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Re: "Old School" & Retro Bikes
« Reply #20 on: April 20, 2011, 09:51:06 am »
Interestingly enough, given our love for Old School and Retro (myself included), that given the choice of one bike most of us would choose modern technology. It's only if you have a bit of spare cash lying around that the "cool to have" bikes make it onto the scene. I'm generalising here of course.
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Re: "Old School" & Retro Bikes
« Reply #21 on: April 20, 2011, 03:29:52 pm »
Marketing and Advertising is making retro very cool.

The Breitling ad springs to mind, Uber cool looking aviation type guy stood next to a P51-Mustang (from WW II !!)

By implication all retro is cool. But it seems to be the ads for all the really expensive stuff, expensive perfume, watches etc.

Remember the old Rover SD1 and the Alfa GTV6 (the original) or BMW 333i or Citroen DS. I still lust after those, even thought if I drove one I'd be very let down I'm sure, I'd still have them.

I think if the advertisers didn't make retro cool, we wouldn't be that bothered about it....

So in my Retro garage:
Honda XL 500 (my uncle had one)
Alfa GTV6 3.0
Citroen DS
Yamaha RZV500 (that bike WAS the sh1t when I was a kid)
lots more, but I dream...
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« Reply #22 on: April 20, 2011, 05:45:34 pm »
Interestingly enough, given our love for Old School and Retro (myself included), that given the choice of one bike most of us would choose modern technology. It's only if you have a bit of spare cash lying around that the "cool to have" bikes make it onto the scene. I'm generalising here of course.

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« Reply #23 on: April 20, 2011, 05:57:18 pm »
As a kid, I really wanted a Triumph Bonneville, but, due to finances, I bought a Honda CB450K1 instead.  I would still like to have that Triumph (but with disk brakes).  And then only as a second bike.
I do like the versatility of my XT660.
 

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« Reply #24 on: April 20, 2011, 06:31:09 pm »
I would love a narrowed and tuned Suzuki GT750 2stroke triple engine in a GSX-r600 chassis. This would be a cool "retro" bike.
 

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Re: "Old School" & Retro Bikes
« Reply #25 on: April 20, 2011, 06:38:39 pm »
Older bikes are like older women.
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They're not as difficult to control like the young ones.
They're not as costly to keep.
They appreciate all you do for them.
They gladly return your attention.
They are GREAT to ride over and over again.

I'd rather ride an old, slow bike FAST
than ride a new, fast bike SLOW.

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« Reply #26 on: April 20, 2011, 06:50:30 pm »
Absolutely!!  :laughing4:
 

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« Reply #27 on: April 21, 2011, 08:27:32 am »
Ek sal like om weer 'n lekker ou XT500 te kan kry en mooi reg te maak vir lekker rond ry in die dorp en vir kort trips in die omgewing.
 

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« Reply #28 on: April 21, 2011, 08:35:31 am »
Ek sal like om weer 'n lekker ou XT500 te kan kry en mooi reg te maak vir lekker rond ry in die dorp en vir kort trips in die omgewing.

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Re: "Old School" & Retro Bikes
« Reply #29 on: April 22, 2011, 07:33:58 am »
My brother owns a 1980Kawasaki Z1000 in very good nick. This bike is much nicer to cruise around on than a brand-new ZX10/Fireblade/R1/GSXR, simply because of torque giving smooth low-rev pickup, and the MUCH plusher suspension which works on our roads. I like how it rides even more than the retro Bandits,etc.
 

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« Reply #30 on: April 22, 2011, 08:38:33 am »
Not original but verrrry retro, this is an alternative to those who like building different bikes. VERY COOL. I think it is based on an old XR500RE (twin carb)







Regarding ADV bikes, I think the modern day Adv bike has lost something that they had in the 90's. In the 90's, these bikes were Dakar inspired production version, look at the Suzuki DR750/800, Honda Dominator, Honda Africa Twin, Yamaha Tenere (although new one is cool too).

I can't help but feel modern day adventure bikes are a little too complex with no significant improvement apart maybe from the fuel consumption. Look at the original RD03 Africa Twin (57hp, 61NM Torque, 185kg, 25l fuel capacity). That's better than a 2011 Transalp 700 (apart from fuel consumption).

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Re: "Old School" & Retro Bikes
« Reply #31 on: April 22, 2011, 11:11:52 am »
I guess its about what you want to get out of riding.

Some people want to see how fast they can go,or how far they can push the limits.(read KTM's).

Some like the shiny german built thing.

For me its about the good feeling I get when I climb on my old over-engineered bike.That feeling doesn't go away.

It is time.