Watched some of a programme called Biker Build Off last night and it featured some custom bikes which were works of art, jaw-droppingly gorgeous (IMO). Albeit probably not very rideable, but as forms in metal, not far short of some of the sexiest bits of bike heritage.
Some of them explode a caricature of the motorcycle, and reassemble it into something that looks like a child's perfect doodle-bike:
and some hark back to a golden era of chrome and rubber:
Major manufacturers could do well to take cues from these guys, their attention to detail (where the devil lies, after all) and worship of form making some of the 'Big 4' designs look, by comparison, like they formed in a jelly mould.
OK, so there have been a few inspired design touches which have made it to market (Ducati 916 rear end, YZF-R lights, Speed Triple 'haunch') but mass market bikes tend to play it safe, rather than challenge their market's tastes.
But are they your cup of tea, can you see past the stereotype and make out the beauty, or are they lost on you?