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False Neutral #17: Rule Britannia

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At nearly an hour and twenty minutes, this is our longest non-two-parter yet. We eventually get around to talking about British bikes, both classic and modern. Before that, however, we go back to catch some oddball bikes we neglected to talk about in Episode #14, and spend some time discussing a couple of bikes we do (and don’t) want. I’m searching for a modern supplement to the CL125S, while Garrett wants a new FZ-10…and my old leathers.


False Neutral – Rule, Britannia!

LINKS MENTIONED:
Two Wheel Tuesday: Enjoy your commute! (My ode to the 1977 RD400 sales flyer)
Megola-Mania (Alan Cathcart’s test ride of the 1923 front-wheel drive Megola Sport)

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Except where noted in the captions, images are standard press kit/website photos used courtesy of the respective manufacturers.

Megola rotary

Megola rotary

Gilera CX 125

Gilera CX 125

Cannondale MX400

Cannondale MX400

Honda EZ90 Cub

Honda EZ90 Cub

Scott Flying Squirrel

Scott Flying Squirrel

Vintage Tanshanomi in his Hein Gericke leathers with contrasting black pants, and with red pants on the cover of the 1981 catalog

Vintage Tanshanomi in his Hein Gericke leathers. Equally stylish with contrasting red and black, or all red as shown on the cover of the 1981 catalog.

2017 Yamaha FZ-10

2017 Yamaha FZ-10

Honda CRF250L

Honda CRF250L

Kymco K-Pipe 125

Suzuki TU250X

Suzuki TU250X

1979 Triumph Bonneville

1979 Triumph Bonneville

1979 Triumph Bonneville Special

1979 Triumph Bonneville Special

Norton 850 Commando

Norton 850 Commando

Tanshanomi's BSA B50SS Gold Star

Tanshanomi’s BSA B50SS Gold Star

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1957 Ariel Square Four

2004-Triumph-SpeedTripled

Triumph Speed Triple

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Triumph Bonneville Thruxton

Triumph Rocket 3

Triumph Rocket 3

Triumph Daytona 675

Triumph Daytona 675

Vincent Black Shadow

Vincent Black Shadow

1965 Velocette Viper

1965 Velocette Viper

1969 BSA 750 Rocket III

1969 BSA 750 Rocket III

1938 Triumph Speed Twin

1938 Triumph Speed Twin

1983 Triumph 900 Diana/Phoenix (mockup)

1983 Triumph 900 Diana/Phoenix (mockup)

1991 Triumph (Hinckley) Trident 750

1991 Triumph (Hinckley) Trident

Triumph Bandit 350 Prototype

Triumph Bandit 350 Prototype

Panther "Sloper"

Panther “Sloper”

Cotton Blackburn "Straight Frame"

Cotton Blackburn “Straight Frame”
Image Source: www.classicbikersclub.com

1978 Triumph Bonneville magazine ad

1977 Triumph Bonneville magazine ad
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  • Wayne Moyer

    Dear advertising agency,

    This would be a far more effective add if you got rid of the kickstand.
    Just saying.

    • But that’s how you start a Triumph.

      • Wayne Moyer

        Oh I agree but it looks like he is faking it.

        • Batshitbox

          Some bikes challenge hemorrhoids.

  • jeepjeff

    TW200s are sooo much fun though. Ok. Mine was $5000 out the door, brand new last year. Which sounds like it is in your sticker-shock range. And I never saw one for less than $3000 on Craigslist when I was looking for used bikes.

    It’s summer again, so the stock tune is working well (fuck, yeah, carburetors). Although, now I’ve got access to the idle mix screw, so I should be able to keep it able to start better. Still waffling on pulling the carb all the way off and shimming the needle.

    Anyway: LeMons HQ cashed my check (memo field: “IDIOCY”), so I’m signed up for the LeMons Rally in August. It’s Monterey to Vegas to Monterey via Death Valley. I’m going to run the TW200 as my hooptie. I’ve got a great idea for a theme (secret for right now).

    Finally: Canepa has an Ariel Square Four on their sales floor right now (Ok, as of two weeks ago when Seconds Saturdays went down there).

    • jeepjeff

      Pretty sure those leathers would look awesome on a TW200. Just sayin’.

  • Maymar

    You know, the Triumph kickstarter ad reminds me a bunch of the GM “Manstep” ads a couple years back (albeit with better execution).

    Also, I thoroughly dig the modern Bonnevilles, although I’d appreciate that in a smaller package. So I guess, I really want a Moto Guzzi?