The good old days

Old Bike Australasia - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

Hav­ing avidly read Old Bike Aus­trala­sia in­ter­mit­tently over the years, I’m find­ing it’s the mag­a­zine I grav­i­tate to­wards on the li­brary stands over the glossier, slicker and far duller new bike mag­a­zines (yes, it must be frus­trat­ing hav­ing oc­ca­sional read­ers like my­self who don’t buy the rag, but in de­fense, li­brary copies do get OBA known and read). The new bikes are all so sim­i­lar goes the com­mon cry. It’s true, but just now retro bikes are find­ing their way; great to see the lat­est retro Guzzis, the Scram­bler Du­cati, Yamaha Bolt, even var­i­ous Har­leys and In­di­ans. Now I have no real in­ter­est in the 50’s and older stuff, Ital­ian de­sign from later eras floats my boat. But now I’m start­ing to re­gard some of the late ‘80s Ja­panese bikes with, well, if not af­fec­tion, then some slight nos­tal­gia, along with lots of other peo­ple I sus­pect, ones who just saw RC30s as slightly ex­otic and even maybe just af­ford­able at the time. But that is the na­ture of col­lect­ing, when we saw ad­verts for the ex­ot­ica of the time, and on the road oc­ca­sion­ally, we took them for granted. Even as a ca­sual rider/reader, I re­mem­ber the 1970s as just get­ting out and do­ing it, maybe be­cause we were young then, least I was, and I sus­pect so were most of your read­ers too. David Fair­burn Earl­wood, NSW

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