RideApart Primer: 2014’s New Motorcycles

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RideApart Primer: 2014’s New Motorcycles

New Bikes From Mission Motorcycles

2014 Mission R
2014 Mission R

2014 Mission R

What they say:The world’s most advanced electric motorcycle.”

What we say: And they are the fastest too. This thing kicks butt.

Should you buy one: They’re $30k+ and a single charge is only going to get you as far as the tank range of a gas-powered superbike. But, if you want the absolute best performance bike available right now, then this is it.

 

New Bikes From MV Agusta

2014 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce
2014 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce

2014 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce

What they say:With the Turismo Veloce (literally Fast Tourer), MV Agusta has reinterpreted the tourer concept in the name of exclusivity, agility, ease of riding and performance. Unlike all of the heavier and oversized models offered by the competition, MV Agusta has chosen to utilize a compact and powerful 800cc engine.”

What we say: Half ADV bike, half F3 800. Sounds like an odd combination, but it should work out beautifully. 17-inch wheels, dynamic suspension and a peach of a three-cylinder motor with a counter-rotating crankshaft. Swoon.

Should you buy one? Sadly, no. MV has a poor track record of delivering models to the U.S. on time, with parts availability and with outright reliability.

2014 MV Agusta Rivale 800

2014 MV Agusta Rivale 800
2014 MV Agusta Rivale 800

What they say:The revolutionary in-line three-cylinder engine is the heart of this model, one that becomes the most versatile roadster, member of an ever wider MV Agusta range thanks to its ergonomics that have been specifically developed to ensure comfort and full control under every condition.”

What we say: MV’s take on the Hypermotard. The bold design is more eye catching than it is beautiful, but man is that a great motor.

Should you buy one? See above. Sorry to break your heart.

 

New Bikes From Suzuki

2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000
2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000

2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000

What they say: “The all-new 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS was redesigned from the ground up. It has many improvements over the previous V-Strom 1000 and the list is enormous. One of the newest changes or additions is Suzuki’s first Traction Control System on a motorcycle which the V-Strom proudly carries. Other features that were improved or redesigned are the engine, fuel injectors, magento, idle speed control, radiator, clutch, transmission, exhaust, suspension, and much more!

What we say: Ditching the off-road pretense has enabled Suzuki to bring a lighter, cheaper ADV bike to market that should be even better in the environment where all ADV bikes are used: the road.

Should you buy it? Looking for a fast, fun, practical motorcycle that will do anything you ask of it? Yep, the V-Strom 1000 is it.

 

New Bikes From Zero Motorcycles

2014 Zero SR
2014 Zero SR

2014 Zero SR

What They Say: “More Power. Higher Top Speed. Greater Acceleration.”

What We Say: Close, but still no cigar. 67 bhp and 106 lb.-ft. of torque sound impressive, but low quality components still continue to mar what would otherwise be a viable package. With the range-extending “Power Tank” the SR costs close to $20k, but still wears bias-ply tires…

Should you buy one? If you really want an electric motorcycle, the SR is the easiest bike to buy that also has real performance.

  • Jeremy

    Harsh, but accurate, words on the Harley. I am so excited for the KTM RC390.

    • 200 Fathoms

      I was just about to write the same thing. I just can’t get over how ugly that machine is.

      • Jeremy

        I wouldn’t call it ugly, with the possible exception of the duck-lipped fairing under the headlights. All the celebrities are doing it (including Howard the Duck) so why not KTM?

        • MrDefo

          I’m with you on this. There are plenty of bikes out there that I think are awesome – except for the duck bill. I think it just ruins most of the bikes that it is fitted on. Is there a practical reason for it? Or is it just styling for its own sake?

      • Davidabl2

        Do “looks” and KTM even belong in the same sentence?

    • 200 Fathoms

      I was referring to the Harley, not the KTM. The KTM makes me drool.

  • Reid

    I want the 390′s orange wheels for my 690 Duke.

