As almost any rider knows, not all bikes are meant for everybody or any terrain. This list explores some of the best retro bikes of 2020, from super affordable to ultra-luxury.
Harley-Davidson Iron 1200
Although this bike just came out earlier in 2020, it has a sort of classic, retro aesthetic reminiscent of the AMF era. At nearly $10,000, the sporty motorcycle comes along with higher handlebars and a V-twin engine.
It offers a lot of the same features as the Forty-Eight but with a smaller price tag. The Iron 1200 takes the Sportster to an all-new level. As of now, the bike is available in Barracuda Silver, Billiard Blue, and Vivid Black.
The 2020 Honda Monkey is great for experienced riders who know how to handle a five-speed manual transmission. A lot of fun in a small and super affordable package, the Monkey comes along at just $3,999.
The model has become one of the most popular in Honda’s complete collection, and for good reason. It shares the same engine as another favorite, the Grom, with a 125cc single-cylinder that packs a punch of 9 hp. While the specs may not be that impressive, there is no denying that the Monkey delivers one fun ride.
The TW200 hit the scene in 1987 and has proven to provide riders with safety and durability throughout the course of its existence. The suspension is a bit limited, and you don’t necessarily want to take her on the highway.
Still, the 2020 model of Yamaha’s TW200 is a great off-road bike, thanks to its fat tires and smooth motor. The machine has now been on the market for more than three decades, and basically the only upgrade it received is a front disc brake.
Herald Scrambler 125
The 2020 Herald Scrambler 125 is sold in the UK and produced in China. And, at just $3130, you couldn’t expect a luxury bike. But compared to a lot of China-made bikes in the same price range, it’s actually not that bad of a ride.
It does weigh less than 280 pounds, so it’s not the sturdiest or strongest, but it’s perfect for getting from point A to point B, especially in paved areas. It has a low seat, with the signature scrambler-style saddle, perfect for shorter rides.
Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer
The 2020 Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer is the ideal bike for long road trips and those who are looking to pack it up and go. The bike provides a smooth and glamorous ride, along with the versatility that Moto Guzzis are well-known for.
With an 850 twin-cylinder, a 19” front wheel and matte black, diamond-cut finish, the Roamer is as stylish as it is rewarding. And, at a price tag of just $9,990, you can ride one off the showroom floor without breaking the bank.
Royal Enfield Bullet 500
The 2020 Bullet 500 from Royal Enfield has been in production since 1932, making it one of the most retro vehicles on our list so far.
The bike includes an electric/kick starter 499cc single-engine, a halogen bulb, and even a hand-painted fuel tank. " Cycle World" named it one of 10 motorcycles with soul and character. Great for cruising down country roads or city streets, the machine works well for everyone from beginners to advanced riders. And, with a price tag of just $4,999, you can’t go wrong.
Royal Enfield Continental GT 650
The 2020 Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 is a steal at just $5,999. The café style cruiser has a 648cc, air & oil-cooled twin-engine. It is separated from the bodywork via a dual cradle frame.
The retro-style dates back to the 1960s. It still holds that classics feel along with the signature horizontal split through the center of the bike. The GT 650 has superb ergonomics and a sporty feel, making it perfect for driving through the city, or down those long and winding country roads. The bike is currently on the market for right below $6,000.
Yamaha V Star 250
The 2020 Yamaha V Star 250 has a unique air-cooled engine, with 249ccs of smooth-yet-noticeable power. The bike almost acts like a time machine, transporting riders back to 1988, when the first of its line was made.
Today it still comes along in the same retro style, equipped with a carburetor, twin shocks, and a rear drum brake. Taking the bike on the highway? No problem. It will deliver 78 miles to the gallon in fuel. Plus, at $4,349, it’s one great ride that comes wrapped in an affordable package.
BMW R NineT Urban GS
Right off the bat when you see BMW, you know this won’t be one of the bikes you can get your hands on for $10,000 dollars or less. You do, however, know that you’ll be driving away on a high-quality machine that the Bavarian brand is known for.
This version is fairly heavy at 487 pounds, and does best on city streets, though it handles pretty well if you take it off-roading too. The R nineT Urban GS is available for $14,250 or more.
This fairly standard bike from Suzuki was designed to be a good all-around vehicle, made for everything from commuting to road-tripping across the country.
