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Old 11-15-2012, 08:53 AM   #31 (permalink)
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I always considered myself old fashioned, but maybe I've finally reached "codgerdom"... well I have according to HAP at least.

I actually like the Henderson scooter, love the Arlen Ness bike, and plan on buying a Honda CB1100 as soon a possible.
If I were in the market for a new bike at least I would take a look.
Triumph 800 is nearly perfect for my needs, so even if the Honda had 150 Hp I doubt if I could be lured over.
Triumph just has too much character and versatility for me to switch.
Honda does look interesting though.
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As a piece of decorative art, I think it is beautiful, especially in the context of its period. As a practical vehicle, I wouldn't buy it.

I think what separates the truly classic bikes (or cars) from the ordinary ones is the combination of beauty and practicality. By that standard, the bike is interesting, a real show-stopper, but it is not, in my opinion, a classic.
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:37 AM   #33 (permalink)
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I like it, but I like art-deco stuff too, so....
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:42 AM   #34 (permalink)
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On the Ness bike the disconnect between the front fender and the rest of the bike is weird. Those bare-nekked fork tubes ruin the flow.
But it's very nice otherwise. There must be a better way to tie it together.
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Old 11-17-2012, 09:17 AM   #35 (permalink)
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Sadly, we, few older "codgers", are the only ones who see a work of motorcycle art beyond chopping up an existing bike or connecting store bought farkels to create a new monstrosity.

Reading the history seems the guy built it for himself, no magazine, no sponsor, just himself. Loved it and most assuredly would have it in my collection if I had a collection.

Okay, back to wasp butt Katies and ridged framed, fat tired, exhaust wrapped works of "modern" art.
I like it too. Hap at what age does codgerdom start?
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Old 11-17-2012, 09:26 AM   #36 (permalink)
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Sadly, we, few older "codgers", are the only ones who see a work of motorcycle art beyond chopping up an existing bike or connecting store bought farkels to create a new monstrosity.

Reading the history seems the guy built it for himself, no magazine, no sponsor, just himself. Loved it and most assuredly would have it in my collection if I had a collection.

Okay, back to wasp butt Katies and ridged framed, fat tired, exhaust wrapped works of "modern" art.
Well crap, which stereotype am I supposed to be in? I like the Henderson as a work of art; an expression of one guy's imagination before the whole 'custom bike scene came to be. I don't care much for the Ness bike and don't really think it compares to the Henderson, though I can appreciate the skill it took to create it. And I'd be happy to swap my S3 for the new wasp-butt KTM SuperDuke.

Man, I'm so confused. somebody please tell me what to think!
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