Top 10 Modern Classics

History will look kindly on these bikes

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1. Brammo Empulse

Brammo Empulse R

Yes, folks, whether you like it or not, the electric bike movement is here to stay, and the Brammo Empulse is the first production electric bike to really gain legitimacy amongst the petrol heads among us. With its sporty suspension, Brembo brakes (on the R model) and power rivaling a 650cc Twin, we found ourselves embarrassing lesser riders on traditional sportbikes in the canyons.

Range anxiety is a common concern when discussing e-bikes, but with proper planning, a full day’s ride can be achieved through choice stops at charging stations throughout the country. Nonetheless, a collector with bottomless pockets likely won’t mind the Empulse’s shortcomings. If that’s you, and you want to own a piece of e-bike history, grab one of these.

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  • Greg Morris

    I can not believe you guys left out the Suzuki SV-650.

  • Grant Ray

    Even in terms of US-spec bikes, this list is seriously weak. Brand new sport bikes like the S1000R and the 1199 are great, but you guys should really know better than to be so narrow-minded about what makes a classic. No KTM 950/990 Adventure? No Bimota V-Due? No Ducati Sport Classic? No Aprilia SXV? No Honda XR650R? No BMW HP2 Enduro? That’s just off the top of my head.

  • Nils G

    I kept reading through, wondering when the V-Max would show up. So, where is it?

  • Dusty P

    How about any of the Buell XB lightnings? Not only were they technologically unique, but there’s the whole Buell legacy, the fact that the company no longer exists, would be cause for a lot of exclusivity down the road. There’s not a bike in this list more unique than an XB.