Kawasaki joined the fray awhile back with the retro-looking W800. A neat little bike that is not unlike a Bonneville in it's looks and displacement. Pictured above is the special edition. A little blingy with its gold ecoutrement, but wholly pleasing to look at.
Then, for reasons unknown to man or beast, they handed one over to Phillipe Starck (arguably one of the most famous product designers on earth) to make a one-off, dirt track inspired custom. The result is what you see above. Yes, the man has designed other motorcycles, but he has also designed toilets. This thing looks like a seventeen year-old with some yellow spray paint and access to a metal shop went to town. Steve McQueen, were he alive, would weep at the sight.
I'm continually mystified by companies that hire famous designers to alter their products when they have no real feeling for the product itself. Perhaps we will soon see the Christian Dior Backhoe or the Vera Wang socket set. /rant