Its comfortable seat makes it a smart choice for long trips, and it’s strong and sturdy enough to handle plenty of twists and turns. The 2020 Suzuki SV650X is available for $8,399 and had a plethora of positive reviews since it hit the market. This bike is the perfect mix of modernity and nostalgia. Who’s ready to hit the road?
Triumph Thruxton RS
The Thruxton RS is the most powerful twin produced by Triumph. The 2020 model comes along with an upgraded (read: more powerful) engine. It weighs more than a dozen pounds and has a few other touch-ups here and there.
Perhaps the most noteworthy feature of the bike is the liquid-cooled 1200cc hp twin-engine. Full of sleek, sporty, efficient ergonomics, the Thruxton RS is happiest on winding, paved roads. A new version of the bike comes with a price tag of $16,200.
Honda Shadow Aero
The 2020 Shadow Aero is one of Honda’s understated and reliable cruisers. Perfect for riders who prefer to blend into the crowd, this reliable bike has roots that date back to 1983.
The retro bike has a classic feel, while still packing some powerful technology. At a price of just $7,699, it’s one of the safer, more affordable versions on the market. If you’re looking for something flashy, keep looking. But if you’re looking for a simple machine to get you from point A to point B, this is a great option.
Ducati Scrambler Icon
Ducati originally started making their scramblers back in the early 1960s. Now, they’re a favorite of new and expert riders who enjoy long trips down twisting country roads.
With a price tag of just $9,595, the 803-cc air-cooled L-twin-powered bike may seem like the smart choice. And, if you’re a novice rider, this model is probably one of the easiest to maneuver of Ducati’s entire line.
The 2020 Kawasaki W800 makes the perfect wheels for those who live in the mountains or deal with other uneven terrains. This retro bike has roots that date back to the 1960s, and it’s still a big hit today.
The major difference between the classic and the café version would be the handlebar and seat, which hits fully upright on the former, while the latter has a two-tone, more sculpted saddle. With flawless fuel injection and stellar ergonomics, the W800 provides a smooth, steady ride, from the very first twist of the throttle.
MV Agusta Superveloce 800
It’s a big year for retro bikes, which is perhaps why MV Agusta chose to release their 2020, 148hp café style Superveloce 800. Although it may look like it’s designed to go around the dirt track, it is actually built for the roads.
It also costs more than any of the other bikes on the list so far – and, it’s not available everywhere. But, with a three-cylinder engine displacing 798 cc, those in the UK can get their hands on this sleek machine for around $22,000.
Indian Scout Sixty
The 2020 Indian Scout Sixty is a superb entry-level bike that provides an easy ride, which has actually been called easy-going and manageable. With a low seat and pulled back handlebar, it has a sleek yet aggressive frame, perfect for new riders looking to show off around town.
Other reviews have said that it provides a top-notch ride in a great-looking platform and that owners are overjoyed with the price. At less than $9,000, the Scout Sixty is a real steal.
Triumph Street Twin
The Street Twin is hands down Triumph’s most successful product. Originally launched as the Bonneville in 1959, it still carries the spirit of the original make.
The 2020 model is a modern classic, giving off a retro feel while having all the power of today’s leading technology. One improvement that’s been made this year is the engine's durability. The best part? You can get one of these bestsellers for just $9,300.
Harley-Davidson Iron 883
The 2020 883 is a sporty bike that’s considered by Harley-Davidson as a beginner's Sportster. It’s simple, with a V-twin air-cooled engine and a signature sound that we’ve all come to expect.
Although it’s not quite as powerful as the Sportster, it’s perfect as an entry-level version, especially with a price tag of just $8,999. There have been several upgrades since the line’s launch in the late 1950s, but the quality remains the same. This bike is available at a number of different colors and packs a powerful punch that fits most budgets.
Husqvarna Svartpilen 401
The 2020 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 has a rugged, modern exterior with hints of retro. With a single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that pumps out 373cc, and a weight of just 335 pounds, it’s an excellent bike for moving around.
You can enjoy it cruising through the city or down winding, backcountry roads. And, with a price tag of just $5000, you really can’t go wrong with this machine.
This compact bike is the smallest of Suzuki’s dual-sport collection. It may not be as retro as the 1930s, but it does have roots that go back to the 90s, and its classic design hasn’t changed all that much.
The 2020 DR200S takes riders on a nostalgic journey down memory lane with its carbureted, air-cooled, two-valve motor, and five-speed, manual transmission. Even though the concept may have been born about two decades ago, today’s model provides a reliable, easy cruise down surface streets. However, there are better bikes for hitting the highways.
