the insurance that is strictly for bike not including restriction or ins just the bike. i really want a honda bros tbh but they are so hard to find