Top five big-capacity retro bikes

They make going fast look good

THINK traditional styling means agricultural performance? Not any more. There's now a whole class-full of machines that offer traditional style and character with exhilarating performance.

They're the bikes that make going fast look good.

And these are our favourite five...

1. Triumph Bobber

The latest addition to Triumph's new 1200cc Bonneville range defied expectations when it was launched in December last year. 

It looks like a big lump of minimalist laid-back cruiser, but that impression is quickly confounded by its superb handling, egging you on to ride it as hard as you can.

On paper the liquid-cooled parallel-twin is less impressive than the retuned version of the same plant in the Thruxton R, where it makes more power and torque, but it really doesn't matter when you're riding the Bobber faster than it seems it ought ever to go.

Yes, the pegs scrape, but that just adds to the fun, as does the Bobber's beauty. 

Read our full review of the Triumph Bobber.

Price: from £10,500

Engine: 1200cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin

Power: 77hp @ 6,100rpm

Torque: 78lbft @ 4,000rpm

Dry weight: 228kg


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