New Bikes From Harley-Davidson
2014 Harley-Davidson Street 500/750
What they say: “America!”
Should you buy one? Nope.
New Bikes From Kawasaki
What they say: “…the new 2014 Kawasaki Z1000 has a hard-to-define “streetfighter” style that is impactful enough to ensure everyone knows they’re seeing something special. In a significant departure from the concealing bodywork of its sportbike predecessor, the new Z1000 strips-off unnecessary covers and bodywork to expose the superior functionality of its parts.”
What we say: Looking at the specs, this is going to be to be a very fun, powerful naked bike that may not be quite as outright capable as you’d expect.
Should you buy one? Looking for power that is not as hard on your wallet? Then this is the bike for you.
What they say: “Riders who want real world, open class performance need to look no further than the upgraded 2014 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS sportbike. With an unmistakably aggressive profile that could only come from the Ninja family tree, this premium quality sportbike has the perfect combination of power, handling, looks, technology and rideability.”
What we say: Is a sport tourer by any other name any less versatile?
Should you buy one? Want a fast bike that will work in the city as well as it does on the highway or on back roads? This is it.
What they say: “The new KTM 1290 Super Duke R perfectly embodies the KTM philosophy: endless power, highest precision, perfect ergonomics, finest ingredients, not a gram too many, simply "Ready to Race!”
What we say: The most powerful naked bike ever. With 180 bhp from a 1,301cc v-twin and a reportedly excellent package of rider-aid electronics, this things going to be crazy. But what’s the point? A superbike is going to be faster everywhere, but this thing is going to be just as expensive to run.
Should you buy one? Power doesn’t necessarily equal more fun. There’s more complete packages out there that are more widely available, cost less money and wont’ eat rear tires in less than 1,000 miles.
2014 KTM 390 Duke
What they say: “It combines maximum riding pleasure with optimum user value and is superior everywhere where really nimble handling counts. Light as a feather, powerful and packed with state-of-the-art technology, it guarantees undreamed of dynamic fun, whether you're in the urban jungle or a forest of bends.”
What we say: The most desirable first bike ever made? This thing has “winner” written all over it.
Should you buy one? Yes.
What they say: “A sports bike in its purest form. Reduced to the essentials.”
What we say: Finally, a high-spec, but small-capacity sportbike.
Should you buy one? Sell a kidney if you have to.
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