Originally Posted by markjenn
owning a 33-yo vehicle is nothing like owning a new vehicle. The older bike requires a lot more maintenance, is much less reliable, and has generally antiquated brakes, suspension, tire specs, etc. Six carbs vs. modern electronic fuel-injection? ......It's like comparing a 1967 Camaro to a 2013. The old one is cool as hell, but it just doesn't serve the same mission.
Bingo, that would be the retro thing in a nutshell. Even if you own classic bikes you don't necessarily want to deal with them on a daily basis nor run the risk of diminishing their value thru constant use. Jumping off a T140 and on to a Street Triple doesn't feel quite right but a T100 might. 'Classic lines with modern reliabilty, parts, and support. It worked for the Hinkley Bonnies, more than likely it will work for the new CB1100 as well.