You hang around folks who love vintage cars enough and you'll inevitably meet vintage motorcycle guy or gal. They mean well, love all things with oil pumps (and some without) but will take every opportunity to espouse the virtues of the under-appreciated vintage motorcycle world. "You can store a dozen in the space of a single Cadillac!" he or she will exclaim before shifting to extolling the virtues of the fun-per-dollar that few four-wheel contraptions can rival. Allow them to ramble. Contemplate their points. Come to your own conclusions. You now want to buy a motorcycle. I thought so. Good for you. Now what do you buy?
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If the question is why didn't T.E. Lawrence die on a Vincent, the answer is that the Vincent did not into production until well after Lawrence was dead. He, as we all (maybe not quite all) know, died on a Brough Superior.
agreed!!! We get Dalton Timmins with there insistance you get an appraisal every other year it seems and still there rates are CRAP!! Vintage bikes..yeah start selling Vintage bike insurance in Canada direct...
Usually I love these articles and leave favorable comments. Not this time. No. No way. Nope. Noppity-nope. Uh-uh. Sorry, I just can't see any connection between the mentioned autos and bikes other than country of origin. And you could have at least posted a photo of a VINTAGE Royal Enfield rather than a 2020 model. I realize in these days of quarantine and social distancing it's difficult to come up with car stories, but this one was really reaching. Just re-run some old stories if you get stuck. 90% of us read them with our first coffee in the AM anyway so we wouldn't remember we've seen them before.
I disagree with coupling the Sportster to a Camero. In the end, the Camero is a pony car that doesn't do anything really well. The Sportster's best compared to an AC Cobra: Raw, throaty, powerful and not really that practical, but great to be seen on or in...
Well Hagerty, hows about offering some advice to approach capricious and arbitrary City authorities leaning HEAVY on Hot Rod builders being cited (!!!!) for pursuing their hobby in their driveways?
Cities everywhere are using heavy-handed Code Citations with threats of HUGE fines ($1,000 day???) for working outside..... can’t always pull a half-restored vehicle inside every night, but you sure can park a behemoth boat, trailer, or other DEAD CRAP and no one says a word....!
Not good, not fair-
Ok Hagerty.... how about some direction how to deal with cities using capricious and arbitrary Code Citations to cite hot rod hobbyists pursuing their work in their own private driveway?
Seems its ok to park a huge boat, trailer, monster motorhome On the lawn, or a load of crap but working on your car hobby is NOT ok...?!?
Comparing the Countach with the 916 Ducati is absurd. This absurdity is compounded by saying the Ducati was an example of "form over function". The Ducati went on to win multiple superbike world championships, the Countach was too big and fat to ever race.
I think an X-code 1st gen AMX and the Kawasaki H1 Mach III. Both were small vehicles with world class power, handled like a shopping cart, and had no brakes.
Yeah this article should only have been about older vehicles. Commando is a great choice paired up with a 60s, early 70s British something. Made in England!
Vincent Black Shadow if a generation earlier.
The Countach, especially in its final guise (as pictured) is an overwrought mishmash of discordant lines. The 916 is organically beautiful. A true masterpiece. Ducati is thought of as the Ferrari of motorcycles— a much better pairing for it would be a Dino 246 gt. And yes Kyle, I do “mean well”.
Note that the BMW R69s had 42 hp, hence it could exceed 100 mph, whereas the more prosaic touring model, the R60/2, could not. The R60/2 had 35 hp. The R69s had the same 600cc displacement as the R60/2, but it came with a hotter camshaft, and 2mm larger carbs. It also had a vibration dampener on its crankshaft and the crankshaft was supported by the superior barrel-shaped Superblend bearing instead of conventional caged ball-bearing.
The comments on here are proof that you just can't please everyone, even if you come up with a 100,000 coupling combinations! It's more for fun than anything else! Don't take everything so seriously!