Originally Posted by windmill
"Character" shouldn't be measured by flaws.
Bikes are my preferred and only form of transportation, and my preferred form of recreation, so I desire "character" and function.
Agreed and that's why I put "character" in quotes. That's what a lot of folks refer to character as: some (IMO) crap that doesn't work right, was poorly engineered, is unreliable, etc.. That's cool for them, but not for me. If we're breaking down bikes, I currently have my 93rd through 97th in the garage. I've had my fair share of experience over the last 30 years and a half a million'ish miles, on and off-road. Great stuff. As I say, I love to compare and contrast. Interesting to see how other folks take things.