Top 10 Retro Bikes In India

Retro bikes are timeless as they reflect the rich heritage of biking without compromising on the trend quotient. They offer an immense scope to tailor any classical old-school design with modern engineering. The love for retro bikes has revived in the past few years, especially among millennials and Gen Z who are more obsessed with these bikes and are venturing into the older era, i.e., the classical bike world. 

In this article, we will list the top 10 retro bikes in India.

1. Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 – Numero Uno!

Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 - Numero Uno! 

Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 revives the spirit of its predecessor Continental GT 250 and draws inspiration from the café racer culture of the 50s and 60s with distinctive features.

The bike blends the retro and modern eras with a sculpted tank, tucked-in riding position, and finely tuned suspension with piggy-back gas-charged twin shocks.

Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 is loved for its dynamic looks, refined engine, sporty riding position, and comfort in all weathers.

Key Specifications

Engine

4 Stroke, Air-Oil cooled, SOHC Engine

Max Power

47.65 PS @ 7150 rpm

Max Torque

52 Nm @ 5250 rpm

Body Type

Cafe Racer Bikes

Tyre Size

Front: 100/90-R18, Rear: 130/70-R18

Tyre Type

Tubeless

Price

Rs. 2,71,673 (ex-showroom)

2. Jawa Standard – Authentic & Economical!

 Jawa Standard - Authentic & Economical!

Jawa Standard is a cruiser reminiscent of Jawa 250 Type-A from the 1960s and makes a statement with robust technology and ergonomic features like a six-speed gearbox, conventional telescopic front forks, and twin rear shock absorbers.

The design of Jawa Standard is truly winning the hearts of Indian customers and even giving a tight competition to the beast of a retro bike, Royal Enfield. Jawa Standard has a fuel tank capacity of 14 litres and weighs 172 kg.

Key Specifications

Engine

BS6-Compliant, 293cc Single-Cylinder Liquid-Cooled Engine

Max Power

27 bhp

Max Torque

27.05 Nm

Body Type

Cruiser Bikes

Tyre Size

Front: 90/90-R18, Rear: 120/80-R17

Tyre Type

Tube

Price

Rs. 1,64,000 (ex-showroom)

3. Benelli Leoncino 500 – Classic Demeanor!

 Benelli Leoncino 500 - Classic Demeanor!

Benelli Leoncino 500 is a classical neo-retro bike built with modern technology. Its design harkens back to the Italian brand’s ‘lion cub’ models of the 1950s and 1960s. The retro bike is accentuated by a lightweight, compact, and strong steel lattice frame, a 500-cc twin-cylinder motor, a six-speed manual gearbox, and more.

Benelli Leoncino 500 has 17-inch cast-alloy wheels fitted with wide, sticky tyres paired with strong brakes, making them ideal for urban riding. It is the performance of Benelli Leoncino 500 that has garnered the praise and liking of Indian motor enthusiasts.

Key Specifications

Engine

Liquid-cooled, 4-Stroke, Parallel-Twin 500cc Engine

Max Power

46.8 bhp @ 8,500

Max Torque

46 Nm

Body Type

Cafe Racer Bikes

Tyre Size

Front: 120/70-R17, Rear: 160/60-R17

Tyre Type

Tubeless

Price

Rs. 4.79 lakh (ex-showroom)

4. Triumph Street Twin – Solid Performance

 Triumph Street Twin - Solid Performance

Triumph Street Twin keeps the spirit of the original 1959 Bonneville on with lucrative features, top-notch technology, and splendid performance.

The bike gets ride-by-wire throttle along with three riding modes, Road, Rain and Sport. You can customize the Triumph Street Twin with over 140 custom accessories, including a machined black oil filler cap, a brown quilted bench seat, a black sump plate kit, and more.

Triumph Street Twin is loved for its unique character, peculiar sound, exhaustive looks, and dynamic riding experience.

Key Specifications

Engine

900 cc Liquid-cooled, 8 valve, SOHC, 270° Crank Angle Parallel Twin

Max Power

65 PS @ 7500 rpm

Max Torque

80 Nm @ 3800 rpm

Body Type

Sports Naked Bikes, Cafe Racer Bikes

Tyre Size

Front: 100/90-R18, Rear: 150/70-R17

Tyre Type

Tubeless

Price

Rs. 9.45 lakh (ex-showroom)

5. Kawasaki Z900 RS – Poised!

 Kawasaki Z900 RS - Poised!

Kawasaki Z900 RS reignites the charm of the Z1 900 motorcycle and features a classical design with minimal bodywork, preserving the essence of retro-style. Authentic retro-styling, tuned stainless steel exhaust system, round LED headlight, iconic teardrop fuel tank, and bullet-shaped analogue dials are some of the highlights of the bike.

Equipped with running gear, Kawasaki Z900 RS offers an authentic riding experience for the rider by offering a balanced flex to achieve responsive and agile handling on city roads and highways. Retro-styling, power, and performance are the winning points for Kawasaki Z900 RS.

