Beaks on motorcycles… What’s up with that

Posted: March 5, 2015 in Motorcycle, Motorcycle news
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In an earlier post I mentioned that I had attended the 2015 Timonium Bike show.  While I have noticed this bird like trend in the past it really struck me as I walked around the show, bikes with beaks.

Over the last few years I “feel” that there has been a severe consolidation in the appearance of sportbikes regardless of manufacturer.  The general appearance of a Honda is similar to that of a Yamaha or pic your make.

One of the way by which the appearance is homologizing is bird like front ends.  Below are pictures from the show of just a few of the many bike sporting the beak and they are not all from the same stable…I mean birdhouse.  🙂      Wellll they also look like bugs.

  1. Bob says:

    Maybe it’s because “Beaks on Bikes” is such a catchy phrase. It rolls off the tongue nicely! (-:

  2. steve ford says:

    The “beaked” bikes that all other manufacturers have copied are the BMW GS’s. Before they came out, no bikes had beaks. I proudly own an F800GS that I put 10,000 miles a year on. So to answer your question , I’d have to say what’s up is that all the others are trying to imitate an original, just like what happens in music and art.

  3. I’ve wondered the same!

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