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Old 10-26-2010, 05:57 PM   #56
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Originally Posted by chazbird
That's right, keep the function on top of style and you're already ahead. There are so many living abortions of styled bikes I won't sully the waters here, except to make one (non-photographic non-burn your eyes) example. Early to mid 80's (or anything 80's really) Yamaha Maxim. What is it? Standard? Cruiser? Chopper? It does succeed at being horribly ugly. The final bit of magic are those cast twirl wheels. Not to be a stick in the mud but for each photo of the several beautiful bikes posted on this particular thread they should each be juxtaposed for direct comparison with a '66-'70 Bonneville. Indeed, some come real close, (Ducati 450) but some are understandably different for their design purpose and yet come pretty close anyway. For the next level of massive generalization I say a "looks so right" bike can't be more than a twin, everything just gets out of balance and starts to, or simply looks fat. That's not to diss on any triple or four not being a classic, but they probably will not a "looks so right" bike.

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