Ten Bikes with Soul and Character

Ten ways to keep it soulful (and sometimes a little strange) while having a good time on two wheels.

Ten Bikes with Soul and Character

Ten Bikes with Soul and Character

For decades, the implacable march of technology and improved performance has driven motorcycles to incredible heights. Even our dyno and GPS-based timing equipment are so shocked by what they’re recording that they’ve started putting exclamation points after some of the horsepower and quarter-mile numbers. But as awesome as all this performance, economy, reliability, comfort and convenience is, it hasn’t necessarily made motorcycling any more fun than it was in the past.

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...

[Confederate X132 Hellcat

The Wild One.

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Confederate X132 Hellcat

Confederate X132 Hellcat

Moto Guzzi V7 Racer

Moto Guzzi V7 Racer

Ural M70 Anniversary Edition

Ural M70 Anniversary Edition

Ducati Diavel Carbon

Ducati Diavel Carbon

Triumph Scrambler

Triumph Scrambler

KTM RC8 R

KTM RC8 R

Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight

Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight

Royal Enfield Classic 500

Royal Enfield Classic 500

Cleveland CycleWerks Misfit

Cleveland CycleWerks Misfit

Honda Ruckus

Honda Ruckus