What makes a classic bike?

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What makes a classic bike?

#1 Unread post by flw » Sat Nov 10, 2007 12:41 am

1. In your opinion what make any bike a classic?

2. Which bikes to you consider a classic and what is it about that bike that makes it so?

This can be individual bike/model and year or just a bike/style that was made during a certain time period

If you acutally have one, how do you get parts for them? i.e. a 1933 American bike or replica bike but made in India or 1960's Norton

In a series I think of Honda CB, Kawaski KZ, pre-AMF Harley's and 60's Norton/Triumph bikes plus some I forgot are all up there.
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#2 Unread post by coffee_brake » Sat Nov 10, 2007 1:59 am

Dude the Vincent Black Lightning. I can't look at one without feeling like some kind of hunger has ben satisfied.

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Now THAT folks is what a motorcycle is all about.
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#3 Unread post by Johnj » Sat Nov 10, 2007 3:28 am

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The bike needs to be older than 25 years.

You mean me? I grew up on little 500 and 650 British bikes. I have a 74 BMW R/90 and a 1974 XLCH Sportster...well most of them. The Beemer was the best tourer of the day :roll: and the Sporty is the last of the right side shift/kick only/hot rod units. I had a late 60s Triumph that appears to have slipped away. I have the paper anyway.

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#4 Unread post by Fast Eddy B » Sat Nov 10, 2007 8:54 am

A classic is any bike older than you are.....it's true! They're all modern after that!

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#5 Unread post by slimcolo » Sat Nov 10, 2007 12:30 pm

The "Legal" meaning of classic is 25 years or older. This is the age, in most states that a car must be to get Classic tags. (Colorado still refuses to offer Classic,Antique and Horseless Carrage (I was told by County clerk that I can put HC tags on my 35 HD but they would be fullsize car tags) tags for motorcycles but avial. for cars/semi-trucks) But I like Fast Eddy B's reasoning! It means I only have three classic bikes and two classic Vespas.
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#6 Unread post by xsyamahadg » Sat Nov 10, 2007 10:36 pm

I get parts from several different sources, from on line, from my local Yamaha dealer, swap meets and from a supplier who specializes in old 650 twins. 25 years minimum is the most common age for a classic bike, but just because it is 25 years old doesn't mean it is a sought after classic. Here is one of mine.
1981 XS650 Yamaha

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Here ia a Honda PA50 that I bought new for my daughter in 1979... it's got 800 miles on the clock and is in mint condition. Small, but still old enough to be a classic...but is it considered a classic ??

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#7 Unread post by Bubba » Sun Nov 11, 2007 12:32 pm

A bike over 25 years old. Over 35 equals an antique.

I've got a classic 81 Suzuki gathering cob webs in my garage. :lol: Sure would like to get rid of it before it becomes an antique. :laughing:
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#8 Unread post by flw » Sun Nov 11, 2007 1:26 pm

By classic I don't mean just a certain min age. I mean the styling, function and or performance.

It could even just be the first bike you learned on or your Dads old bike that still can be ridden legally.

BTW- xsyamahadg, that Yamaha's a nice example of a starter bike that can go beyond just learning how to ride. Great day trip bike.
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#9 Unread post by Bubba » Sun Nov 11, 2007 1:28 pm

flw wrote:By classic I don't mean just a certain min age. I mean the styling, function and or performance.

It could even just be the first bike you learned on or your Dads old bike that still can be ridden legally.
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#10 Unread post by slimcolo » Sun Nov 11, 2007 1:49 pm

It could even just be the first bike you learned on or your Dads old bike that still can be ridden legally.

Why not?
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#11 Unread post by xsyamahadg » Sun Nov 11, 2007 3:25 pm

Here is another one of my XS650s, does it qualify as a classic ?? It's a 1977D model.

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#12 Unread post by cathyz16 » Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:59 am

Well, if you ever decide to part with it, I will not be far away.

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