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Old 10-21-2010, 12:22 PM   #1
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Why do some bikes just look so right??

2 that come to mind.

A Norton. I think for me it's the openness of the frame around the engine. The forward cant of the cylinders. The polished valve covers. The exhaust pipe shape and sweep are so classic it's copied on many other bikes. How many others have you seen with the famouse Norton pea-shooters on them.

the whole package just works so well. In my eye a Triumph or BSA just doesn't have the same appeal.

The only other bike that really works for me are Guzzi's. Primarily just for the motor. There is no doubt that a Guzzi constantly lets you know it's a MOTORcycle. From a side view it there big as life, from the front as well as the back you can see those cylinders out there. From the top when your riding with your knees right up by those heads and crouched down with hands on the clip ons, they're right there. Especially the first Lemans or V7sports. They are so long and low, like a missile, the Mandello missile.

They just look right. Others look nice but those 2 have to be at the top of the list.

What others would a general concensus reveal as the best of the best. A Goldstar clubman single? Vincents are nice but look kind of busy.
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Old 10-21-2010, 12:47 PM   #2
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Any BMW R90S or R100S looks just right to me. Also round case Ducatis...
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Old 10-21-2010, 12:59 PM   #3
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While I think this subject requires a lot of thought, as there are many aspects to what makes a bike look "right" I think the bikes mentioned so far are attractive because their design (sloping cyl. cases, sport fairings, etc.) gives them the aspect of forward motion.

Lines play an impotant parts too, as in the Triuph twins, where the tank, fenders, seat, bars and engine blended together in harmony.

Many things to think about here, and a great subject to ponder.

One thing for sure, none of us will have to ponder the new transformer looking bikes.
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Old 10-21-2010, 01:17 PM   #4
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I would have to put my vote in for the Triumph T160 Trident, and if its fitted with raygun silencers so much the better.
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Old 10-21-2010, 02:49 PM   #5
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It is in the very term: Motorcycle. If it blends those two elements harmoniously then it is headed towards "right" (and there's quite a few of ways to do that).

Generally, excepting boxers (classic design in my opinion too) if you can see daylight behind the engine under the carbs, its a contender for classic motorcycle style.

Look at the childrens book: The Mouse and the Motorcycle. What is it? Bathtub Triumph.

Later 20th century classic bikes: Easy to come up with Bonneville, Commando, even the T160...(I love the last year, actually) but there's dozens of others, notably many Italian bikes, e.g. Laverda SF750.

I am also think a bike that is reasonably slender (Commando, Bonneville) fits the category of "right", since it is closer to cycle than a Guzzi or Boxer, since they emphasize "motor".

I am wondering if cast wheels eliminate the bike from the "cycle" part of motorcycle? Bikes with spokes just look more "airy" and light. A Bonneville with cast wheels didn't fit the "looks so right" equation.
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Old 10-21-2010, 03:49 PM   #6
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A late '60s Triumph 650 looks to me to be the very essence of a motorcycle-very little else even comes close. The only other? a Sportster from the early '60s.
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Old 10-23-2010, 07:18 AM   #7
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I would have to put my vote in for the Triumph T160 Trident, and if its fitted with raygun silencers so much the better.
As an owner of 2 Commandos, a /5 Beemer, and a Guzzi, I'd have to say that the T160 Trident has got to be one of the greatest looking things ever made. With the original beencans, the wide flat export tank, and yes, the distinctive T160 only lean forward engine, this is the one!!http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/Gal...075%20%201.jpg


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Old 10-23-2010, 07:29 AM   #8
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As an owner of 2 Commandos, a /5 Beemer, and a Guzzi, I'd have to say that the T160 Trident has got to be one of the greatest looking things ever made. With the original beencans, the wide flat export tank, and yes, the distinctive T160 only lean forward engine, this is the one!!http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/Gal...075%20%201.jpg


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