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Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage - By Phil West

Royal En­field Bul­let Club­man (2009-2014)

For­get the more re­cent Con­ti­nen­tal GT for proper, retro café racer style, En­fields don’t get more au­then­tic than the short-lived Club­man. Based on the lean-burn Bul­let 500 Elec­tra, the Club­man was cre­ated by then UK im­porters Wat­so­nian-squire with the ad­di­tion of a proper, hand-pol­ished al­loy

Har­ley-david­son XR1200 (2008-2012)

BMW R100R Clas­sic (1995)

Back in 1995 the R100R Clas­sic had ev­ery­thing to­day’s fash­ion­istas want in a BMW and yet they’ve prob­a­bly never heard of it. The R was built to cel­e­brate the end of the old air-cooled boxer line and had plenty of retro style but with de­cent brakes and sus­pen­sion too.

Don’t come up of­ten, but we’ve seen them for £3500.

Rare and oddly un­der­val­ued, it’s ar­guably the most au­then­tic BM retro of all.

Moto Guzzi V11 Sport/ Le Mans (1999-2003)

Aprilia’s short-lived own­er­ship of Moto Guzzi pushed the am­bi­tious Ital­ian firm to the brink of col­lapse and ul­ti­mately a takeover by Pi­ag­gio, but it did re­sult in the glo­ri­ous, short­lived V11 retro fam­ily. Rang­ing from 1999’s base V11 Sport to 2003’s top spec, Öh­lins and half fairinge­quipped V11 Le Mans Rosso Corsa, all were clas­sic Guzzi from the

Tri­umph Thun­der­bird 900 (1993-2003) Du­cati Sport 1000


Now widely con­sid­ered a bike be­fore its time. Du­cati’s short­lived Sport Clas­sics were killed off be­fore retro fash­ion caught on and as a re­sult are only now, iron­i­cally, in huge de­mand. Three orig­i­nal mod­els are all DS1000pow­ered and styled, exquisitely, by Pierre Terblanche. Öh­lins and half fair­ing-equipped Paul Smart

replica is the ul­ti­mate, fetch­ing well into five fig­ures. The pil­lion­friendly and prac­ti­cal GT1000 is less ex­cit­ing but more af­ford­able leav­ing the un­faired Sport as the tasti­est of the bunch.

£6-£7k for a de­cent GT, £9000 for a good, orig­i­nal Sport but watch out for later Bi­pos­tos at silly money.

Clas­sic Du­catis, great fun, bang ‘on­trend’ and un­likely to de­pre­ci­ate,

so yes, def­i­nitely. 91bhp trans­verse V-twin shaftie to the re­laxed but heavy­weight sport­s­tour­ing gait. Tons of vari­ants and dif­fer­ent specs were of­fered, some sim­ply mouth-wa­ter­ing.

£3500 for a Sport up to £6k for one of the ful­ly­loaded ex­am­ples.

Like the Tri­umph T-bird, time­less, rugged, use­ful enough and, in the right spec and con­di­tion, hugely classy.

Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport (2006-2012)

What you’ll pay to­day But should you? Bul­let Club­man looks the part What you’ll pay to­day But should you? What you’ll pay to­day But should you? Unloved at launch, now the Du­cati Sport 1000 is in de­mand What you’ll pay to­day What you’ll pay to­day But s

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