Retro styled bikes are the big thing right now with their powerful but stripped down styling.
These bikes have made a huge comeback lately as Ducati’s Scrambler sales have shown and even crossed over into fashion with appearances on screen and in the hands of various celebrities. While brands like Triumph and Moto Guzzi have always maintained an emphasis on their retro styled offerings, other manufacturers are returning to their roots as well, as shown by Yamaha’s ever increasing sport heritage range.
Just like their modern counterparts these bikes are now making their way into the A2 market. The increasing popularity of their big brothers showing the demand is there. This is excellent news for everyone because once again it’s now possible to step straight onto your dream bike like never before!
Moto Guzzi V7 II
With a relatively large 744cc engine the V7 still has a power output of 35kW (47HP) which fits nicely into the A2 parameters. Dripping with retro Italian style this is one beautiful bike that still comes with modern features like ABS and traction control.
Ducati scrambler sixty2
Following the huge success of Ducati’s Scrambler, 2016 saw the release of an a2 friendly version to tap into this growing market. The Scrambler Sixty2 follows its big brother with the same retro styling combined with modern features but in a more lightweight package and with a smaller price tag!
Moto Guzzi v7 Stornello
Another new bike for 2016 is this latest addition to the V7 range from Moto Guzzi, the Stornello. Guzzi’s own version of a scrambler is a more muscular offering with a bold stripped down design. Like the other V7 models it still has the modern features such as ABS and traction control. Easily accessible as an A2 bike for my money this is one of the most stylish bikes on the market!
Royal Enfield classic
Perhaps the most vintage styling in our list this is a classic British motorcycle, now built in India. The modern version encapsulates old-school motorcycle riding not just with its looks but its feel as well. With the lowest power output on the list at 27bhp even the 500cc version fits easily into the A2 category. It makes a few concessions to the modern era with electric transmission and fuel injection but it’s perhaps one of the most authentic vintage motorcycles still in production.