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BMW R NINE T SCRAMBLER  (2016-on)

BMW R NINE T SCRAMBLER (2016-on)

New price:  £10,530
 
  • 1170cc  -  110 bhp
  • 45 mpg
  • Medium seat height (820mm)

Much more than a styling exercise

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 5 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5
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TRIUMPH THRUXTON 1200  (2016-on)

TRIUMPH THRUXTON 1200 (2016-on)

New price:  £10,400
Used price:  £9,800 to £12,000
  • 1200cc  -  95.6 bhp
  • 50 mpg  -  150 miles range
  • Medium seat height (810mm)

Triumph’s big-capacity sports retro goes as good as it looks

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5
3 owners' ratings 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 4.7 out of 5 4.7 out of 5 4.3 out of 5
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TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE T120  (2016-on)

TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE T120 (2016-on)

New price:  £9,600
 
  • 1200cc  -  79 bhp
  • 50 mpg  -  140 miles range
  • Medium seat height (785mm)

A relaxed retro for the modern world

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5
4 owners' ratings 4 out of 5 3.5 out of 5 4.8 out of 5 4.8 out of 5 5 out of 5 4.3 out of 5
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TRIUMPH STREET TWIN  (2016-on)

TRIUMPH STREET TWIN (2016-on)

New price:  £7,300
Used price:  £6,900 to £7,500
  • 900cc  -  54 bhp
  • Medium seat height (750mm)

Classic looks aside - the Street Twin is a brilliant roadster in its own right.

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 5 out of 5 4 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5
6 owners' ratings 4.7 out of 5 4.2 out of 5 5 out of 5 4.8 out of 5 4.8 out of 5 4.7 out of 5
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NORTON COMMANDO 961 Mk II (2015-on)

NORTON COMMANDO 961 Mk II (2015-on)

New price:  £14,495
Used price:  £14,500 to £15,800
  • 961cc  -  79 bhp
  • Medium seat height (813mm)

The 961 SF Mk II is all about refinement

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5
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SINNIS RETROSTAR 250  (2015-on)

SINNIS RETROSTAR 250 (2015-on)

New price:  £2,200
 
  • 249cc  -  20.7 bhp
  • Low seat height (770mm)

Buy some BSA tank badges and you'll be laughing

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 3 out of 5 3 out of 5 3 out of 5 3 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5
3 owners' ratings 4 out of 5 3.3 out of 5 3.7 out of 5 4 out of 5 5 out of 5 2.7 out of 5
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FRANCIS-BARNETT FALCON 250  (2015-on)

FRANCIS-BARNETT FALCON 250 (2015-on)

New price:  £3,600
 
  • 249cc  -  20.6 bhp
  • Medium seat height (835mm)

‘It’s handsome, and lively enough to be entertaining’

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 3 out of 5 3 out of 5 3 out of 5 3 out of 5 1 out of 5 1 out of 5
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HERALD CLASSIC 250  (2015-on)

HERALD CLASSIC 250 (2015-on)

New price:  £2,750
 
  • 249cc  -  21 bhp
  • Medium seat height (780mm)

The Herald 250 is a straightforward bike from another era.

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 3 out of 5 3 out of 5 3 out of 5 3 out of 5 2 out of 5 2 out of 5
2 owners' ratings 3.5 out of 5 3 out of 5 4 out of 5 3.5 out of 5 4.5 out of 5 3.5 out of 5
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TRIUMPH THRUXTON 900 Ace (2015-2016)

TRIUMPH THRUXTON 900 Ace (2015-2016)

New price:  N/A
Used price:  £6,600 to £11,000
  • 865cc  -  69 bhp
  • 45 mpg  -  150 miles range
  • Medium seat height (820mm)

A limited edition, cosmetically-tweaked version of the existing and enduringly popular Thruxton

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 3 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5
1 owner ratings 5 out of 5 4 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 4 out of 5 5 out of 5
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DUCATI SCRAMBLER 800  (2015-on)

DUCATI SCRAMBLER 800 (2015-on)

New price:  £6,895
Used price:  £6,700 to £10,000
  • 803cc  -  75 bhp
  • 52 mpg  -  154 miles range
  • Low seat height (790mm)

Stylish, easy to ride, desirable and afforable

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5
6 owners' ratings 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4.2 out of 5 4.3 out of 5 4 out of 5 3.8 out of 5
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NORTON DOMIRACER  (2014-2014)

NORTON DOMIRACER (2014-2014)

New price:  N/A
 
  • 961cc  -  80 bhp
  • 42 mpg  -  130 miles range
  • Medium seat height (813mm)

A sensory overload - better than sex!

