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    Definition of Vintage

    Is there a standard definition of "vintage"? /2 yes but /5 no? Please educate me.
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    Re: Definition of Vintage

    Originally posted by fish
    Is there a standard definition of "vintage"? /2 yes but /5 no? Please educate me.
    That's where I'd make the split.

    I'd call /5s Airheads and /2 vintage.
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    Re: Re: Definition of Vintage

    Originally posted by flash412
    The Vintage BMW Motorcycle Owners, Ltd. defines "vintage" as more than 25 years old.
    What is a "Classic" defined as? Are there any other classifications that we don't know about?

    Are these definitions generally accepted, or does it vary from organization to organization?

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    Classic Vs. Vintage

    As noted, the Vintage BMW Owners of America uses 25 years to define Vintage. However, Antique Motorcycle Club of America (all brands but heavily American) uses 30 years to be Vintage.
    Other forums, See Boxerworks.com, breaks into Pre 1955 for Vintage and 1955 till 1969 as Classic.
    Don't know how much difference it makes. I own a 69 R60US and all I know is that it fun to ride, gathers more attn. than my 98 R1200C, and is Special to me!
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    Cool

    Interesting!
    The Virginia DMV List any thing over 25 Yrs as Antique and nothing as Vintage.
    I always figured if you rode it, it was Vintage!
    if you towed it it was Antique!

    Just another 2 cents. Bones: dunno
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    Just my $0.02. I think PA uses the antique must be 25 years and you can drive to showes and in day light hours. Vintage is under 25 and has no limit on hours of day you can drive but limit it to number of miles per year.

    Will report this in more detail after the rally.

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    Smile Vintage worries

    As a member of the AMC and Vintage BMW. The standard seems to come from how much you worry about the motorcycle when left parked. However it's important to ride these machines not block them off with red velvet ropes (well not all of them)
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    Vintage Def

    When I first joined Vintage BMW Motorcycle Owners, Ltd. all /2s were designated as Classic and anything older was Vintage.

    Then at a meeting, at the Rhinebeck MOA rally two years ago I think, the motion was presented and passed to designate all /2s and older as Vintage and to pull in /5s as Classic. This was in recognition of both the age and the growing rarity of the /5s. I don't recall anything mentioned about a 25 year cut-off.

    So it's a matter of who's definition you want to accept. I prefer to go by the Vintage BMW Motorcycle Owners Def as they appear to be the primary supporter of the Vintage BMW mark in this country.

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    Thumbs up Static vitage display

    Vintage display at 04 rally in WV was great, I rode my 57 /2 about 200 miles in the Mt's and around town great time
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    Vintage Display

    I trailered the '69 R69S to Charleston, arriving on Thursday, but my wife and I had so much fun riding around the area that I didn't put it into the display until Saturday. I love putting a beautiful, pristine, vintage bike into the display with a windshield splattered with of bugs. Evidently the judges, if there were some, didn't like it, but do I give a $hit? NAHHHHHH!

    One gripe: Was there a judging? If so, when, what were the classes and what were the results? This was very poorly run compared to my last rally in Rhinebeck, IMO.

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