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Old 05-26-2012, 12:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Old 05-26-2012, 01:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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When my son gets to be 50 something he will have a different view of what a classic bike is. Just as my dad did and so on and so on. It matters not to me if the Bonneville is in style in ten years or 10 minutes. I like em and I have one, so. Some of the very younger rides in my area that love the looks of my bike have no idea that it an older style bike.

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Old 05-26-2012, 02:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 05-26-2012, 08:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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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.
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I agree with the sentiment that it doesn't matter to me if the Bonneville is still produced 10 years from now and that parts availability is now and later will be a concern.

But should the Bonnie continue to be in production, I'd be very curious to see how it evolves.
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When my son gets to be 50 something he will have a different view of what a classic bike is. Just as my dad did and so on and so on. It matters not to me if the Bonneville is in style in ten years or 10 minutes. I like em and I have one, so. Some of the very younger rides in my area that love the looks of my bike have no idea that it an older style bike.
Both of my sons - mid 20s - learned to ride on the Bonneville and still ride it quite frequently. I don't know if they will ever buy one as their regular ride ..... but they surely enjoy mine!! One son picked up a very nice Kawasaki ZR7 for grad school and the other is still looking around for his first bike purchase.
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I agree with the sentiment that it doesn't matter to me if the Bonneville is still produced 10 years from now and that parts availability is now and later will be a concern.

But should the Bonnie continue to be in production, I'd be very curious to see how it evolves.
We have seen nostalgia bike evolution for decades. Harley learned years ago that swapping parts from one bike to another mix-and-match along with special paint jobs can keep the same models going forever! The original Softail gets a new fender and becomes the Deuce. Another new fender, the Blackline.

Now we see the McQueen, the 110th anniversary, the T100 Black etc. As long as bike riders continue to age, these bikes will be around.
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36 Years old. had 11 crotch rockets and 2 harleys. no longer care about speed or bling. the scrambler and bonneville represent who I am now as a person, a little older than some, still have plenty of class and style though I rode my bonneville 120 miles yesterday and hit every backroad around on the map. you can feel the heritage like melancholia... it's my time machine, when I ride it ... it feels like 1950's and 60's when the world might have been a better place.
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Old 07-08-2012, 10:52 AM   #9 (permalink)
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+1 Patrick. I turn 36 ou the 11 th and i have my Bonneville for the same reasons.
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:37 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Early 40's... But the Scrambler because I thought it would be fun... And it kind of reminds me one of my first bicycle



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Oddly enough, I'm having as much fun on the Scram as I remember having on that bike

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