- Best looking motorbike ever?
Okay, so it’s not a road bike, but it’s still one of the best looking bikes I’ve worked with.
Unlike the 2002 version, which was a bit of a munter!
Sadly it looks like we won’t see the Kawasaki on the MotoGP grid this year. Doubly sad, because it means I’m out of a job as well!Posted 10 years agomboyMember
Much as I LOVE the Desmosedici, they ruined the road bikes looks with the headlights. Makes it look bug eyed. Bayliss and Capirossi’s race bikes from circa 05 were probably the nicest looking of the breed.
Much as I love the 916/955/996/998/748 incarnations (I own one!), in pure looks terms, I rate the MV Agusta F4 above the Ducati. Though the MV was a totally shameless bike built entirely to look good. Tamburini knew he could design a classic motorbike (the 916), and so pushed the boundaries even further with the MV F4. The problem I have with the F4 is it just has never been that good a motorbike, it wasn’t meant to be, it was meant to sell on its looks alone! The 916 (and all its incarnations) were built to dominate World Super Bike racing, and dominate it did! The fact that it looked totally bloody gorgeous is almost by the by, but that it looked gorgeous whilst being such a totally bloody awesome motorbike means for me it is the greatest bike ever designed (if not the most beautiful). The fact that the original design lasted on production lines for almost 10 years with only very minor alterations looks wise (primarily removal of cooling ducts on the side panels circa 2000/01), when other bike manufacturers update and change their bikes every year pretty much, is testament to how awesome the machine is.
The other testament to how awesome the 916 design is, is no matter how much people will tut and moan about motorbikes making noise, being antisocial, being dangerous etc, 916’s and all variants seem to totally unite public opinion that it is actually a piece of art, and not just a motorbike, a bike that non bikers really appreciate too if you like!Posted 10 years agoPeterPoddyMember
I see the usual suspects have been pointed out and it’s also nice to see that Guzzi Griso in there. They are, actually, ferking wonderful looking things. I want one.
Juan’s suggestion of a Norton Commando is getting there too, but for classic bikes, for me, it’s a toss up (fnarr-fnarr) between a
Vincent Black Shadow. So far ahead of it’s time it makes your brain bleed…
Or a BSA Gold Star. Silver pi$$ pot lid, goggles, black leather and socks rolled over my boots…..DofDofDofDofDofDof…. Wonderful!
Of the more modern stuff I still lust after an original Speed Triple. They just look solid, purposeful, tough. I remember parking my ’01 S3 next to an immaculate one of these and seriously considering asking the bloke if he would do a straight swap….
My Duke’s not too shabby, either.Posted 10 years ago
When I had my S3 old blokes would come up to me and talk about the 50s and 60s. When you ride a Duke, it seems everyone comes up and wants to look at it. I’ve had loads of compliments. It’s slightly embarrasing sometimes…
I normally say this, but I’m a bit biased..
I’m beginning to doubt it’ll ever get finished though.
Dirt bikes never look as good but the old Elsinore still looks really clean to my eyes..
And I’ve never really liked Harleys but always thought this was a real stunner
as well as these..
Posted 10 years agovinnyehSubscriber
Iain, it’s a 450. I bought it in Italy about 3 years ago and bought it back, but it’s still not on the road over here- I’ve had the wheels done, did a bit of basic maintenance and that’s about it. A bit sad really- I’ve had a hankering after one of these since reading a test in an Australian bike mag back in the early 70’s and finally bought this as part of my ‘fulfilling youths dreams’ programme. And ridden it for probably less than 10 miles.
It looks in better condition in the photo than in reality, but it’s very straight, and will restore beautifully (one day). Condition aside, they’re absolutely stunning to look at- they never look quite right in photos I think.
Unfortunately if you do want one of these prices aren’t going down- very occasionally madeinitalymotorcycles.com might turn one up, but sales are very rare in this country.Posted 10 years agosmogmonsterSubscriber
Two new releases this year will take the crown for best looking bikes ever, the new Ducati Streetfighter and the Aprilia RSV 4. Both are simply stunning, i cant decide which one im going to buy myself this Spring…whichever i get i’ll see the other and be thinking ‘God thats nice, why didnt i get that one?’ as for the Street Triple…great bike, pig ugly though.
My mates MV F4 with titanium pipes (£3000 for an exhaust!!!!) must be up there with the best of them in terms of looks.Posted 10 years ago
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