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.
'Neo-classic racer' is how MV Agusta describes its Superveloce 800 Serie Oro. And, while it echos the design lines of yesteryear there is nothing classic about its performance. Nevertheless, it seems that 'something' quite apart from performance, is the deciding purchase factor.
JvB Moto turns its attention to the Yamaha XSR900 - creating a speedy custom machine 'CP3', which is simultaneously retro and futuristic.
JvB-Moto founder, Jens vom Brauck has form with Yamaha's Yard Built initiative. He was the individual behind the impressive custom, ‘Infrared’ - a cafe racer, dragster cross.
For the last five years, Husqvarna has displayed a steady stream of progressive, single-cylinder motorcycle concepts, at various 'moto' shows. Not least of which is the Vitpilen 701 Aero concept - however, we're yet to see a street model.
Husqvarna's Svartpilen 701 is like no other motorcycle currently on the market. The Svartpilen 701 is '25%' of Husqvarna Motorcycles' return to the street bike market. That quartet additionally includes the Svartpilen 401, Vitpilen 701 and 401.