My own Top 10 motorcycles from India which do "not" have the best styling..
Forword: Although styling is a matter of personal taste.. and in most cases lies in the eyes of the beholder. But one can't argue against the fact that a bike has to look good from "every possible angle".
One might not agree with me, but posted below are my "Personal top 10" bikes which have a little bit of problem in their styling or in some cases totally bad styling. Please do not get offended if you happen to own one of the motorcycles mentioned below.
10. Bajaj pulsar 220 DTS-Fi (2007)
Even though I myself own a Fuel Injected Pulsar 220 DTS-Fi, I am not shying away from calling a spade a spade. Although the bike looks good from the front and rear and three quarter view, when viewed bang side on, the fixed half fairing appears as an after thought. The shape of the front fairing and the tank is not in proportion to each other.
But the visual appearance of the bike has improved after the 2009 Pulsar 220 DTS-i (carbureted) version got the all back theme (engine, alloys finished in black) which has helped keep the visual impact tighter.
09. Yamaha R15
I know there would be many R15 fans who would be surprised at seeing the R15 in this list. But then like the Pulsar 220 DTS-Fi, even the R15 is not totally proportionate. If the Pulsar 220 had its front fairing as the visual weak link, the R15 has its rear portion as its sore point.
The relatively thin/slim rear doesn’t gel with the beautifully styled front fairing. I have known many of my friends who have not bought the R15 just because of the rear portion.
08. Hero Honda CBZ Xtreme (2006)
I couldn’t believe my eyes when Hero Honda decided to label this new bike with the CBZ name when it was launched in 2006. Compared to the original CBZ (1998) this new bike was looking to me like a bad dream.
In 2009, Hero Honda did come up with some color and sticker changes on the CBZ Xtreme which has made the bike palatable and easier on the eye now. The use of matt back paint/sticker on the side panels and the red colored rear end tip; now break up the visual monotony of otherwise plain plastic surface.
07. Hero Honda Karizma ZMR
Basically the fuel injected Karizma ZMR is based on the carbureted Karizma R with a full fairing slapped on and a different looking rear portion.
For the "full fairing" crazy, deprived Indian biker, the bike might seem to be like a "Superbike"; but I personally don’t understand what kind of category the Karizma ZMR falls in. The closest category for the Karizma ZMR could be a Sports Tourer, thanks to its upright and comfortable ergonomics.
But take a look at the shape of the headlamp, and the "Hayabusa" inspired "ZMR branding on the side of the fairing. Sigh..!!
06. Hero Honda Glamour
Ok, leave the criticism out. But can anyone tell me what’s “Glamorous” here..??
05. Kinetic Velocity
Looks quite like a Hero Honda Glamour clone to me, and one definitely designed by a Chinese firm. The bike no longer exists.
04. Yamaha Fazer (125 cc)
Bike enthusiasts who have been following the Indian bike scene will remember that the first bike from Yamaha India to get the Fazer name was a 125 cc model. The Fazer was the model from which the Gladiator / SS 125 originated, but had funny looking headlamps.
It was touted to have insect like headlamps. But hey.. I don’t like riding an insect.
03. Bajaj XCD 125 / TVS Centra
The concept and the fate of both the bikes were almost same. Developed to return the best fuel efficiency (read 100 kmpl), for the lowest price tag. Result was that styling was probably neglected. Lives of both models were short lived.
02. TVS Fiero
I can’t find anything good to talk about the Fiero’s looks. Come to think of it, the 150 cc Fiero was pitted against the handsome Hero Honda CBZ and the “Definitely Male” Bajaj Pulsar. Despite having the best engine and gearbox, the meek, weak and confused styling of the Fiero totally let it down.
01. Bajaj Byk
Launched (and soon discontinued) in the early 2000’s, I still don’t know what the BYK was about in terms of styling.
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