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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I seem to remember Harley making a small bike - I thought it was called the Sportster - that had a small displacement one cylinder engine and was mainly made for scrambles, which were popular back then.
A number of Harley-Davidson Aermacchi Singles we’re produced. To my knowledge none were called Sportster. Several four-stroke Sprints for on-road; two-stroke Rapido, Baja, etc. for off-road.
If you drive a Triumph (TR2, TR3, TR3A, TR3B, TR4, TR4A, TR250/TR5, TR6, TR7, TR8, Spitfire, GT6, Herald, Vitesse & more!). Then a Triumph: Bonneville, Tiger, Speed Twin, Trophy, Daytona, Thunderbird & more! Perfect matches!
A great pairing would be to drive a Triumph Spitfire and ride a BSA Spitfire. 😜 But I drive a Triumph Spitfire (and IIA Landy) and ride a Norton Commando. I think it’s THE best combo. 😊👍
A cool article on complimentary cars and bikes. I would add one more: A Datsun 240Z with a Honda 750. Both revolutionized our thinking about Japanese motorized products.
Here was a great opportunity to compare an E type Jaguar to a 1969-74 Norton 750 Commando. The torquey throttle response, English heritage, and worth-every-adjustment finickiness make these a perfect pair. In the hands of a capable wrench, both will provide endless hours of stylish fun. In 1974 I rode my 1970 Norton 10,000 miles from NY to Seattle to Sunset Beach Ca. and back to NY. The soft glow of highly polished aluminum so much sexier than gaudy chrome, a motor aficionado would love either.
I am from Canada and I have 5 collector cars with Hagerty. I ride my 58 Harley about 300 miles a summer. Our summers are short and our weather sucks. Why can I not get insurance from you?
on the other hand.
ive owned a Morris minor, and an Ariel 500.
4 Vauxhalls (3 vivas and a victor) and 3 Nortons (68 fastback, 68 P11A and 72 Commando)
A 68 Rover TC2000 and a 70 RE Interceptor II i traded it for.
3 Mazda trucks and two Yamahas (TY250 and TX650) and 2 hondas (CB350 and CB450)
A 95 318TI, a 98 M Roadster and an R60
and 8 Moto Guzzis, but no italian cars
Wow what a great concept, subliminally obvious if that makes any sense. The article could easily be "50 Vintage Car / Vintage Bike Pairings..." or 100 for that matter. Sounds like a permanent column on this is needed.
So I see a lot of bikes that are not vintage or even very interesting (IMO) on this list. I have several vintage (Japanese) bikes and have many vintage cars. The pairings on most of these...well a real BIKE guy (and I am both remember) would maybe pick a couple in this list the rest...would'nt give you the time of day for...the HD and british roadster (really old ones) are a kin as they both like lots of attention and mark there spots wherever they go! Some british bikes do that too 🙂
I own a 1987 BMW 325IS and a 1988 K75S motorcycle. I see the similarities between the two. Both are light, have silky smooth acceleration, great handling and braking. Both have high quality components and are relatively easy to service and repair. Both are great fun to drive or ride.
Wow, you nailed me perfectly. That was a fun surprise. I have always lusted after the Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing and actually came close to acquiring one around 1973 when I was just shy of 20 (shoulda, woulda, coulda) but did not and there's quite the story attached to that decision. At least I've had the opportunity to drive one which belongs to one of my long time, very good and well-to-do customers. To get one today I might need to sell a fair part of my BMW motorcycle collection (105 and counting) which includes many rare machines going back to the R32. This collection is regularly shared with the public and clients in The Vintage BMW Motorcycle Museum located across the street from my dealership, Bob's BMW Motorcycles. Heck, maybe there's a future story here for Haggerty Members to enjoy as it's a true museum space with all the smalls, wall art, etc.