    • Stuki

      QOTD: 690 at $1K off today, or 390 at full markup come spring? My small engine, full throttle sensibilities would normally tilt me towards the 390; but I have to admit having become a bit smitten by an LA buddy’s 636. I currently only have a WR250R that does at times feel like it requires a little bit TOO much full throttle just to go about the daily stuff. But even the 390 should fix that. As would the 500x the this site raves about. Still, So, are there anything bad about the 690, like genuinely excessive vibration, above and beyond what could e expected in a 390 single? Sizewise, at 6’1/2″ 200lb, the ergos look much more WR like on the 690.

      • Sjef

        From what I read on the forums ( so take it with a grain of salt) the 690 can vibrate pretty bad, and it’s not uncommon to lose fasteners on the highway because of this. But if I were you I’d take the 690 above the 390 everyday. I’m around 6,4 and rode a small bit on 690 and sat on a few 390′s from what I could tell the 690 was much roomier. Also the 690 is fast but not crazy fast so you still have the chance to open the throtle up without breaking to many laws.

        • Reid

          I’ve got close to 3k on the clock on my 690 Duke, and I have not experienced any kind of excessively bad vibrations. It’s one of the smoothest-running singles there has ever been, and certainly the best I’ve ridden, as all I’ve ever ridden have been singles. If you could get a $1k discount on the 690 I’d go for it over a 390 Duke, but the RC390…that’s pretty much up to your preference in riding style. The only negatives I have about my Duke are the somewhat snatchy throttle at low speeds and the price, which I feel is a shade excessive considering the gap in outright performance between it and another machine with roughly the same CCs but more cylinders for the same money. The 690 Duke is peppy and has some good grunt (which makes it fun to ride at sane speeds and very good for riding in a city) but a $7,900 Yamaha FZ-09 will eat its lunch for a little less, as will a $10k supersport for a little more.

      • tobykeller

        FWIW and to Sjef’s point below, I’ve sat on the 690 and on one of the new 200cc Dukes (as I hear it the 390 uses the same chassis as the 200). The 690 is small, but the 200 is really, really petite. Not quite uncomfortable, but… might be worth considering.

      • Tushar Burman

        Depending on where you carry your weight, the 390 might be a bit cramped. I’m skinny and three inches short of 6′, so the 390 is roomy for me. It’s a sweet bike and sold me on KTMs. Will upgrade to the 690 when they’re available here in 2015.

  • Dan

    Surprised you guys are so bearish on the S1000R. Were you at the launch? What didn’t you like about the bike? I’m only asking because reports otherwise seemed pretty positive on the bike. Looks are ghastly, but seems like good underpinnings and a pretty reasonable price.

    Also surprised about the scrambler. Personally (and perhaps naiively), I’m optomistic for that bike. Despite being beautiful, the sportclassic line failed because it was too upmarket. If ducati learns from that and brings the scrambler at a reasonable price, it could be a real winner. Kindof like a bonneville that handles. Monster buyers might be tempted by the Hyper, but I think people who are looking at a retro-roadster are after something different. The fact that this bike might be headed for developing markets opens the possibilities of smaller engine configurations, too, although not sure they would dillute the brand’s performance image by releasing small-cap models in the US.

    • Stuki

      I was not at the launch; but am a bit perplexed/appalled that virtually nobody that was, reports about the things I would consider more important than outright power in a naked bike; like steering lock, how fast it flicks into LOW SPEED turns, suspension compliance on US city streets/pothole gardens, legroom, weight on wrists; and just to not be so darned boring and rational; how easy and stable it is for doing stoppies. Stability leaned over at 150 is cool and all, but anything done at 150 is better done behind some sort of fairing. At least in my view, the most important things to know about naked bikes, are how successful they are at being better than superbikes at lower speed, tighter stuff. That’s what I would want a naked for. No matter how powerful.

