Motorcycle Poll: Which classic single-cylinder thumper would you buy?

| 12/15/2010 9:15:26 AM

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Which classic single-cylinder thumper would you buy?

Oh for the days of the classic thumper. Time was when all the great British marques had something to offer the fledgling racer. Velocette never built anything but singles, with many people pointing to the 500cc Venom Clubman as the best of the breed. Norton of course had the immortal Manx, built in 350cc and 500cc versions and one of the winningest motorcycles ever made. And who can forget BSA’s incredible Gold Star, also in 350cc and 500cc guises. So the question is, if you could buy just one, which would it be?


2/12/2015 7:20:37 AM

I've never been greedy but if I had to be (!), my ideal thumper would be the immortal Matchless G50CSR. Of course, the really ideal thumper would be the bike that Matchless never built - the lightweight G85CS rolling chassis with a G50 motor shoehorned in.. (wonder what that would weigh?) Had a G80CS and loved it. I still ask myself why I sold it.. Second choice would be a Goldie of course..

2/5/2012 12:46:34 PM

I find it interesting that a number of guys my age first ride was either a CZ or Jawa. I wonder how many of these bikes were sold in the US in like 1963-64. Mine was pretty reliable, wore it out. Liked it though, gave it up for a car at 16.

2/2/2012 6:15:11 PM

There were some amazing deals there. Wish I'd gone with cash in my pocket!

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