‘Choose your retro weapon’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Comment - PHIL WEST MCN CON­TRIB­U­TOR

To put it an­other way, it’s horses for cour­ses. The Tri­umph is a de­light­ful, easy, en­ter­tain­ing ride that no-one will be dis­ap­pointed by, but as an au­then­tic Bri­tish café racer for nearly 12 grand I do feel a tiny bit cheated. The Nor­ton, by com­plete con­trast, is as au­then­tic, Bri­tish and hand­made as it gets, a col­lec­tors’ piece that will al­ways re­main so, but one whose ride is for the more com­mit­ted. Or, to put it an­other way: the Nor­ton’s great for a Sun­day af­ter­noon blast, the Tri­umph you can ride to work on ev­ery day. As I said at the be­gin­ning – what a fan­tas­tic state of af­fairs: two great names and great bikes are back, to­gether de­liv­er­ing the best of both worlds.

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