Motorcycles have a certain craze associated with it. Just like stars are flocked by their fans worldwide with their movies being eagerly anticipated, so do many bikes have the same madness associated with it. People love to take a look at the latest, modern, shiny, trendy, powerful two wheeler in town and many of us gladly do double takes when an unusually classy car passes by. What would be even better would be the chance to own that vehicle, to experience the soft smooth handle in our palms, to gently accelerate the bike after giving it a mighty kick to start it. The throttle, the clutch, the silencer, there’s nothing that stays aloof from us when it comes to motor cycles. Such is our passion and relation with them.
What would make this passion boil over even further? Seems sort of impossible, but have you taken a look at the best of the vintage bikes? The retro out of fashion yet in fashion look attracts the envious gaze and admirable gasps of almost everyone. Even non-bike lovers would admit to be awed by it. There’s something very attractive about a vintage bike. One can’t really put a finger to it, but the magnet is there none the less. Let’s try and take a look at a few of the vintage motor cycles.
Royal Enfield Bullet:
Engine Type Single Cylinder, 4 stroke
Maximum Power 27.2 bhp @ 5250 rpm
Maximum Torque 41.3 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Gearbox 5 Speed Constant Mesh
Fuel Supply Keihin Electronic Fuel Injection
Air Cleaner Paper Element
Engine Start Electric/Kick
Initially sold in England, the production in UK stopped, but these bikes continue to be manufactured and sold in India. These are extremely popular in India and at times are even a symbol of status.
Successor RXG, RX-135, RXZ
Engine 98 cc 2-stroke reed valve, air-cooled, single-cylinder gasoline
Top speed 120/kmph
Transmission 4-speed constant mesh, multiplate clutch
The Yamaha RX100 was launched in late 1985. These bikes also were popular in India, and the production continued till 1996.
Brough Superior SS100:
This bike was renowned as one of the best (perhaps the very best) of Brough Superior’s bikes. These were customized to meet the needs and requirements of every customer individually. Brough even advertised it as “Rolls Royce of Motorcycles”.
Engine 998 cc (60.9 cu in) air cooled OHV 50 degree V-twin
Power 45 bhp (34 kW) @ 5000 rpm
Transmission 3-speed, hand-change gearbox
Engine 898 cc Four-stroke, two-cylinder, horizontally opposed “Boxer”, air-cooled
Top speed 200 km/h (120 mph)
Power 67 hp (50 kW)
Torque 76 N·m (56 lbf·ft)
Transmission 5-speed, shaft drive
Weight 215 kg (470 lb) (wet)
Fuel capacity 24 l
This was one awesome ride ever, and one of the first super bikes to be manufactured. It’s production lasted from 1973–1976 only.
It’s the classic English vintage motorcycle ever. Plus it’s not very costly these days too. Another version of this motorcycle started from 2001 due to its popularity which is a completely redesigned and re-engineered evolution of the original design. Although its initial production was in 1950’s, the evolved version carries on until now.
Engine Four-stroke parallel twin
Transmission 4-speed (later 5-speed)
Although some of the motor cycles on this list are really hard to come across (and even harder to purchase), there are other bikes which are made now-a-days to look vintage because of vintage popularity. There are many manufacturers who produce amazing vintage bikes at quit an affordable price. Some of the brands are:
Honda – 1966 Honda “Black Bomber”
Triumph – Triumph 3HW Classic
BMW – 1963 BMW R60/2
Kawasaki Avenger A7
Try looking through some of the bikes by these world class automobile manufacturers, and you might find yourself impresses and amazed beyond your limits.