5 way-cool old-school retro bikes for under £5k

Style on the cheap

TRADITIONAL bikes are as cool as Fonzie, but style costs, with retro models typically costing a couple of grand more than modern-looking alternatives.

But it doesn’t have to be that way, as this lot prove. Okay, none of them has the 75hp of the Ducati Scrambler but no one is going to care about that when you rock up at the chip shop in your turn-ups.

Here then, are five way-cool old-school retros for under £5k. Starting with…

1. Jawa 350 Retro

‘Some may say it's not a retro but the real thing,’ say Jawa UK importers F2 Motorcycles.

They kind have a point, since it’s the latest incarnation of a Czech-built machine that was popular the world over in the 50s – and it’s still somehow a two-stroke.

Okay, it’s no RD350, with 23hp and as many lbft, but it’s still going to stink and make blue smoke.

Plus all but the most mechanically inept will be able to service it themselves.

There’s also a more modernised version now but don’t worry about that – there’s no word yet on whether it’s coming to the UK and, anyway, it’s a four-stroke (with a Honda XR400 engine).

Price: £3,495




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