COLOGNE’S INTERMOT SHOW showed that manufacturers are continuing to target the classic market with a range of retro models and machines that look to their manufacturer’s past glories.
Suzuki made the biggest splash by reviving the Katana name for their latest semi-naked roadster based on the company’s 999cc GSX-S. Revitalised German manufacturer Horex revealed a new V6 naked model with a price tag in excess of £30,000, while Ducati have updated their scramblers and Moto Guzzi launched their new V85 adventure bike and a Sport version of their V9 Bobber. Indian unveiled their FTR1200 flat tracker and an updated Cruiser with a 1811cc engine.
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At the other end of the scale Honda say they expect their revamped Cub model, a 125cc commuter that leans heavily on Honda’s C50 Cub heritage, to be in the showrooms in 2019. Smaller manufacturers also got a look in with Herald showing off their budget 400 Classic, a 400cc single priced at £4,299 with the engine from Hartford in Taiwan based on a Honda single and their new Brute trail bike with a liquid-cooled 500cc single engine. Herald developed the Brute and they will make it in the UK with a British-built frame and bought-in engine. French company Mash launched their biggest bike yet, a 650cc flat track single branded as the Mash Dirt 6.5, which borrows heavily from US flat track fashion.Enjoy more Classic Bike Guide reading in the monthly magazine. Click here to subscribe.