Let me start with my apology first. I apologize for being a bit thick and opinionated but the new 1KCC UJMs look the same to me. What can I say; they remind me of the UJMs of the 70s. Certainly not in styling but in their sameness.
They all look great and any of them would make a great addition to any garage or paddock area but other than manufacturer, the new liter class HondaKawaYamSuki's are all the same.
That's the problem with building track spec bikes for the road. They're great right off the showroom floor but no real style of their own.
Agree new R1 looks sweet. Honda CBR 1000 RR styling not as exciting. Kawasaki ZX-10R is somewhere in the middle of these two. I kind of like the silver GSXR1000 the best of the liter bikes though. Cool post love the internet. Cycle World, Motorcyclist rags eat your heart out. Good work longride
At least you can look at all the different cruisers, oh wait vtwin, chrome, 2 wheels and a handlebar, Yawn!
I find the styling different on all of the 1K bikes out there to be differentfrom each other, but then I have never figured out what a HD XFPSOPERX is suposed to be, and it looks the same (to my eye) as the HD XFPSOPERX wide glide, so no accounting for taste.
As long as Motorcyclist has the cutting, incisive wit of Boehm and photographic skills of M. Cook, nobody can compete man. Nobody... The Honda photos are a def. Photoshop bodge-up, though, not the real thing.
First off I'd have to agree with you for the most part. Form follows function and so all of these bikes are constrained to folow certain parameters. The trick is developing an eye for the differences... but first you have to actually care that much.
But I like the way your post brings out people who respond to opinions you never express at all. Nope. Don't see nothin' about cruisers at all. Do they have mental telepathy? Is there a special decoding ring I need to see the opinion that you think crusiers are all unique from each other?
That's my point exactly, seruzawa, the differences have gotten so minor visually that they're hard for me to get excited about.
I think all three bikes, R1, CBR & ZX, are works of functional art but the function they're asked to perform is so narrow that they all take on the same lines. Kind of like the women of Playboy. They're all to die for gorgeous and I wouldnt kick a one out of bed but put them all in a line and it's hard to distinguish one blond, silicone implanted babe from another. And just like these women these bikes are to fast for me but I sure would like to ride em all.
What got me yesterday was some folks were saying the ZX was awful because it had a side can and another said the CBR was fugly then the R1 came out and most folks loved it. My brain cracked at that. The only difference I saw was the pics of the R1 had better, more seductive lighting.
I like the telepathy theory. Now if we could get them to foresee the future of tech stocks wed all be rich again.
I disagree, the CBR is not a pure photoshop bodge-up, there was definitly too much real bike there to just be someone's artwork. And the basis of that real bike was enough un-like but so close to many other honda bike's, it has to be the new 1000RR. And especially when you consider the continuity of the ****pit inset photo on cbrworld.net. thats a real bike.
Though the fairing, especially the red, white and blue bikes, does look like it has seen some photoshop magic. I wonder if it is just do to a normal amount of press kit touch up work? or is it possible that the pictures were used as a test bed for proposed paint jobs?
I definitly disagree, the R1 does and always has since it's fairly recent inception had a look all it's own.
I would say the same of all the major four brands as well as the euro bikes you have mentioned.
Though there are certain aspects of similarity in every crop of specialized motorcycle that comes up. I feel that each of the 04 literbikes has done an excellent job at retaining, or in the case of Kawasaki, evolving their own "genetic" style. A brief glance while being passed by any one of the four "UJMs", as you call them, would be more than enough to imediatly be certain of which manufactuer the bike belonged to. Even you must admit that. And that automatic visible identity is due to the fact that each of the 04 liter bikes has it's own definitive style, contrary to your "UJM" opinion.
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