Went to the bike show on Saturday and enjoyed it very much. But i cant help but think that the majority of us and the motorcycling press are getting so blinkered and biased towards sports bikes that we barely even look at other bikes. for example R1 wins bike of the year. Theres a shock, it was either that or the GSXR1000. Dont get me wrong its a great bike and probably deserves to be up there with the best, but we seem to have become obsessed with speed and sportiness when there were lots of other bikes there with loads of other things on offer. What about the Victory Core? sheer lunacy! or the new norton. or the KTM 990 SMT what about something less than 1000cc heaven forbid bike of the year goes to a 125 but the Rieju looked ACE!!
I think what im trying to say is that we seem obsessed with the big 3, rideability, functionality, and performance when perhaps we should judge bikes on other characteristics, such as aesthetics, design brilliance, engineering, quirkiness, character and originality.
My wife said it best when we came off the Victory stand after looking at some of their hideous (but brilliantly odd) tourers. "i didnt like that in anyway, but at least ill remember it, i couldnt tell the difference between the sports bikes at more than 5 yards"