Motorcycle Poll: Which British Twin Would You Buy?

| 11/24/2010 10:55:50 AM

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Which British Twin would you buy?

When Triumph introduced the Bonneville 650 back in 1959, it set a new standard for a sporting British Twin and for the next 12 years was the symbol of British motorcycle might. BSA followed suit in 1962 when it introduced the unit construction A65 650 Star twin, the forerunner of BSA’s go-faster Rocket, Lightning, Hornet and others. Not to be outdone, Norton introduced the 750 Atlas the same year, hoping to trump its rivals in cubic capacity. The Atlas ultimately led to the iconic Commando of 1969-1975. All three spawned a generation of great British sport bikes. So the question is, if you could buy just one, which would it be?


12/16/2010 2:24:34 PM

I voted for the Triumph Bonneville for three reasons. (1) I've owned four Nortons, a '71 750, a '73 850, a '72 Dunstall 810 & a '75 850 Mk.III electric start & I still have the '73. I don't need to add to the Norton experience... unless it's with a new 961. (2) I also had a '66 BSA A65 Thunderbolt & a '61 A10 Super Road Rocket. I thought the A10 a much better bike than the A65, so I wouldn't do that again either. (3) I had two Triumph 500 twins, a '59 & a '63 & I currently have an '07 Hinkley Bonneville T-100, but I've never had a 60s Triumph 650. So, I would love to have a '68-'70 T120 Bonneville. Those were the years when everything came together: power, handling, braking and styling. I wouldn't say no to a '64 to '67 either or to a TR6 from any of those years.

marj inman
12/8/2010 7:09:14 PM

have 71 triumph that i got in 1984 or so (my mind is not what it used to be) and have been riding ever since. also had a norton 74 commando which was like the beautiful boy or girl friend that you can't resist, but costs money every time you take them out the door - of course i still miss it. and a bsa belonging to a friend caught fire and burned up in front of my house about 35 years ago. so have to go with triumph - comfortable, dependable, cool.

12/2/2010 11:57:36 PM

A tough choice! My dad rode BSAs so I have a soft spot for them, however that's how I learned all my curse words :-) Triumphs are the apotheosis of British cool, but I voted for the Norton. My dream bike, however, would be a Triton.

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