Key Specifications

Engine

948cc Liquid-cooled, Inline Four-cylinder Engine

Max Power

109 bhp @ 8500 rpm

Max Torque

98.5 Nm @ 6500 rpm

Body Type

Cafe Racer Bikes

Tyre Size

Front: 120/70-R17, Rear: 180/55-R17

Tyre Type

Tubeless

Price

Rs. 15,70,000 (ex-showroom)


6. BMW R Nine T – For A Retro Roadster

 BMW R Nine T - For A Retro Roadster

BMW R Nine T embodies fusion and class of over 90 years of motorcycle design with an iconic boxer engine that keeps the weight low. Along with the classic roadster look, BMW R Nine T features an Akrapovic exhaust that can be mounted at different heights and a powerful air/oil-cooled engine to roll easily on the tarmac. The design of the BMW T Nine T emphasizes the retro look of the bike.

The tubeless spoked wheels in BMW R Nine T give a tingling sensation, the Ride Modes Pro brings the most out of the retro bike with Dynamic mode, the ASC and DTC control systems, which make riding on tarmac dynamic fascinating the riders.

Key Specifications

Engine

1,170 cc Iconic Air/Oil-cooled Boxer Engine

Max Power

107.2 bhp @ 7,250 rpm

Max Torque

116 Nm @ 6,000 rpm

Body Type

Cafe Racer Bikes

Tyre Size

Front: 120/70-R17, Rear: 180/55-R17

Tyre Type

Tubeless

Price

Rs. 17.48 lakh (ex-showroom)

7. Norton Commando 961 – Elegant!

 Norton Commando 961 - Elegant!

Norton Commando 961, a modern retro bike, takes design cues from classic cafe racers in the UK. Along with the sporty riding posture, Norton Commando 961 comprises a carbon fibre fly screen, remote master cylinders for the brakes, clip-on handlebars, and polished wheel rims. The bike is handcrafted with superior quality material, the fuel tank is shaped elegantly, and the curved tail section with the integrated tail-light enhances the overall look.

Norton Commando 961 has been one of the most lovable retro bikes among youngsters for its charming features.

Key Specifications

Engine

313 cc, Liquid-cooled, Single-cylinder Unit With Four Valves And A Dohc Cylinder Head

Max Power

80 hp @ 6,500 rpm

Max Torque

90 Nm at 5,200 rpm

Body Type

Cafe Racer Bikes

Tyre Size

Front: 120/70-R17, Rear: 180/55-R17

Tyre Type

Tubeless

Price

Rs. 21 lakh (ex-showroom)

8. Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 – Boldness Overload!

 Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 - Boldness Overload!

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is influenced by its own version from the 1960s, keeping the soul of the British Roadster alive with its modern retro design and unparalleled performance.

The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 has a fuel tank capacity of 13.7-litres and gives a mileage of roughly around 26km/l.

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is loved for its free-revving twin-cylinder engine and extreme comfort during upright riding position. The wide handlebars and diamond-quilted seats enhance the looks and comfort of the bike.

Key Specifications

Engine

649cc Air/Oil-cooled Parallel-twin Engine

Max Power

47 bhp @ 7,250 rpm

Max Torque

52 Nm @ 5,250 rpm

Body Type

Cafe Racer Bikes

Tyre Size

Front: 100/90-R18, Rear: 130/70-R18

Tyre Type

Tubeless

Price

Rs. 2,66,755 (ex-showroom)

9. Triumph Thruxton R. – Legendary Bike!

 Triumph Thruxton R. - Legendary Bike!

With its breathtaking style, exceptional handling, and phenomenal performance, Triumph Thruxton R is a legend of retro bikes. The fine features of Triumph Thruxton R maintain the regal retro Triumph inheritance intact, and the robust engine delivers thrilling performance with a unique Thruxton tune.

High-class equipment and electronics, superlative speed and style make Triumph Thruxton R one of the most popular and desirable retro bikes in the country.

Key Specifications

Engine

1200 cc Liquid Cooled, 8 Valve, Sohc, 270° Crank Angle Parallel Twin

Max Power

97 PS/ 96 bhp @ 6,750 rpm

Max Torque

112 Nm @ 4,950 rpm

Body Type

Cafe Racer Bikes

Tyre Size

Front: 120/70-R17, Rear: 160/60-R17

Tyre Type

Tubeless

Price

Rs. 12.63 lakh (ex-showroom)

10. Ducati Scrambler Icon – Iconic!

 Ducati Scrambler Icon - Iconic!

Ducati Scrambler Icon is a contemporary roadster bike with a perfect blend of retro and innovation. The intricate design language, premium features, enhanced ergonomics, attractive aesthetics, improved riding, and safety aspects won the hearts of retro riders.

Ducati Scrambler Icon ensures all-round safety and agility on different tarmacs with New Cornering ABS, and the flat seat, wide handlebars, and renewed suspension provide a more comfortable ride. You can customize Ducati Scrambler Icon to fit your choice.

Key Specifications

Engine

803 cc BS6 Engine

Max Power

71.8 bhp @ 8,250 rpm

Max Torque

66.2 Nm @ 5,750 rpm

Body Type

Cafe Racer Bikes

Tyre Size

Front: 110/80-R18, Rear: 180/55-R17

Tyre Type

Tubeless

Price

Rs. 7.28 lakh (ex-showroom)

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Nikhil Jalindar Kale

Jawa perak ?

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Triumph Bonneville series triumph speed twins I like most