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post #1 of 114 (permalink) Old 11-16-2012, 10:52 AM Thread Starter
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Are retros the future of motorcycling?

Been thinking about the number of manufacturers jumping on the "retro" band wagon. I suspect that naked retros just might actually be the future of motorcycling.

Bikes are again being produced in classic configurations by their original manufacturers. Look at the Guzzi V series, the Triumph classic twins, and Honda's CB1100, appearently soon to come to these shores. Now, we get word that BMW is to introduce a classic airhead boxter twin , though details are scanty.

I went so far as to contact BMW last year about how frikkin' heavy and/or ugly and soulless their bikes had become, and that I would not own one. I can't be the only rider out there who feels this way.

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I hope so: I love naked bikes that look like bikes rather than a transformer waiting to transform.

Except this transformer is cool.
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Hard core sports bikes where power is approaching 200 HP are challenging to ride at the speed limit with a constant threat of speeding fines and high insurance costs. Riders want a machine that has character, looks good and for some, reminds them of days past. I can see the appeal of retro motorcycles

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I'd like to see actual styling return and the folded paper/angry insect/Transformer style go away forever.

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I like the trend (note to Ducati, please bring back the Sport Classics, I never got my Paul Smart dream bike). And I like to see the MOTOR in a motorcycle.

They don't have to necessarily replace the others, but there's certainly room for them to coexist with the angry plastic insects.

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Perhaps it's a return to versatility. Those transformers are probably fun at ultra legal speeds carving the twisties, but at commuter or sane speeds the fun goes out the window.

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I don't think of it as a new revival. Classical design always abides. New innovations, fashions and fads come and go. We continually return to the ideals set down by the ancient Greeks. Beauty, balance, grace and nothing to access. In other words, the looks of the Triumph Bonneville.
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Nothing to access? You've confused me there. Unless you mean no hidden compartments 'cos there's no excess plastic bits?
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Where are you gonna put your stash, man?

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