Bikes

British racing pedigree or American muscle? A rev-happy parallel twin or a torquey V-twin? We like both and that’s why you can pick between two glorious classics: The Triumph Bonneville/Thruxton and the Harley-Davidson Sportster/Nightster. Most of the bikes are also available with saddlebags and a windscreen. If you prefer to ride an entirely different bike, like a Sport-Tourer or a bigger, heavier Harley-Davidson, we can provide those as well (in some cases an additional fee applies). Please make a note on the booking inquiry form.

 

Triumph Bonneville/Thruxton

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Regarded as the quintessential British twin, the Bonneville was first introduced in 1959. It is named after the Salt Flats in Utah, where Triumphs had set various land speed records in the 1950′s. With its combination of speed and style it became an overnight hit and made Triumph the hottest brand of the 1960’s. Triumph motorcycles were featured in countless movies, the most iconic being “The Great Escape” with Steve McQueen and his Triumph TR6 Trophy. While today’s Bonneville shares its basic parallel-twin layout, nimble handling and movie-star good looks with its legendary ancestor, modern technology also makes it a very reliable and comfortable bike for long-distance trips. In 2004, Triumph also introduced the Thruxton, named after the Thruxton 500 mile endurance race where Triumph won the first three places in 1969. Based on the Bonneville, the Thruxton features a more pronounced “cafe racer” layout but otherwise shares most of its features with the Bonneville.

 

Harley-Davidson Sportster

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The Harley-Davidson Sportster is considered by many to be America’s first muscle bike. Launched in 1957, the light and fast Sportster was America’s answer to the nimble British sport bikes of the time. Harley-Davidson used a 55 cubic inch four stroke V-twin with overhead rather than side valves as the power plant and coupled it with a four-speed transmission and a dry clutch. The outcome was a motorcycle fit for racing, and unlike some of the bigger and heavier Harleys of today, the Sportster still retains its original agility. Being in production for over half a century now, it is actually the longest-running motorcycle model that is still being produced today. In 2007 Harley-Davidson added the “Iron” and “Nightster” models to the Sportster family. Decked in black from front to back, they are equipped with unique features such as a bobbed rear fender, a side mount license plate and a more defiant attitude.

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