There are few vehicles that give petrol heads more driving pleasure than motorcycles. For many motorcyclists, riding is much more than just a way to get from A to B, it is a passion, so it is important for them that they get a motorcycle that they love. Retro has never been more in than it has been in the last few years, making now a great time to invest in a retro motorcycle.
Retro models come fitted with modern parts and equipment, but are designed to look and feel like the classic motorcycles of yesteryear. While the bike will have the illusion of being multiple decades old, it will actually be brand new and in peak working condition, allowing you to enjoy the sensation of driving a classic bike without compromising the quality of the ride. They are the perfect blend of modern engineering and timeless style.
To help you choose the bike that’s best for you, we’ve compiled a list of the best retro motorcycles:
Triumph Street Twin
Triumph is one of the most iconic motorcycle manufacturers around and the Street Twin is one of their best retro models. It has the kind of classic look which will make you feel like you’ve just stepped into a time machine. However, the bike is as modern as they come, it even comes with a USB port so you can charge your phone while on the road. A second version of the bike is set to come out next year gaining 10hp, new downpipes and a seat with more padding to provide a more comfortable ride. It will last you a while, too, as replacement parts are easy to find in Triumph’s parts catalogue.
BMW R nineT
If you want a bike that is going to stand out from the crowd, then the BMW R nineT (pronounced 9-tee, not ninet) has a more striking look that passers by are sure to notice. It’s a powerful bike, boasting 110bhp as well as top quality brakes and suspension and is fitted with the increasingly rare, but brilliant, BMW boxer engine. There are loads of ways to customise the nineT, too, so it’s ideal for the creative rider looking to let their imagination run wild and create their dream bike.
The SR400 is one of the best retro bikes that money can buy and feels exactly like you’re riding a genuinely classic motorcycle. The reason it feels old is because, at its core, it is an old bike. Rather than most retro bikes which are new bikes that are designed to look like they are old, The SR400 is more of a resurrection of Yamaha’s old SR500. It’s another great bike for customization, too, so making your vision a reality is easy.
Harley Davidson Forty-Eight
The name Harley Davidson needs no introduction to motorbike enthusiasts. With a history that spans over 110 years, Harley Davidsons aren’t necessarily built with the intention of being retro, it is more just the way they are and always have been. Their bikes have consistently maintained a brilliant blend of style and engineering excellence, making them a dream vehicle for every motorcyclist.
The Forty-Eight is no different to this, it has a powerful look with big downpipes attached to a V-Twin engine, which sits right beneath the tank towards the front of the bike. As well as looking great, it is also surprisingly comfortable to ride, too.
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