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Old 04-06-2013, 03:54 PM   #2581
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Originally Posted by kraven View Post
To be fair, there's the caveat of "what bike would you like to be known for" which changes the arc of answers greatly.

I don't think the VFR700/750 is the greatest looking bike ever, but if I were to be known as "Kraven, the VFR750 guy" I'd wear that badge proudly.
Yes, there are so many overlapping aspects to our emotional reaction to motorcycles that it is truly difficult to separate out the purely visual aspect of it. Our knowledge of a bike's heritage, character and significance contributes to or detracts from our ability to appreciate its form.

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Old 04-06-2013, 04:14 PM   #2582
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At times I think this is it....

Honda CL77--AKA 305 Scrambler

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Old 04-06-2013, 04:14 PM   #2583
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Originally Posted by Blue&Yellow View Post
Speaking of which... how about the 750GT?

Strange picture to choose to illustrate how nice a GT looks. That's not a (stock) 750 GT... It might be a very early Sport but I'm hoping it's a GT with Sport styled bars, gauges, seat, sidecovers, etc with an SS style tank. I think the front fender braces are on backwards too, something looks not quite right with it anyway.

This is a much less modified GT FWIW

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Old 04-06-2013, 11:55 PM   #2584
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Originally Posted by DesmoDog View Post
Best looking roadbike of all time? It doesn't exist. A bike can be "One of the best" at most.

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Old 04-07-2013, 02:01 AM   #2585
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The Battle Twin was definately a "form follows function" sort of bike. Just like the Vincent Black Lightning when it was originally produced. I've got to give them both points for technical courage.

However, the much revered classic "styling cues" of the Vincent didn't become styling cues until deemed so much later by generations who've never actually ridden the bike.

imho, Most of the ballyhoo regarding motorcycle style can be distilled to personal taste and nostalgia. And quite a bit of it seems to miss the point of motorcycling, which I believe is in the doing.

Originally Posted by ScottDill View Post
A lot of people love the Paso, but with that square headlight, it doesn't look any better than the old Battle Twin in my eyes

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Old 04-07-2013, 08:43 AM   #2586
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Originally Posted by 10/10ths View Post
...To quote Jay Leno, "I like a motorcycle you can see through."

I think that having all the lines and wires and belts out in the open makes for mechanical purity. I can actually SEE how the thing works.

The engineer in my head likes being able to trace all the moving parts.

To each his own.

You must LOVE the old Ducati 907:

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I've got an admission to make. When this bike arrived in North America in 1988, I thought it was the most incredible looking bike ever made. I bought one, the 750 Paso. In red.
It was the worst POS I've ever owned. It was so bad mechanically, electronically, handling wise, I traded it in on a new BMW GS. Still have the GS.
My very sour ownership experience even now has made me hate these bikes.
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:18 AM   #2587
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It's a tie, but I think the CB750 has a slight edge.
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:30 AM   #2588
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What year were the copper colored CB750s?
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:40 AM   #2589
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Originally Posted by doggrell3000 View Post
i don't know what it is and it doesn't matter anyway but while the rest of us were laying around choking our chickens this dude was doing some riding . that makes this bike ( whatever it may be ) the best looking bike of all time .

new york ny

Point taken, but that bike looks more like it was pulled from the swamp after the rider "had to lay it down."
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Old 04-08-2013, 06:06 PM   #2590
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Maybe I'm biased....
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:05 AM   #2591
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Originally Posted by IgWannA View Post

Maybe I'm biased....

It is less homely than its replacement for sure.
In Russia we have saying, "if it isn't broke, don't fix it". We also say, "if it is broke, don't fix it".
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:14 AM   #2592
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there are many good looking bikes out there. some are pure sex. but for me the best looking road bike of all time is this:

and that comes from the owner of a ducati 916, the bike regarded as one of the most beautiful bikes of all times.
92' Suzuki DR 800, 00' Buell M2
07' Husky TE 450, 95´ Ducati 916, 92´Ducati 900SS

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Old 05-10-2013, 12:32 PM   #2593
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My V7 ans some others i Like .


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Old 05-10-2013, 12:51 PM   #2594
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Old 05-10-2013, 06:45 PM   #2595
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