Hey All. Looking for some advice, there's at least few people here who can give me some informed opinions on this. I had settled on the sensible decision that as soon as the small loan for the SR500 was finished I'd get a Sportster (to join, not replace, the SR), mid-90's so none of the rubber-mounted nonsense (if I wanted a Suzuki I'd go buy one). But QuarterWit's damned talk and a race with a BSA on the weekend has reared the ugly head of that old obsession; I slept only three hours last night before rising for work, because I couldn't stop thinking about Golden Flashes and the like. So my question: Do any mid-century Brit bikes, say 1940s through to mid 60s, come to mind as more sensible than others, in terms of mechanical solidity, parts availability, and I guess some degree of universality of parts. My main question here is about the engine; frames can easily be welded, crap carbs and electrics can be replaced with Japanese parts - yes, I'll be taking a functional, not a purist approach - I'd want something that I'd ride easily, ie treat nicely, but expect to be able to jump on its well-sorted self and tour Tassie, something which, as a second bike, I could rack up 10 - 20,000km a year on. I guess I'd consider later Brit bikes (no, not the new Bonneville - if I wanted a sewing machine, I'd buy one) depending on their capacity to take a saddle seat and an older tank and look the part, and provided they still had the vibes - Andrew's from on this forum would be an example of that, I remember watching him take off in Healesville once and it was a pleasure! Any recommendations? BSA is a bit like Catholicism vs all the protestandisms to me - it's simply inherently superior, but still I'd take any of the trains if they're going to heaven. 500 - 650cc stuff, single or twin, four-stroke. Yes, you're right, it is!