Spring is almost upon us once again, and the call of the open road is getting louder and louder. As a new motorcycle season dawns, it’s time to take a look at the hottest hogs on the market. Without further ado, let’s get an eyeful of some of this year’s hottest models.
2014 Honda CBR650F
Pitched as a smooth street rider at a wallet-friendly price, the Honda CBR650F boasts nimble handling with a Twin-Spar-style steel frame and powerful disc brakes, making this a fun ride through the hills, city streets or around the track. The CBR650F is easy on gas with a comfortable seat for everyday riding. Comes it Red, Candy Blue and Matte Black Metallic. Available this summer between $8499 and $8999.
2014 Star Roadliner S
How about a high-tech spin on an American classic? The 2014 Yamaha Roadliner S 1854cc features air-cooled pushrod V-twin engine for flexibility and thrust at any speed. Its high-tech fuel injection system allows for efficiency and throttle response in a variety of road and weather conditions. It’s flexible, it’s flashy and a smooth, comfortable ride no matter the road. Starts at $14,990.
Ducati Streetfighter 848
Ducati continues their trend of superb superbikes with the Streetfighter 848. The Testaretta engine delivers 132 horsepower and killer torque even at low speeds. Its sexy chassis allows for maximum control and comfort while maintaining Ducati’s signature raw power feel. Comes in Red and Dark Stealth.
2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Nomad ABS
It has a retro look, sure, but don’t let the Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Nomad ABS fool you – it’s a thoroughly modern machine! Sporting classic aesthetics with the cutting edge in ABS, cruise control and a velvet-smooth 1700cc V-twin engine, you’ll want to ride into the sunset long after it’s gone with this cruiser. Comes in Flat Ebony/Pearl Flat Crystal White two-tone. Starts at $17,499.
Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle
Put a powerhouse between you and the road with this beast fresh off of Harley-Davidson’s assembly line. The V-Rod Muscle is an aggressive cruiser with the handling of a high-performance racer. The Muscle houses the durable Revolution engine, notorious for surviving the Dusseldorf Test, 500 hours of non-stop high-performance riding! Starts at $15,849.
Indian Chief Classic
You don’t get much more classic than Indian motorcycles. One of the top names in bikes remade their iconic Chief, hooking up the legendary bike with the finest modern trimmings. The Thunder Stroke 111 engine offers a hefty 119 ft-lbs of torque echoing the nostalgic powerhouses of the past. The bike also highlights keyless starting, chrome for days and a slick, alluring classic look all around. Starting at $20,999.
BMW S 1000 R
This dressed-down, comfortable quickster is perfect for urban roads, rain or shine. This little beauty comes standard with stability control, ABS and two power settings. The 4-cylinder in-line engine melds beautifully with the no-frills frame, making for a sleek, nimble ride mile after mile. Starts at $13,150.
Suzuki V-Strom 100 ABS
The versatile V-Strom offers a powerful ride on and off the road. The smooth suspension allows for long travel times, and the Adventure version of the bike – with detachable saddlebags, a tall windscreen, hand guards and crash bars – is perfect for those who like a little mud on the tires. Starting at $12,699.
And now for something completely different. Boasting 106 ft-lb torque and a 0-to-60 time of 3.3 seconds, the Zero SR makes a strong case for the electric automotive industry. The 67-horsepower engine sends the SR zipping along at a top speed of 102 mph. The aircraft-grade aluminum frame creates a “naked,” sleek and modern look and a lightweight, maneuverable ride with a low center of gravity. The ZF11.4 battery back allows for a 137 urban mile range or 85 miles at 55 mph, and it charges in eight hours. Starts at $12,999.
The cruiser powerhouse Valkyrie is ready to roll off the assembly lines this April, and bikers are pumped for its return. The 1832cc 6-cylinder engine makes this beast roar and a 19-inch front wheel and 17 inches on the back keeps this ride low and taking corners like a dream. Make no mistake – The Valkyrie is a true muscle cruiser!
What’s your dream machine in 2014? Let’s talk about it in the comments below!