Style and substance are two qualities that rarely come together. But surely, that's the whole point of having a motorcycle show in Milan, right? Here are the bikes that manage to do both and more. These are the five best motorcycles of 2013 EICMA.
Bike Name: 2014 Kawasaki Z1000
Why We Are Excited About It: The Z1000's always been a looker, but this thing takes that to a whole new level with a pretty daring design from a traditionally conservative Japanese bike manufacturer. Plus, it has more power and electronic rider aids too.
What Additional Info We Hope To Learn: We're looking forward to seeing it in person, out on the street. Should turn a few heads!
Why You Should Be Excited About It: A lot of power and practicality in a very affordable package. Buy one of these, not a Diavel.
Bike Name: 2014 Honda CTX1300
Why We Are Excited About It: The Pan European's 1,261cc V4 has always been a great engine, it just hasn't yet had a great home. We're hoping this bike fixes that. And, just look at those headers.
What Additional Info We Hope To Learn: Honda swears to us that this thing handles. Judging by the general epic-ness of its F6B big brother, we're cautiously optimistic.
Why You Should Be Excited About It: The cruiser world is finally evolving beyond bad tattoos and awful, ill-handling bikes.
Bike Name: 2014 Honda VFR800F
Why We Are Excited About It: How can we put this nicely? The VFR1200 is a dud. It's much heavier than the old 800 and not a pinch faster. It also costs a ton more. So, take the old VFR800, lighten it up, give it new styling and, voila, a practical, affordable, sport tourer.
What Additional Info We Hope To Learn: We're really hoping the VFR800 comes to the U.S.
Why You Should Be Excited About It: You like bikes that are both fun to ride and all-day comfortable that don't cost more than a mid-size car, right?