Not slagging off at fifties Matchless/AJS pushrod singles, I just know what they were. I'd much rather have a 500cc Ariel or BSA any day. The Typhoon was a major step forward, pity they did not continue, I'd really love to own one, or a 1963 650 CSR for that matter. I think it is really sad that the G50CSR was never widely available, what a great bike that would have been ? Would you buy an SR500 Yamaha in preference to one ? I think the British motorcycle industry never knew it's own strengths. They were too busy watching their competition. Why would anyone buy a bathtub Thunderbird in preference to a Bonneville ? Did Triumph think we might get our dresses caught in the spokes of the back wheel ? I've still got a lot of my old magazines from the fifties. Looking at the bikes in them is depressing - stuff you wouldn't give to a Japanese on ANZAC day ( or the 7th December, if you were an American ).