By M. W. Byrne

The 16 Best Retro Motorcycles Make Bikes Great, Again

When you’re ready to ride or die with style, then it’s time you snagged one of the 16 best retro motorcycles around.

Honda Rebel

Cheap Date: Your basic budget low-rider complete with that fine Honda engineering. The land speed record is in no danger from the Rebel, but it’s still a fun little pony to whet your appetite for bigger and better things.


KTM Duke 390

Airborne: The KTM name might be new to you, and that’s great. They’re a relatively unknown racing bike brand who’s still making their bones with great bikes like the 390.


Yamaha SR400

Getting There: Unlike brands that put retro style with contemporary technology, the SR400 didn’t need to improve very much when it was re-released onto the world.


Royal Enfield Continental GT

Real Looker: Does RE deserve your scorn? Absolutely. Does this bike have some cheap parts and rear shock reservoirs that are put in upside-down? Sure. 


Suzuki SV650

Backlash: The argument over whether or not this is considered “retro” in the motorcycle world rages even today. Both camps make their points, but ours is this: Holy hell this is a fun little bike. 


Ducati Scrambler Sixty2

Real Scamp: Few brands avoid the retro motorcycle build more than Ducati, which is why this stripped-down version of their 803cc Scrambler is such a marvel.


Ural Solo sT

Lone Wolf: Urals bear a unique style that sets them apart from the pack. Emissions and performance have been upgraded, so these new models are almost as good as your average 80’s ride.