Chrome, laced wheels, round headlamp, upright bars – bring on the retro (2020 models)

Classic retro machines come along with more elegant finishing touches, detailing and craftsmanship that gives the bikes a panache in their own way. The sculpted flowing lines incorporate key heritage styling cues of the ’60s with beautifully styled minimalism. Classic motorcycle with modern technology and sophisticated craftsmanship pays homage to the yesteryears.

These Six machines in 2020 bring in a beautiful blend of classic style with an infusion of modern engineering, all under $ 10,000. 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.

Kawasaki W800

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MSRP: $9199

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.

Moto Guzzi V7III Racer 10th Anniversary

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MSRP: $9,990

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: $9,990.

Yamaha XSR700

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MSRP: $8,499

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.

Triumph Street Twin

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MSRP: $9,300

The Street Twin has been the Hinckley brand’s most popular unit within its modern-classic lineup. Classic elements such as rwu forks that run with bellow-gaiters, a single round headlight can and classic teardrop fuel tank complete with knee pockets join a water-cooled engine, cast rims, and LED lights to create this overall effect. Triumph developed an all-new High-Torque 900cc engine for the Bonneville Street Twin, which comes with an all-new liquid-cooled, parallel-twin, 8-valve motor. The peak power output of which is rated at 64 hp, while the maximum torque of the motorcycle stands at 59 lb.ft.

The suspension combination of 41mm telescopic hydraulic forks at the front and fully adjustable twin hydraulic coil springs at the rear have been sourced from Kayaba. New Brembo brakes slow the ST with a four-pot anchor and single, 310 mm disc upfront. The factory chucked on a pair of riding modes — Road and Rain, and Ride-by-Wire. MSRP: $9,300.

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

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MSRP: $5,799

In a bid to create a niche market for themselves, the Bullet maker decided to step up their game both in the number of cylinders and capacity. The contemporary urban styling cues are boldly shown with those clean looking lines and minimal bodywork designed, keeping in mind the voguish attitude it needs to carry. It combines the old world charm with many modern world design bits. The fenders, headlight unit, and the wheel rims get chromed out appointments this time though on select color options.

An in-house developed 648cc parallel-twin engine features a single-piece forged crank with a 270-degree firing order. The engine is not built for speed, but for the character that will provide an unrivaled experience while producing 47 hp and 38 lb-ft of torque. The six-speed gearbox provides a strong low and mid-range performance and comes equipped with a slipper clutch. A single 320mm disc at the front and 240mm disc at the rear - both equipped with ABS to provide enough stopping power. Traditional 41mm upfront forks, with twin coil-over rear shocks, handle the modulations. MSRP: $5,799.

Suzuki SV650X

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MSRP: $8,399

What looks like a standard SV650 kitted with aftermarket parts, the SV650X isn’t groundbreaking per se. It gets a few styling tweaks in the form of a slotted headlamp cowl and side panels in the front that has a beautiful flowing design. Then there is the clip-on bar that replaces the flat handlebars, the tuck and roll saddle gets ribbed stitching, and that’s about it for the ‘70s charm the bike wishes to flaunt.

The beating heart is a water-cooled, 645 cc, 90-degree V-twin that makes 75hp and 47 pound-feet of torque. This retro “X” variant comes with preload-adjustable front forks that will benefit the forward riding position in the SV650X. The link-type monoshock handles the rear suspension with a seven-notch preload adjuster. In the braking department, the bike gets dual 290 mm front discs with twin-pot Tokiko caliper and a single-pot caliper pinching the 240 mm rear disc with Nissin ABS. MSRP: $8,399.

Sagar Patil
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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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