Retro 80’Veez

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By Ryan Adams

A head-to-head comparison this is not, but rather a showcase of two unique models that blur the lines of what adventure-capable motorcycles can look like. Triumph and Moto Guzzi, motorcycle manufacturers from two very different regions of Europe, both have long storied histories with plenty of ups and downs. The British brand dates back to 1902, two decades before Moto Guzzi began manufacturing in 1921.

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It should come as no surprise, then, that these two manufacturers would be the brands to deliver to us a new take on the white-hot adventure segment while staying true to another popular genre, one that both companies excel at, modern retro motorcycles. Triumph’s latest Scrambler combines the brand’s modern classic styling with serious technology and off-road prowess. Moto Guzzi delivers a unique take on adventure touring with its V85 TT Travel, which shares styling reminiscent of the V65 TT raced in the ‘85 Paris-Dakar, though the machine boasts plenty of modern tech not before seen in the Guzzi lineup.

Aside from the aforementioned similarities, these two motorcycles go about their duties in totally different ways, making them entirely different steeds for different needs.

Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE

It’s been documented on these digital pages, in quotes shared in Triumph’s marketing, and even in other online publications, that I am, to put it lightly, a pretty big fan of the Triumph Scrambler 1200, particularly so in XE trim. Of course, we’re not talking Brasfield 790-obsessed levels, as there aren’t 20 articles on the site documenting it, but I dig it, for sure. It checks nearly all the right boxes for me. That’s not to say that after spending more time on the machine I haven’t noticed …read more

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