Nostalgia is a powerful marketing tool. But is there more than just marketing tricks behind the recent resurgence of new “classic” motorcycle from many of the major manufacturers?
Learn all about the trend here and find a list of some of the best neo-retro motorcycle models to check out.
What is a Neo-Classic Motorcycle?
Motorcycles have gone through a number of evolutions through the years, which is only natural of any technology.
However, there was a period of time where the motorcycle almost universally stands out in terms of both aesthetics and engineering.
Most would agree that this includes bikes from the late 60s to about the early 80s.
These classic motorcycles, like the Honda CB750 or the European makes like Triumph, stand out in the hearts and minds of riders new and old.
It may be a similar reason as to why the naked bike is such a popular style.
These classic motorcycles were simple yet timelessly stylish. Exposed engines and frames, simple mechanics, and iconic colors and paint work make for bikes that can still turn heads today.
And by now, most motorcycle manufacturers have caught onto this trend – many of which are offering a wide range of neo-classic models that feature retro styling paired with modern engineering.
What the true classic motorcycles lacked was some of the convenience and comfort we’ve come to enjoy from the modern motorcycle – better suspension, electric start, fuel injection, ABS, etc.
So, the neo-classic models can give you the best of both worlds – modern performance with a classic style that is sure to put a smile on your face when you turn back to check on your bike after parking it.
Top Vintage-Looking Motorcycles
If you’re interested in a neo-vintage motorcycle to add to your garage, here are some of the best models to check out that are available with classic styling:
- BMW R nineT
- Ducati Scrambler 1100
- Harley-Davidson Iron
- Honda Shadow
- Indian Scout Sixty
- Indian Scout Bobber
- Kawasaki W800
- Moto Guzzi V7 III
- Moto Guzzi V(
- Royal Enfield Continental GT650
- Royal Enfield INT 650
- Royal Enfield Bullet 500
- Suzuki SV650X
- Triumph Street Twin
- Triumph Street Scrambler
- Triumph Bobber TFC
- Triumph Thruxton
- Yamaha XSR700
- Yamaha XSR900
- Yamaha Bolt