Japanese custom bike builders have been tinkering with 70s-era Yamaha SR models for years but the old, reliable twins are getting some traction in the states thanks to builders like Virginia-based Motohangar. Their stylishly stripped-down SR café builds look fast & mean but cost only a fraction of the price of a new bike. Source
Year after year, Honda’s legendary VFR1200 ranks among the most advanced and fastest production bikes on the road. Along with ABS braking, traction control, and its super-compact 1237cc V4 motor, the 2013 gets a standard setting dual-clutch transmission for paddle-style speed shifting through all 6 gears.
The Bike EXIF blog is one of the internet’s most popular custom motorcycle sites. If you’ve got a thing for hot pics of 2-wheeled vehicles, the site is practically p@rn. Their 2013 13-month wall calendar features incredible photography of the year’s most iconic bikes which you can proudly display in your office without fear of an HR infraction.
Inspired by the Russian icebreaker ships that smash their way through the Arctic Ocean off the Yamal Peninsula, the limited edition Ural Yamal features a beefed up build for all-weather survival. It’s got additional lighting, hand guards, a weatherproofed undercarriage, a knobby spare tire, plus a high-vis orange paint scheme.
The idea of a touring variant of the incredible Ducati Diavel superbike is like a Lamborghini station wagon or a Porsche SUV … Oh, wait. Well, anyway, before you write it off, consider what fun it would be to take this massive, 162 horsepower Italian stallion on a roadtrip. The “Strada” features everything you need for touring: a windshield, panniers, even a passenger backrest.
The X132 Hellcat Combat is not the type of two-wheeled roadboat to answer the urge of that mid-life Easy Rider fantasy. This thing is built around the fastest big block V-twin motor ever. It was designed for breaking land speed records at Bonneville and that’s what it does. With a top road speed of 200mph, this thing will peel dads off the back before they can say “Wild Hogs.”
With its trellis frame design and a ridiculous power-to-weight ratio, MV Agusta’s latest 798cc triple-cylinder streetfighter got a fitting a name. The Brutale is a mean one. It will be available in the states next year.
Since its introduction in 1986, the Ducati Monster has consistently been one of the most universally respected motorcycles on the road. Admired by bikers of every stripe for its fierce engine tone, well-balanced Italian design, and visceral ride, Ducati is marking the Monster’s 20th birthday with 3 distinct Anniversary editions: the naked & nimble M696, the M796 featuring an all new L-Twin motor, and the burly, 100-horse, twin-valve M1100 EVO.
With clean, classic lines plus Italian design and engineering, the new range of 2013 V7 models from Moto Guzzi is one of the most interesting things happening in the mid-size bike market. 3 models: the blacked-out V7 Stone, the touring equipped V7 Special, and the café-inspired V7 Racer all feature Guzzi’s signature 90º V-twin 750cc powerplant & amazingly, all 3 are priced under $10K.
Harley has been trying hard to shake the stigma their big twin bikes have as being heavy, two-wheeled chrome boats that dads and doctors drive on Sunday afternoons. Their latest effort, the 2013 Softail CVO Breakout retains the chrome but gets chopped fenders, a 240 rear tire, a beefy air intake, and offers the best weight to torque ratio of all the CVO bikes. Fast? Definitely.