Chrome, laced wheels, round headlamp, upright bars – bring on the retro

Timeless designs that take you back to the pre-’60s era heightened the feeling of riding free-spirited machines and the sense of freedom. This is what a modern-day classic motorcycle offers without that knuckle bending fixes and ghastly scenes of oil dripping everywhere. Here are our top five standards/classic motorcycles coming in 2020 that takes us back to the time from the ’60s.

Recalling the past glories, these neo-classic motorcycles have still managed to retain the charm and posterity of minimalistic elegance along with providing modern day mechanicals and the bits. They run on efficient high output engines that are both reliable and powerful and are equipped with state of the art suspension and brake setups that will bring the bike to a halt not far from their point of application, unlike the yesteryears.

2020 Kawasaki W800

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2020 KAWASAKI W800

Finally, after much hula-hoops, Team Green has announced that the W800 is coming to America for 2020. Although there was the W800 Café, some hated the drop-down handlebar. Now though, the OG W800 is here with some sensible riding position, bench seat, chrome fenders, classic large LED headlight, round turn signals with orange lens covers, silver 19” laced wheels, tank badging, and polished gaiter fork tubes.

The same 773 air-cooled parallel-twin engine churns out 47 ponies and 44 pounds of grunt and comes with an assist-and-slipper clutch. The tubular steel chassis starts with the 41mm hydraulic fork and ends with the preload-adjustable dual rear shocks. 2-channel ABS comes as standard on the 2-piston calipers at both ends. MSRP: $9199.

2020 Triumph Bonneville T100 and T120 Bud Ekins Editions

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2020 TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE T100 AND T120 BUD EKINS EDITIONS

Commemorating a motorcycle icon, Triumph gave their retro Bonneville machines a southern California special, courtesy - the top racer in the 1950s - Bud Ekins. These machines feature a beautiful twin-tone paintjob that includes a hand-painted coach line and a unique California “flying globe” Bud Ekins logo on the tank and front fender. Then there is a Monza inspired fuel filler cap, LED indicators, knurled grips, bar-end mirrors, and special black engine badges. Each bike comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by Triumph CEO Nick Bloor and both of Ekins’ daughters.

The T120 features the same 1200cc, parallel-twin that produces 77 ft/lbs of torque, while the T100 uses the same 900cc, parallel-twin making 59 ft/lb of torque. Both models come with ABS, switchable traction control, a torque-assist clutch, and a retro twin round gauge dash. MSRP: T100 Bud Ekins Edition - $10,950, and T120 Bud Ekins Edition - $12,350.

2020 Moto Guzzi V7III Racer 10th Anniversary

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2020 MOTO GUZZI V7III RACER 10TH ANNIVERSARY

This could be the sportiest ever Moto Guzzi to come out of the factory gates honoring “Italy’s first superbike,” the 1967 V7. It gets new top fairing with incorporated windscreen enhanced by a unique red dedicated graphic with the frame and the swingarm painted in the color “Rosso Corsa” (Racing Red), and the saddle cover hump flaunts the “10th Anniversary” celebratory detail. LED lighting, set-back footpegs machined from solid billet, classic leather strap on the fuel tank, thinner and sleeker rear mudguard, and new “bar end” rearview mirrors adorn this limited-edition machine.

The same 744cc longitudinally-mounted 90-degree twin mill churns out a healthy 52 hp and 44.25 lb-ft peak torque. Chassis includes standard non-adjustable forks at the front and Ohlins piggyback shocks, Brembo 4-pot 320mm disc, and new Dunlop Arrowmax Streetsmart tires wrapped around spoked wheel rims having black channels and red Moto Guzzi stickers. MSRP: $9990

2020 Yamaha XSR700

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2020 YAMAHA XSR700

The Blue Tuning Fork Company’s Sport Heritage lineup is back with the XSR 700 “Faster Son” inspired from the 1972 XS650 XS2 custom “Fast Father.” It gets festooned with retro bodywork, stepped two-up seat, classic lighting, gold-colored lightweight aluminum 10-spoke wheels, retro round LED taillight, new Radical White/Rapid Red paint scheme, and LCD instrumentation.

Drawing power from the similar 689cc crossplane inline-twin, it is backed up by 73.8 horses and 50.2 pounds of grunt. The diamond-type high-tensile-strength steel frame is tethered with 41mm conventional front end, rear monoshock, ABS as standard on the pair of 282mm discs and four-piston calipers. MSRP: $8,499.

2020 Norton Breitling Sport Limited Edition

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2020 NORTON BREITLING SPORT LIMITED EDITION

With a limited run of just 77 models worldwide, the Breitling Sport is built in collaboration with watchmaker, Breitling, underpinned with the Commando 961 equipment. Contoured seat, blacked-out forks, chrome headlamp cowl, and rear springs, and shorter exhaust canisters. A unique black and silver paint job with golden pinstripes comes with the Breitling badging on the seat and engine cover.

Mechanically though, it runs on the same 961cc fuel-injected, air-cooled parallel twin of the Commando claiming 66.3 pound-feet of torque backed up by 78.8 horsepower. In-house produced chrome-moly tubular steel duplex cradle frame carries Ohlins piggyback shocks, 41mm Ohlins forks, twin 320mm discs, and Brembo radial brake package, Dunlop Sportmax Qualifier tires, and Bosch ABS.

Bonus

2020 Triumph Thruxton RS

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2020 TRIUMPH THRUXTON RS

Over the last many years, the Triumph Thruxton has been giving us the unadulterated essence of motorcycling. This new RS model takes things to a serious new level. The new machine will come with a black powder-coated engine, cam and sprocket cover, anodized 32-spoke wheels, ebony treatment to the side panel and heel guards, and an exclusive twin-paint scheme. It also features stainless steel tank strap, Monza-style fuel cap, Triumph badging, clip-on handlebars, and LED lighting throughout.

It houses the same 1200cc parallel-twin engine, which now puts out 104 hp of power and 83 lb-ft of torque with a torque-assist clutch. This was achieved with high compression pistons, changed ports and cam profile, added a secondary air system, and making the engine lighter by 20 percent. The chassis includes fully-adjustable Showa and Öhlins, Brembo M50 monobloc calipers, Metzler Racetec RR tires, and some rider electronics like ride modes, ABS, and traction control.

Sagar Patil
Motorcycle industry expert since 1997! - sagar@topspeed.com
Over the years, a deeper conscience of machines moving body and soul has given him a crisp grasp over the concepts of motorcycling. A sucker for details and common sense, he loves getting his hands dirty every once in a while. His love affair with motorcycles ushers in the specialist skillset making Sagar our go-to expert for everything on two-wheels.  Read More
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