Main Motorcycle: 2013 Thruxton
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Michigan, USA
Other Motorcycle: I wish!
I am an aging marketing guy as well as a Thruxton(2013) rider. Perhaps there are fewer of us from that era still bike shopping. Or perhaps, the younger crowd (my son included, Suzuki SV 650 rider) that don't recognize or appreciate (worship?) the vintage style, and prefer the higher performance oriented bikes and crotch rockets.
Although , just like classic cars, I am seeing more and more classic bike restorations/programs on the TV, as well as a clear upward trend in older motorcycle values at auctions etc among collectors and perhaps riders too.
My free advice to Triumph is yes, develop new product lines to serve the younger crowd and the speedsters among us. But don's lose sight of your roots, and also remain loyal to the classic style, simplicity and appeal, that in my books remains relatively unique to Triumph, and is the reason why I bought my Thruxton, and elected not to buy the current day version. The carbon fiber laden edition is NOT a branch off of the same tree! In my opinion anyone that thinks it is, is kidding themselves!
So what makes Triumph a classic retro bike for you? Where do you draw the line?
Must have carbs, or is EFI ok? Must have spokes? Must have a 3D classic tank badge vs a stick on decal? Everyone has their own idea. What's yours?
2013 Thruxton: Hagon 2810, Ricor Intiminators; STS; AI & O2 removed; 2>1 baffle remove; airbox snorkel and restrictor removed; TTP; Tail Tidy; Eastern Beaver Relay; LED Indicators; Tubeless Rim Conversion; Pirelli Angel GTs 110/80-18, 150/70-17