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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-21-2018, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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RideApart: Why I Love British Bikes and You Should Too

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I am hopelessly drawn to British Motorcycles. I should not be. I’m too young to remember the so called "golden age" of Britbikes, too impatient to put up with unreliable crap, and too cheap to spend real money on motorcycles. In 1981 however, at the tender age of 18, I opened a door to a world I had never imagined. That door set the course for my life.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-21-2018, 05:58 PM
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Great article - Thanks! I suffer the same love/prejudice, and feeling that way regarding most things regarding Great Britain. When I was a kid Churchill's speeches and the can-do spirit that England showed during the war remains a real inspiration.

Then years later I watched the fine BBC TV production, Danger UXB and saw some Bonnies used as messenger bikes. That did it for me. Now with my second one I couldn't be happier, they just simply do it all happily and always look great.

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Yep they get in your blood. Reminds me of my first Triumph, a brand new 1976 Bonnie. That sucker **** a crank bearing just outta warranty. Had no money to fix after spending all my hard earned apprentice wages , so stripped her down with a manual and rebuilt it. So much fun learning what makes your motorcycle tick nicely. Still got too damn many.
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Well, as someone who got back into riding after 19 years of “absence” and not having an “emotional attachment” I love them because my Street Triple R and Tiger 800 are ****ing outstanding kick ass bikes that in their segment I don’t think anything else comes close. Very close to perfection. That’s all.
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