Top Five Retro Motorcycles in India 2015

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We all love classic motorcycles, don’t we? For some, it is the timeless styling that draws them to old bike, and for others, it could be due to sheer nostalgia associated with them. Now, manufacturers have begun resurrecting their yesteryear models in a modern avatar. They are designed to look akin to their old-world selves, but have been packed with the latest technology under the skin. We take a look at all the really cool retro-themed motorcycles available on sale in India today.

 

Royal Enfield Continental GT

Retro Motorcycles in India – 2015 Royal Enfield Continental GT

The Royal Enfield Continental GT is an ode to the days of the cafe racer, when bikers used to strip their motorcycles to the bare minimum and race them from cafe to cafe, just for the heck of it. The bike is inspired by Royal Enfield’s 250cc production cafe racer of the same badge from the ‘60s. It is now powered by a torquey 535cc air-cooled single-cylinder engine, and includes modern additions such as tubeless tyres, disc brakes on both wheels, gas-charged shock absorbers, and of course, fuel-injection. A wonderful bike for Sunday morning breakfast rides.

Engine

535cc air-cooled single-cylinder, fuel-injected

Power

29.1 bhp @ 5100 rpm

Torque

44 Nm @ 4000 rpm

Transmission

5-speed manual

Kerb Weight

184 kg

Fuel Tank Capacity

13 L

Price

(Ex-showroom, Delhi)

Rs 1.85 lakhs

Read more about the Royal Enfield Continental GT here

 

Triumph Bonneville

Retro Motorcycles in India – 2015 Triumph Bonneville-

The Bonneville was first introduced in 1959, and has been revived twice since then. The current generation has been in continuous production for nearly 15 years, but the basic design has been the nearly the same since the first model. The present bike enjoys fuel-injection, tubeless tyres, alloy wheels and disc brakes at either end. It is a simple and elegant bike, the Bonneville, one that can be used on a daily basis with ease.

Engine

865cc air-cooled parallel-twin, fuel-injected

Power

60 bhp @ 7500 rpm

Torque

61 Nm @ 5550 rpm

Transmission

5-speed manual

Kerb Weight

230 kg

Fuel Tank Capacity

16 L

Price

(Ex-showroom, Delhi)

Rs 5.99 lakhs

Read more about the Triumph Bonneville here

 

Ducati Scrambler

Retro Motorcycles in India – 2015 Ducati Scrambler

The latest entrant in this lot is also one of the most awaited motorcycles in the country. The first Ducati Scrambler was launched in 1962, and was meant as a fun street motorcycle. It was light, simple in construction, and had enough power to tackle any situation. The new Scrambler retains its predecessor’s core ethos. It too is a fairly simple motorcycle that’s sufficiently powerful, and light enough to be ridden with ease. It also gets ABS, top-drawer suspension components and even a USB port for charging your phone. Ducati also offers a huge catalogue of aftermarket parts and accessories for the Scrambler, so you can customize yours to make it truly unique. If you want a simplistic and fun-to-ride large-capacity motorcycle, the Ducati Scrambler should be the right choice for you.

Engine

803cc air-cooled V-Twin, fuel-injected

Power

75 bhp @ 8250 rpm

Torque

68 Nm @ 5750 rpm

Transmission

6-speed manual

Kerb Weight

186 kg

Fuel Tank Capacity

13.5 L

Price

(Ex-showroom, Delhi)

Rs 6.5 lakhs

Read more about the Ducati Scrambler here

 

Indian Scout

Retro Motorcycles in India – 2015 Indian Scout

The new 2015 Indian Scout was designed as homage to the very first motorcycles carrying that hallowed insignia, introduced way back in the 1920s. The Scout has been the sporty model in the Indian line-up, with many race wins and land speed records to its name. Although the latest iteration might have a classic design, the internals are all new-age, with an all-new tech-laden liquid-cooled and fuel-injected V-twin engine developed exclusively for it. The new Indian Scout carries this delectable mix of futuristic tech and old-world styling with élan.

Engine

1133cc liquid-cooled V-Twin, fuel-injected

Power

100 bhp

Torque

97.7 Nm @ 5900 rpm

Transmission

6-speed manual

Kerb Weight

244 kg

Fuel Tank Capacity

12.5 L

Price

(Ex-showroom, Delhi)

Rs 11.99 lakhs

Read more about the Indian Scout here

 

BMW R NineT

Retro Motorcycles in India – 2015 BMW R nineT

The R NineT is an interesting motorcycle in itself. It was made as a nod to BMW’s famed R90/R100 series of road bikes of the 70’s, but has an added twist. The BMW R90 and the R100 are favourite bases for many custom motorcycle builders around the world. With that in mind, BMW designed the R NineT for easy customization. The rear sub-frame, headlights, and tail lights are all made to be removed easily. If you please, you can take them off and replace them with custom parts of your choice, that too in a very short time! Customisability apart, the R NineT is also a capable road bike, one that’s powerful and well-equipped, featuring top-of-the-line suspension bits, and a host of electronic rider aids. The R NineT is meant for the well-heeled bike enthusiast who wants a modern motorcycle with a healthy dose of retro-chic.  

Engine

1170cc air-cooled flat-twin, fuel-injected

Power

110 bhp @ 7550 rpm

Torque

119 Nm @ 6000 rpm

Transmission

6-speed manual

Kerb Weight

222 kg

Fuel Tank Capacity

18 L

Price

(Ex-showroom, Delhi)

Rs 23.50 lakhs

Read more about the BMW R Nine-T here

Jaichandran Jayapalan
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