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Old 10-09-2007, 08:38 AM   #31
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Imagine how these might have sold with decent looking silencers.

Just about as poorly. The problem was that the triples were about $350 more than a Honda 750; which was a 25% premium. BSA and Triumph issued what they called "beauty kits" in an effort to get them to look more traditional; but the lid was closing on the coffin- though the wake would last a few more years.
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Old 10-09-2007, 10:00 AM   #32
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Old 10-09-2007, 10:11 AM   #33
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Just about as poorly. The problem was that the triples were about $350 more than a Honda 750; which was a 25% premium. BSA and Triumph issued what they called "beauty kits" in an effort to get them to look more traditional; but the lid was closing on the coffin- though the wake would last a few more years.
Sad but true. But I do agree with the sentiment ... they should of invested a bit more on the silencer design (along with tooling, marketing, development etc etc).

Maybe one day someone back over the pond will bring back BSA or Norton (although Norton has been all but trashed now )
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Old 10-09-2007, 10:14 AM   #34
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If I remember reading it correctly ... the Black Prince was the last bike to roll off the produciton line in Stevenage.
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Old 10-09-2007, 11:27 AM   #35
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Just about as poorly. The problem was that the triples were about $350 more than a Honda 750; which was a 25% premium. BSA and Triumph issued what they called "beauty kits" in an effort to get them to look more traditional; but the lid was closing on the coffin- though the wake would last a few more years.
I agree. While squirrely styling in general didn't help, the problems with the British motorcycle industry in 1969, exemplified with the terribly flawed triples, were running very deep. Even the very best styling would have only prolonged the agony for a year or three. The CB750 was just so much better in ever respect: smoothness, reliability, disc front brake, styling, fit/finish, price, bling, etc. It wasn't a contest. And about the time that Triumph fixed the most glaring problems, along comes the Z1!

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Old 10-09-2007, 08:37 PM   #36
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I thought for sure the Harley bashers would be all over this one, the '71 HD Super Glide...


The Confederate B91 Wraith...


The Brasil made Amazonas...


The Victory Vision...
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Old 10-09-2007, 08:54 PM   #37
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[quote=Gummiente]I thought for sure the Harley bashers would be all over this one, the '71 HD Super Glide...


Sportster not Superglide...
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Old 10-09-2007, 08:58 PM   #38
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Sportster not Superglide...
D'OH!!! Copied the wrong pic (but, damn, those Sporties were ugly, too). Here's the '71 Super Glide...
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Old 10-09-2007, 09:13 PM   #39
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I've driven BMW's for 15+ years, so I'm allowed. When anyone say's what's the ugliest motorcycle ever, I envision THIS. (sorry if I offend anyone!)

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Old 10-10-2007, 06:23 AM   #40
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Ugliest

Yep
Designed that one during Octobeerfest
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Old 10-10-2007, 07:11 AM   #41
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This pig worked as bad as it looked.........................

I had the "honor" of getting to ride one of these beauties when my Dad had the "Sport Spot" and it got traded in on one of these.........

which I also got to ride there were only 13 brought into the USA.
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Old 10-10-2007, 07:19 AM   #42
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This pig worked as bad as it looked.........................
Ah, yes, the Munch Mammoth. Saw one of those many years ago while stationed in Germany... brutal looking beast, it was.
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Old 10-10-2007, 01:06 PM   #43
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Velocette LE
The British police rode those for a while

Titch Allen, the famous columnist, described the LE as "an economy lightweight which ended up as the most sophisticated pure design in motorcycle history"

A four-stroke, side valve, water cooled, horizontally-opposed twin cylinder engine with a forward mounted radiator to cool its cylinders and heads. A generator and coil ignition was provided, unheard of then for small engines, which aided easy starting. Primary drive gearing fed a car type multi-plate dry clutch into a three-speed gearbox. The engines, primary gear, clutch and gearbox were housed in integral castings. The final drive to the rear wheel was by shaft drive. This shaft drive was mounted in a swing frame with coil spring suspension that could be adjusted from the outside of the rear mudguard, another first for Velocette. Carburation was unique to this engine with a specially designed Amal unit based on car type principles, i.e. multi-jets and butterfly valve. This carburettor was mounted on a manifold common to both head.




Yes it is Pig ugly
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Old 10-10-2007, 01:16 PM   #44
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Four pages of ugly bikes and nobody posted a pic of a GS?

As far as I'm concerned there is no such thing as a ugly bike. If it has two wheels it is a thing of beauty and I love it.
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Old 10-10-2007, 01:24 PM   #45
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