EVERY RETRO RATED
Fancy junking the race leathers for a jacket and jeans? MCN’S guide to every modern retro bike currently for sale will help steer you in the right direction...
Aretro is the perfect machine for chilled-out riding, without any of the pressure you’d get on a race-rep. They’re just about a simpler life. An air-cooled engine, an upright riding position and classic good looks. Get the right modern retro and you’ve got all the right ingredients for serious fun – bikes like the Ducati Scrambler and BMW R ninet have superb handling and more than enough performance .
R ninet Urban G/S
With the trend for air-cooled retro models, it was only going to be a matter of time until BMW dipped into their past and revived the G/S name in its original form, with the slash in the middle. And here it is, the R ninet Urban G/S – and what a beauty. Effectively the stock Scrambler model but with a new cowl and headlight shroud, dual mudguards, flatter red seat and single pipe to give it a retro G/S style, the Urban G/S is a head turner in a way that the slightly muted Scrambler isn’t quite. It may lack the practicalities of the R1200GS, and the air-cooled engine is far less smooth, but the Urban is brimming with character. The X model adds spoked wheels, a chrome exhaust, heated grips, LED indicators and the option of the on-road orientated Metzeler Tourance tyres or the offroad Continental Twinduros to the base Urban G/S for an extra £635. The chunky tyres give a butch appearance to the bike, but they don’t do the Urban’s handling any favours.