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post #81 of 114 (permalink) Old 11-19-2012, 09:23 PM
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I think that Retro will remain a specialty and may or may not survive, but I think that naked, standard bikes will gain in popularity, and then hit some leveling off point. There are people that want a do it all bike, and one that is fairly simple, and isn't shrouded with plastic. Just my 2 cents.
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post #82 of 114 (permalink) Old 11-21-2012, 11:59 AM
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I keep trying to explain that over on another Forum and people get very angry and call me a fool!
But there some very deluded souls over there Nick ...

But some of over there agree with you
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Asking a bunch of old men if retro is the future? Pretty low hanging fruit. I think the ZRX is an ugly lump but men of a certain age all lust after it. They bling it up with expensive parts and ride like old ladies. Everything from scooters to race replicas to cruisers are the future. Honda's NC700 shows innovative thinking and the new GoldWing F6B, in black, is a beauty! I wish someone would build a bike like the Royal Enfield C5 using modern manufacturing and quality control. If mine had been reliable I would still have it.

Some things that were considered ugly are now "cute". My car is a perfect example. '58 Metropolitan. Everywhere I go, people all love it.

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you call it retro I'll call standard
Exactly, with a visible motor in a layout and configuration commonly identified with that manufacturer. Triumph: parallel twin. Honda: transverse four. BMW: boxter twin, etc.

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Went to Fast by Ferraci yesterday and sat on a 2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Classic and the chromed out, red framed Racer. Both very handsome bikes that harken back to air cooled, standard upright and cafed machines.

I'm looking forward to seeing the 2013 Honda CB1100, again a standard, upright machine that has purposely been designed to remind folks of the CB750. If you rode one back then, you have never forgotten it.

Will people buy these? I think so. What people? A significant number of folks in the 60+ range are now retiring or about to retire and have some extra change in their pockets. But they're going to pass on the $14,000+ high tech, super horse power screamers. Most of these retro bikes will be priced well below that, and most will be naked, fairly easy to ride, fun bikes for former or new riders looking for a way to tap into a two wheeled time machine.

Getting in touch with my inner hooligan.
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My ZRX may be an "ugly lump" to some but I have had it for 11 years and NEVER once had one problem with it. Can't say the same for my BEAUTIFUL Bonneville. I love them both however.
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. How soon before future generations consider modern Triumph classics as antiques instead of retro classics?
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I like all.bikes...sometimes I.hop on a insect...I do.prefer. modern nakeds. I love.breakin the law.

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Saw the new Honda at the bike show in San Mateo over the weekend. Liked it, but not as much as I did in the pics. In particular I didn't care for the plastic chrome 'carb' covers as they really looked plastic.

It did have a crowd around it every time I walked by though. Looked bigger in person than I expected, but felt small when I sat on it. Interesting; glad to see it on the market though I won't be buying one myself.

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