I'm certainly not wishing to start a battle between the sexes but thought it was useful background on how I tend to view motorbikes - very much function over form. Well, perhaps just a smidgeon of form due to Jennie's encouragement not to be a complete ass.
Getting to the point, I had a most enjoyable 340 km round trip yesterday to a motorcycle dealer in Hamilton to have new tyres fitted to the Street Triple (more on tyres in a couple of posts). Anyway, having consigned the bike to the tender mercies of the service department, I was clear to grab a coffee and wander round the showroom for an hour. The Hamilton Motorcycle Centre is agent for Triumph, Ducati, Kawasaki and BMW and the showroom is comprehensively stocked with multitudes of models representing these brands. Now whether it was the sunny day, a good ride, outstanding bike centre staff, or the sum of all these things; I was very surprised to find that I wasn't looking at the functionality of these bikes, but their shapes, colours and artistic merits - eeeeek.... must take my man pills. All joking aside, looking at them in this light rather than a purely technical one was a real pleasure and I must really do more of it.
I'm not saying that Jennie would enthusiastically embrace any of these bikes hung on a wall in lieu of our paintings and photographs, but she might appreciate the fact that I've stepped out of the usual way of looking at things! Learning from more experienced bloggers, I'd actually packed a camera and I'd like to share some of the photos I took to illustrate the artistic side of motorcycles. Click to enlarge.
Ducati 1198S rear end.....(wiping drool off chin)
Oh, those curves.......
Rocket 3 engine - immense power and a thing of brutal beauty.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel would have approved
Plain matt black Rocket 3 tank - where less is more
Tell me this isn't art!
Every woman looks great in a black number with diamonds
Every guy looks great on a black number with chrome
Ok, so I've been ever so slightly tongue-in-cheek about functionality and form but it's hard to dispute that the bikes above are superb examples of beautiful machinery, whether you're a die hard sports bike fan, cruiser enthusiast or whatever. The other thing I've noticed is that modern bikes seem to attract favourable comments from both sexes when parked up anywhere, not just guys; maybe another telling commentary on classy styling.