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Old 10-22-2010, 07:34 AM   #16
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The early Yamaha DT1's got the look just right:

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Old 10-22-2010, 07:46 AM   #17
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I think that Vincent got it right. The big gap under the seat always looked odd to me though. (This ole "driver" came into a gathering via a gravel road)



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Old 10-22-2010, 07:51 AM   #18
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I loved the look and color combination of the 1972 Yamaha DS7:

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Old 10-22-2010, 07:55 AM   #19
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R32 BMW. The uninterrupted line from the steering head to the final drive.... sigh
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Old 10-22-2010, 08:26 AM   #20
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I think that Vincent got it right. The big gap under the seat always looked odd to me though. (This ole "driver" came into a gathering via a gravel road)



This with a single seat would be my idea of motorcycle perfection.
I also have a soft spot for RD350/400s and old Triumphs. Ooh and Honda CB500s.
Am I the only one, or does any one else think that almost all bikes have their headlights mounted 3"-4" too high?
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Old 10-22-2010, 09:18 AM   #21
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Triumphs/Nortons and Guzzi's always come to mind for the ideal look of a motorcycle, to me.
I still love my BMW to death, though it's a goober looking bike that a select few love (me).
Funny how so many non riders say how beautiful my R60/5 is when I stop. Not bad for a Goober looking bike. i think my R100RS is also one of the most beautiful bikes ever made. i also love the way one of my other bikes looks in toto, the 1969 CL350.
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Old 10-22-2010, 09:19 AM   #22
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I loved the look and color combination of the 1972 Yamaha DS7:

Thah's an R5. (Isn't it?)
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Old 10-22-2010, 10:06 AM   #23
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Thah's an R5. (Isn't it?)
The DS7 was the 250 version. I had one exactly like this back in the 70's.
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Old 10-22-2010, 10:17 AM   #24
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Norton Manx. Simple, basic, classic.

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Old 10-22-2010, 10:22 AM   #25
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I like bikes where you can see the motors.As Indian Larry said"the mechanicalness" Singles are especially cool.




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Old 10-22-2010, 10:40 AM   #26
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To me, even though I've owned one of each, The R5/RD350 doesn't cut it for the classic "look so right" idea. Its all about balance and proportion. Those Yamaha's come in with balance, but the proportion with the engine size fitting the cradle is too large. The Vincent is a beautiful bike, its a legendary classic no doubt, but on the whole it looks a little too busy, too much going on. The Goldtsar is closer to the "ideal". I still think the '68-'70 Bonneville is about the eptiome of this idea (Commando's being a close second). Perhaps this is because they partly are identifiable as old and new(ish) at the same time? I would also think that there are some very subtle things that may have an effect on the balance/proportion ideal, things like (probably unintentionally) frame tube diameter and other factors, which when taken as a whole add up to the overall design coming off as it does. There's no doubt the Japanese have appreciated and thought deeply about the Bonneville (or BSA's) with the XS650 and Kawasaki's W650, both of which, to me, look better than the Hinckley Bonnevilles. Honda tried with the CB500 (dud) and the GB500, which to me didn't work so well either.
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Old 10-22-2010, 11:19 AM   #27
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Old 10-22-2010, 02:28 PM   #28
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While I am primarily a Norton man, I always thought their looks fell short of those of Triumph and BSA. Nortons look more business and purposeful, where Triumphs typically have those sexier curves.

Most bikes that really jump out at me are the old British singles. Velocette's with that slight cutout for the carb, The BSA Goldstar, and Norton Manx Are Up on top as well. Still, a solid BMW twin is a nice sight.

I confess that there was something about my old white framed Ducati 750SS that looked right to me, and that isn't really considered a classic in design.

Sometimes a bike just looks right to me. I'm also one of the sick few that like the look of the 749/999 series Ducati's.

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Old 10-22-2010, 02:41 PM   #29
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The gorgeous but sadly flawed BSA 441 Victor:

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Old 10-22-2010, 03:00 PM   #30
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The gorgeous but sadly flawed BSA 441 Victor:


aaahh... yes... all I have to do is look at that and it makes my ankle/shin/heel hurt... got whacked pretty good by one of those suckas....

yet, they are handsome....
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