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Old 02-05-2013, 08:30 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by M3-SRT8 View Post
Hold on, Padre. That's a little too dismissive...

The New Bikes are really light years ahead of whatever was offered in the early 70's. Yes, the performance numbers were impressive back then (in a straight line, in particular) but today's bikes are quicker, brake better, handle better, far more reliable, safer, etc.

I have one vintage automobile, a 1958 Plymouth Fury 2Dr HT (a real one, not a clone) and when I hear someone say "they don't make 'em like they used to!" I say to myself "Thank God."
Well said. Back in the seventies I had a '72 H2, a '72 Water Buffalo, and a '75 XS650. My uncle had a '72 CB750 that I road quite a bit. Its absurd, if an amusing exercise, to compare any aspect of their performance to a modern bike. The '02 FZ1 I had was so superior in handling and braking that.....well it was just a lot better. Its like comparing a 1984 vintage desktop to the ones we buy today.

The 58 Plymouth is a rolloing work of art
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