There is something about these vintage motorcycles that goes beyond mere nostalgia - the sentimental wish to return to something like one's childhood.
The lines of these old machines just seem to me more human, somehow. In the beginning, cars and motorcycle design looked to the past for inspiration. Then came a period of purely pragmatic development (form follows function), and then a period which looked to an imaginary future.
What shapes the design of such things, now?
These pictures are from a vintage motorcycle rally in Bella Vista, Arkansas last Saturday, June 26th, 2010.