The 2005 Honda CBR 1000RR Repsol edition.

It’s my dad’s bike and unfortunately it doesn’t leave the garage much. It doesn’t even have 8,000 miles. I take it out every once in a while to keep the fluids moving.

It’s a gorgeous bike in my opinion. It’s plenty fast. Sure, it can’t compete with the electronics-ridden tackle on sale today. But damn if it doesn’t look better than them.

The angular bodywork, a proportionally correct tail unit, and a center exit exhaust routed under the seat. To me, it seemed a spitting image of Hayden’s RC211V.

When this design hit the market back in 2004, I thought, “How could anything look more right than this? Surely this is the peak.”

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And, as it turns out, it sort of was the peak. For looks, anyway. My opinion, of course.

Honda, what happened?