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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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”.
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.
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.
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 🙂
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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!