Why do some bikes just look so right??

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by lrutt, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. danedg

    danedg Horizontally Opposed

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  2. JBMorse

    JBMorse Been here awhile

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    I think these Triumphs are the epitome of function and style. They set the bar for what looks right to me on a motorcycle. A seat and gas tank atop an engine and two wheels. Nothing out of proportion, nothing superfluous. Paint and chrome so well done!
    That said, I want to put in a vote for 60s Hondas for their blend of style and function:
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    Clean lines, simple construction, beautiful to me! The CB160 pictured above, the CB/CL77, the CB450 mentioned earlier, all beautiful designs!
    They started to copy the English bikes with their inline fours, but I still think this is the ultimate UJM in terms of style and function:
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    Okay so they had some odd colors, but the CB500K is, for me, the classic Japanese four cylinder. More natural proportions than the 750, cleaner and more purposeful looking. That engine looks so right! This is before the signal lights and tail lights grew too large and goofy, and before the gauges and dash started to get bigger and less clean looking.
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  3. Bridge Club

    Bridge Club Been here awhile

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    First Interflora turned up, then this lovely Matchless.



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  4. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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    That one looks very right. Right down to it's Verlicchi pipe. :thumb



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    Master fabricators, Verlicchi, manufactured the aluminum chassis used by Buell for the XB series bikes.
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  5. Nolan Woodbury

    Nolan Woodbury Been here awhile

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    So many great motorcycles. My mind is ever fluxing on "What's Best". Sometimes, what's best is what you're on.

    Moto Guzzi. Velocette. 900SS Desmo. Bimota SB2. Those for me, are locked in stone. When I shoot a bike, I look and crawl to find what I think is the best angle. By finding it, you can 'feature' most machines in a very attractive way.

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    Like the black and gold more, but this one is a smashing example. Kawa engine, Brit chassis, Italian lines. Perfect.
  6. scootrboi

    scootrboi Long timer

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    I love the German motorcycles. There is a ruthless, uncompromising quality to the motorcycles from Deutschland, and when it works, it is sublime.
  7. Nolan Woodbury

    Nolan Woodbury Been here awhile

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    This scan of a period German test isn't the best, but the personality shows through. To me, nothing touches this.
  8. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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    Ermmn... Yeah... Maybe at one time.


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  9. scootrboi

    scootrboi Long timer

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    Yes. When was a qualifier. :rofl:rofl
  10. danedg

    danedg Horizontally Opposed

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  11. Prmurat

    Prmurat Long timer

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    Special weird... But extra cool:
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  12. danedg

    danedg Horizontally Opposed

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    Tell me about it!

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  13. appiebroomer

    appiebroomer Adventurer

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    IMHO this much maligned, short lived (only built em for 2 years), Yamaha was one of the best looking UJM"s of all time. Handsome motor, beautifully shaped gas tank, simple clean lines, twin cylinder, Akront styled rims, what more could you want.

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  14. motu

    motu Loose Pre Unit

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    Everyone raves about the Le Mans, but the S3 is a forgotten Guzzi. The first Guzzi V twin I ever rode, always wanted one...and still not there yet.
  15. lockyv7

    lockyv7 Long timer

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    I think mine has 'the look'

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    It had a different look for a while there, and received just as much attention.

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  16. lockyv7

    lockyv7 Long timer

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    Some of my other bikes that i think had 'the look'

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  17. ZREXER

    ZREXER n00b

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    My '75 400 F looked right then and still does. Brought it home in the crate. My friend had the '77 Yamaha RD400 Daytona Special

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    Tour with my dad who had a 550 F at the time. This is in the late 70's
  18. RustyStuff

    RustyStuff Been here awhile

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    I like elemental bikes, a motor, wheels, the bodywork serves a pourpose.

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    Triumph Bonnie's, Norton Manx, Honda CB750k0, Yamaha RD/TZ/RZ etc.​
  19. farmrjohn

    farmrjohn Been here awhile

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    Maligned? Yes. One of the best looking UJMs? Also yes, although I prefer the stock length exhaust which has better proportions IMHO
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