RideApart Primer: 2014’s New Motorcycles

2014 is shaping up to be a bumper year for new bikes. But, which 2014 new motorcycles are worth waiting for? Which ones are worth upgrading to? And, which ones should you pass on? This is RideApart’s primer to 2014’s new motorcycles.

New Bikes From BMW

2014 BMW R 1200 RT 2014 BMW R 1200 RT

2014 BMW R 1200 RT

What they say: “The new RT has a new air/water-cooled BMW boxer engine with even more torque and 125 bhp. Thanks to the traction control system ASC, the machine offers stability on every country road. The standard ride modes "Rain" and "Road" can also be activated at the press of a button, adapting the motorcycle perfectly to the weather conditions and road surface as required. The On Board Computer Pro and the familiar heated grips round off the range of basic equipment.”

What we say: The BMW R 1200 RT was already the best handling touring bike out there, so a little more power and refinement and a little less weight won’t hurt. The new looks are going to be a bit polarizing though.

Should you buy one? Want to do distance in comfort, at speed? Doesn’t get any better than this.

2014 BMW R nineT 2014 BMW R nineT

2014 BMW R nineT

What they say: “The BMW R nineT is powered by an air/oil-cooled 2-cylinder 4-stroke flat twin engine. The instruments consisting of speedometer and tachometer harken back to historical times and emphasize the essential and minimalist visual appeal of the motorcycle. The BMW R nineT is equipped with an upside down fork at the front and with the BMW Motorrad Paralever at the rear. However, the nineT does not only stand out due to its pure design. The nineT offers great options for individualization. No customizing wish is left unfilled. For example there is the removable rear frame, enough space for 6 inch rims and many other options.”

What we say: The idea of offering a basic motorcycle is a good one, but we fear the nineT is skewing way too premium. It supposed to attract a new audience and educate them about BMW’s history. Instead, the same older, premium consumers are just getting a new toy. Ducati SportClassic 2.0.

Should you buy one? You really want an expensive BMW but don’t want the new GS with it’s liquid-cooled motor? Well then sir, step right this way, have we told you about our new custom parts catalog?

2014 BMW S 1000 R 2014 BMW S 1000 R

2014 BMW S 1000 R

What they say: “A roadster, reduced to the essentials: maximum performance. 160 bhp, 83 lb.-ft. torque and a power-to-weight ratio of 2.85 pounds per bhp - and the competition disappears in the rear mirror.”

What we say: But the competition makes 180 bhp…

Should you buy one? If you want a powerful roadster and must have a BMW, then I guess this is your only option.

New Bikes From Ducati

2014 Ducati Monster 1200 2014 Ducati Monster 1200

2014 Ducati Monster 1200

What they say:The performance and fluidity of the new Testastretta 11° DS engine, the versatility of the three Riding Modes, the comfort of the adjustable seat and passenger handles make the Ducati Monster 1200 a bike that is capable of adapting to any occasion, so that you can follow your instincts in every situation. The unmistakable Monster design is truly iconic and means there is no limit to your enjoyment.

What we say: Here making 135 bhp (standard) or 145 bhp (S), the 1200 Testastretta motor is one of the flat-out best motorcycle engines out there, here housed in a versatile, minimalist package. Oh yeah, and the new Monster has a feature previous models lacked: comfort.

Should you buy it? Yes. But get the S version as it has better suspension and brakes.

2014 Ducati Scrambler 2014 Ducati Scrambler

2014 Ducati Scrambler

What they say: Nothing. There are just these officially-“leaked” spy photos so far.

What we say: It’s debuting “early in 2014.” Most information out there is pure conjecture, but it appears to use the Monster 796 motor and might have retro styling.

Should you buy it? Save up for a Hypermotard SP instead.

2014 Ducati 899 Panigale 2014 Ducati 899 Panigale

2014 Ducati 899 Panigale

What they say:…the 899 Panigale is just the bike to give a Ducati Superbike adrenalin rush, both on the track and on the road.”

What we say: Performance figures aside, the 899 is just a sweeter ride than its more expensive sibling. It’s more agile thanks to a narrower rear tire, shorter wheelbase and steeper rake, while the engine is more flexible while still delivering an impressive 149 bhp.

Should you buy one? If you’ve been thinking about a Panigale, this is the best bike in the range.

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