Favourite Bike Features (Cosmetically)

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Favourite Bike Features (Cosmetically)

Post by Clarkey » 22 Feb 2018, 21:55

What features of a bike do it for you?

For as long as I remember I've liked single sided rear swingarms, especially with under seat exhausts - heavily influenced by my childhood love of the 916 of course. Some bikes have the single side swing arm but them cover it with an exhaust (some vfr's I think, and my old bros to a lesser extent) which always seems a missed opportunity

Also like Tubular framed bikes, KTM being a modern examples of (and a feature of the H2R I was pleasantly surprised with)

If there's a fairly big bike with traditional 'under the rear foot peg' exhausts I like them to be symmetrical with one on each side of the bike, and a fairly big carbon effect end pipe - quite old fashioned now but I like that on certain bikes. Don't like stubby exhausts particularly, though they do suit some bikes

Generally I the look of a nice v twin over any other configuration - though some (old Aprilia's for example) are covered in tonnes of plastic so it's only a generalisation

Never been a fan of tail tidies and miniature indicators etc... But again it does suit some bikes better than others if done right

That's all I can think at the mo, and of course it's merely personal taste, but how do you like yours?



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Post by Cabernet » 23 Feb 2018, 06:42

A nice solid shaft drive.
Air cooled.
Frugal.
Torque.
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Post by Occams Razor » 23 Feb 2018, 09:10

Clarkey wrote:
22 Feb 2018, 21:55
What features of a bike do it for you?

For as long as I remember I've liked single sided rear swingarms, especially with under seat exhausts - heavily influenced by my childhood love of the 916 of course. Some bikes have the single side swing arm but them cover it with an exhaust (some vfr's I think, and my old bros to a lesser extent) which always seems a missed opportunity

Also like Tubular framed bikes, KTM being a modern examples of (and a feature of the H2R I was pleasantly surprised with)

If there's a fairly big bike with traditional 'under the rear foot peg' exhausts I like them to be symmetrical with one on each side of the bike, and a fairly big carbon effect end pipe - quite old fashioned now but I like that on certain bikes. Don't like stubby exhausts particularly, though they do suit some bikes

Generally I the look of a nice v twin over any other configuration - though some (old Aprilia's for example) are covered in tonnes of plastic so it's only a generalisation

Never been a fan of tail tidies and miniature indicators etc... But again it does suit some bikes better than others if done right

That's all I can think at the mo, and of course it's merely personal taste, but how do you like yours?



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Pretty much this, I'm a terrible push bike steel frame geek and tubular trellis frames look amazing, I hope somewhere they'll always be made, it's encouraging that Kawasaki have them on a new state of the art bike.

A bit of a weird one but the fork ends/Spindles on the RC30 are gorgeous, mechanical elegant simplicity.

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Post by Clarkey » 23 Feb 2018, 10:31

Occams Razor wrote: Pretty much this, I'm a terrible push bike steel frame geek and tubular trellis frames look amazing, I hope somewhere they'll always be made, it's encouraging that Kawasaki have them on a new state of the art bike.

A bit of a weird one but the fork ends/Spindles on the RC30 are gorgeous, mechanical elegant simplicity.
Not weird at all, do you have a photo?

Nicely machined parts are lovely

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Post by lee » 23 Feb 2018, 17:25

Mechanophilia its called


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Re: Favourite Bike Features (Cosmetically)

Post by Occams Razor » 23 Feb 2018, 18:49

Clarkey wrote:
23 Feb 2018, 10:31
Occams Razor wrote: Pretty much this, I'm a terrible push bike steel frame geek and tubular trellis frames look amazing, I hope somewhere they'll always be made, it's encouraging that Kawasaki have them on a new state of the art bike.

A bit of a weird one but the fork ends/Spindles on the RC30 are gorgeous, mechanical elegant simplicity.
Not weird at all, do you have a photo?

Nicely machined parts are lovely

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https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=rc30+ ... pHqUTUEG-M:

Hope that works, not the best picture but will give the idea.

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Post by Stumoores » 24 Feb 2018, 06:30

USD forks on old bikes with spoked wheels. It's that old skool look with a modern twist that does it for me

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Post by rumpoldstilskin » 24 Feb 2018, 13:28

Honda Cub 90’s on wide rims with nice simple cut street tyres and a pastel paint scheme.

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Post by Clarkey » 24 Feb 2018, 13:54

Stumoores wrote:USD forks on old bikes with spoked wheels. It's that old skool look with a modern twist that does it for me

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Yeah fair enough. I like the look of spoked wheels on certain bikes, especially those with tonnes of spokes, but my first had them and they're a bitch to clean!

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Post by Clarkey » 24 Feb 2018, 13:58

rumpoldstilskin wrote:Honda Cub 90’s on wide rims with nice simple cut street tyres and a pastel paint scheme.

De-cluttered wiring.

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I saw this on eBay the other day - quite a cool looking thing

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre ... 2236231419

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