916 vs Black lightning

Discussion in 'Classic Motorbikes' started by Ace, May 31, 2011.

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    Ace Guest

    Watching[1] a Grand Designs on TV, where the guy has put a 916 on the
    wall of his living room. Nothing wrong with that, of course, and the
    presenter's question "but is it art?" has such an obvious answer it's
    not worth worrying about, but then I commented to Jude "well, of
    course it is; after all it's the most beautiful motorcycle ever
    built... apart from the Black Lightning, of course".

    Which lead me to wonder - are there any other genuine contenders for
    the award? Forget function, and obviously (IMO) forget any of the gash
    'custom' shit, i.e. only real production(-ish) bikes, ahich other
    bikes are really up there in the pure asethitic sense? What says the

    [1] For "Jude has it on so I see it too" values thereof.
    Ace, May 31, 2011
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    Steve Guest

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    ogden Guest

    I still think the ZX7R looks like sex on a stick.
    ogden, May 31, 2011
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    boots Guest

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  5. Using the patented Mavis Beacon "Hunt&Peck" Technique, Ace
    Kawasaki Z1 in the green and yellow paint scheme.


    There are few bikes that *look* more like a motorcycle, IMHO. Beautiful.
    Wicked Uncle Nigel, May 31, 2011
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    wessie Guest

    http://www.bsagoldstar.co.uk/images/BSA-Goldstar-DBD34-59.jpg is right up
    there in looks nice but is probably a bag of shit to ride

    and of course, no such taxonomy would be complete without this pearl
    wessie, May 31, 2011
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    GungaDan Guest

    I can see your thinking but reckon the ZXR750 is nicer proportioned.
    GungaDan, May 31, 2011
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    ginge Guest

    1991 RGV250 SP

    The first one with the stacked exhausts from just before Suzuki went
    all shell-suit.
    ginge, May 31, 2011
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    Frooty Guest

    "Ace" wrote in message

    Best place for a 916 IMHO ;-)

    After riding the HairyAbuser it felt like 125.

    And my offer to the company is of course -


    GSX1300RX Hayabusa - Inter Continental Ballistic Motorcycle
    TT250R - Wee dirty wan
    Lifan LF50QGY - Wee monkey wan
    Down to just three toys :-[

    --- Posted via news://freenews.netfront.net/ - Complaints to ---
    Frooty, May 31, 2011
  13. Black Shadow


    Ducati (again) 750 Super Sport (Bevel drive)

    Kawasaki Z1
    The Older Gentleman, May 31, 2011
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    wessie Guest

    When I went to Croatia in 2005 a member of my touring party was on one
    of those. Apart from tightening up the bolts on the rear shocks at every
    coffee stop he didn't have any trouble. Quite amusing watch him do a
    full service on the Adriatic Coast. I kicked the tyres on my bike and
    slopped in 200ml of Castrol GTX.
    wessie, May 31, 2011
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    Ace Guest

    Wot I meant to type, of course.
    I don't get it. I mean, yes, it was/is iconic, and perhaps a classic
    '70s design, but pretty it ain't. Or, as I initially types, by ****
    it's ugly.
    Classic, yeah. You and WUN both cite it. It brings back memories for
    me, and I rode a couple (belonging to mates) but never owned one. I'm
    not sure, though, that it's right up there in the looks department.
    Ace, May 31, 2011
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    Malc Guest

    I've no doubt they aren't the most wonderful of bikes but I still think
    they look good.
    Malc, May 31, 2011
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    ts Guest

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    Alex Ferrier Guest





    and bizarrely, this:


    Never been a Honda fan. But the VF500f2 is, I think, one of the prettiest
    motorcycles that
    the Japanese have ever made. Particularly the red, white and black ones.
    Alex Ferrier, May 31, 2011
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    rowdy Guest

    There can only be one.

    rowdy, May 31, 2011
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