Old School Cool: The Best Modern Retro Motorcycles of 2018
We are all familiar with the motorcycles of a simpler time: those with a classic look, the minimalistic technology, and the relaxed performance; The types that deliver an experience and a reliable ride, the kind you take on the road to make memories.
In the past few years, we have seen a resurgence and return of retro-style motorcycles. Today’s big brands seem to have tapped into a trend that is on the rise and have been on board with reviving these machines with the addition of modern amenities and more affordable price tags. But what is the driving force behind the return of retro-styled motorcycles?
The short answer is, there is a demand for them. Generation X and Y, the generation which is also known as Millennials, are now at the age where they can afford to buy a motorcycle. The models that top their list are likely ones which are reminiscent of the bikes they saw and dreamed of having when they were young. Newly released bikes of today capture this nostalgia and offer modern-day conveniences without the hefty price tag of a legitimate classic. The retro styles of the '60s, ’70s, and ’80s have, finally, made a comeback.
Here are three 2018 models that channel that class-act, throwback style. Which do you think pulls it off the best?
Honda CB1100 EX
Honda took a classic idea and improved upon it until they arrived at the 2018 Honda CB1100 EX. The retro-styled Honda model delivers that performance and reliability the brand is known for, all wrapped in a small, spunky package reminiscent of the 1970s.
Big things come in small packages with the CB1100 EX, and, as with most new retro motorcycles, is taken to the next level. Displacing 1140cc, the air-cooled machine has a modern blacked-out look and an in-line four, four-stroke engine. That classic Honda red is featured proudly on the old-school design that also tightly packs some modern displays in between the twin pod instruments. With just a touch of modern technology in all the right places, the Honda CB1100 EX has enough to please fans of tradition while still meeting the requirements of a younger generation.
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