The bike (Carbine) posted above, that's another example of a cross between a Motorcycle and a Bicycle - All it needs is a motor and game on! i mean why not just chuck on a 2 stroke or something? It'll save pedalling!
It's as ugly as sin - too big, too in yer face and too 'over sized', doesn't turn me on much, like an overweight Katy Price
It's funny that you mention the Carbine looking like a motorbike, I have to say that I have always appreciated chunky bikes, as I said before I want my mountain bikes to look different from road bikes. So I have always liked bikes that look different from the standard diamond frame lay out.
Some of my favourites back in the day are the San Andreas, that Gorgeous Kestrel carbon, the Formula 1, Mantis, and most E stay bikes, the chunkier the better for me.
And of course there is my lovely Quake 9 which I adore, I had the choice to go for the Mount Vision, it is essentially the same after all. But I fell for the Monocoque frame and the rest is history.
So I've always loved the "engine less motorbike" look, which is why modern bikes look good to me. doesn't stop me from appreciating a Rocky Mountain T-bolt though, dribble!
(oh and don't compare the Gorgeous Carbine to Katie Price, blurg!