first, most of them are just $300 swingarm extenders, not "one piece" swingarms" per se. second, yes, it's a "look", but if you did want to go at it with a 'busa that just so happens to roll up, if he's got "length" you're not going to have a chance from low speed. A reason, but by no means THE reason, for a longer arm is accleration from low speeds on torquey bikes. i mean, there's LOTS of people in all sorts of cars and bikes that still race on the street. if i see a tubbed and slammed muscle car with a proper drag racing suspension on the street, my first thought isn't "poseur", it's "he's got REAL gear under that car".
i tend to be opinionated. ("NO ! Bucky ?!") i also tend to make up sayings for myself to remind myself to be more accepting. so one that i have for bikes is, "if he's on two wheels, he can't be ALL bad".
same here. at least these people are riders. i don't "get" harleys, but i understand that people ride for different reasons.
i've ridden on the street with my 8" stretched , 3+ inch dropped hardtail drag bike and it's rideable. it's not carvable, but it "works". plus, i can't describe how much fun it was to paint stripes on city streets. just WHACK the throttle open in first and have my 919 step out just a scoche, just like my '88 5.0 used to do, and stripe the street with a touch of "countersteer" through the bars. GRINS !