The 2020 Kawasaki W800 has some of the most retro-style aesthetics of any of the bikes on our list. It’s designed to look like the Kawasaki W1 from the early 1960s, which the brand nailed.
At less than $10,000, the bike is one of the more affordable retro machines on the market these days. And, with a 733cc vertical twin, air-cooled engine, it’s also got a smooth, steady flow of power. As of now, the bike only comes in one color, Candy Cardinal Red. It’s a great bike for cruising down backcountry roads or through the city.
Kawasaki channeled their 1970s Z1 when designing their 2020 Z900RS, and it’s now got the perfect combination of modernity and retro charm. With a lightweight body, and easy speed controls, it’s a great bike for beginners and experienced riders alike.
A comfortable seat and an upright bar position make the Z900RS a great choice for long trips. At a price of around $10,000, it competes with other affordable retro bikes on the market, including the Yamaha XSR900.
Fantic Caballero 500 Rally
Scramblers just scream retro, and the 500 Rally is no different. Loaded up with high-quality parts from brands like Domino, Tomaselli, and Brembo, its modern design is built to last.
The engine is single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, and capable of putting out 449cc. Its lightweight body comes in at just 330 pounds, making it pretty easy to handle for most riders. You can get your hands on the 500 Rally for less than $9,150.
There’s really nothing not to love about the 2020 Yamaha XSR700. Although the body and frame remain the same as the retro version, updates and cutting-edge technology make for a smooth and enjoyable ride.
Perfect for everything — from cruising through the mountains to riding down the freeway on your way to work — the XSR700 is the bike that’s meant to be ridden basically anywhere. It’s pretty close to the MT-07, with a few exceptions, including the seat, handlebar, and tires. You can ride away in an XSR for just $8,500.
Royal Enfield Interceptor 650
Royal Enfield has been around the states since 2015, though they’ve been operating for more than a century elsewhere. And, with a price tag of $5,799 and a smooth, steady ride it’s easy to see why they’re growing in popularity in the US.
The 2020 INT 650 has a retro-styled, air-cooled twin-engine, and two large, mean-looking, two-in-two, chrome exhaust pipes. If you’re looking for an affordable and reliable classic, the INT is the ultimate new/old bike. It provides a powerful, smooth ride, and those old school, British roadster aesthetics.
Indian Scout Bobber Twenty
The 2020 Scout Bobber Twenty has some pretty great ergonomics, with the exception of a thin, one-seater saddle, and footpegs that lean a bit forward. Still, the quick-revving motor and smooth handling make it a great cruiser for the city, or for long weekend trips down backcountry roads.
One of the only things that’s been upgraded on this bike since last year is the braking system, though riders won’t notice much of a change. Drive away on the Scout Bobber Twenty for less than $10,000. ($9,000, if you choose to go sans-ABS.)
Ducati Scrambler 1100 Pro
Ducati’s Scrambler 1100 Pro comes along with the brand’s classic twin-cylinder, air-cooled, V-twin engine, and the signature round headlight. At 83.5 hp and 1,079cc, it’s a powerful ride and does well off-road or down the freeway.
The 1100 Sport’s suspension is a bit different, as are the low-slung handlebars. The 2020 1100 Pro is $13,495, while the Sport Pro is a couple thousand more.
This machine, which is named for the Japanese sword, has been around since the 1970s. It was originally intended for thrill-seekers, but since it’s gotten a bunch of updates it's now much better on the road as well.
It features an easy start system, a three-mode traction control system, and a lightweight twin-spar aluminum frame with attractive features. New this year is a flat-style handlebar, updated for maximum comfort.
Bullit Hero Gulf Edition
This little bike from Bullit costs about the same as the last on our list, at just over $3,250. It has adorable aesthetics that scream retro, including an air-cooled, single-cylinder engine, spoked wheels, a headlight grill, and 125cc.
These are also sold in the UK, where they’re especially popular in the cities due to their lightweight bodies and easy maneuverability.
CCM Spitfire Scrambler
The Spitfire Scrambler is another fairly new bike that takes its cues from the retro bikes of the 60s and 70s. Although this model originally hit the scene in 2016, the scrambler style combines the modernity and retro aesthetics of an older machine.
The liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine puts out 600cc, and the large seat makes it comfortable for long trips. The Spitfire Scrambler comes off the showroom floor for $11,930.
