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.

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