Ten New Motorcycles to Ride in 2014- CW’s Top Ten List

13 Feb 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Ten New Motorcycles to Ride in 2014- CW’s Top Ten List

Ten New Motorcycles We’re Dying to Ride in 2014 Here’s our annual list. Tell us what’s on yours.

Well, it’s that time of year again, when Christmas becomes a fast-fading memory and we all start crafting New Year’s resolutions. But rather than making a list of commitments we’ll struggle to keep, we thought it would be a lot more fun to look ahead and create a list of the 10 motorcycles we most look forward to riding in 2014. By this, we mean production machines we haven’t ridden yet, but need to get on as soon as possible. Without further ado, our list:

BMW R nineT

It’s clear that BMW’s designers have had lots of fun with the naked R nineT roadster, and we want so see if the bike’s dynamics back up those great looks. The R nineT, which celebrates the 90th anniversary of BMW Motorrad, goes after a hipper, more contemporary crowd with its stripped looks, rich textures, and black wheels, plus an available brushed-aluminum tail section that transforms this new German into a café racer of sorts.

We’re glad BMW has chosen to power the R nineT with the air- and oil-cooled version of the company’s 1170cc boxer engine because it’s more in character with this elemental machine than the liquid-cooled flat-twin found in other BMWs such as the R1200GS. On sale in March.

Ducati Monster 1200

For 20 years, the Monster has been a huge success for Ducati . growing continually more powerful along the way. And now there’s an all-new Monster 1200 on the horizon continuing that tradition. It’s called the 1200, and its powered by the liquid-cooled 11-degree Testastretta 1198 engine that makes 135 hp in the base model and 145 in the 1200 S. Yes, that’s the Diavel engine, and it’s mounted in a bike that’s much bigger than before, with a wheelbase 2.4 in. longer than the Monster 1100 Evo’s. Claimed weight of the big new 2014 Monster, fitted with a huge 4.6-gallon fuel tank, is 460 pounds.

Honda Mega Pro CW 160

The Monster 1200 costs $13,495; the S goes for $15,995.

Harley-Davidson Street 750 and 500

As Harley’s first all-new model in 13 years, the Street is hugely important, a bike aimed at the young urban buyers from around the world who were described by one exec as Harley’s “path to the future.” Streets for the US market are built in Harley ’s Kansas City plant, and they’re powered by an all-new liquid-cooled 60-degree V-twin with chain-driven single overhead camshafts that operate four valves per cylinder. Called the Revolution X and smoothed by a single balance shaft, this powerplant helps keep the seat height and center of gravity low, which is important because the Street—which weighs 480 pounds gassed up and ready to ride—is positioned as a first bike, one with significantly more suspension travel than a Sportster. But will it sound like a Harley?

MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800

Honda Mega Pro CW 160
Honda Mega Pro CW 160
Honda Mega Pro CW 160
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