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Old 27-04-2017, 11:19 AM
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Why is it that those who consider themselves knowledgeable (read know-all) about classic bikes, as so stuck up their own asses that if you dare to question the validity, or put forward your own take ideas, they then become derogatory and factious, and do al they can to make you look small!

I am talking about Triumph rat forums, the vintage section, they are mostly Americans but the is a UK guy who is a real pain, in fact he has already pushed me to declare that if i met him in the pub and he talked to me in that manner i would probably end up punching him in the mouth!

Fooking know all up themselves twats grrr!


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Old 27-04-2017, 12:19 PM
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As an owner of an old military BSA I have met a few rivet counters. Also on the Dutch WM20 site I go on there have been some lively debates about how much original history should be preserved and it usually ends up with an agreement to disagree. I hate sites that cater to cliques or put down people who don't fit in with their views (like this site under a certain editor, who shall remain nameless).

However a person who virtually becomes a troll putting down other peoples efforts because the 1948 model had chrome levers and you have nickel plated or the bolts on the crankcase are 0.5 mm too long...... Fuck'em, build it how you want it. If you want to put Japanese mag wheels on your 1964 Triumph Tiger Cub, just do but do the world a favour and dry store the original wheels or sell them to someone building a concours machine.
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Old 27-04-2017, 03:39 PM
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Believe me there are a few over there, you can't have a decent intelligent debate without somebody trying to put you down because you don't share their "correct" idea, well I'm now done being Mr nice guy...treat me like a twat and I'll become one just to wind them up
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Old 27-04-2017, 09:04 PM
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Unfortunately the world is full of bellends.

Those so called perfectionists forget that when those bikes were new they were often modified by their owners to suit heir needs.

For example my dad in law has a '56 T-Bird that has a homemade rack on it and the seat is off a BSA as it's more comfortable than the original Triumph one.

For me those original modifications make a bike stand out more than a stock one as it shows they've been loved and used for a purpose, not gathering dust just to be looked at.
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Old 28-04-2017, 06:07 AM
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When a bike comes out the factory, it is built to a budget and a time scale. It is built for profit, so it goes to stand, yes it is built to a certain standard, but that varies re a 5'o'clock bike lets say, against a Wednesday pm jobbie, or a Monday Morning one. OK quality standards have improved over the years. But it goes to show that new bikes are chucked out the factory with certain flaws that the new owners wil inevitably improve on.

So a bike will over time will have had alterations made to it to suite it's current owner. A bike should keep it's natural patina as it progresses through new ownerships. So in thirty or so years time it shows maturity. If a guy wants to "restore" it then he should restore it to "factory" standards of the time in my opinion. and not the perfect bolt put in the right way, and polished to within an inch of it's life and then "trailored" to shows, to win awards judged by jumped up prats who think they know everything to know about the marquee in question when in reality they haven't even worked on a bike manufacturing line or been anywhere near a manufacturing plant in their life!

So these dildos that think they know everything and try to tell you otherwise are complete arseholes as far as I'm concerned. I have been around manufacturing all my life. from Duplicators, to top of the range boat building, and medical machinery manufacturing, and I can tell you everything is built to a budget and a standard that can always be improved upon. Yes a "concours" machine will win trophies and awards but it shouldn't because it wasn't built to "Factory Standards". So just tell them that and that they can just fuck off!

Oooh! I feel a lot better for that..... And breathe......
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Old 28-04-2017, 11:47 AM
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My bike is a 1940 'Deluxe' BSA WM20 issued to the army in January 1940 and has the mudguard skirts at the back which shows it is an early bike, however I chose to put some military racks on for my convenience and get some repro bags. When I was riding it you always had some prat going 'You do know that racks were not fitted to BSA's till at least late '41 early '42 but if you had a Norton they were fitted in 1939. Your bike is all wrong. I was always polite pointing out that they were fitted to suit me, not for a concours look. If they persisted a polite 'Fuck Off, Knobhead' usually worked.

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