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.
Built around China’s only motorcycle that can even loosely be called a classic, the Chang Jiang 750, this chopped up and murdered one-off custom called Nero, from Beijing-based Bandit9 is as mean a CJ750 as you’re likely to ever see. Custom-made tank and tins, seat, exhaust and electrical plus the all-over matte black spray job guaranteed the Nero a spot on all the cool biker blogs. You can see why.
When it comes to building vehicles of any sort, BMW doesn’t really mess around. This serious-looking prototype electric-powered scooter could soon be on the roads hitting speeds nearing 75 MPH with a range of over 60 miles. It features an energy recuperation technology that reuses engine drag torque from braking to increase range up to 20-percent.
Any plug-in electric vehicle that isn’t a Leaf is cool in our book but few are as downright dope as the Brammo Empulse. Brammo’s two new models: the Empulse & Empulse R, have a transmission that feels like a traditional motor & hits 100+MPH plus feature proven parts like Brembo brakes and Marzocchi forks. 100 miles of riding for every dollar in electricity sounds good, too.
Like all bikes from Hamburg, Germany-based builder Axel Budde, this Guzzi café racer is a one off. Aside from that rebuilt V11 motor, just about every other part on the bike is custom, handmade or re-purposed from a treasure chest of 80s Italian parts. The balanced silhouette, power, and undeniable appeal of this bike beg the question: Why don’t any new bikes look this cool? Source