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Don't know why this old post surfaced, but glad it did. Nice thread.
It just started yesterday at 7am ...

It's funny, though, for the last couple of years, all of the bikes I've found interesting or have been interested in buying have been "naked", which is really odd after three decades or so of plastic-clad sportbikes. Maybe it's just a nostalgia thing. Though I do have to say I like the look of an engine hanging out there for all to see.

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Just attended the 2012 classic bike show at the NEC in Birmingham UK .i have to say tat the bikes on show were proper motorcycles...cb750's, tritons, moto guzzles...bloody wonderful. Give me classic bike designs any time.
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[QUOTE=Papa Weeley;2427594]It just started yesterday at 7am ... QUOTE]

Could be because I was looking at the dates when people joined rather than the posted date. Dah! Another senile moment.
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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.
Don't get me wrong, I wasn't sports bike bashing at all - they are just not for me, I don't fancy the look or riding position much and prefer the look of a classic style of bike.

A lot of that may be to do with getting into bikes and passing my test in the 70's I guess.
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I can recall in my youth when the Bonneville was the top dog of motorcycling,and the Honda S90 was the way cool ride of the slightly older crowd than me.
Now that I am approaching 60,I appreciate the New Bonneville for what a classic motorcycle it is, I thought it was cool then,and I think it is cool now. With reliability to boot. :-)
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Hmm, Honda. I remember hearing about them in the 60's too. Small Japanese company if I recall. Probably never amounted to much...
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I'd be very interested in an Airhead Retro. Got any more info on that?

Also, would Guzzi please make a V7 which is lighter and more powerful. And while you're at it, think about doing something with this:

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I meant to post this the other night...

There is a distinct difference between "Retro" and "Classic" and I think that sometimes those two terms get confused by folks. There are classics that are retros, but there are plenty of retros that aren't classics.

Classics that happen to be retro:

1954 Corvette
1955 Belair
1964 Riviera
1968 Dino Ferrari
1968 Camaro
1966 Mustang Fastback

I could go on... But you get the point.

On the other hand there are plenty of retros that arguably aren't classics:

1975 AMC Pacer
1971 Ford Pinto
1976 Chevrolet Chevette

I could go on... But you get the point.

So the point is that things like:

The Oxford Shirt
A blue blazer
Levis Jeans
Converse Chuck Taylors
Apple Iphone
The Hinckley Bonneville
Single Barrel Scotch

... Are all classics regardless of when they are made and some stuff is just retro stuff.

What does that mean? It means that if something is a timeless design it will endure and if it is not it will end up being a footnote in history and/or an interesting piece in someone's collection of odd stuff.

So... No... Retro is not the future. In the future classic and timeless designs will continue to endure and as new timeless designs are introduced they will be appeciated, purchased and sought after by the consumers.
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I actually tabled this discussion with a group of family members this weekend.

They all (six of them) agreed that it was their boomer generation driving this. Funny enough my driveway was filled by their:
New mustang Shelby (looking 60's)
Challenger (looking 60's)
New beetle cabrio (looking 60's)
Ford flex (arguably a retro look)

And over beers in the garage I could not keep them off my thruxton and my bonneville.

I am 36 but I grew up around triumphs. So it was kind of burned into my mind at a young age.

This discussion was a fun one......thanks for bringing it up.

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