Looks or performance.........

Discussion in 'Motorized Bicycle General Discussion' started by scotto-, Jul 29, 2011.

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What do you prefer? One or the other, not both.....

Poll closed Sep 27, 2011.
  1. The way your bike looks

    10 vote(s)
    20.8%
  2. The way your bike peforms

    38 vote(s)
    79.2%
  1. GearNut

    GearNut Active Member

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    With the exception of the XR750, Harleys are cruising machines, not high adrenalin machines. Ridden within their intended design they are tough to beat. Try to spank them through the twisties or race every throttle junkie out there and they will let you down.
     
  2. virginian

    virginian New Member

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    I don't care what it looks like. I want my motorized bike to take me where I want to go fast and reliably.
     
  3. Scootmeister

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    One of the great things about this hobby is there is something for everyone. No prescription applies to anyone. If you can have fun riding down the street on a bike that only a toad could love, that's fine, the creation meets your needs. However, as someone who has been planted in the dirt and asphalt a number of times over my life, I think more thought should be given to safety as an element of performance. Not only do I want a bike that runs well, is fun to ride, and goes fast, I want one that will stop when I need it to, is comfortable to the point that I can enjoy the experience without walking bowlegged the rest of the day, and one that has minimal amenities like lights and fenders in case I get caught in the rain. In addition, I don't like fixing stuff on the side of the road so I don't want fuel leaks, loose wires, or parts that fall off. To me, these are all performance issues. Now, if I get a thumbs up, a wave, or as I get on my Whizzer all the time, guys stopping in the middle of the street to tell me how their dad rode one from Raleigh to Kentucky in 1948, all the better!!! The pizzazz is icing on the cake..weld
     
  4. virginian

    virginian New Member

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    Amen. If the bike is not safe or not reliable, then to me it's a piece of junk. I want to get where I'm going, and I want to get there in one piece.
     
  5. scotto-

    scotto- Custom 4-Stroke Bike Builder

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    Looks like performance out weigh's looks considerably......overall.

    dnut
     
  6. happyvalley

    happyvalley New Member

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    4 out of 5 on the poll but you can't believe polls, lol.
     
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  7. GearNut

    GearNut Active Member

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    I will remember that statement around November 2013.....
     
  8. biknut

    biknut Active Member

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    What this poll tells me is out of 48 bikes, 38 of them are ugly, and 10 of them aren't very fast. hehehe.
     
  9. Mike B

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    I am hoping that the new Solex build will allow me to putt at walk speed smoothly.

    I want to putt around the neighborhood slow.

    I want a bike that will run smooth at less than 5.

    I'm still working on it.
     
  10. happyvalley

    happyvalley New Member

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    I like your style Mike.
    Many years ago I had a Bultaco Sherpa trials bike, first gear was leisurely walking speed.
     
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  11. Lance Portnoff

    Lance Portnoff New Member

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    the bike can look great, but if it dosent work whats the point. its nice to have both
     
  12. scotto-

    scotto- Custom 4-Stroke Bike Builder

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    Yeah.....I'm all about performance, but I like they way my bikes look......both is best!

    I like your frames Lance......a great foundation and your bikes look great! Wish I was made of money sometimes.........:D

    dnut
     
  13. biknut

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    Yeah I knew it would come to this. All of my bikes have one or the other starting out, but end up with both before long, so for us either answer is right.

    A better question might be,

    Could you live with a great bike that no matter what you do, is always ugly?
     
  14. scotto-

    scotto- Custom 4-Stroke Bike Builder

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    Sure.....that would be part of it's greatness laff

    dnut
     
  15. Goat Herder

    Goat Herder Gutter Rider

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    If you compare it to a perfect looking bike that is absolutely junk then of course.

    Beauty is always in the eyes of the beholder.. ;)
     
  16. biknut

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    To answer this question my advise is, after what I married, next time I'd go for ugly, but we were, talking about bikes weren't we?
     
  17. Lance Portnoff

    Lance Portnoff New Member

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    thanks scotto for the complement, were doing our best to make our bikes look great and perform outstanding, the best of both worlds
     
  18. max350

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    Performance and functionality is most important, to get it to work as planned is the main challenge. Performance may be different things. such as speed, reliability, fuel consumption etc.. But I like speed most!

    test run on you tube Bombarrepa Motorbicycle:) - YouTube xct2
     
  19. Wm Holden

    Wm Holden New Member

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    If ya wanna go fast ...get in the car.
     
  20. flatblack

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    Unless it's a Honda Fit. I've paced one of those! Ha!
     

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