Modern-classic, neo-retro or simply put, retro motorcycles are essentially modern motorbikes that emulate the design lines of a by-gone era – mostly, of the 50s, 60s and 70s era.
Neo-retro motorcycles afford the advantage of a classically styled motorcycle, with modern performance and technology. And more pertinently, without the complications of classic/vintage motorcycle ownership.
The development of the neo-retro motorcycle segment has undoubtedly been fueled by the rise of new wave custom bike builders and 21st-century café racer culture.
Once dubbed a fad by internet moto forum warriors, most major manufacturers now have a range of retro motorcycle models. The appetite for these bikes shows no sign of abating.
And here you’ll find a collection of articles, images, videos and galleries, uncovering neo-retro or modern classic motorcycles. And that’s from all the major manufacturers: Triumph, Kawasaki, BMW Motorrad, Indian Motorcycle, Honda, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Royal Enfield, Husqvarna Motorcycles, Norton Motorcycles, Suzuki, Yamaha, Moto Guzzi, Moto Morini and more.
With the launch of the Husqvarna Svartpilen 125, Husqvarna Motorcycles has shaken up the 125cc segment. Significantly, this model is accessible to A1 licence holders (learners) and bound to spark curiosity among existing fans of neo-retro and small-displacement bikes.
Triumph Motorcycles is back with its custom build-off competition - this time it's the Bonneville range that's getting the custom wrench treatment. Nine dealers from Triumph's network have submitted their entries and fans will decide who takes the top prize.
Launched at Motorcycle Live last year, Herald's Brat 125 declares a new direction for the British motorcycle manufacturer/importer. The Brat 125 is the latest addition to the Cambridgeshire (UK) company's retro-inspired, small-displacement motorcycles which now boasts eight motorbikes in the line-up.