      • Ayabe

        Feel the same, it’s faster than the RR where is counts – at street+ speeds. Yes, other bikes will walk it after that but you’ll be too busy trying to hang on at 120mph so I don’t think you’ll mind all that much.

        If you want a track bike buy something else.

        • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

          But it’s not. Even at street speeds, taking all that weight off the front end of a very powerful naked bike just ends up working against you.

          Take a corner where a 600cc supersport feels totally compose and planted at 85mph. A naked with 180bhp may sound faster, but it’ll be tying itself in knots at 75mph in that same corner.

          • Stuki

            At least on the Superduke, the rider is seated much further forward than on a typical Superbike, counteracting the rearward weight bias shift of the upright riding positiobn. KTM are dirt guys, and design their dukes and SM’s accordingly, with the rider’s weight forward. Going from the 690 to a CB500x at the Long Beach show, on the former you feel like you sit right above the front axle; on the latter right on top of the rear. The Superduke similarly achieves it’s upright position by moving the rider’s hips forward, rather than by sweeping the bars back. To a lesser degree than the 690, but still immediately noticeable compared to Z & Ninja 1000 etc. The riding position on the Beemer just isn’t all that “upright” to begin with. Ergos feel more like a VFR, or perhaps a streetfightered liter bike, than a rocket powered standard.

            Of course, non of that implies 100+HP 450lb nakeds with no fairing make any kind of sense at all. And while I’m sure both bikes will sell to certain extent; I cannot fathom they wouldn’t sell better in the long run with half their respective displacements, 100hp, and 50lbs less weight.

      • Piglet2010

        I really do not understand the whole naked super sport-bike thing – by the time you get to torque peak in 2nd gear, you will wish you had a fairing due to the wind blast. Might as well lose a lot of weight and rotating mass, and get a bike that is fast at street legal speeds, such as the Duke 690.

        • wbizzle

          I remember you posting a link from a reviewer arguing the same thing regarding the Tuono and RSV4. I don’t remember agreeing with everything that was said in the review, maybe I did, but I do remember the review making some compelling arguments concerning the topic of needing a fairing at the speed such a bike was designed for and able to attain.

          • Piglet2010

            Here is the link again for anyone interested.

            http://www.bikerglory.com/2011/09/aprilia-tuono-v4r-aparc-that-review/

            • wbizzle

              Great, thanks!

          • jonoabq

            The monsters and speed/street triples are much easier to ride on crap roads as commuters, weekenders in the canyons and for out of town trips as lower HP, higher MPG motorcycles. The wind blast is actually a good thing up to about 70 or so. Due to the upright seating position the wind actually supports the upper body and takes most of the weight off of the wrists (a very good thing). Above those speeds for long periods of time they can be a bit of a bear, but they don’t suffer the failings of more specialized motorcycles and high HP/low MPG super bikes and super nakeds.

        • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

          Yeah, and it’s also a riding position thing. Ultimately, pulling weight off the front end is a massive limitation on outright pace. The big powerful nakeds are quickly becoming bragging rights bikes and little more.

          Those Monsters are just going to be a much sweeter package, with an emphasis on useable power, ergonomics and, well, they’re nice to look at.

          • wbizzle

            Forgive my ignorance, are you referring to weight from the rider being distributed differently because of more upright seating position for example, lack of fairing or both?

  • Steve

    Love the Diavel style license plate holder on the new monster. Hopefully more companies start looking at different ways to mount them as opposed to just sticking a giant oversized piece of plastic and blinkers underneath the otherwise sexy faring.

    As a whole it’s just some subtle changes but damn if that monster doesn’t look a thousand times better than last years

  • Guest

    Agreed on the scrambler, one hopes they can put this thing out at a reasonable price with retro styling to go with. With that said I’ll hold off on my excitement until I actually see that. Past moved don’t exactly give me much faith

    • Lourens Smak

      I read on a Belgian site that Ducati is also working on a scooter, which will be powered by the same (new) engine as the scrambler.
      The scrambler will very likely be a Euro A2-license bike. (47bhp max) Think of it as a fancy Italian CB500S/X competitor…
      Reasonable price will definitely be part of the deal, but probably higher than the CB.

