7 GREAT EURO
RETROS Triumph’s Bonnie isn’t the only master of its own history. — Neil Murray makes a living buying & selling pre-loved metal – and he’s on your side
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)