Originally Posted by Utah49
My Brother had an old Bonneville back in the 1960's. As I recall it was a 1965. He had it bored and ported. That bike was fast for it's day. I still look at those old britsh bikes and remmber how cool that were and still are. The old Royal Enfields, BSA's and Triumphs are classic. A guy who lived down the street from us had a Vincent Black Shadow. Now that wasa bike. I can't even imagine what that Bike is worth today.
I just bought a new low profile Mustage seat for my Shadow. My next purchase will be some drag pipes. Buying new toys and chrome goodies for the bike can be almost as addicting as ski gear.
You can still buy a brand new Royal Enfield. They are made in India and still badged as Royal Enfields. Performance is not exactly blistering though. Technology moves on.
Same with cars you can buy a brand new Indian version of a Morris Oxford from about 50 years ago. It has a different badge though.
This thread seems to be a forum for 'Born Again Middle-Aged Bikers'.
In the UK, the danger is that this group go out and buy a Ducati or a Fireblade and lose control because they are older and have not been on a bike for a while.
They have colour-co-ordinated leathers that cost more than the bikes would have in their youth. Drive past Box Hill on a Sunday in Summer and they are out in force. They pack the grass verges whilst the bikes do a quick lap of the unofficial circuit. Proceedings are often interrupted by the appearance of the police.
I am not sure of the situation in America - but in the UK anyone on a Harley is either a poseur or a nine bob note.