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Old 10-28-2010, 03:29 PM   #76
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I like the SR, really do, but the cast wheels keep it off the list in my mind. Just seems that a bike should have spokes in my mind.

As for dirt bikes. That would be a tough one. I'd have to go back to the 70's Bultacos etc. They didn't have clown like tall seats that are razor thin, very competent, always loved the leather tool bags attached. Rickmans or Pentons were great.

The jap enduros were ok but not along the same lines of the euro bikes for some reason.
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Old 10-28-2010, 03:31 PM   #77
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The Honda 450, a.k.a. the "Black Bomber". One of my all time favs! Gorgeous machine.
I got my Volvo. Now, if I can get one of these I can die a happy man.
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Old 10-29-2010, 12:39 AM   #78
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Every bike shown had round headlights (even the BMW had a round light behind the rectangular cover) It's like a DNA genetic marker for good looks. Can anyone truthfully offer a right looking bike with a rectangular headlight? Go on. I dare you. Thanks, Rich
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Old 10-29-2010, 02:57 AM   #79
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Every bike shown had round headlights (even the BMW had a round light behind the rectangular cover) It's like a DNA genetic marker for good looks. Can anyone truthfully offer a right looking bike with a rectangular headlight? Go on. I dare you. Thanks, Rich


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Old 10-29-2010, 03:42 AM   #80
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Old 10-29-2010, 04:18 AM   #81
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For me Velo's always look just right....



I am also a big fan of the early Triumph with the nacele headlight

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Old 10-29-2010, 04:23 AM   #82
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For me Velo's always look just right....



I am also a big fan of the early Triumph with the nacele headlight

Yes they are perfect.

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Old 10-29-2010, 05:02 AM   #83
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There is something appealing about a bike that wears it's mechanicals on the outside like the Velo's etc. Being able to pick out the cam drives, oil pumps, etc. is strangely satisfying.
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Old 10-29-2010, 05:10 AM   #84
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my vote, my baby


I bought it new and I still have it
still on the road, registered and street legal.
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Old 10-29-2010, 06:33 AM   #85
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Great bike, not only does the rect. h/l look good a round one would have sucked.

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Old 10-29-2010, 09:48 AM   #86
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Every bike shown had round headlights (even the BMW had a round light behind the rectangular cover) It's like a DNA genetic marker for good looks. Can anyone truthfully offer a right looking bike with a rectangular headlight? Go on. I dare you. Thanks, Rich
I'll just add the Vespa I own to the mix because it's kind of a bike...and it was one of the very few vespas to sport a rectangle headlight....and it's beautiful.

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Old 10-29-2010, 11:26 AM   #87
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Some bikes are so classic the copies even look good.

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Old 10-29-2010, 02:08 PM   #88
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That second Velocette is gorgeous. Not that I am the Sheriff-Brother Number 1 of this thread, but I'm still going on simplicity, function, balance and proportion. Again, the second Velo is gorgeous, yes, but a just a wee-bit ornamental, albeit the bits are truly pure function. The 77 T140? (is that a Silver Jubilee?) Here it looks as if Triumph thought they had to, as their swan song & last ditch effort, compete with Honda, especially with the tank (ala CB750). Not a failure, but it was getting beyond what it needed to be, in my opinion.

Oh, I am sure to be flogged for the next idea: That Katana, is a classic styling exercise, and very original at that. Does it look oh so right? No, not really. Uniquely original (near redundant phrase there)? Yes. If the "looks so right" were all about aero function, then the BMW R100RS by Mueth would probably pin that down.

As a classic ruse to avoid being impaled because of my aesthetic autocracy I'll shift things a bit. I was wondering that some of how I or we or some of us are more deeply influenced by the experiential aspects of what we see to be "looks so right". That is, what was going on in one's life when they came across the "looks so right" bike. My first ride was on a Triumph. I can't say I wasn't (highly) influenced by the bike, it really set of the moto-mania for me. But I was quickly subsumed by all manner of Japanese bikes, and certainly owned Japanese bikes at a 10:1 ratio over British bikes. Am I forever biased that way. I want to say I'm objective and my answer is no, it just looks right, even if came from Mars and I never rode one, or on, one before. But I can't be sure, for sure. This makes me wonder how shows like "The Art of The Motorcycle" came about? For many bikes that old, how did objective/non-objective, experiential/non-experiential circumstances play into those sorts of decisions?

If I were to be totally honest, experientialism aside, I guess I'd have to say the second Velocette does tie with a mid to late sixities Bonneville for the "looks so right".
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Old 10-29-2010, 02:30 PM   #89
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This is the motorcycle that I can look at a picture of and hear it run. The sound of this machine says MOTORCYCLE, loud and clear to me. It's the only bike I can hear a picture of.


The early Harley Sportsters look as right as a Triumph sounds.

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best looking naked UJM imho
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