      • Piglet2010

        A scooter might be just the thing to get me to buy a Ducati.

  • Miles Prower

    All of my fingers and toes are crossed in hopes that the KTM RC390 makes it to the US. I’ve never wanted a sport bike — until I saw pictures of the RC390. I’m already a KTM fan (having previously owned a 950 SM and a 625 SMC, and currently I have a 690 Duke in my garage), so I don’t even need to be convinced with a test ride. KTM USA, please bring it to the States!!!!

    • Tushar Burman

      It’s going to be a 2014 model in the US.

  • Ayabe

    Damn, throwing some shade on the 1290R. Have you all ridden it yet? It’s supposed to be as tame or as wild as you want it to be and I think it would give any bike on sale a run 0-100mph. Should be a total hooligan bike that can be ridden somewhat safely by those without insane skills due to all the aids.

    Also not sure on the BMW S1000R hate, that adaptive suspension sounds intriguing at least, would like to see some tests. Agree with the R nineT, the name is just stupid, and it’s a cafe poser bike for millennials with the cash to drop on a fashion accessory. One needn’t look any further than their marketing materials to see the kind of people this is built for.

    Love the Monster 1200, I plan on riding one as soon as my local dealer has one available. That thing is just awesome.

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Objective analysis isn’t “shade” or “hate.” Let’s elevate the level of discourse here please.

  • Scott Otte

    I really want to like the V-strom 1000… but I’d have to work myself up to buy something that ugly. I’m just a superficial guy at heart I guess.
    Maybe if it has a really good personality…

    It’s just doesn’t make me happy at all to look at.

    • Jack Meoph

      suzuki decided that it wasn’t going to pretend the v-strom was an adv bike, so why keep the ugly look of an adv bike? it boggles…

    • Piglet2010

      I would buy one if the horn has an optional Woody Woodpecker laugh mode.

    • runnermatt

      Is it better or worse looking than the old one? Better, I think.

  • HoldenL

    I’m not a cruiser guy at all, but I respect that Valkyrie. It seems that Honda, inspired by Ducati’s re-imagining of what a cruiser can look like, gave freedom to their designers and engineers. The Valkyrie seems … I dunno, I just like its looks better than the Diavel’s.

  • TheSeaward

    Turismo Veloce haunts my dreams. Kind of goofy looking in a beautiful way. “There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.”

  • Jack McLovin

    LOL at the Superduke and S1000R conclusions. Power isn’t everything—->yeah but the competition has more power.
    It’s like going to the dictionary for a definition and it directs you to another word which sends you right back where you started.
    Hypocrite (see speculating) —–> Speculating (see hypocrite)

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Look at BMW’s marketing claim. It’s neither contradictory nor inconsistent to “knock” it for clearly and undeniably failing to live up to said claim.

      The KTM’s USP is power. But why? What we’re pointing out is that there’s a point at which higher power figures become irrelevant to outright performance and can actually work against a rider. The Tuono suffers a similar fate. A 600cc supersport will outrun either on the road or track, so what’s the point of all those extra ponies?

      • Scott Otte

        After reading about the people riding the new Super Duke it sounds like they had to use a ton of electronics to neuter throttle response… really makes you wonder why they bothered making the engine so powerful…

        • tobykeller

          Spec sheet numbers = bragging rights

          • Piglet2010

            Wins while bench racing in the Walter Mitty League.

            • runnermatt

              How is the Walter Mitty movie? I’m assuming you’ve seen it.

              • Piglet2010

                Nope. Sorry.

        • Flying Couch

          So people can buy them and boast about having a +150 HP naked bike. Even if they’ll put any more than eighty or so of those horses to work on the pavement.

