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post #11 of 114 (permalink) Old 11-16-2012, 12:14 PM
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Some truly beautiful things have never had the hand of a stylist on them:

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The classic look will always look good.

I've never been a fan of plastic crotch rockets - that's why my cash went on a T100.
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I agree with previous posts. Seems that motorcycles built for speed are really only fun going fast. Our twins have it all, and hitting the ton feels like I've accomplished something. A crotch rocket is just getting into 3rd gear at that pace.

On the other end of the spectrum, my 2-stroke dirt bike is standing up on the back wheel in 3rd gear when I'm hitting the power band. Speed? probably about 30 mph at that point, but what a blast. Top speed=maybe 60 mph, and honestly more fun than even my Bonnie. Dirt is my true first love.

So let the Power Rangers brag all they want. I guarantee I'm having more fun than they are on any of my bikes. Odds are that at the end of any of my rides, I won't need a straw to eat my meals, or even worse, probably won't wake up pushin' daisies. Just my opinion of why I prefer my bikes.

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Harley Davidson never went retro, they always were what they were.

It just that us non-HD folks were either left with UJM's from the 80's or something fugly with an inline four Stateside.

Any attempt at retro or naked FAILED until theTriumph Bonneville line showed that it could survive. W650 came and went, other naked UJM's came and went but the Bonneville survived.

I will say this much, if it wasn't for a test ride when Triumph was doing the tour, I never would have even considered one, let alone bought one.

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Consider that most "cruisers" are retro styled. They're using the look of old Indians and Harleys.
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Most motorcycles look the same now if its a sports bike and you take the badge off you cant tell the difference, upside down forks ( I thought unsprung weight was a no no) a line that goes from the front wheel spindle to the rear of the seat, large gap between the seat and rear wheel, no front mudgaurd behind the front forks ( crap & stones all over engine and radiator) Must have radial calipers (All calipers are radial its just the way they have to be mouted on upside down forks).....Adventure bikes most look like a girder bridge with an engine slung underneath with film crew boxes on the back for panniers.
Touring bikes depends what you need no gripes there..
Retro is what you see is what you get something from a different era with modern gizmos
and you bought it because you liked the look of it....Thats why they sell like hot cakes and hold their price
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I'd like to see actual styling return and the folded paper/angry insect/Transformer style go away forever.
That sums it up for me. Sadly it will never happen. And anyway it's all age relative - in 20 years' time "retro" will mean the origami insect look, and today's 20 somethings will be getting all misty-eyed over it.

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Saw a black and gold Guzzi V7 on the road about an hour ago and slowed down just so I could stare at it as it rolled along. If it was a Gixxer, I would've barely even noticed it.

I doubt they will, but I sincerely hope retros don't ever dominate the bike industry. If they did, we wouldn't get to look so good by comparison
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THE future of motorcycling? No. A solid place there? Definitely.
There are too many diverse interests in riding to cramp things down to just one style, retro or otherwise.

I'm a little surprised at all the sportbike bashing, and the "my bikes way more fun/better/etc than XXX bikes" comments, though...I think of the gang here as a bit more civil and...evolved than that.
But then again, YMMV.

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I've only been riding 4 years and one month. My T-100 is my fifth bike, and my wife has gone through a few bikes too. By far, the Bonneville is the one that's the most fun. Every time I go for a ride of any distance, I have a huge smile on my face when I get off the bike. It steers the right way. The mix of power and weight is just right. It has the look.
People who have not ridden them don't understand.
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