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Old 10-30-2007, 09:42 AM   #91
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i would have loved to see one of those in the flesh! it seemed like on paper to be the bike to beat all bikes but if it was that great it would probably still be around.
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Old 10-30-2007, 09:48 AM   #92
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Old 10-30-2007, 10:01 AM   #93
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a little more appropriate for JM i think.
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Old 10-30-2007, 10:03 AM   #94
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we try to keep it clean around.
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Old 10-30-2007, 04:31 PM   #95
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I also think the XLCR is pretty tough looking for a Harley, heck, I would be seen on one!

The K1 would look so much better with a slimmer front fender and some of that fairing hacked away. It isn't a bad looking bike by any means.

CX500 Deluxe, whew that is one ugly bike!

If I were to pick a semi current model that truely represented ugly, it would be the Suzuki 650 Savage.

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Old 10-31-2007, 03:10 PM   #96
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I think I'm going to hurl...



Oh, wait.. you said ugliest "bike"...
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Old 10-21-2008, 03:02 AM   #97
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bimota mantra
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rumi formichino


suzuki or50 - i believe the fantic was a copy of this little marketing blunder..
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Old 10-21-2008, 01:38 PM   #98
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Okay, I may be an American but ........, but really! WTF! Are British kids the target of some demented marketing scheme? There is actually a moped version of this thing to get them on this thing at a younder age? Who the hell would buy it at any age? Well, maybe a kid with no bike would think it's cool. I guess some guys loose their Man Card very early in life. Looks like the beginning of a true Metro Sexual revolution to me. Not even room to haul around the transvestite you picked up. The only thing that would make it better is a wheelie bar and a TON of mirrors. Got to have more bling!
I'm still stunned!

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Good Lord! That has to be the funniest thing I've seen in a long time.
Errr errrrm ...when I was 16 I...errr... really wanted one of these. I did not see the error of my ways, but ended up with a Gilera 50, also retro-equipped with pedals. The British pedal thing was a typical case of stupid politicians making stupid laws: Some politician decided he would improve his promotion prospects by forcing 16 year-olds onto slower and in his opinion safer machines. The few pedal-assisted mopeds in Britain in those days really were pig slow. So in his wisdom he decreed that 16 year-olds would only be allowed to ride pedal-assisted mopeds. You can guess what the manufacturers did can't you? They just bolted pedals onto sports mopeds. The pedals on my Gilera had to be spun at a blur just to keep the bike at walking pace. It really was a stupid idea, and eventually the law was changed.



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Ok so I changed my mind!

Well that's a bike I've never even heard of let alone seen a picture of. What publication did you take the image from? I see the article is titled prototypes and specials. I have a particular interest in prototypes, whether bikes, cars, aircraft, whatever. "Might-have-beens" have always held a fascination for me.

They actually tried to improve the styling of the Morbidelli. here is the original:





And here is the re-style:


Better, with a hint of Laverda RGS, but still not good enough to persuade punters to part with their cash.


I agree with virtually all the choices so far on this thread. I try to like the Aerial and the Vincent, really I do, they were innovative (unlike the pig-ugly chopper clones). But I can't like them.


But here's a thought:
What in your opinion is/was the most beautiful aircraft ever created? It doesn't matter what your answer is - Spitfire, Concorde, P38, whatever, my second question is the same:

Who styled it?

The answer of course, is no-one. Yet it is still beautiful. There's a lesson there somewhere.

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Old 10-21-2008, 09:41 PM   #99
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But here's a thought:
What in your opinion is/was the most beautiful aircraft ever created? It doesn't matter what your answer is - Spitfire, Concorde, P38, whatever, my second question is the same:

Who styled it?

The answer of course, is no-one. Yet it is still beautiful. There's a lesson there somewhere.

You really think that airplanes aren't "styled"
You better believe they are.

Even super functional cargo planes are designed for looks as much as for function. At least on the outside.

Remember someone somewhere has to order that plane
And most likely that someone is a bean counter who doesn't even fly....
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Old 10-22-2008, 01:08 AM   #100
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Old 10-22-2008, 02:06 AM   #101
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All these posts, and no Honda Valkyrie Rune? Dig that rear fender!



Also, I love the looks of the K1200R, but maybe that's just me.
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Old 10-22-2008, 04:54 AM   #102
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All these posts, and no Honda Valkyrie Rune? Dig that rear fender!
fender? jesus, the muffler.
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Old 10-22-2008, 12:37 PM   #103
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Ariel Leader SS. I'm not sure this is it but it's near the top.

Thanks to their parent company (BSA) Ariel stopped production of some highly regarded bikes to build these ugly smokers...both gone in a couple years.

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Old 10-22-2008, 07:20 PM   #104
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Thanks to their parent company (BSA) Ariel stopped production of some highly regarded bikes to build these ugly smokers...both gone in a couple years.


ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS, both of em.
you guys, no taste at all/
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Old 10-23-2008, 02:09 AM   #105
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