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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-14-2015, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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is riding a modern classic better than riding vintage?

hello iv been rebuilding and riding vintage japanese bikes for a couple years and really like the triumphs and have done tons of research on them.

Always loved the idea of the triumphs but was wondering if anybody regrets switching from vintage to modern classic.

BTW I'm currently riding a '76 CB750 supersport.
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I never rode a vintage Triumph. But the new ones don't leak oil, don't have effed up electronics, start every time and the 2016 will have all the modern amenities and conveniences.
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Always loved the idea of the triumphs but was wondering if anybody regrets switching from vintage to modern classic.
Some of us have never switched so no regrets here. I love riding my classic Bonneville as well as riding my modern Bonneville. Despite what some claim, a well maintained classic Bonneville is just as reliable as a modern one. I ride my 68 T120R all over Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico. Riding an older bike isn't as comfortable as a modern one especially on long trips but I can assure you the ride is one you will never forget...

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Welcome to the forum!

I have never ridden a classic motorcycle. I would like to! Perhaps someday I will add a classic Triumph to my stable. My RAT Pack here in Huntsville has a few classic Triumphs and they sound wonderful! I love hearing them on our rides.

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One of my first rides was a 1960 Triumph Bonneville. After trading in the Amal carbs. for Mikunis and upgrading a lot of the electrics, I finally did get it to run reliably and strong and I loved it. Wish I had it back now. It was very nimbly responsive at speed and for it's day, was very fast.
My primary ride today is a 2010 Bonneville SE. I would never trade it for the old 1960 version. If I found a 1960 in good running order that I could afford, I would buy it, just to ride once in a while, for a hoot. But, my "go to" ride would be my 2010 model......always!
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I spent a weekend riding several old bikes with http://www.retrotours.com/. Though I didn't ride any of the Triumphs I did do stints on the BSA and the Norton Commando. I suspect a Bonne would fall somewhere between the two. They are rustic but fun. Fiddly with controls, starting, etc and not much power (BSA). While the were fun to spend time on I would not want one for regular use.

My T100 starts with a button, doesn't need carbs 'tickled', handles well, can get out of its own way and has a seat that doesn't force you to get off before it is time for fuel. I think the modern retro version provides a wonderful riding experience while remaining competent in modern traffic. Yeah, they are too heavy but you can't have everything.

I know vintage bikes CAN be used as regular transport; they did that when they were new. I also think for a similar price the modern version is easier to live with while still being engaging.

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Well I know this is an old thread but I ended up finding a great deal on a 99 Thunderbird sport!
I absolutely love it, definitely a lot easier to commute on and actually handles like a modern bike! Thanks for the help and input.
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I find the Thunderbird Sport to be one of the finest motorcycles ever made! A truly stunning machine. Congratulations!


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Funny, I've done the older, classic route with my Hondas, (CB 400, 900 Custom, CB5500) as well as new Hondas (CB1100). The classics tickled my retro thoughts, the days when I was young just starting out riding, memories. I eventually tired of dealing with four carburetors, 1970s brakes, and the search for correct parts. The modern (2013) CB1100 was good, but riding my '14 Bonneville just feels better, closer to a retro feeling. I think it's the simplicity of the build, and the sound that does it for me.

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Well I know this is an old thread but I ended up finding a great deal on a 99 Thunderbird sport!

I absolutely love it, definitely a lot easier to commute on and actually handles like a modern bike! Thanks for the help and input.


I think in the context of this thread, your 1999 Thunderbird Sport is considered a modern classic when compared to the classic Triumphs. In general, the retro bikes designed and built under Bloor's leadership (Ie Hinckley built) are.


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