      • Stuki

        I don’t claim to understand them, but there are untold number of riders out there who pick their bikes based on how powerful they feel when whacking the throttle open on the freeway in overdrive 6th. And end up buying a bike with an engine meticulously engineered and built to sustain 12K rpm indefinitely, while never taking it above 5 or 6. It’s those same riders Honda referred to in their justification for the NC. Trouble seem to be, too many of them have over time been so accustomed to erroneously equating the kick they feel at 4K rpm with the peak power number on their bike’s spec sheet; hence are very leary of buying a bike with much less peak power; even if they in reality never are able to access more than 1/3 to 1/2 of it the way they prefer to organize their shift points.

        • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

          I’m glad such people are able to make up for their shortcomings in the motorcycle they choose to (in wide-eyed, white-knuckled terror) ride. But you’ll never see such a need reflected in RideApat’s editorial. We’ll keep having more fun passing those guys on 100bhp triples.

          • Piglet2010

            They need to be sent to Star to hear the JP43 rpm management rant.

        • Piglet2010

          The other journalists (i.e. those who publish top gear roll-on times) do not help. Not sure if it is because they come from automatic transmission cars, or have heard the old wives tale’s about how revving an engine will wreck it, but all too many riders seem to think that they should be able to pass, accelerate out corners, etc without downshifting.

          If dropping a gear or two is that much bother, consider trading in for a bike with a decent transmission.

  • Rameses the 2nd

    My top 3 bikes from this list (in no particular order):

    * BMW RNineT
    * Super Duke
    * Panigale

    In the meantime, my Triumph is doing just fine.

    • Clint Keener

      I second this list. But the nineT doesn’t have adjustable suspension. Kinda sucks since it’s gonna be pricey.

  • Clint Keener

    Almost 20k for a Zero? haha nope!

    Also, what do you mean by Sportclassic 2.0? Just the secondary used Sportclassic market?

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      I mean it’s a repeat of the same mistakes Ducati made. ie too many monies.

      • Clint Keener

        True. I WISH it were Bonneville money. That should be a rap song by Ron Browz. I would make it rain inside that dealership.

        Ok I had too much coffee this morning.

  • Nauman Usmani

    The whole point of the s1000r and 1290 duke is that they’re more comfortable and easier to ride than their super bike counterparts with more usable power down low. The 1290 will be a great bike, especially for those who don’t want an all out super bike.

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      That’s the point of bikes like the Monster, Hyperstrada and Speed Triple. This new generation of hyper nakeds is MORE DIFFICULT to ride than their sportbike counterparts and just as uncomfortable.Witness the failure that was the 1098 streetfighter.

      • wbizzle

        Yeah, once you hit certain speeds with the “hyper nakeds”, road or track, you will want to be tucked behind something deflecting the elements. How else are you going to stay on the bike? At that point, who cares if the rider has a more comfortable and upright seating position, as they won’t be using it. I do think thats why bikes like the Hyperstrada, Monster and the Speed Triple, as you say are so special. The rider can access so much more of the power many desire from bikes. Along with some of the other benefits some see from having no fairings, like insurance, access for maintenance, even visual appeal.

        • E Brown

          I call this the “Porsche Effect.” In the 90s, Porsche realized that they’d spent decades making full-on sports cars for people that just wanted bragging rights – only about 1% even attempted to drive them like sports cars. So with the advent of the 986/996 they began selling Porsche-shaped luxury cars and saved the hard-edged stuff for people buying GT2/GT3 models. The duffers never missed the extra grunt and Porsche ushered in the longest period of sustained profits in their history.

          Now, the motorcycle companies are noticing the same thing – most of us can’t ride worth a damn, but we’ll pay thru the nose to say our commuter/weekend toy has the same engine as the Panigale, SS1KRR, etc. – no need for fairings, we average about 45mph on a good day anyway. :)

      • Harve Mil

        Failure? If the 1098 S Streetfighter is a failure, I want more of it.

  • appliance5000

    Why the 1290 duke? Because they can – i respect that.

