Main Motorcycle: 2012 Bonneville T100
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Gatlinburg TN
Other Motorcycle: 1977 CB550
The bonneville line to many including myself reminds folks of what a motorcycle should look like. Its simple in all aspects. It is really about what you are into, and the bonneville line fits the style of the cafe racer just like sport bikes have their own style. Harley has been making the same style of bikes essentially since they have been in business. There isn't much difference between a 2012 softtail heritage, and a 68' FLH.
When one goes looking for a bike, even with all of the options out there, it still seems limiting. You have your choice of cruisers that all look the same, sport bikes that look the same, and adventure bikes that all look similar. Then there is the Bonneville line and there is something different about it even though it hasn't changed in decades.
I do know that people really like my bike when they see it, and to most of them I don't think it is because it reminds them of an old motorcycle. A couple my wife and I were out with the other day asked me what kind of bike I got and I said a Triumph. they said, "what is that a Yamaha?" So I guess they never even heard of Triumph.
I hope people are still tweaking british, and italian bikes 10 or 20 years from now that resemble the cafe racer style. I guess it really doesn't matter as long as I can still get parts for my bike.