Originally Posted by rocket1964
So after all those years and you being an original Triumph owner, how does it compare.
I am so glad that Triumph brought these style of bikes back but i am curious what Meriden owners think off the Hinkley machines.
Where do I start?
I viewed the world through different eyes when I was 19 I guess, but I cannot forget that despite being all of 18 months old, on my 66 Bonneville things could go wrong at any time on a ride.
(pic is p/shop mockup of mine)
I was not an especially adventurous rider but from memory, things like knackered zener diode, blown fuse, broken bracketry, exiting exhaust stubs could dilute the pleasure of a ride-out. However the power (47bhp claimed and 385 lbs weight) was still better than anything else on the road and I loved it - at the time.
In contrast, the Hinckley Thruxton is on a different planet and even with 100,000 miles on my Yamaha TDMs to compare it to, I still love this one now.
It is fractionallly heavier than the Meriden bike I guess, but otherwise it is faster, smoother, more beautiful, handles better and, crucially, it is reliable and it STOPS when you want it to.
In the 60's we accepted, for a while, the limitations of the Meriden output but the world had moved on and the old set-up did not even try to keep up.
Thanks to the Bloor-Hinckley revival, we now have the best of both worlds and some of us are extremely thankful for this.