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Best Used Sportbikes For Sale In 2019

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At the press introduction of this generation R1, the talk of the town was how slim and light the bike felt with this latest redesign.
At the press introduction of this generation R1, the talk of the town was how slim and light the bike felt with this latest redesign. (Yamaha/)

If you have been reading Motorcyclist for the past 20 years, you can tell we love sportbikes. Our editors have shredded so many sets of tires at racetracks and roads across the globe that there is no way to accurately document the glory of the good old days. But what we do recall is that there was a time when the electronics had not become commonplace and it was on the rider to control traction, wheelies, slides, and braking levels rather than relying on an IMU to cover their butt. And that's where these low-tech bargains come into play.

The point is, sportbikes, both open class to supersports, are so much fun to ride and we recently had a discussion about how many good deals there are in the used-bike market these days that we decided to compile a short list to help get you pointed in the right direction. The following motorcycles were selected based on their ongoing value, durability, and smile-per-dollar ratio on both road and track, plus they are all built prior to the era of overwhelming electronic rider-assist technology.

We expect that riders searching for a good way to get into sportbikes without plopping down $15K on a new motorcycle will find this article helpful as they search for that diamond in the rough. Whether you plan to use your bike as a daily rider or to start hitting trackdays and are looking for a cheaper way to get into the mix, we offer the following badass sportbikes for your consideration.

2002–2003 Yamaha YZF-R1

The 2002–2003 Yamaha R1 is still a great motorcycle. It offers a combination of comfort and performance that has long since been lost in the era of racer replicas.
The 2002–2003 Yamaha R1 is still a great motorcycle. It offers a combination of comfort and performance that has long since been lost in the era of racer replicas. (Yamaha/)

If you are looking for an open-class motorcycle and you have a tight budget, we would like to introduce you to a legend of the sport: the 2002–2003 era Yamaha R1. This is the third generation of the R1, and the first to incorporate fuel injection. It has the monster midrange that made it a hit back in the day even though it lacked some top-end in stock trim. This Yamaha still look great and as a general rule they are amazing motorcycles if you can find one in good shape. They are still a blast at the dragstrip and are capable of mid-10-second passes, plus they are dang near bulletproof. On the track they are low-tech so it's easy to sort out as your speed and experience increase. You can pick these up for $2,500–$3,000 these days, and that is a real bargain.

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2019 Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory MC Commute Review

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Aprilia came out swinging in the superbike class when it debuted its original RSV4 10 years ago. Over the years, the Italian manufacturer has steadily refined its V-4-powered superbike into one of the sharpest road-legal sportbikes made today. A perennial favorite for track riders and racers around the globe, for 2019 it gets even meaner in the form of the carbon fiber winglet-equipped 2019 Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory.

Aprilia's racy 2019 RSV4 1100 Factory gets ridden in this week's <em>MC Commute</em> video review.
Aprilia's racy 2019 RSV4 1100 Factory gets ridden in this week's MC Commute video review. (Evan Allen/)

Featuring a punched-out 1,078cc V-4 engine that's good for 190 hp at the business end of the Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa tire and a well-balanced chassis sprung with the latest and greatest suspension from Öhlins, the RSV4 1100 Factory means business on the racetrack. The RSV4 1100 already won us over during both our First Ride and in the Cycle World 2019 Superbike Comparison. But how does this rowdy-sounding superbike perform in the real world, on the street?

Tune in to this episode of MC Commute to learn how this Italian-made rocket performs on the road during the work week commute. Watch it now and see and hear the RSV4 rip across SoCal super slab.

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