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Naked Sportbikes: The New Cafe Racers

Posted in Motorcycle, Sportbikes by Vito Rispo | September 5th, 2008 | Leave a Reply |

A Naked Kawasaki Concours 14

HellForLeather has a great post about the new cafe racers: stripped down sportsbikes.

They hit the nail right on the head: function is form. The beauty of these bikes is their inner workings. I like their comment about leaving the stock exhaust on too: quest is the new loud.
Check out some of their pics after the jump.

If I may quote:

What’s missing is a strong technical element to the look, something that isn’t provided by the sharply creased plastic and weird exhaust cans of bikes like the Kawasaki Z1000 and Suzuki B-King. That look is surprisingly easy to achieve. Strip the fairing from most current sportsbikes and what you’re left with is a perfectly functional motorcycle, just one whose style is provided by its mechanical components, not plastics. Motorcycle design’s mantra has always been form follows function, it should be: function is form.

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