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i'm starting to see alot more cafe and vintage magazine coverage,and no offense to anyone because i have one to,but it seems like a whole lot of people are startin to ride thrux's all of a sudden,,do you guys think we're gonna stay a niche or is there gonna be an orange county cafe's show on soon?just thinking,it would suck to end up being the theres another clown on a chopper guy
 

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I sure hope not, that's part of the fun is having something a bit different. I've always said about the cruiser culture that they're trying to be different like everybody else. I have been noticing a bit more attention on my rides around town, but I figured it was probably because I've been constantly upgrading my bike.:) CAUTION GRATUITOUS PIC OF OWN MOTORCYCLE
 

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I'm grateful for the gratuitous pic--very nice. Always makes me want to convert to black from yellow. The black just looks like a very high priced whore--oozing sex. Reminds me of my 993 black porsche I had years ago.

I guess I shouldn't have said that.
 

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Niche - we are the ones that ruined the "niche"...
Your absolutely right. More over the top middle aged guys trying to live out youngster fantasies buying these trumps as well hipster kooks trying to fit a "hotrod" cafe style rockabilly Im cool lifestyle - much like the HD crowd - actually worse, because HD guys actually get on their bikes and ride...
Im a chopper owner as well as a Thrux owner. I have owned more vintage cafes since the early 80's than I like to think about, but I do like both, of course I love my thrux and wont sell it, but I will sell my chop just to make another.
I would actually like to point out something as well, Chops are chops, homegrown hand built bikes, not HD that you bought off a dealership floor and not a Thruxton - bolt on parts dont make you a builder or an innovator nor cool, as well a "bobber" isnt custom either because someone painted the rims red or black, Im talking chopped. If you really think about it, the Thrux and Bonnie are what they are and will attract lame asses - really, they are no different than the HD crowd, instead of tassles you cuff your pants and instead of vests you wear a Trump jacket - so because we are riding something other than Hd, dont even begin to think that we are different, better or cooler than the other guys, because I will tell ya I have never met so many dry, boring, a$$ people with no riding skills to speak of through the various 'rat" clubs that think they are cool because they have the latest and greatest bolt on muffler system on, but have met MANY stand up HD/Vintage/Chop guys that are fun to ride with, have the skills to ride and actually have talent but dont go around flaunting it by talking crap or thinking they are cool because they have or think they have the coolest thing on the block.
Just for the record, I have met a few stand up people as well through the rat clubs so Im not trying to attack anyone, but if you feel attacked then maybe you should relax and learn to laugh a bit.

Sorry for the rant - it sort of went and went and went but apparently this has been on my mind for a few - sorry to take you guys away from the other posts - now you can go Back to which helmet, underwear and bra looks best with the Thrux posts...;-)
 

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Are we becoming the new chopper ?

I'll answer that simple question . F-U-C-K no. Do I need to clarify ?
 

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I'm with Roxy. Whitehurst's somewhat bitter rant aside, the Cafe thing and bikes like the Thrux are never going to be truly mainstream in the US. More popular than before, yes, some new phase of cool, sure, but so what. I'd rather see more Thruxtons than Fat Boys, I don't care who's riding them or polishing them..
 

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I'm with Roxy. Whitehurst's somewhat bitter rant aside, the Cafe thing and bikes like the Thrux are never going to be truly mainstream in the US. More popular than before, yes, some new phase of cool, sure, but so what. I'd rather see more Thruxtons than Fat Boys, I don't care who's riding them or polishing them..
Not sure if my post was meant to be bitter - just the truth, the only thing I am bitter about is that I just dont know where those darned smileys are on this board...
 

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I think the bad rap the hd folks get is the affectation the lifestyle becomes, like a soul patch. Not the chopper guys, but the dang hd people, with their executive salaries, skullmets, hd jackets, cialis/viagra, and full leathers with fringe, make me more cynical than the middle-aged rats with limited riding skills like me.

But unfortunately for the real chopper riders, the hd wannabes are grouped with them.

There. That's my rant on hd drivers. I only know one chopper rider and he's cool.
 

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I'm grateful for the gratuitous pic--very nice. Always makes me want to convert to black from yellow. The black just looks like a very high priced whore--oozing sex. Reminds me of my 993 black porsche I had years ago.

I guess I shouldn't have said that.
Thanks for the nice words! I let my bike read the rest of your comments, and I think she's blushing!:eek:
 

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I think that Whitehurst is absolutely right.

now you can go Back to which helmet, panties and bra looks best with the Thrux posts...;-)
lmfao! Whitehurst, you should make that sentence your signature.

