In 1976 one of our crowd bucked the trend and bought one of the last Bonnie's out of Meriden while everyone else was riding Jap bikes. Got to say that Bonnie was a disgrace. It was a joke compared to new Japs at the time. They are great too look at and to ride as a classic bike, but even in their day they were tat.
My old man worked for James and Velocette and knew most people in the British bike industry back then. He knew exactly why the British bike industry died.
The largest part of its failure was its refusal to invest in its own product in preference to paying greedy shareholders. They couldn't compete with the Japs on that basis.
The irony is the same situation still exists in British companies today ie: greedy shareholders and lack of investment.
He rode a Vinnie up until he passed on in 2007. But I was a major influence in him getting back on a bike after a 3o year absence.
BSB & TT
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