Beauty is in t… | 8 new motorcycles that YOU find ugly

Ahh style… beauty is in the eye of the beholder, one man’s dream design is another man’s nightmare, looks that inspire awe and consternation. In short, opinion is just that.

So when the question “what do you think are the ugliest motorcycles you can buy new today” [a query admittedly motivated by a particular model, see below] on the Visordown WhatsApp Group chat, this generated a feverish debate among us staff members.

Naturally, opinions on the appearance of any motorcycle are subjective, far from it being our place to put together a definitive list of motorcycles that – being polite – are aesthetically challenged simply because “we” think so.

So we chickened out [sorry!] and instead delegated responsibility on social media to you [you’re welcome!]…

The response was substantial and – perhaps surprisingly – generated a fairly cohesive list of suggestions, which we compiled and used to generate an overview [in no particular order] of eight models that, you’ll agree, have a look that only a manufacturer could love…

Buell Super Touring 1190

Sorry Buell, we have to admit it was your brand new Buell SuperTouring 1190 that prompted the question that led us to this feature today.

Revealed a few weeks ago at Daytona, this is the second launch of its latest revival, which went live in November 2021 some five years after the American company collapsed for the second time and 12 years after its liquidation by the then owners. Harley-Davidson.

The first out of the rebooted production line was the re-profiled Buell 1190 RX Hammerhead, which, with its single vertical headlight and side fairing vents, should have given us a hint that the new owners weren’t ready to blend in. the crowd this time.

And yet the 1190 SuperTouring – its first all-new creation – stands out for all the wrong reasons.

Touted as a rival to the Harley-Davidson Pan America (more on that later…) despite having no off-road capabilities, the SuperTouring 1190 raises an eyebrow with its boxy, utilitarian aesthetic, which under some angles looks like the ungodly successor to the Ulysses, a model that was equally ambiguous on the segment and not exactly a stunner.

The problem is that it looks almost unfinished, seeming to have espoused far too many ideas without any refinement. For example, we “get” that the dual headlights are inspired by the XB12R, but then why house them in a flimsy-looking box, or the vents that are unusually highly visible on the side, or the vertical screen that pops as an afterthought? .

While the render shown 12 months ago suggested this would be a chunky, imposing and distinctive new offering in the touring class, the result makes us wonder if they were looking at the same sketch…

Harley Davidson Pan America

We led with the Buell SuperTouring 1190 here, but if we were to rank these bikes by how many names and shames they received on social media, the Harley-Davidson Pan America was such a dazzling winner/loser that ‘she monopolizes almost the entire top ten to herself.

It’s not often that Harley-Davidson has to design outside the box after refining the cruiser silhouette that forms the basis of most of its models over the decades, but the decision to branch out into new segments has put stylists to the test.

It’s hard to make an adventure bike look sexy when you consider all the function that trumps form, but Harley-Davidson at least tried to do something different with the Pan America and the result is as imposing and the bigger the better. ‘ as you would expect from the American firm.

However, whether you can handle Pan America depends almost entirely on whether you can lap up the unusual front end… which is ironic, as the wide, angular snout has often been compared to the hammerhead shark, arguably the craziest of the shark family. .

We’ll admit it looks better in person, whereas the rest of the Pan America is a handsome beast…but in such a competitive class, do you really want to draw more attention to your bike design than this what are you doing on it?

Suzuki Hayabusa

Suzuki hasn’t escaped your wrath with three of its models nominated a few times for inclusion here.

Since we’ve kindly limited this to one entry per manufacturer, the GSX-S1000 and Katana can rest easy, as neither has generated as many comments as the Hayabusa.

Perhaps the Hayabusa is a slightly dangling fruit for this list, though it’s a sign of how differently we perceive the extraordinary high-speed sports bike in 2022 compared to 1999, when it was launched for the first time to gasp and marvel.

At the time, we happily accepted that its bulbous proportions were part of the reason it was the world’s fastest production motorcycle, with the Hayabusa’s appearance evolving from the standard for a purpose, much like an Olympic athlete for example.

However, there are plenty of people to blame for using the Hayabusa as a boastful example of over-customization with many examples around the world becoming outlandish at best, a monstrosity at worst.

It’s a design that lasted 21 years during the first generation’s (long) lifespan, so when we found out that a second generation was (finally) coming in 2021, we were secretly hoping that Suzuki would opt for something something more flexible and aggressive.

