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Top 5 Tuesdays: Classic Motorcycles

May 26, 2015

Top 5 Tuesdays is back – and this week, we’re going retro with our rundown of the best classic motorcycles.

From the historic Honda CBX 1000 to the timeless Kawasaki Z1300, we’ve got all bases covered – and with 5 of our favourite classic motorbikes to feast your eyes on, you’ll be eager to get you hands on one of your own. If you’re in the market for an exciting motorbike but don’t have the funds to finance it, our flexible motorbike finance options mean there’s a loan to suit every budget.

Moto Guzzi V7 Classic

Moto Guzzi V7 Classic

Original image by bluXgraphics

Introduced in 2008, the Moto Guzzi V7 Classic is a stylish motorbike and comes in at £6,930. Up front, the single Brembo brake disc provides adequate stopping power – while the chrome headlamp and instrument clocks are in keeping with the bike’s classy character.

Specs

Engine: 744cc

Power: 50bhp @ 6,200 rpm

Weight: 182kg

Top Speed: 115mph

Honda CBX 1000

Honda CBX 1000

Original image by Ronald Saunders

The Honda CBX 1000 first hit the roads in 1978 and stayed in production until 1982. When it debuted, this Japanese motorbike was the most powerful production motorcycle available – and with eye-catching styling and impressive performance figures, the Honda CBX 1000 was an instant hit.

Specs

Engine: 1,047cc

Power: 103bhp @ 9,000 rpm

Weight: 272kg

Top Speed: 140mph

Ducati Sport 1000S

Ducati Sport 1000 S

Original image by Daniel Levy

Making its debut in 2007, this Ducati motorbike came in at £7,495 and stayed on sale until 2009. It might not be the most comfortable ride in our line up of classic motorcycles, but the Ducati Sport 1000S is guaranteed to turn heads. From its slick styling to its powerful performance, this modern retro bike will make you the envy of the road.

Specs

Engine: 992cc

Power: 92bhp @ 8,000 rpm

Weight: 179kg

Top Speed: 135mph

Triumph Bonneville

TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE

Original image by Ronald Saunders

If you’re in the market for a classic motorbike, the Triumph Bonneville won’t disappoint. Nicknamed ‘the Bonnie’, this mean machine has sold well abroad – as well as at home.   With a tempting starting price of £4,999, this British motorcycle was a prominent feature on our roads from 2001-2007.

Specs

Engine: 790cc

Power: 66bhp @ 7,600 rpm

Weight: 224kg

Top Speed: 112mph

Kawasaki Z1300

Kawasaki Z1300

Original image by Steve Glover

The Kawasaki Z1300 made its debut into the classic motorbike market in September 1978 – and despite manufacturing of this model ceasing in 1989, the Z1300 still remains a popular choice of motorbike. Despite its bulk, this heavyweight tourer has plenty of grip and is a comfortable ride over any distance.

Specs

Engine: 1,286cc

Power: 120bhp @ 8,000 rpm

Weight: 297kg

Top Speed: 140mph

Whether you want to keep it classic and purchase a vintage bike of your own or you fancy getting your hands on a more modern motorcycle, the Car Loan Warehouse can help. We offer a range of flexible motorbike finance to suit any budget, with payments that you can afford. To find out more about our finance options and get an instant estimate, head over to our motorbike finance calculator now.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.