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Yeah, that’s the idea. For the right rider, it’s going to be a fantastic bike. For most, it’ll just be frustrating.

  • Send Margaritas

    I really like the BMW RNineT Any idea what these are going for, and if they’re really available? How are BMW’s on the reliability department? I kind of fear that they are overly complex, more so than I like. As an example, a guy at work replaced a battery on his BMW 5 series (car). The car fried the new battery, apparently because the BMW sensed the old one was failing, raised the voltage, and needed to be hooked up on a computer by the dealership to get it out of the ‘dying-battery-too-much-juice’ mode. (The dealership also wanted several hundred dollars for that battery swap.) That’s the kind of thing that would really turn me off. Are BMW motorcycles full of those kind of features, or more Honda-reliable like?

    • Sjef

      Thousands of commuters ride 100.000′s of miles with them in all weather without requiring excessive maintenance. I think that says enough about the comfort and reliability.

      • Send Margaritas

        Thx…Had heard good things about their Adv bikes. I found a dealer, and requested a quote…looks like you can get one w/out the Café Racer pod, and a more practical breadbasket seat too. This checks a lot of boxes I was looking for. Decent suspension, ABS, torquey motor, relatively upright riding position, several hundred pounds less than my v-twin, love the analog gauges, it has riding modes, and it has more power than I need. Very interesting.

        • Send Margaritas

          RNineT Quote feedback from BMW dealer…“…At this point, BMW has not announced official pricing to US dealers however
          we have heard that it should be around $$15,000 MSRP. These will be in
          extremely limited quantities. I would suggest if you have interest, that we
          meet to discuss the bike and have you consider putting a deposit on the bike.
          You would be sixth in line on our deposit wait list. …”

        • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

          I think you’re talking about the R1200R. Great, oft-forgotten bike. It gets the Telelever front suspension too, which is awesome.

          • Stuki

            Unless you’re lane splitting over Botts Dotts.

          • Send Margaritas

            The R1200R is in that price range Wes, but the RNineT, is what peaked my interest, and was quoted from the dealer. They attached PDF’s for it, so I don’t believe there is any confusion.I do believe there is a quite limited supply. The salesperson was certainly trying to steer me to other bikes, since I would have been sixth in line. Another salesman may have spoken out of turn, telling me that he believed dealers look to only get two RNineT(s)…so the price may have been a supply and demand thing.I’m less price sensitive, but turned off a bit, having gotten the feeling that the dealer sought to sell to the highest bidder, that showed interest in the most options. It made the Harley dealer experience seem preferable. ;) I’m back to looking at the CB1100 ABS or an FZ-09 to meet this ‘second bike’ need…but might take a look at the street triple.

  • Marc

    A bit contradictory and very inconsistent to knock the BMW for having “only” 160hp compared to 180hp from the KTM Superduke, then a few lines later describe the Monster’s 145hp as “one of the best motorcycle engines out there,” then after a few page clicks say the KTM isn’t “complete” even though you earlier implied it was a better bike than the BMW. Make up your minds about what you think is important.

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Look at BMW’s marketing claim. It’s neither contradictory nor inconsistent to “knock” it for clearly and undeniably failing to live up to said claim.

      The Testastretta 11 is an evocative, flexible, useable motor that works with you to facilitate fast riding. Try one, you’ll fall in love.

      The KTM’s USP is power. But why? What we’re pointing out is that there’s a point at which higher power figures become irrelevant to outright performance and can actually work against a rider. The Tuono suffers a similar fate. A 600cc supersport will outrun either on the road or track, so what’s the point of all those extra ponies?

      What’s important is overall experience, not on-paper specs.

      • Geert Willem van der Horst

        According to the reviews power is not all KTM is going for:

        MCN: “KTM may be calling its new Super Duke ‘The Beast’, but on the evidence of my first ride here on the fabulous roads near Ronda in southern Spain, they’ve managed to tame it, too. “Yes, the new super naked has massive amounts of power and torque, but sophisticated rider modes and engine management means that you can’t get into trouble by unleashing it all at the wrong time. For example, around town in first gear it simply won’t release all that stomp if you whack open the throttle.

