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Poll: Should classic British bike brands make a return?

MCN wants to find out what British bikers think about the issues facing motorcycling today. That's why from now on we'll be running weekly polls to gather your opinions on all aspects of biking. This week's questions is: This week MCN will reveal the revival plans of Brough motorcycles. But should old British bike brands like Norton, Hesketh and Brough be...

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H2pots

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H2pots says:

british bike firm return?

it's got to be a good idea.... love to see british firms making up to date modern bikes, i've had a few modern triumphs.... no complaints...... new norton looks great.... lets have a superbike rotary

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EasyNinja

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EasyNinja says:

sounds good in theory

but how many peeps are gonna trade in jap bikes that have really good build quality??

firms like norton may bring out bikes.. but for the sam price / or even cheaper u wud prob buy a jap 1000 and be more pleased with ur purchase!!

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ayrshirenutter

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british what

it was a British name long ago,there's now nothing british about it

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AFKAN

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AFKAN says:

There's nothing worse than...

...Nostalgia.  The bike industry died here when they failed to keep up with Japan.  Let's face facts here, pretty much everyone (me included) bought their bike to ride, not spend countless hours stripping and rebuilding.  I admit there are a few who get their kicks from this (which is why they all have KR1S's and RGVs) Even BMW are having to modernise to attract a younger audience or their brand will die out with the crumblies that ride them. :-D Very few now are even going to remember Brough (other than the fact Lawrence of Arabia died on one) so unless they bring something new to the table, what other appeal are they going to have???

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granador

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granador says:

The wrong question

The point of a poll is to poll opinion I guess.  If you don't like the brand, the bike or the pedigree then don't buy it.  If you buy a bike "coz its a busa/blade/R1" then so be it.  If the brand folds then someone has lost investment.  But at least they tried rather than sniping from the sidelines.

True this country is nostalgic.  So what?  Some of those machines were ground breaking.  What this nation needs is a touch more support for its entrepreuneurs.  I like the look of the new Norton, but applaud much more loudly the likes of Stuart Garner and his ilk who are willing to put their money where their mouth is.

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GenX

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GenX says:

British Bikes

Jap bikes = Build Quality, well that is debatable, sure they are light and fast but not really designed to be taken apart, (OK Hondas are nbot too bad).

Not everyone wants a pocket rocket, some of us want an all rounder, lets face it where can you really get away with doing Busa type speeds these days. The Norton looks like a real world bike, a British Bulldog of a bike.

Triumph have done OK from a shaky rebirth so why not Norton?

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