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
WEB_ARIEL_1957_SQ4
1957 Ariel Square Four
2004-Triumph-SpeedTripled
Triumph Speed Triple
me6_my14_thruxton_hm_rhs_3000px_rescaled
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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7 responses to “False Neutral #17: Rule Britannia”

  1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
    Wayne Moyer

    Dear advertising agency,

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

    1. Tanshanomi Avatar

      But that’s how you start a Triumph.

      1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
        Wayne Moyer

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

        1. Batshitbox Avatar
          Batshitbox

          Some bikes challenge hemorrhoids.

  2. jeepjeff Avatar
    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).

    1. jeepjeff Avatar
      jeepjeff

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

  3. Maymar Avatar
    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?

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