Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Kamloops, B.C. Canada
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I could definitely see how the old bikes could have "soul", they vibrated, had finicky carbs and were pretty unrefined. But that was and is their appeal too, they were unique and felt more natural, less metal and maybe more "organic" if that is a fair word to use.
Some of the newer bikes, especially those with fuel injection, could definitely be viewed as kind of sterile. They are dead reliable which is great for piece of mind, but knowing that kind of kills the uniqueness of the bike.
As for the V though, I actually really connect with the little 650, I love the fact that it is content to putt around town, but when you open up the pipe (Scorpion for me) it literally comes alive, lifting the wheel a bit and screaming through the powerband, I gotta say there is some "soul" involved...