There’s arguably nothing quite like taking to the world on the back of a bike, with the wide open road stretching out in front of you with nothing in between you and the great outdoors. The experience is so different from making the trip on four wheels, and many believe this goes some way to explaining its rise in popularity. What’s more, there’s now a growing trend to find a unique and different way of travelling…and what better way than on a truly mechanical, back to basics classic motorcycle. Here are a few classic motorbikes to watch out for and some things to bear in mind before taking that big trip.
The Norton Commando
The 850cc Norton Commando is one of the most popular classic bikes out there, and with the amendment of an ‘Interstate’ version at the beginning of the 1970s, it also had a large enough fuel tank and just the right amount of comfort to make long distance trips on. It is also one of the world’s most recognisable and attractive bikes, which is sure to attract attention no matter where in the world you are.
Ariel Square 4
Marketed as the ‘world most exclusive motorbike’ upon its launch, the 1000cc Ariel Square is a unique, comfortable and smooth riding experience which looks, sounds a feels like a true British motorcycle should. Production ceased as far back as 1959, so well renovated examples are expensive however arguably worth every penny.
Moto Guzzi T3 California
The jewel in the crown of classic motorbike touring, the Moto Guzzi California is a comfortable, stable and powerful motorcycle which laps up all the miles you throw at it. Its engine pulls well in all gears, and the amount of torque it generates is perfect for sitting back and relaxing without having to worry about the gears.
So you have the bike, it’s now time to look at what you’ll need to take with you in terms of equipment. It goes without saying that good motorcycle clothing is a must, and you must consider a variety of different options depending on the weather and conditions you’re going to be riding through.
If you’ve enough space and you’re going to be riding for long periods of time, think about packing some comfort clothes such as summer jackets, thin gloves and open face helmets to make the most of any good weather and get the full touring experience.