Look on the bright side, kiddies, soon all those "old men" will be dead and no one will want - much less buy - those "old man" bikes, especially your cool tattooed generation and under.
These old men's apathetic offspring won't want them either and those "stupid old" Triumphs and BSA's etc will only remind them of their mean, abusive and alcoholic fathers who cared more about their stupid motorcycles then them.
These newly deceased garage bums ancient wives will want "that goddamn junk" out of the garage and won't know or even care about their former value. Their unhappy kids will sell them cheap, laughing in a final act of rebellious defiance to their much detested fathers. The value for vintage British motorbikes will crash like the housing market on steroids and you'll have a warehouse full of cool bikes no one will buy!!! Awesome!
On an even happier note, it's only a matter of time...then BAM! You too will be bloated, greying old men wondering "where all the time went", staring slack-jawed at a garage full of obsolete, underpowered motorcycles with a pack of snarling, ghetto-mouthed children demanding you "get rid a dat sheeat" so they can go get another tattoo, buy more designer drugs and purchase overpriced new bomb ass fashions...or brand new Kawasaki's.
well... you are not the only one telling us this bob, and there were only a handful of younger people at the show/swap. most of the "younger" people were there with their father or husband anyway, and are more enthusiastic about what gell they slick back their hair with or how they roll the bottom of their jeans...
as far as kids hating thier fathers and not caring about what he does, that is somewhat true as well. here in the bay area, especially SF,it is the 'in' thing to hate men (especially whites) and all the "manly" things which is why young people are not exposed to machines and in turn have no interest in these old bikes. this is not everyone though, thankfully. i, 20, had my eyes and hands going through all the piles and bought a few things for a bsa project with much elbow grease involved..
what do you others think??
Well, to be semi-honest I was trying to be humorous when accusing the ol' boys of being drunks and their children hating them etc...
Dominic, you're probably one of the very few exceptions out there - especially at 20 years old in today's environment. Sounds like you have a mind of your own (and maybe even a cool "old man" ...not that you needed any influence) In these times where people forget so easily it sure helps. It sure made a difference in my youth.
So true about these hipster dudes more interested in fashion (how they LOOK) than the actual motorcycles. If only I invested in retro color framed sunglasses and plaid clothing manufacturers (or tattoo ink), just to name a few. Damn, it sure seems complicated to have that "look" nowadays and for guys...um, well...it's just plain creepy. Must take a while to put on their "make-up" every morning). I could go on...and on...
Anyhow, I hope it becomes "trendy" to ride a vintage motorcycle out there again one of these days - but until it becomes affordable I'm afraid the closest they'll get is seemingly a Honda 350. Someone ought to let them know there is more than one air cooled vintage Jap bike out there too.
Guess we'll have to wait for all those "old men" to croak off first, eh? But then again, in this age of complete followers, you may be a good leader.
I'd love to see a pack of those viscous sounding brit bikes blast by driven by "20 somethings" for a change (as opposed to a pack of ghetto thugs doing burn outs on whiney plastic disposables)...
I know, I know - "...dream on 'old' man".
Very entertaining thread.
Bob you are funny!
@ Dominic were you referencing my slicked back hair and rolled up jeans??!! ahaha!