Very very few.I do like the MV Agusta F4 312RR quite a bit, because it is exotic and fast, and it gets the styling right in a modern way, without looking like a Klingon Bird of Prey starship.The MV Agusta Brutale gets the Streetfighter styling done the best too.I'm a fan of Tamburini.The Ducati 1198 is pretty good too, but not as good as the MV.The latest Triumph retro Bonnevilles have totally lost their way, and if I wanted one of those, I'd buy one from about 4 or 5 years ago, when they still sort of looked good and had wire wheels and didn't have the "swirly" chopper brake disc that looks like it came from JC Whitney's close-out parts bin for Harleys. I think Bloor is on drugs.The best Triumph nowadays is the 675 Daytona triple, but it looks rather Japanese to me.Don't like any bikes from Japan, and never have. Japan can't style their way out of a paper bag. It's embarrassing.You couldn't pay me to buy anything from BMW. Aprilia, too heavy and bulky.KTM, too off-roady. Don't like hyper-retards, super-retards, or any of those crossover bikes that can't make up their minds.Moto Guzzi is perpetually halfway-there, and always not quite making the grade. It's so simple, yet it eludes them every year.Harley can't even make a Harley anymore. I'm not sure what they are making now, but they ain't Harleys.For the money involved, and the fact that virtually all new bikes come tied by the umbilical to expensive dealer servicing forever, I can't see any sense in buying any of them.For similar money, you could have a really nice condition vintage bike, that's actually a real bike, instead of an LSD-induced styling exercise in plastic.It amazes me that all these "motorcycle manufacturers" can take perfectly good plastic and and turn it into shit.I'm not too picky, really. Hilarious response,Ace. Right with you on most of it, though there is a BMW I like. (F650GS). I'm also attrected to Triumph's Daytona derived Street Triple. Taking the knock against modern machinery as a given, these, and a few others, seem restrained (in the case of the BMW) and exciting, without being over the top. Also nimble and great handling; I've tried 'em both. Quote from: 1Blackwolf1 on December 10, 2009, 01:33:44 AM With that criteria..probably only the Guzzi Cali Classic. Everything else is a little to cookie cutter. Neo-Indian rebake way to expensive. Victory lost it with to much Ness-ness. Possibly the new Norton..not really sold however. Will. Agreed on the Cali Classic. One of the best looking cruisers out there, in my opinion.
With that criteria..probably only the Guzzi Cali Classic. Everything else is a little to cookie cutter. Neo-Indian rebake way to expensive. Victory lost it with to much Ness-ness. Possibly the new Norton..not really sold however. Will.
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I can't explain why, because this bike goes against most of what I like in motorcycles, but there's a soft spot in my heart for the Suzuki V-STROM 650. Maybe it's so ugly that I just feel bad for it.If I were on the market for an all-weather riding appliance, the V-STROM would be it. Very roomy and a natural fit for my size, and eminently customizable with fog lights, panniers and other accessories.I really love the Harley Sportster 883c but it's just too cramped. Never ridden one, but just sitting on it I could tell I'd be dying to get off after half an hour.Jeff
JEFF!!, Where you been hidin' buddy?
Then I got asked to go again, and you know that I have a hard time stopping before I write a whole page!
Are there any current model bikes you guys DO like?
If you want iconic American, you have to buy American. American Iron is unique, and you can't get it anywhere else. I think all the other countries are still trying to figure out why anyone would want American Iron. They just don't understand it. It's a cultural thing.If you want appliance-like reliability, you buy Japanese. Runs like a watch for years, hitting 15000 rpm every day, without ever looking at it. Provides good performance and value. Completely soul-less. Planned obsolescence. Landfill waiting to happen. Motor vehicle equivalent of a disposable razor.