If you are a fan of motorcycles, you are in for a treat. 2014 promises to be one of the best years in recent memory for motorcycles. With so many models to choose from, the competition is going to be fierce. Let's take a look at some of the most exciting bikes that will be cruising down highways later this year.
1. 2014 BMW S1000R
This superbike by BMW delivers all the rpm power that you could possibly want. However, unless you are riding this bike on a deserted road in the middle of nowhere, the only place where you can really air this baby out and put it through its paces is on a closed course. This 999cc monster has a peak torque of 83 pound feet at 9,250 rpm. It can generate 160 horsepower. Needless to say, because this bike is so extremely powerful, one of the biggest concerns for riders is going to be the stability of the chassis. The wheelbase has been increased by 22mm from the previous model, and the swingarm pivot is now 3mm lower. These things were done to give the rider more control. It comes with a 36 month/36,000 mile warranty.
2. 2014 Kawasaki Z1000
If you like torque, the Z1000 will give you all you could possibly want. This bike can churn out 73.6 pound feet of torque at 7,500 rpm. The 1,049cc engine can max out at 123 horsepower. There was a new brake system added to this bike which greatly improves on the brakes found on the 2013 model. The new system has huge power, strong bite and a lever that is firm. ABS comes standard on the Z1000. Kawasaki also improved the seat by making it flatter than previous models. This prevents the rider from sliding up against the tank. The bike comes with a 12 month/unlimited mileage warranty.
3. 2014 Yamaha FZ-09
In the early reviews that have come in regarding this bike, many critics believe that it is the most exciting Japanese bike to come out in the 2014 model year. The Yamaha Chip-Controlled Throttle allows the rider to select from three ride modes. One of the reasons the FZ-09 is getting such rave reviews in the engine. It can get up to 115 horsepower and generate 64.5 pound feet of torque. The bike is also going to retail for around $8,000. This is $1,000 less than the previous FZ8 model that the FZ-09 is going to replace. The price is definitely right.
4. 2014 Ducati 899 Panigale
Ducati has become famous for their ability to produce some of the finest quality superbikes in the world. The 899 Panigale will do absolutely nothing to hurt their reputation in this regard. There are three ride modes: wet, sport and race. These different modes alter the ABS intervention, traction control, engine braking, throttle response and power output to suit various riding conditions. If it is power that you crave, the 1,189cc engine will not disappoint you. 148 horsepower will be generated when you reach 10,750 rpm. It will also generate 73 pound feet of torque. In terms of service intervals, Ducati recommends having the bike serviced every 15,000 miles. This is very reasonable for a bike as sophisticated as this one.
5. 2014 BMW F800GS Adventure
If you are looking for a bike to do some off road riding, you should consider this one. The tank holds 6.3 gallons of gas, giving you a great deal of roaming range for your treks. It also comes with ABS and ASC to give you some added traction control. Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA), which adjusts the damping of the suspension as you ride, is another standard feature.
6. 2014 MV Agusta Rivale 800
The Italian company MV Agusta has now expanded their line to include 11 models. Of these, the Rivale 800 is the best. This bike is sure to turn heads with its looks and performance. The 798cc engine will produce 125 horsepower and 62 pound feet of torque. Supermoto bikes like this one used to have only one cylinder. MV Agusta has upped the ante by giving this bike three cylinders. You can feel the difference. The warranty is two years/unlimited mileage.
About the Author: Simon Fletcher has been blogging for 10 years about the things he loves most: his family, his motorcycle, and his health. Simon recommends reading http://www.headlinehealthnow.com/ten-questions-to-ask-your-doctor-after-being-in-a-motorcycle-accident/ for more great info for motorcycle owners.