Get it all the time.
"I had a (insert year) Bonneville, back in the day."
My normal response is "So did I. They are really different now though."
Can you imagine how well we could have gone back then with modern suspension, tires and brakes? Today's tires, even sport touring ones, are better than what passed for race rubber back in the 60's by orders of magnitude.
Not to mention, of course, that 40 HP defined a "big" bike back then. Now, the 125 HP of my Sprint feels mild. Used to have to wind out third all the way and then speed shift to fourth just to make ton up. Now a simple twist of the wrist from 80 in 6th, hold a couple of seconds and the ton is there, as is 1/2 again that.
The good old days were wonderful and, with the exception of stuffing myself into the weeds a few times, I wouldn't trade the experience for anything but, don't ask me to go back to mediocre brakes, rock hard tires, chains that wore out in 3K miles and lighting systems only a step above a large candle.
First off, great pic! Too funny. I kinda like it when people come up to me and wanna shoot the bull about triumphs. Espically when I'm just wearing a triumph t-shirt and not even on my bike. I'd have to say my favorite thing to do is to pull into Harley events and get them "Big Bad Harley Guys[" all worked up seeing a "crotch rocket" pullin into their event,and then they find out it's a triumph and then suddenly everythings allright. What cracks me up is half of those guys weren't even aware triumphs still around.
An older gent (which is going some) came up to me when I was fueling my Speedy and said "Nice bike. I used to wrench on BMWs but got too old to hold the wrenches steady and retired." He was shaking and walked with a cane, but the fire was alive inside. I asked him if he still had any bikes, he said "Yes, two R90s and a 650 Bonnie." I then asked which he likes best "The Triumph." Nice guy. Made me think I'm going to miss bikes when I give them up.
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