        • appliance5000

          But to accomplish this they’re essentially cutting the horsepower at critical moments. A good idea, but reinforcing Wes’s point.

      • jonoabq

        …and don’t forget range. If you are going to ride as more than just a play bike, it needs to get more than 90 miles between stops, or it becomes way less enjoyable to live with.

      • Price Action Guru

        “The Testastretta 11 is an evocative, flexible, useable motor that works with you to facilitate fast riding. Try one, you’ll fall in love.”

        Hmm…
        11 degree Testastretta is like a woman whom can perform well in bed, but every time she talks she has an irritating voice, so you don’t want to listen to her.

        Great engine performance, but the exhaust sound sucks, so the love fest…uh, I am not so sure. :-(

      • Jim Lahey

        Wes, you have a hate on for beemers… and a fetish for Italian bikes.

        ?&&@ your annoying.

    • kevin

      I was just gonna post the same thing. It seems like Rideapart has done nothing but bash the S1000R for having less power than the RR, or other super nakeds, but then say that the 180bhp superduke is esentially overpowered and pointless. Nobody is going to ride the S1000R and come away thinking it needs more power.

      • appliance5000

        I think when BMW says “the competition will disappear in the mirror” comments about lower power are valid. If they said “the competition will disappear in the mirror if caught at the red light” then yeah – it’s plenty fast.

  • Marley71

    Imagine that KTM 390 in less garish colours….that would be sublime. Even as a UT grad, hook ‘em horns, I never had any love for orange.

    • Tushar Burman

      They have a black one in Europe, and the white one comes with black wheels there too.

  • http://www.DriveTheWheelsOff.com/ Drive The Wheels Off

    Look at those early 90s Honda sportbike graphics.

  • Davidabl2

    Why nothing about the new threebanger Yamaha?

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      It’s been on-sale for months. Here’s our review: http://rideapart.com/2013/09/2014-yamaha-fz-09-review/

      • Davidabl2

        Right. I had been thinking that it wasn’t included because it wasn’t exclusive enough:-)

        • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

          It’s mostly just part of the vast anti-poor-fueling conspiracy among motojournalists.

          • Davidabl2

            ” One expects to have a few things to fix on any budget moto, doesn’t one?

          • Send Margaritas

            What is your take on that? Is fixing the fueling just a matter of dropping in a power commander or FI2000R for the FZ-09? Would that work with a multi-mode ECM?

  • Eric Shay

    All of the bikes on this list make me want to sell a kidney.

  • TechGuy5489

    @wessiler:disqus Hi Wes. Have you ridden the BMW HP4? I have a deposit down for one and had been cross shopping the big Panigale but ruled it out over price. However, with everything I’m seeing about the 899 being a brilliant bike (and arguably better than the 1199) I’m wondering if that’s the real bike I should be comparing it to?

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      The HP4 is a fantastic performer, but ultimately pretty soulless.

      Ask yourself what your riding’s like. I haven’t met many people who wouldn’t enjoy something like the 899 an awful lot more than a liter bike. You get to use the throttle!

      • Piglet2010

        I would get one of the KTM 390′s so I could use the throttle a lot – riding a superbike at one-quarter of its capability only reminds one of the bad aspects and none of the good.

  • 200 Fathoms

    It’s bizarre how similar the Panigale 899 and Triumph Daytona look in side profile photos, particularly in white.

  • Piglet2010

    “The performance and fluidity of the new Testastretta 11° DS engine…”

    How does this engine differ from the one that has been around on the Diavel and Multistrada?

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      That’s a good question and one we’ll hopefully bring you an answer from at the launch.