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No chance. Since I bought my Thrux, I have only seen one other in Glasgow - thankfully.
They are niche, but attract disproportionately more attention than 'niche'.
Which makes you wonder why people ride faceless dull motorcycles from the Far East.
After speaking to a taxi driver last week - a recent bike convert and Jap owner - I now know the answer - distribution, or lack of it.
Triumphs, and Thruxtons in particular, are still not on the radar of the vast majorit of people.
You have to work to find out about it, then work even more to get one.
So the next chopper? No chance.
 

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The Thrux lacks power (think Busa) and machismo (think big black HD). I don't think that it will become the next two wheel belly button. Even if it did, I would continue to ride mine because it gives me pleasure. I like cafe styling, I like an air cooled twin, I like carbs, and I don't give a crap if someone thinks I'm some sort of poser when I ride it. I ride for my enjoyment, I do not ride to try and project some sort of image. If someone gives me a thumbs up when I ride, it's just a nice bonus.
Hey Whitehurst, what kind of helmet should I buy to make me look cool on my Thrux?:D
 

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I'm only 37 but I was always told that the true Choppers were in England when they took as much weight off the bike and made themselves streamlined as possible to race cafe to cafe. In the states they followed and did the same by chopping as much weight off but went for the upright lazy boy handle bars to look cool.
The bad-boy image also came from the Rockers; which the America's also later followed with the more rowdy Hells Angels.
Just my $0.02
 

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I'm only 37 but I was always told that the true Choppers were in England when they took as much weight off the bike and made themselves streamlined as possible to race cafe to cafe. In the states they followed and did the same by chopping as much weight off but went for the upright lazy boy handle bars to look cool.
The bad-boy image also came from the Rockers; which the America's also later followed with the more rowdy Hells Angels.
Just my $0.02
NOPE choppers where made in the USA first as where bad boy biker gangs.hells angels and rockers are no way even close to the same.Hells angels wound just kill rockers and be done with it.The rocker thing wasnt even here in the old days when the bike gangs ruled the roads.Back when i was young (pre honda days)if you road a bike all the other people thought you where a bad boy.
 

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I'll answer that simple question . F-U-C-K no. Do I need to clarify ?

Yes, please clarify.

If you want something you won't see on every street corner, you have to work for it. A store bought bike with store bought doo-dads don't cut it. Sorry.
When I got my first Triumph in 2000, it was one of the few around. Now these guys on Bonnie's are everywhere. Riding a Triumph Bonneville does not mean you are on a café bike. Same as the Harley crowd thinking that a Harley equals a homebuilt chopper (which I despise anyways.)

I didn't buy a Triumph in 2000 because there were so few around. I bought it becasue it was comfortable, fast and I loved the 3 cylinder engine. I have a vintage bike because it has been our family for 40 years and I remember it being a derelict broken machine propping up boxes in my Grandfathers barn 25 years ago.

I guess what really separates me from the poseriffic crowd is that I RIDE my bikes. No trailers for me pal.
 

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Yes, please clarify.

If you want something you won't see on every street corner, you have to work for it. A store bought bike with store bought doo-dads don't cut it. Sorry.
When I got my first Triumph in 2000, it was one of the few around. Now these guys on Bonnie's are everywhere. Riding a Triumph Bonneville does not mean you are on a café bike. Same as the Harley crowd thinking that a Harley equals a homebuilt chopper (which I despise anyways.)

I didn't buy a Triumph in 2000 because there were so few around. I bought it becasue it was comfortable, fast and I loved the 3 cylinder engine. I have a vintage bike because it has been our family for 40 years and I remember it being a derelict broken machine propping up boxes in my Grandfathers barn 25 years ago.

I guess what really separates me from the poseriffic crowd is that I RIDE my bikes. No trailers for me pal.

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This is the kind of thread that gets me in trouble! :D

I've been riding bikes for over 35 years and I guess you could say I've developed a few opinions about bikes and bikers over that time.
Most of what I usually have to say about the subject pisses people off. So I doubt I have to fear conformity.

Back in the 70's I looked at the chopper and Harley dudes the same way I do today, I'll just leave it at that.

Oh and BTW - ALL the guys I know who own choppers today... bought them! ( and couldn't turn a wrench to fix them each time they broke down on the side of the road, and ALL of them broke down)
 

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Trends come and go. A small group of people start something really cool. Then the public-at-large latches on and the whole thing gets blown out. The original folks get a little bitter, but weather the wannabe-storm. The rest move on to the "new" thing. Music, bikes, whatever...it's all the same.

But there's on fundamental truth to it all: you can't buy your way into a subculture.
 
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