Since the past few years, the neo-retro segment is witnessing the growth in demand in our biking industry. Young generation bikers are thinking twice before opting for a two-wheeler companion. Besides going for regular commuter bikes, they are aiming at bikes with exotic looks, powerful engine and dynamic performance. In addition to this, the exclusivity which makes them stand apart from the crowd is among the considerable facts for the new generation buyers. Consequently, we are witnessing significant growth in the sales of motorcycles belonging to other genres including neo-sports as well. These are the bikes with a retro classic appeal however packs features from the modern age. This post renders top 5 neo-retro bikes from availabilities in the Indian two-wheeler industry.
Honda CB300R is a proper neo-retro bike. It is available to purchase at the price tag of INR 2.41 lakh ex-showroom, Delhi. This price segment is basically dominated by naked sports but the introduction of a unique product from Honda gives it an edge over other manufacturers. With a neo-retro appeal, the CB300R is sportier with bundled components like a lightweight chassis, Showa USD forks and Nissin radial calipers. It gets power from a 286cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine. In association with a six-speed gearbox, the mill is rated to expel the respective power of 30.4PS and 27.4Nm of torque. It is quick that it can easily pull the kerb weight of 147 kgs. The bike gets LED lighting for all setup including headlamp, tail lamp and turns indicators well. The headlamp is a round shaped unit while the provided digital instrument cluster is a small rectangle unit. Its body language is the USP of the CB300R.
Triumph Street Scrambler:
Priced at INR 8.55 lakh, ex-showroom, India, Triumph Street Scrambler is the only scrambler offering in the group of selected neo-retro bikes. With the Street Scrambler, one can take on to any kind of road surfaces without even a worry of any damage. The Scrambler has recently got updated for an improved retro appealing and more refined engine performance. It comes packed with promising components such as long travel suspension, spoked wheels and dual-purpose Metzeler Tourance tyres. The Street Scrambler uses a 900cc liquid-cooled parallel twin motor however it is designed in a way to convey an old-school air cooled unit appeal. The churned power figures from the mill stand at 85PS and 8NM respectively. The electronic package on the Street Scrambler consists of ride-by-wire, switchable ABS and switchable traction control as well. Furthermore, there are 120 official accessories are on offer for the Triumph Street Scrambler to choose as per your suite.
Triumph Speed Twin:
In the Triumph Bonneville range of modern classic, the Triumph Speed Twin is the second best thing post the Thruxton R. it is based on the cafe racer, Thruxton R and shares styling, performance and handling traits from the former. It is priced at INR 9.46 lakh ex showroom-India and gets power from Triumph’s 1200cc ‘High Power’ engine. It is a liquid-cooled parallel twin motor which is claimed to develop the maximum power of 97PS and 112Nm of peak torque. While, the rider aids package on the motorcycle consists of 3-riding modes, ride-by-wire, switchable traction control and top spec components like Brembo brakes and Pirelli Diablo Rosso 3 tyres.
Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer:
At the price tag of INR 9.78 lakh ex-showroom, India, the Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer is the most affordable cafe racer offering in this provided list of neo-retro bikes. As an estimate, it is around INR 6 lakhs cheaper over the next model available to purchase in India. The Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer has been updated for the calendar year 2019 and blessed with an array of modern features along with a few safety aids. In terms of looks, it is a proper cafe racer from handling to seating posture and riding. It is powered by an 803cc air-cooled L-twin motor that produces an appealing exhaust note and 73PS of power along with 67Nm of torque.
BMW R nine T Racer:
Priced at INR 16.65 lakh ex-showroom, India, BMW R nine T Racer is the purest form of retro cafe racer. Besides having a clean look, the motorcycle looks fantastic with incorporated bullet fairing and available customization options. The headlamp is not an LED unit albeit the tail lamp comes with LED for improved safety along with features like traction control and ABS. Powering for the BMW R nine T Racer comes from a 1170cc, air-cooled boxer twin engine that makes out 110PS and 116NM of power output. The power transmission here is handled with a single hydraulically actuated dry clutch and a shaft drive which endows an old-school ride experience.