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#1 Unread post by mogster » Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:56 am

As you have probably gathered I love old bikes. I have little technical knowledge (use fella for that), but love the look & sound.

Any thoughts on having a classic/vintage forum?

There must be quite a few members who have old bikes.

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#2 Unread post by profdan » Tue Aug 02, 2011 12:29 pm

I'd like to see a classic/vintage forum. I own a 1986 Kawasaki 454 LTD, which I classify as vintage rather than classic.

I'm still trying to find a definitive discussion of what constitues either of those classifications; not successful so far.

Maybe, it's like beauty...in the eye of the beholder. (So, if you think your scoot is a classic, it is. If you view it as vintage, it is.) Not sure what others think about this.

We might not settle this, but your idea of a separate forum is very appealing.

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#3 Unread post by agraebner » Tue Aug 02, 2011 1:56 pm

Three of my bikes are all tagged as historic in Maryland. 1984 Honda Magna, 1988 Honda CBR1000F and 1991 Honda Nighthawk. My thoughts are the age makes them vintage popularity or desirability makes them CLASSIC. I am all for a area for the lovers of older bikes then we can all argue about what is a REAL old bike :laughing: I like the character of my old bikes. I have much more fun with my older bikes than i did with my VLX that I bought new ( I spent way to much effort trying to keep it new forever) I have done a fair amount of work on each of them and know them pretty well now. I have bikes that are 20 years older than my VLX was but I feel they will last me just as long as l will be able to ride :kicking:
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#4 Unread post by mogster » Tue Aug 02, 2011 4:59 pm

Cheers for the input guys, I was hoping there would be some interest so we can persuade "the management" :lol:

I have trawled around the tinternet to try & clarify classifications & dates.

The dates below are British :uk: & other countries vary. However, seeing as we Brits are always so pedantic about these things, maybe we can agree them as a starting point of discussion? :?

VETERAN............1899 - 1914

VINTAGE.............1915 - 1930

PRE WAR.............1931 - 1945

POST WAR...........1946 - ????

CLASSIC..............Pre 1986 (25yrs old +)

OLD....................1986 - ????

As you can see these are not all definitive.

The term CLASSIC seems to cause the most confusion. Just because a bike is old doesn't mean it deserves to be classic. It needs some design quality/innovation to be other than just old.

Different marques quote different dates, BMW eg give completely different dates to above.

Anyway as long as we distinguish the really old bikes & give them due respect with the appropriate terms, we can be more flexible with the newer "oldies" :lol:

If anyone else can clarify this better then please do so. :D :D
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#5 Unread post by jstark47 » Tue Aug 02, 2011 5:27 pm

In New Jersey a motorcycle at least 25 years old that is "only used for exhibition and educational purposes" can be registered as a "historic" motorcycle. The "vehicle cannot be altered from the manufacturer’s original design in any way and must be equipped for legal operation on New Jersey roadways." Avoiding the state's extortionary registration fees is the only reason I can think of to do it.
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#6 Unread post by slimcolo » Fri Aug 05, 2011 9:11 am

I have my Gold Wing and the 91 BMW that have regular tags. (and one pick up)

I have Vintage (50 years +) tags on the 35 and 49 HDs (my 60 Servicar and 61 BMW now qualify too, but still have valid collector tags till 2014)

All of my other licensed bikes , one pick up and the Corvette have "Motorcycle Collector" or "Collector Series" tags (must be pre 1975 now but mine are Grandfathered in from when it used to be over 25 years old, change was in 2010)

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#7 Unread post by mogster » Fri Aug 05, 2011 5:18 pm

Let's not get too hung up on dates as they obviously vary a lot.

What about some pics of these bikes? :?

Check out my "Lovely old bikes" thread if you haven't already. :D
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#8 Unread post by ceemes » Fri Aug 05, 2011 5:31 pm

When it comes to classic Brit bikes I use the following criteria in rating their desirability to me.

For a classic BSA, Norton or Triumph circa 1960 or earlier, I am willing to commit mass murder. :shooting:
For a Vincent, committing genocide is not out of the question. :shooting2:
For a Brough Superior ...well, just don't let me near the button that launchs the worlds nukes, coz I will push it gleefully if it meant I could get one. :blowup:
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#9 Unread post by mogster » Fri Aug 05, 2011 5:49 pm

Ceemes before you push the button can you get a Brough & a Vincent for my fella too? :? :lol: :lol:

Every time his late mother asked what he wanted for his birthday my fella would reply " you know what - want Mum, a Brough Superior or a Vincent Black Shadow"! :lol:

Bless her she did get them..........they are in the display cabinet!! :lol: :lol:
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#10 Unread post by mogster » Fri Aug 26, 2011 8:14 pm

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This is the 1929 Brough Superior SS100 known as Moby Dick.

It was regarded as THE fastest motorcycle of the 1920's & was recorded as reaching 106mph in 1931. Later modifications saw it reach 115mph!

It is to be auctioned here in UK in October.

Anyone got a spare £250K? :lol:
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#11 Unread post by vampfiend687 » Wed Aug 31, 2011 1:54 am

I'd enjoy a classic/vintage forum. I got complemented on my 82 suzuki gs750 today by a bunch of guys on vintage bikes. Made my day.
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#12 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Thu Sep 01, 2011 6:40 am

Sorry for missing this thread... I do not know how I did, but I did! But I have seen it now and let me think about it. :D

Q. Do you not feel you can talk about Classic/Vintage bikes on the other forums?

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#13 Unread post by mogster » Thu Sep 01, 2011 9:26 am

totalmotorcycle wrote: Q. Do you not feel you can talk about Classic/Vintage bikes on the other forums?
Hi Mike,

yes of course there is no inherent problem with discussion on existing forums. However, I thought it might be fun to have a "home" forum for info (should anyone be restoring an old bike) + a repository of lots of lovely photos! :D
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#14 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Thu Sep 01, 2011 11:23 am

mogster wrote:
totalmotorcycle wrote: Q. Do you not feel you can talk about Classic/Vintage bikes on the other forums?
Hi Mike,

yes of course there is no inherent problem with discussion on existing forums. However, I thought it might be fun to have a "home" forum for info (should anyone be restoring an old bike) + a repository of lots of lovely photos! :D
I agree with you as I'm a big old bike fan myself... check out this thread:

viewtopic.php?f=2&t=40632

I think you'll love it.

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#15 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Thu Sep 08, 2011 3:26 am

Just a follow up, I'm getting to this, I promise, there is just a lot going on right now before I can get to this... I was hoping to get to this sooner, but just wanted you all to know it is still on my mind to get to.
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#16 Unread post by agraebner » Thu Sep 08, 2011 11:32 am

Just in time mike. lol I was just starting to pass out the pitch forks and torches to the mob gathering around your castle :laughing: ......
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#17 Unread post by mogster » Thu Sep 08, 2011 8:49 pm

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#18 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Mon Sep 12, 2011 11:05 am

LOL!!
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#19 Unread post by mogster » Mon Sep 12, 2011 11:52 am

Spotted this little beauty at Brighton on Saturday.
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#20 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Mon Oct 31, 2011 3:12 am

Ok, ready to move ahead with the "Classic Bike Forum" idea... (sorry, putting up the 2012 models have been taking 101% of my time). My idea is to swap out the Scooter Forums for a Classic Bike Forum. The Scooter Forums will be folded into the rest of the site.

Now, we need a Classic Forum title... suggestions?

Some ideas:

1. Classic Bike Chat
2. Classic Motorcycle Cafe
3. Vintage Voice
4. YOUR SUGGESTION!

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