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post #3871 of 4356

I've been watching these videos all morning and have been in tears.  TEARS I say!!!  Shave your beard Trini and throw away all your flannel and you will be ok.  Oh and that Biltwell?  Return it.

post #3872 of 4356
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Originally Posted by Rumpelstiltskin View Post

I've been watching these videos all morning and have been in tears.  TEARS I say!!!  Shave your beard Trini and throw away all your flannel and you will be ok.  Oh and that Biltwell?  Return it.

The Biltwell's probably the thing I'm most ashamed of. But then again, I use it almost exclusively for scooter use so I really should adjust my shame threshold.
post #3873 of 4356
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Originally Posted by TRINI View Post


Between that site and RideApart's constant disdain for them, I almost feel guilty for owning a Bonneville.

As if it's not a 'real' bike. devil.gif

 

Bah, the Bonneville is the most iconic motorcycle there is. That's why they attract so many old dudes! You know the story.

 

Old dude stands up straight and walks up to you after eyeing your bike for some time."What year is that?" "That one of the Hinckley Bonnevilles?" "Back in seventy-six, I had me one of those. They look just as good now!"

 

Meanwhile the hottie you were eyeing hops on the back of some squid's R1...

 

But frankly, I think you're exaggerating the shame due to you for riding a Bonnie. I mean certainly riding a motorcycle that was designed specifically to be a throwback - ignoring most advances in modern safety, aerodynamics and ergonomics - will peg you as someone who values form at least some modicum over function. And then modifying something that starts off at said disadvantage to feature an even less friendly riding position that the bike wasn't built for - as well as unduly expensive aftermarket accessories - MIGHT get someone branded as a "hipster." But shit, those people are just jealous that they have to ride Japanese and can't afford premium leather upholstering on their seats. I mean, don't you wan't to ride something unique? Japanese bikes are a dime a dozen...

post #3874 of 4356

Oh man, those hipster bike videos. The "fetishization of authenticity...." :rotflmao: 

post #3875 of 4356
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Originally Posted by TRINI View Post

Between that site and RideApart's constant disdain for them, I almost feel guilty for owning a Bonneville.

Say what? I've always had the impression they liked Triumphs in general and the Bonnie SE in particular; didn't one of the staff own one for quite a while?
post #3876 of 4356
Bonnies are def a hipster ride, but they have always been hipster rides, and they are pretty sexy. My only gripe, they are like 1 size too big
post #3877 of 4356
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Originally Posted by BostonHedonist View Post

But frankly, I think you're exaggerating the shame due to you for riding a Bonnie. I mean certainly riding a motorcycle that was designed specifically to be a throwback - ignoring most advances in modern safety, aerodynamics and ergonomics - will peg you as someone who values form at least some modicum over function.

I think that somewhat mis-reads the retro market. It's not comprised of people shopping for modern bikes who want something with more style, but people on or looking at old bikes that want something new. Not new in terms of the latest technology, but new in terms of no concerns about age-related issues like rust and metal fatigue. You don't get a new Bonneville over an R1, you get it instead of an old Bonnie, so the advances aren't on the table either way.
post #3878 of 4356
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Originally Posted by epb View Post


I think that somewhat mis-reads the retro market. It's not comprised of people shopping for modern bikes who want something with more style, but people on or looking at old bikes that want something new. Not new in terms of the latest technology, but new in terms of no concerns about age-related issues like rust and metal fatigue. You don't get a new Bonneville over an R1, you get it instead of an old Bonnie, so the advances aren't on the table either way.

 

 

I think it's a little of column A, and a little of column B, personally.

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post #3880 of 4356
That tank has a hell of a dent.
post #3881 of 4356

I'm thinking about DIYing a new seat pan while it's "cold" out. Looking for a good solo-seat off something. Any rec's?

post #3882 of 4356

A nice Sport Classic

 

 

post #3883 of 4356

Walt Siegl's Puma Ducati 900SS

 

 

http://muted.muted.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Walt-Siegl-X-Puma-Ducati-900-SS-feature.jpg

 

http://muted.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Walt-Siegl-X-Puma-Ducati-900-SS-6-1024x682.jpg

 

http://muted.muted.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Walt-Siegl-X-Puma-Ducati-900-SS-11-1024x682.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #3884 of 4356

Now this is a beautiful bike.  1972 BMW R75/5

 

 

1972 BMW R75/5

1972 BMW R75/5

1972 BMW R75/5

1972 BMW R75/5

1972 BMW R75/5

1972 BMW R75/5

post #3885 of 4356

The toaster tank always looked strange to me, but that's a beautiful integration. That bike is superb... besides the stupid end-bar mirrors :evolve:

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