  • Piglet2010

    I can think of one potentially very good reason not to by the KTM RC390 or Duke 390 – the motard that is supposedly coming in 2015 using the same frame and engine.

    • John

      Pffft. Just buy one every year.

      • Piglet2010

        I would need a lift for double-level parking in the garage.

        • Michael Howard

          Whoever is arbitrarily voting down all your comments missed this one. ;)

        • John

          If you were Batman, you’d do it.

          • Piglet2010

            Job openings in that field are quite limited. Oh well, I would rather be employed as a Knight Who Says Ni, anyhow.

  • Piglet2010

    I would consider the MV Agusta bikes in their second year, but only because I know a dealer that can fix the bugs they come with from the factory.

  • Jonno

    I’m looking forward to the new Honda 650′s and new VFR … Thoughts ? Comments ?

    • Piglet2010

      Not being imported to the US (for 2014 at least).

      • Jonno

        Thankfully, I’m in Australia and they’re due here in April / May. Maybe Marlon can review them for us!

        • Piglet2010

          Hey, HFL, er RideApart could do a “Best Motorcycles Not For Sale in the US” list article?

  • STRfreak

    A few thoughts.. The 899 Pani and the two KTM 390′s look like the most fun to me. I agree with the comments about overpowered naked bikes. I think the 2013 Triumph Street Triple R is just about right for a naked, you can wring it out, have fun, and the chassis doesn’t tie itself in knots. You can actually ride it like a sportbike, probably not the case with the new Superduke, S1000R, or Tuono unless you are an expert rider. I think the 899 Pani will probably prove to be one of the best sportbikes overall for road riding, along with the Kawi 636 Ninja, not on the list. The two KTM 390′s are probably the most fun bikes on the list. Wow we really live in the best time ever to be a motorcycle rider, with bikes like these coming out..

  • Von

    I’m curious to see how the Duke 390 stacks up against the Honda CB500F. Can’t wait to see your review on it Rideapart!

  • Peter

    I’ve long since realized that the manufacturers are no longer designing bikes for me- I’m 45, and find most new bikes have very questionable form (ugly), are overly complex (electronics), and are surprisingly expensive (to purchase and maintain). I am trying to come to grips with this, but when you refer to the new Monster as “… a versatile, minimalist package.” I have to say WTF?! What part of this new monstrosity is minimal? From it’s inception, the Monster has been intended to be a pure, simple, back-to-basics naked motorcycle. This new Diavel-like thing is hardly pure and simple- what’s with all the ridiculous electronic crap, the motor may be “sweet” but requires 14 hours of labor for valve maintenance, and how can it be called “naked” when you can’t hardly see an engine beneath the layers of plastic covers? The new Monster is more complex, heavier, and more expensive than any previous Ducati that carried the name- and is just hideous to look at, as well. It leaves me wondering if this bike is truly worthy of the Monster name. But, alas, old guys’ opinions don’t count for much anymore.

  • DrRideOrDie

    After you guys have had such a hard on for the Fz-09 up to this date. I’m surprised you didn’t put it on the list. A triple from Yamaha that is supposed to be a ton of fun to ride. Yep, heard the suspension sucks and the throttle is twitchy. Historical problems of the Fz’s. Cheap sticker price leaving plenty of room to put on a custom suspension and PowerCommander, yep!

  • appliance5000

    When I look at Suzukis I wonder:
    Do they have a computer program where they enter the specs – hit go – and it puts together a bike where everything fits
    - or do they have a sweatshop somewhere where former soviet tractor designers slave away while dreaming of the next 5 year plan?

    I’m pretty sure it’s one of those two scenarios.

  • jng1226

    Being a huge Buell fan, having owned 4 of them from a Ulysses to a 1125R, I’m as excited as anyone about EBR’s success. But, technically, your admonition to “Support independent American companies” is incorrect. In July 2013, India’s Hero MotorCorp purchased a 49.2% equity stake in EBR. Not nearly as tied down as he was with Harley, but not exactly independent anymore either…