It’s a retro revo­lu­tion

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Retro Special 2017 - Matt Wildee Se­nior Ed­i­tor

“Things aren’t as good as they used to be” is a phrase that comes from all of us as we get older. And the truth is when it comes to mo­tor­cy­cling, in some ways peo­ple are right. The great looks and sim­ple rid­ing ex­pe­ri­ence af­forded by bikes of the past was a joy – as was the plea­sure of work­ing on your own bike.

It’s part of the rea­son that clas­sic bikes are so pop­u­lar. Of course, we for­get about the un­re­li­a­bil­ity, the wob­bly sus­pen­sion, ter­ri­fy­ing brakes and Bake­lite tyres…

This is where the new wave of retro bikes come in – with the best bits of old bikes – the looks, com-

‘You don’t need skinny jeans or a blog. This is cool bik­ing for nor­mal blokes’

bined with able, ex­cit­ing chas­sis and great en­gines, they make an ap­peal­ing al­ter­na­tive ride.

And now, there are hun­dreds of new ones to choose from too – from scram­blers to café rac­ers and every­thing in be­tween. And by and large, they’re bloody bril­liant .

Best of all, own­ing a retro bike lets you en­ter a cool new world full of fun, bike meets, rac­ing and road trips.

And no, you don’t need to be some ridicu­lous fop, with skinny jeans and a blog about cof­fee. The fol­low­ing 20 pages are all about cool mo­tor­cy­cling for nor­mal blokes.

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