Originally Posted by G-Force Junkie
Yet another American Icon soiled in the name of capitalism...Sad. Don't get me started on what they have done to the GTO, Impala, etc. Stingray was ape hanger bars and banana seat, that thing is just a a chopper, with a horrable seating position for peddeling. Just an opinion of this child of the 70's...
I don't mind getting you started. It's all about progress and change. I suppose there were some guys around the 1920's who still thought horses were better than cars.
For example, the new GTO is a better car in every way than the boats with the same name from the 60's and 70's. Faster, too, while more comfortable/luxurious, plus getting better mileage and being more than a bit better for the environment. Of course, you're probably referring to styling - which is a matter of opinion. I'll certainly admit that too many new products lack distinctive (or what I'd call "tasteful") styling. Too many design departments take the safe route. I liked the '69 and '70 model Goats. My dad had a '69, which I have only a few foggy memories of, as it met a phone pole when I was about two... But the new ones are fine, IMO. If only I could convince my wife to get trade her '03 Mustang (GT 5-speed) for one.
As for the Sting Ray, I had a 1977 model - my first 20" bike. It was cool; electric blue, with big handlebars and the obligatory banana seat. My friends all had BMX bikes (Redlines, Haros, GT's), and they picked on my Sting Ray. I liked it, though. Lots of miles put on that thing; I even did my paper route on it for a year...
I don't mind the new one - it's a new bike for a new generation. Face it; the only people who would like the "old style" Sting Ray design now are old guys and (Honda)gals like us!