With the age of this world, the designs have changed dramatically. Be it a house, a mobile phone or a car, signs of modernity has taken over everything. There is a nostalgia in the retro designs that today’s youth misses out on. However, if you like bikes, there are a few manufacturers who still offer some great retro designs with the modern bit of technology. Which are such bikes in India? Let’s find out.
Royal Enfield Bullet
Royal Enfield Bullet was born in the UK and has become an icon in India. The Bullet is the longest running production motorcycle in the world and was born in 1948. In the present day, Bullet retains its most of its original design and even gets a metallic monogram on the tank.
Even the seat design of the bike remains similar to the original model. In its present form, the Bullet is powered by two engine options – 350cc and 500cc. The 500cc model even gets fuel injection, which is a sign of its modernity.
Royal Enfield Classic
The Royal Enfield Classic is the best-selling motorcycle in its segment. It is a proof that the retro designs have not gone out of place yet. The Classic looks quite similar to the Bullet but gets a bigger impression of modernity. The bike gets colourful body panels, chrome dipped spoke rims and exhaust muffler and a split seat.
The Classic is a perfect mix of present and past. It even gets a front disc brake. The Classic is powered by the same 350cc and 500cc EFI engines in India.
UM Renegade Commando
The American company United Motorcycles have a few interesting motorcycle designs. Just like Royal Enfield, most of the designs of UM are retro-inspired. The UM Renegade Commando is one of them and it is a cruiser-style bike.
The bike gets retro bits like spoke wheels, round headlamp, teardrop tank and a heavy fender on the wheels. The bike draws power from a 279.5 cc single-cylinder fuel injected engine that produces a maximum of 25 Bhp.
UM Renegade Duty S
The old-school Scrambler styled Renegade Duty S was launched at the 2018 Auto Expo. The motorcycle brings back the memories of good old days when retro Scramblers were aplenty in the international market. The Renegade Duty S looks quite modern with side DRL, blacked-out engine and cycle parts. It is powered by a 223cc engine that generates a maximum of 16.8 Bhp and 17 Nm.
Here a few upcoming modern retro bikes
Benelli Imperiale 400
The Imperiale 400 looks truly classic with its sleek tank, round headlamp, spoked rims, and vintage styled leather saddle bags on the side. The motorcycle will be launched in India to take on the Royal Enfield Classic 350. It is powered by a 373cc, air-cooled engine that generates a maximum of 20 Bhp and 28 Nm. It gets a front disc brake and fuel injection too.
Royal Enfield Interceptor
The Interceptor from Royal Enfield will be launched later this year. The retro-styled motorcycle looks quite distinctive. It gets a very true retro design with a lot of chrome parts used on it. It will be the first 650cc parallel-twin engine from Royal Enfield. The engine produces a maximum power of 47 Bhp and peak torque of 52 Nm. It gets a 6-speed transmission unit with slipper clutch. It will also get ABS. The bike is expected to be launched by the mid of this year with a price tag of between Rs. 3-4 lakh.
Royal Enfield Continental GT
The Royal Enfield Continental GT 535 was discontinued in India but it will come back soon with a new heart. The cafe racer Continental GT gets perfect styling inspired by the old cafe racer motorcycles. It will be powered by the same engine as the Interceptor but will be more expensive due to its additional equipment.
The Leoncino is another retro-classic designed Benelli that will be launched in India soon. The Scrambler body style of the Leoncino makes it a striking motorcycle in the crowd. It will be powered by a 500cc parallel twin cylinder engine. It produces a maximum power of 49.6 Bhp at 8,500 rpm and peak torque of 45 Nm at 5,000 rpm. The engine features four-valve heads, liquid-cooling, fuel injection and a wet clutch.
Cleveland Ace Deluxe
American brand Cleveland will soon launch its products in India. The brand has even showcased their bikes at the 2018 Auto Expo. One of their first bikes with the Cleveland Ace Deluxe, which can be passed on as a restored retro motorcycle. The bike gets upside down front fork, chrome dipped round headlamp, a straight seat and a front disc brake. All of it makes the Ace Deluxe a true modern retro.
As the name suggests, the Misfit will not fit in the segment when launched in India because it is very unique. The Misfit is a cafe racer motorcycle that will be launched later this year. It gets upside down front forks, a 320 mm front disc brake and a 220 mm rear disc brake. Prices of all Cleveland bikes will start from about Rs. 1.5 lakhs. Both the motorcycles are powered by a 229 cc single cylinder, four stroke-air cooled engine with 15.4 Bhp of peak power and 16 Nm of and peak torque.