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 5 out of 5 4 out of 5 5 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5
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KAWASAKI W800  (2011-on)

KAWASAKI W800 (2011-on)

New price:  £6,799
Used price:  £4,000 to £7,200
  • 773cc  -  47 bhp
  • 52 mpg  -  162 miles range
  • Medium seat height (790mm)
  • Suitable for A2 licence

Successor to W650 gives Bonneville a run for its money and is, arguably, even cuter

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 5 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5
13 owners' ratings 4.5 out of 5 4.2 out of 5 4.7 out of 5 4.7 out of 5 4.7 out of 5 4.1 out of 5
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MOTO-GUZZI V7 RACER  (2011-on)

MOTO-GUZZI V7 RACER (2011-on)

New price:  £8,132
Used price:  £4,200 to £9,000
  • 744cc  -  49 bhp
  • 45 mpg  -  170 miles range
  • Medium seat height (805mm)
  • Suitable for A2 licence

"A class act. Special version of V7 Classic comes with an unbelievable raft of goodies"

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 5 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5
4 owners' ratings 4.5 out of 5 4.3 out of 5 4 out of 5 5 out of 5 4.5 out of 5 4.5 out of 5
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NORTON COMMANDO 961 SE (2009-on)

NORTON COMMANDO 961 SE (2009-on)

New price:  £15,995
Used price:  £11,900 to £15,800
  • 961cc  -  79 bhp
  • 45 mpg  -  205 miles range
  • Medium seat height (813mm)

"A 'feel good' bike par excellence that gives riding and owning pleasure by the skip-load"

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 3 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5
3 owners' ratings 4.7 out of 5 4.3 out of 5 4 out of 5 4.7 out of 5 4.3 out of 5 4 out of 5
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MOTO-GUZZI V7 CAFE CLASSIC  (2009-2013)

MOTO-GUZZI V7 CAFE CLASSIC (2009-2013)

New price:  N/A
 
  • 744cc  -  48 bhp
  • 46 mpg  -  175 miles range
  • Medium seat height (805mm)
  • Suitable for A2 licence

"What makes it great is how beautifully and classily it's put together"

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 4 out of 5 3 out of 5 3 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5
1 owner ratings 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5
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TRIUMPH SCRAMBLER  (2006-on)

TRIUMPH SCRAMBLER (2006-on)

New price:  £7,899
Used price:  £3,800 to £10,000
  • 865cc  -  63 bhp
  • 44 mpg  -  130 miles range
  • Medium seat height (765mm)

Dream of being Steve McQueen in The Great Escape

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 4 out of 5 3 out of 5 4 out of 5 3 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5
5 owners' ratings 4 out of 5 3.4 out of 5 3.8 out of 5 4 out of 5 3.8 out of 5 3.6 out of 5
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TRIUMPH THUNDERBIRD 900  (1993-2003)

TRIUMPH THUNDERBIRD 900 (1993-2003)

New price:  N/A
Used price:  £2,500 to £7,000
  • 885cc  -  70 bhp
  • 44 mpg  -  165 miles range
  • Medium seat height (790mm)

Surprisingly cool, versatile and fun retro – indeed one of the first

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 4 out of 5 2 out of 5 5 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5
19 owners' ratings 4.1 out of 5 3.7 out of 5 4.1 out of 5 3.8 out of 5 4.1 out of 5 3.6 out of 5
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TRIUMPH THRUXTON 900  (2003-on)

TRIUMPH THRUXTON 900 (2003-on)

New price:  £7,349
Used price:  £4,500 to £11,000
  • 865cc  -  69 bhp
  • 45 mpg  -  150 miles range
  • Medium seat height (790mm)

Great looking retro cafe racer but just doesn't have the punchy power you'd expect

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 3 out of 5 3 out of 5 3 out of 5 3 out of 5 2 out of 5 2 out of 5
15 owners' ratings 4.4 out of 5 3.9 out of 5 4.1 out of 5 4.4 out of 5 4.2 out of 5 3.3 out of 5
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TRIUMPH LEGEND TT  (1998-2000)

TRIUMPH LEGEND TT (1998-2000)

New price:  N/A
Used price:  £2,300 to £5,000
  • 885cc  -  70 bhp
  • 44 mpg  -  165 miles range
  • Low seat height (790mm)

A slightly more basic, cheaper version of the Triumph Thunderbird

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 3 out of 5 3 out of 5 3 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5
4 owners' ratings 4.3 out of 5 3.3 out of 5 4.8 out of 5 4.5 out of 5 4.5 out of 5 1.5 out of 5
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KAWASAKI W650  (1999-2006)

KAWASAKI W650 (1999-2006)

New price:  N/A
Used price:  £3,800 to £4,500
  • 675cc  -  49 bhp
  • 51 mpg  -  165 miles range
  • Medium seat height (800mm)

"Styling is spot on – closer to a 60s Bonneville than Triumph's own latter day replica"

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 4 out of 5 3 out of 5 3 out of 5 4 out of 5 2 out of 5 2 out of 5
8 owners' ratings 4.8 out of 5 3.5 out of 5 4.6 out of 5 4.6 out of 5 4.8 out of 5 3.4 out of 5
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