RnineT Racer

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For a few years the car industry has been going back in time, bring out classic cars with a up-to-date twist. The same can be said for the motorbike industry. So no surprise that BMW have jumped onto the bandwagon. The RnineT has been out for a few years, but recently updated with this beautiful 70’s style look. The RnineT Racer, is straight out the years of classic sports bike, but with all the new tech that BMW put on their bikes these days, and probably some of the comfort too. 1170cc boxer engine, shaft drive and motorred ABS are just some of the standard kit this 2016-70’s icon comes with. Here

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XSR900

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Yamaha have added to their amazing sports heritage range, which is one of the most exciting and diverse ranges of motorcycles to come out of Japan. The XSR is a retro looking naked bike with the latest in-line 3 cylinder 850cc Crossplane concept engine held in with an aluminium frame and swing arm. Despite the retro looks, the XSR has a new digital display, but it’s housed in a old round analog speedo case. It shares the same mean looks as the XJR1300 and comes in 3 colours, silver grey, navy blue and yamaha 60th anniversary yellow. They have also followed the likes of Ducati and Harley and have a lot of add-on-accessories that they can uniquely style your bike with, so you don’t ride out the showroom beside someone else on the exact same bike. Starts at £7,849 then add a few quid for extras.

30 years of the v-max

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Yamaha have a big birthday bash for the v-max, which is 30 years old this year. Yamaha have already released the carbon updated version of the new v-max, now, a german design team called JvB-moto have brought out the “Infared”, this is the original v-max, tweaked to make a “cafe racer meets dragster” style. It’s got a custom-made aluminium mudguard, a carbon-fibre headlight unit integrated into the forks and carbon wheel covers. It’s also been given clip-on bars, a carbon tank cover, and aluminium air intake scoops ‘crafted’ from those of a 1985 v-max. At the unveiling, the spokesman for yamaha said: “With the 30th Anniversary of the VMAX and the launch of the Infrared we would like to pay tribute to Kenji Ekuan for his contribution to the VMAX legend.”

Modern Vintage

The old style bikes from the 60’s through to the 80’s seem to have a place in a bikers heart. They were little more than an engine with two wheels. You were open to all the elements with little protection, even comfort was excluded. But somehow these bikes seen to have a unique admiration. A lot of the major manufacturers have the same fondness for the classic style, and have resurrected, or re-designed bikes to sit in there range of modern designed, computerised, aerodynamic motorcycles. Here are a few samples.

Norton specialise in classic style bikes, the 961SF is the entry level of the 961’s. It has a 961 cc parallel twin engine and Ohlins suspension and brembo breaks. All the mod-con add up though, as it has the not to classic price of £16’495

Yamaha have brought this bike through the years, all 30 of them. It was a popular bike when it was first out, but fell out of favour with the 90’s motorcyclist as bigger and better bike were available. But, with the introduction of new licence laws, the 400 is becoming popular with the everyday commuter and the SR400 classic looks and cheap price of £5,199 make it hard to turn down.

Moto Guzzi seem to be the specialists in classic styles, no more so than the V7 Special, originally out in the 70’s, Moto Guzzi have redeveloped and redesigned the original to come up with the current V7, the engine is a V-twin 4 Storke 744cc engine, and they have kept the large petrol tank, this one has a 22ltr with 4ltr reserve. This slice of retro comes in at £7,132.

Kawasaki seem to specialise in making bike as futuristic and modern as possible, so it’s a surprise to come across this complete standout in the range. The W800 is newly designed, but has a history dating as far back as 67’. The W800 has a 773cc blacked out engine and the retro looking twin exhaust. £6,649

Triumph have a large range of classic style bikes to choose from, but the scrambler has a bit of 1960’s Hollywood retro to make it stand out from the impressive crowd. The engine is 865cc eight-valve, with lots of low rev torque, making these bike are fun in all kinds of terrain. The bike has not changed much through the years and costs £7,399. Not too bad for a classic Triumph.

Retro Leather Jackets

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You don’t feel like a true biker till you put a leather jacket on, some of them can be costly, and are not so good in the driving rain, sleet & snow, but on occasion you get a good weather spell and then these jackets just make sense, and look good too. Here are some retro jackets at varied prices.
Frank Thomas FTL309 Lichfield Jacket £170 from J&S Accessories