BMW R Nine T Scrambler
BMW’s R Nine T line has several different bikes that qualify as the best retro machines in existence. Take the Scrambler for instance — it has aesthetics that date back to the legendary era of motorcycles in the late 60s early 70s.
The Scrambler includes a raised exhaust, a front wheel that sits larger than the rest at 19 inches, and a super-powerful, twin-cylinder boxer engine at 1, 170cc.
Mash X-Ride Classic 650
Mash fans eagerly awaited the release of the 2020 X-Ride Classic 650 – and they were not disappointed when it finally arrived. Almost like a cross between a 1970s adventure bike and a scrambler, it checks all of the boxes when it comes to attractive, old-school aesthetics.
With a four-stroke, 643cc engine, electric fuel injection, and an electric starter, it has the perfect combination of modern and retro.
Honda Shadow Phantom
Shadow Phantom fans were perhaps slightly disappointed when they first heard that there will be no upgrades in 2020. Still, one may also say, “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.”
The 745cc 52-degree liquid-cooled V-twin engine provides an easy, manageable ride from a workday commute to a cross country road trip. The technology in the Phantom’s fuel injection system makes for a reliable cruise, no matter where you’re at in the rev range. This year’s model is available at a price of $7,899.
Royal Enfield Himalayan
The 2020 version of the Royal Enfield Himalayan is on the market for just $4,750. With an air-cooled single-cylinder engine at 411cc, it provides a reliable and manageable ride on almost any terrain. Plus, the large wheels make it especially good for country roads.
With a lightweight and easy-to-handle frame and body, the Indian adventure bike is great for novices, or anyone else looking for a relaxed ride.
The 2020 Honda CB650R is sort of a cross between retro and futuristic. It has a simple yet sleek design, and a 649cc, liquid-cooled, four-cylinder engine.
It is definitely one of the better looking and more customizable in Honda’s café style Neo Sports collection. It delivers a smooth but powerful ride, whether you’re driving to work in the city, or for fun through the mountains.
Scrambler Ducati Desert Sled
This retro-style bike first hit the scene in 1962, Though at that time, it was produced in 125cc-450cc. Now, at 803cc and 73 hp, it’s a lot more powerful. But it still has the classic feel that fans have come to know and love.
The line comes available in a few different types, from standard to café style. While most scrambler models have a tougher time on non-paved roads, the Ducati Desert Sled handles well on most terrains. You can get your hands on the bike for $11,995.
Honda Super Cub C125 ABS
The Super Cub C125 ABS makes a great ride for novices and experienced riders alike. It has a semi-auto, four-speed transmission, and a step-through frame that makes it easy to climb on and off of.
Honda started producing Cubs in the 1950s, so it doesn’t get very much more retro. With super ergonomics, a comfortable seat, and great mileage, this bike makes an excellent daily drive in the city. Honda is selling the 2020 model off the showroom floor at $3,649, making it one of the more affordable options on our list.
A couple of months ago, motorcycle.com ran a review of the 2020 Yamaha XSR900, and, like most other publications, ended up giving it pretty high praise.
With its classic build, it’s nice and understated on the road. And, although it isn’t explicitly retro, its simple design makes it feel timeless in 2020. Yamaha’s Chip Controlled Throttle gives precise throttle control. The price of less than $9,500 makes it an ideal buy for those looking for quality rides at affordable rates.
Indian FTR1200 comes equipped with a v-twin, liquid-cooled engine putting out an impressive 1,203cc. If you chose the classic model and drove it away off the showroom floor, you would pay nearly $13,500.
For $5,730 more, you can add on the rally kit — one of their customizable kits, which adds on a super-retro feel and upgraded features, including an all-weather aviator saddle and new fenders, among other things.
The 2020 Yamaha SCR950 features an attractive, versatile design inspired by the scramblers of the 1960s. Now the retro aesthetic is combined with cutting-edge modern technology in this powerful and easy-to-handle machine.
The bike includes a V-twin, air-cooled engine, that pumps out 942cc, along with comfortable ergonomics like the wide handlebar. Whether you decide to hit the streets or the trails, you’ll find the SCR950 does it all.
Yamaha fans will be happy to know that the budget-friendly Bolt is back, and the 2020 model has proven to be pretty popular this summer. It has a 60-degree V-twin engine packed with electronic fuel injection, a retro compact feel. This bike is a great option for everyone from beginners to advanced riders.