To some extent it is, but the Hayabusa is still all bumps and bulges, which would be good for aerodynamic effect if it weren’t actually slower than the model it replaced. Still, while much of the Suzuki lineup tends to stick to the basics, at least this is one bike you can never, ever miss.

Yamaha MT-10

If the Pan America was the first loser on this list, the latest generation Yamaha MT-10 chases it in second place… which is an ominous indictment for a model that literally just went on sale.

Yamaha has something of a dodgy race when it comes to design that appeals to the public. It all started with the launch of the MT-09 in 2020 with its single circular headlight emerging from the lashings of the matte black fairing, then a similar approach with the revised MT-07 before being adapted more aggressively for the sportbike. R7 Cyclops.

Perhaps sensing that the headlight arrangement wasn’t the way to go after all, Yamaha attempted to play it safer with the new generation MT-10, which sticks to the dual projector setup of its beautiful predecessor.

However, after streamlining the front fascia, Yamaha seems to have taken a misstep by adding arcing light strips above the headlamps. The result is what appears to be a motorcycle with eyebrows similar to those you’ll see around town on a Friday night… or Short Circuit’s Johnny 5.

Once you see it, you can’t see it…

BMW R 1250 GS – GS Adventure

Now here’s a controversial one…

The BMW R 1250 GS and GS Adventure have been among Europe’s best-selling motorcycles for as long as we can remember, so we’re guessing that there are a lot more people who find the look palatable than distasteful.

It may have been their ubiquity on the road that has drawn the brunt of the negative opinion, but we’ll admit there are still some typically quirky details about the latest generation model.

The asymmetrical arrangement of the ‘blinking’ headlights is certainly quirky, but it still lends character to the BMW, while we can accept that the chunky proportions are a little ‘busy’ if we’re pushed.

Admittedly, BMW has form in the matter but with a range today certainly more conservative than some of its models of yesteryear.

Indeed, BMW has earned a reputation for getting the design wrong over the decades, with models like the chunky K1, the spider-faced look-alike R1200C and its ST sibling, the wheeled F650 vacuum cleaner. and – of course – the atrocious roof-equipped Scooter C1 living in rather infamy.

Indian Challenger

It’s no easy task to apply the design of a traditional motorcycle – with its slender frame and smaller surface area for detail – to a large, hulking cruiser, but we’re pretty sure the Indian Challenger could have benefited from a different approach than the one he ended up with. with.

In a class where not only size is king, in the battle of American-flagged baggers, bigger is better… which is fine if you’re riding Route 66, but crossing Coventry on a motorcycle as wide as a car both end and boast boat to boat proportions is no easy task.

So, sure, it would help if you didn’t draw more attention to yourself with a gigantic front dresser and gigantic lighting arrangement. Then again, with its comfortable seat and foot-forward position, you might be lounging too much to care.

After all, you don’t buy a model like the Indian Challenger if you want to mix…or filter.

Honda NT 1100

We reckon the Honda NT 1100 wouldn’t have made it to this list if its design hadn’t been adapted from the original X-ADV off-road scooter.

Indeed, one could imagine the process working the other way around, but using a scooter – albeit quite unique – to stretch a similar look around a sporty 1100cc grand tourer seems a bit undervaluing.

Granted, you wouldn’t exactly call the NT 1100 ugly per se, but while the rugged, chunky appearance of the X-ADV condensed into a small size looks beefy, the NT 1100 looks a bit unsightly and unremarkable.

Oddly though, their price isn’t all that different, with the NT 1100’s £11,999 looking rather good value for money compared to the £10,949 asking for the X-ADV.

Kawasaki H2

Kawasaki has derived a lot of value from its so-called Sugomi-style steering over the years, although the success of its application has sometimes been failure rather than success.

What it isn’t however is subtle and nothing more than on the explosive H2 sportbike which successfully applies the madness of its 999cc 210hp supercharged four-cylinder engine in a look that commands the attention of this way, please!

Sharp and angular to the bulb of the Hayabusa, the H2 is the true equivalent of a manga bike so let’s just say there’s a lot going on in the looks of this most hyper of sportsbikes.

Granted, it’s not pretty or stylish, but in terms of impact wherever it goes, the Kawasaki H2 delivers on that front with ease.

Interestingly, you gave the H2 more downvotes than its arguably crazier cousin, the Bimota Tesi H2, which retains all the craziness but dresses it up in even more distinctive bodywork. More exotic, but absolutely more

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