To explore this phenomenon, we decided to forget the specs (mostly) and go in search of the strange and wonderful, the exotic and the just plain odd, to come up with a group of new motorcycles that exhibit that hard-to-define quality: character. So, what follows are 10 models that make a compelling argument for the immeasurable, machines that, through their distinct spirits, connect us to the fundamental essence of riding.
For the week of June 18-22, we’ll be introducing two bikes on a daily basis. Be sure to come back every day to check ‘em out…
It’s probably difficult to mass-produce a motorcycle with true character these days. Luckily, Confederates are not mass-produced.
The greatest success of the retro-flavor Moto Guzzi V7 Racer? It makes you want to wear exactly the right riding gear.
If a motorcycle could be judged solely by its ability to attract attention, then the Ural M70 Anniversary Edition is one of the coolest and most captivating rides on the road.
The Diavel is a hot-chili-oil gel-cap suppository up the rectum of all that is sedentary and conventional.
Styling right out of one of the great Golden Ages of motorcycle design.
A world-class sportbike with a concentration of cool characteristics that hit your senses with all the force of an avalanche.
It’s not fast, it doesn’t rail corners, it doesn’t bristle with the latest technology. It just feels good to ride.
The simple soul of a Single with a “beat” all its own.
A lightweight bike with tons of character.
Soul power! Well, lots of soul, but it’s a 50cc four-stroke, so the power is in its personality.