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Old 10-22-2010, 04:26 PM   #31
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Kind of amazing the 441 Victor came out in, I think '69 (but it may have been '67-'68) and it is just so retro even for the late sixties, but I don't think BSA thought it was retro at all. I was at my local Honda Triumph shop in late '69 when the CB750 appeared. They had one CB750 on the floor, and about 15 Tigers/Bonnies sitting behind it. The very smell of so many new British bikes was unmistakable, but all focus was on the CB. The Triumphs were immediately an afterthought, and I don't suppose anyone cared if the Triumph was "looks so right" - technology "triumphed" - but now I've had enough tech and the CB750 is a fat bike compared to a svelte Bonneville.
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Old 10-22-2010, 05:16 PM   #32
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I've always found this bike gorgeous. It's like a collection of British bike lines and features in a very pleasing combination.
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Old 10-22-2010, 05:35 PM   #33
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At about 13 years old I remember drooling over one of these at the local gas station / motorcycle dealer. I was in awe of the over all shape of this big (to me) real motorcycle. I dreamt of riding this beauty around the numerous back roads of Eastern MT. To me this was the most beautiful machine in the world. Pipe dreams of a 13 year old. Of course this never came to be as I came from a family of modest means.
I finally saved all my paper route money / lawn mowing money, for what seemed like an eternity, and bought a new, first year production 3 speed auto Honda Trail 70.
I was the happiest kid in the world....until Honda came out with a 4 speed / clutch model Trail 70 the next year...so began a life long compulsion!





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Old 10-22-2010, 10:58 PM   #34
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Old 10-23-2010, 06:57 AM   #35
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Kind of amazing the 441 Victor came out in, I think '69 (but it may have been '67-'68) and it is just so retro even for the late sixties, but I don't think BSA thought it was retro at all.
I believe '67 was the first year for the public ones (round cylinder). Replaced the CT15 and B40's of the late 50's early 60's. They were winning serious titles and trophies in the mid-60's with the Victors, so not yet really retro by 67-70. Kind of the last of the performing 4 strokes though, as the 2-stroke machines were coming into their own by the 70's.

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Old 10-23-2010, 07:18 AM   #36
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I would have to put my vote in for the Triumph T160 Trident, and if its fitted with raygun silencers so much the better.
As an owner of 2 Commandos, a /5 Beemer, and a Guzzi, I'd have to say that the T160 Trident has got to be one of the greatest looking things ever made. With the original beencans, the wide flat export tank, and yes, the distinctive T160 only lean forward engine, this is the one!!http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/Gal...075%20%201.jpg


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Old 10-23-2010, 07:29 AM   #37
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As an owner of 2 Commandos, a /5 Beemer, and a Guzzi, I'd have to say that the T160 Trident has got to be one of the greatest looking things ever made. With the original beencans, the wide flat export tank, and yes, the distinctive T160 only lean forward engine, this is the one!!http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/Gal...075%20%201.jpg


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Old 10-23-2010, 08:45 AM   #38
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Old 10-23-2010, 12:46 PM   #39
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Old 10-23-2010, 12:56 PM   #40
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Speaking of nice looking Brit bikes, here's a pic of a B50SS like the one I am refurbishing now. IMO, disparate parts come together nicely on this bike.

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Old 10-23-2010, 01:07 PM   #41
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Old 10-23-2010, 01:38 PM   #42
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Old 10-23-2010, 01:51 PM   #43
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Beautiful except for the 1' gap between the fender and wheel.
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Old 10-23-2010, 01:58 PM   #44
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I'm amazed that Brit bikes feature so much with you guys.

Pre unit Triumphs do it for me. Snarly exhaust note, quick and light.

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Old 10-23-2010, 02:33 PM   #45
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Georgeous bike there. Saw a guy swin by MAX BMW today on an Orange/Cream 1959. Don't know if they were original to the design, but it looked good with mid level pipes riding just above the primary.

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