First emerging on the market in 2014 as the Star Bolt, it’s now available in two separate models: The Bolt, and the Bolt R-Spec. The latter includes a few upgrades that the original doesn’t have, and is available for just a few hundred dollars more.
Triumph Bobber TFC
The Triumph Bobber is one seriously sleek ride. With some beastly insides that match the rugged exterior, it’s no wonder why it’s one of the more popular retro bikes of the year.
On the TFC, you get an enhanced torque, along with aero titanium mufflers and carbon fiber endcaps. The bike has a fully adjustable front suspension system and 1200cc via a liquid-cooled twin engine. All of this power comes along at a price: $17,500, to be exact.
Norton Atlas Ranger
The Atlas Ranger is a newer model from the British company. Its body style suggests it’s influenced by bikes of the past. Built to be handled mainly off-road, it’s perfect for those looking for an adventurer.
It comes equipped with a liquid-cooled, 650cc parallel-twin engine that provides 84 hp. If you want a stylish ride that you can take on any type of terrain, this is a great option. But with a price tag of $15,650, it’s definitely a bit more expensive than some others on our list.
BMW R Nine T Pure Racer
No one expects a low-price tag along with a BMW, but the early asking price of nearly $12,000 for the Racer seemed a bit much a few years back.
Luckily, they decided to drop the price for the 2020 version, making it more affordable to other riders. It's a lot more affordable than some of the similar BMW machines, which sit at over $15,000. This is the perfect bike for those who plan to do a lot of their own customization, and don’t want to pay for parts they’ll end up removing anyway.
This year’s DR650S is the definition of a living classic. Dating back to the 1900s, the compact and powerful model includes a 644cc, air-cooled single-engine, and 44 horsepower.
It is the largest in Suzuki’s dual-sport collection and has the appearance of a dirt bike — fitting since it does better off-road than on. It is still capable of riding smoothly down the highway and moving through traffic as needed. Unlike most of the other bikes on our list so far, the DR650S only comes available in one color, Iron Grey.
Indian Scouter 100th Anniversary
Talk about retro! The 100th-anniversary version of the Indian Scouter nods at the original, which first appeared on the scene back in 1920. While the handlebar bend is the same, there have been quite a few upgrades: longer-travel rear suspension, sportier tires, and a raised handlebar.
If you’re looking for the perfect bike to ride around the city, look no further than the 2020 Scouter! Get your hands on the machine for $15,999.
Moto Guzzi V7 III Special
Moto Guzzi comes in for the win with the 2020 V7 III Special. With a price tag of less than $9000, this elegant and classic ride is probably closest to the original model out of all the V7s.
This fine creation was inspired by an expert designer in the late 1960s, by the name of Giulio Cesare Carcano. And it is definitely aptly named because it certainly is special. With spoked wheel rims and plenty of chrome details, it comes available in two colors.
This dual-sport bike by Honda is best left to intermediate or advanced riders. The machine has a higher-than-usual seat, which sits at 37-inches. It also has a curb weight of nearly 350 pounds, which can make it a bit difficult to handle, especially off-road.
The 2020 model is the same as in previous years. It's a relief to most, considering all of the positive reviews about its long travel, Pro-Link rear suspension, and 644cc single-cylinder engine. The XR650L is available for less than $7,000 making it nice and affordable.
Moto Guzzi V7 Stornello Scrambler
Moto Guzzi is back with another winner in the form of the V7 Stornello Scrambler. The gorgeous design pulls its inspiration from the brand’s bikes of the 60s and 70s when a similar machine first hit the market as a 125cc.
Now, the air-cooled traverse v-twin engine hits a whopping 744cc. Whether you’re driving to work down the highway or through the crowded city streets, this bike will get you there in style, and at just $11,190.
Indian is back with another powerhouse machine — the 2020 FTR1200S. At over $15,000, we can’t call it one of the more affordable on the list. But at 123 hp and 87-pound feet of torque, we can say that it’s worth the price.
The street-legal bike uses a V-twin, 1,203cc engine, and it makes for a great ride on dirt or pavement. With movement that feels pretty unrestricted and a lot of options for customization, this one is better left to intermediate/advanced riders.
Triumph Scrambler 1200
We have Triumph to thank for how popular scramblers are on this list. After all, they are the ones who put out their legendary version of the scramblers first in 2006, which sparked a major trend.
Though the 1200 XE stands apart from the rest in the sense that it handles much better in the dirt and other rough terrains. Those who want to get their hands on the 2020 version have to shell out a little more than average, at $15,400.