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...

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Retro Special 2017 -

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.

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