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The year of the ugly stick

#1 Unread post by High_Side » Tue Oct 10, 2006 10:15 pm

What the hell is happening in Japan? Is it 'cause I'm getting old or is styling taking a bad turn for the worse? Both the 599 and the Z1000 used to be good looking....what the hell happened?
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#2 Unread post by VermilionX » Tue Oct 10, 2006 10:33 pm

i like the new 599, all better to me. that shorty can is awesome.

the Z1000 is better to me too except the ugly can.
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#3 Unread post by Sev » Tue Oct 10, 2006 10:53 pm

I dislike the gauges on the new 599, and I miss the classic high mount exhaust, even though it caused problems. Otherwise I sorta dig the futureistic look. I wouldn't mind getting that headlight dealy on mine.. if it was possible to transfer.

It's occured to me that there is probably no underseat storage now though.
Of course I'm generalizing from a single example here, but everyone does that. At least I do.

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#4 Unread post by Ninja Geoff » Tue Oct 10, 2006 10:53 pm

The Crimson Rider® wrote:the Z1000 is better to me too except the ugly can.
Agreed. Though the best looking 599's are the 04's (and other years in that gen).
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#5 Unread post by Skier » Tue Oct 10, 2006 11:00 pm

Sevulturus wrote:I dislike the gauges on the new 599, and I miss the classic high mount exhaust, even though it caused problems.
What kind of problems? Aside from my melty turnsignal that was my fault.

And MAN all of those bikes look hideous in their new incarnation. I'm going to go pour bleach in my eyes, back in a minute...
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#6 Unread post by ofblong » Tue Oct 10, 2006 11:09 pm

I like the bike in the first picture and the bike in the last. SOrry I dont know names of bikes very well. I am assuming the first one is the 599?

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#7 Unread post by asiantay » Tue Oct 10, 2006 11:21 pm

That Duc's nose looks like a freaking whale.

NOT sexy! :mrgreen:
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#8 Unread post by VermilionX » Tue Oct 10, 2006 11:23 pm

ofblong wrote:
is sexier :D.
LOL!

eventhough the desomodici gets my vote on looks, i'd still pick an RC211V just bec of it's superior performance.
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#9 Unread post by Sev » Tue Oct 10, 2006 11:29 pm

Skier wrote:
Sevulturus wrote:I dislike the gauges on the new 599, and I miss the classic high mount exhaust, even though it caused problems.
What kind of problems? Aside from my melty turnsignal that was my fault.

And MAN all of those bikes look hideous in their new incarnation. I'm going to go pour bleach in my eyes, back in a minute...
Gets in the way when you want to mount soft bags. Not a huge problem, but an annoyance.

Though it's a far sight better then that exhaust they do have.

I will admit though, I'd like the tail and the front end (except the new gauges) to put onto my bike. LoL.
Of course I'm generalizing from a single example here, but everyone does that. At least I do.

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#10 Unread post by MakeCarsStandSTill » Tue Oct 10, 2006 11:40 pm

THey look to futuristic, ALIENS!!!! AHHH :laughing:
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#11 Unread post by camthepyro » Wed Oct 11, 2006 12:21 am

I like the new 599, but the kawi looks fugly with that exhaust, it looks like a freaking tuba. And the duc is sexy, especially the nose, I like the single ram air induction tube thingy.
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#12 Unread post by Mintbread » Wed Oct 11, 2006 1:30 am

It was a big ask but I think they managed to make the new Z1000 exhaust uglier than the last one.
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#13 Unread post by Kal » Wed Oct 11, 2006 4:04 am

Thats a look thats been creaping through all the manufacturers... Sort of anguler like a stealth bomber...

The first production place I can remember seeing it was the TnT... I suspect its a look that will be here for a while...
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#14 Unread post by High_Side » Wed Oct 11, 2006 7:03 am

I believe that the Cagiva V-Raptor started it all. WHo knew it would become "stylish"?

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#15 Unread post by jstark47 » Wed Oct 11, 2006 7:05 am

Add the new VMax to that list. Hideous. Even Triumph's caught the disease, the new Tiger screams "hey, look, I can be just as ugly as the Japanese big 4!"
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#16 Unread post by dzervit » Wed Oct 11, 2006 9:12 am

Wow, you just can't polish a turd. Both old and new models are not my cup of tea. :laughing:
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#17 Unread post by Venarius » Wed Oct 11, 2006 9:36 am

I love the new 599...much better than the bland old version.

However I think the Z-1000 is going a little too over the top.

And I also like the new V-max.

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#18 Unread post by ZooTech » Wed Oct 11, 2006 9:57 am

They look fine to me. I think Japan is taking design cues directly from Anime.

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#19 Unread post by VermilionX » Wed Oct 11, 2006 9:59 am

the Vmax concept is SWEET!

that's about the only cruiser i'll buy if i had the money.











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#20 Unread post by Mintbread » Wed Oct 11, 2006 2:44 pm

High_Side wrote:I believe that the Cagiva V-Raptor started it all. WHo knew it would become "stylish"?
It looks like they took a lot of the styling cues from the mighty Suzuki Katana to make the Raptor.
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