Old school rides: Let's see 'em!

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Drif10, Sep 5, 2004.

  1. wpbarlow

    wpbarlow Long timer

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    The Antique Motorcycle Club of America defines an "antique" as at least 35 years old. Antique is the only term they define.


    However

    Generally, vintage is the loosest of the three terms. You'll never register your bike as vintage, though you may enter it into a vintage bike show. The Antique Historic Motorcycle Racing Association defines Vintage Motocross as pre-1975 and Vintage Superbike as pre-1982. Most vintage motorcycle shows will cut off at 1980 or 1975. Being the most general term, many antiques and classics will be called vintage as well, but not all vintage bikes can be called classic or antique.


    Classic is another largely unofficial term, but this one is used more to determine style than year. Most often you will see modern Triumphs and Royal Enfields riding along with a classic bike meet. Where a vintage bike is just old, the term classic generally refers to bikes that have stayed more original, rather than custom. An XS650 with a '73 frame and a '76 engine, customized and painted is undoubtedly vintage, but not many would call it a classic. Classic is the term most insurance companies use, but their requirements vary as well. Most agree that 30 years old is classic.

    https://www.motorcyclecruiser.com/antique-vintage-or-classic-motorcycle


    Of course, the term "old school" itself has no specific definition in years- so I guess it mainly depends on your age. To 20 year old a 1993 CB900RR could be considered an old school sportbike; whereas I think of it as a pretty modern bike.
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  2. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    So by what they say, I guess my '85 will be an antique in 2 years, but will never be vintage. :D

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    And, it is a classic now... unless it isn't.

    I wish I were younger, so it could be Old School... or, maybe just so I could be younger. :gerg



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  3. jas67

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    Looks like a modern bike to me, but, I'm old.
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    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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  5. Hog Rider

    Hog Rider The Professor

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    Give it another 20 years ... Then it will be vintage ...

    I thought that of my 82 CBX
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  6. Hog Rider

    Hog Rider The Professor

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    It was this week in 2009 when I found my CBX, Went to retrieve it in super bitter cold temps. Just like the weather has been here lately ...

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  7. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    Cool, except I will probably be dead by then.
  8. JBSmith

    JBSmith Ink-stained wretch

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    Had one of these, same year. Wish I still had it. Also wish my knees were still strong enough to hold it up at stoplights.
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  9. gt750

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    Classic Motorcycle Mechanics, as well as the VJMC says a "Modern Classic" is 15 years old! I'd say a motorcycle needs to be 25 years old to be a "Classic" or an "Antique". So, now a Classic is from 2003 and an Antique is from 1993! About right to me! A 1985 is definitely an Antique, being 33 years old.
  10. JBSmith

    JBSmith Ink-stained wretch

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    apriliacati Been here awhile

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    apriliacati Been here awhile

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    I've been riding about 50 years, had all the latest and greatest from the late 60s till now. From an early BSA Spitfire to a late model Ducati Panigale, and all the great Japanese and German bikes in between. Coming full circle I started looking at bikes I missed or couldn't afford growing up, always lusted the 900ss and the Superlight. Ive owned 916s, 996s, 998s, just to uncomfortable for my 62 year old body. I picked this up about a year ago and have to say I have never been so attached to a motorcycle like I am to this one. It might be 25 years old but its just so much fun to ride, so mechanical, so beautiful, who knew 80 horse power could be so much fun.
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    I like to eat so anything I ride is a cafe racer. :jack
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    JBSmith Ink-stained wretch

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    Runaway Train The Left-Right Tourer

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    Defining "vintage" is the new oil thread. :)
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  17. McJamie

    McJamie STROMINATOR

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    My back and knees hurt just looking at it.
    I do enjoy looking at it though, it's quite lovely.
  18. numbat

    numbat Been here awhile

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    One very comfortable long distance ‘Sport’s’ bike, once you get some saddle time in to adjust to the small seat.
    I had no trouble doing 1000km/600ml days without troubling my back and knees, I am only 63 however.
    I agree with everything that ‘apriliacati’ said.
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    Chickenstrip Been here awhile

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    That Ducati is very handsome ... got me to check prices on Ebay despite having no $$ for buying bikes. :) Like McJamie, I fear that my wrists couldn't hack it for very long - the last time I spent a few days riding my friends VFR (6th gen? certainly not as 'sporty' as the Ducati) it look weeks for my wrists to recover, literally. Though since then I've discovered that I need to actively work on building/retaining muscle strength as I get older (mid 50s), despite being athletic (runner).
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