With the riding season, it’s time to get those kickstands up. Will that kickstand belong to a new bike? If so, then you certainly have some great options in what is an exciting motorcycle market. Your mission is to turn your motorcycling experience up to 11. In that spirit, here’s a quick look at 11 motorcycles worth getting your mitts on in 2015.
First, BMW gave us the S1000RR. Next, they stripped it, tweaked it, and gave us the S1000R. Now, they’ve massaged some practicality into the package by squeezing the same monster engine into an adventure-based chassis. A longer suspension, taller windscreen and upright seating position belie this machine’s intentions…and yours. If you’ve ever wished you could do some comfortable, long-distance pavement surfing with that same engine, then your prayers may have been answered.
The Ducati Scrambler isn’t a new model, but you’ll have to go back to the 1970s to see where the production run ended. This revival seems to be hitting all the right notes, and Ducati will probably sell quite a few of these, especially given the low price tag. You even get the benefit of four options to suit your style and/or purposes. For some of us, Triumph’s Scrambler remains more enticing, but others will certainly go for this modern take on a classic theme.
If you actually get a chance to ride one of these things, then you should consider yourself fortunate. Even the less powerful, street-legal H2 is on the expensive side, but only half the cost of the track-exclusive H2R. Kawasaki went the route of forced induction to get more power out of a liter-class engine, but also fashioned some chassis performance to try and create as well a rounded motorcycle as possible. If you can afford one of these things or are one of those few tasked with riding it for the purpose of telling us about it, enjoy yourself, you lucky [email protected]$!%*#.
Smaller sport bikes have really come into their own over the past few years. KTM comes off the heels of its Moto3 adventures to offer a solid contender for the beginner sport bike class. Boasting more displacement and less weight than its competitors, as well as some nifty styling, this bike is ready for business.
KTM 1290 Super Adventure
KTM’s 1190 Adventure is already an extremely capable adventure bike. In fact, some will readily choose it over the juggernaut BMW R1200GS Adventure. Now, KTM has gone and stuffed the engine from what into it? The 1290 Super Duke R, of all things. The extra displacement comes with such things as traction control, ABS, and semi-active suspension. If, for some reason, you thought the existing Adventure needed a kick in the pants, well…here you go.
While all the other manufacturers go about their business making new models, Hyosung seems to quietly float under the radar. Ever-present, though, Hyosung has added the GD250 to its range. It already has the GT250 and GV250, but the GD comes in with edgier styling and a few tweaks to give its engine more in the lower to mid-range, and to make its chassis a little better handling. Your unexpected option for the year, perhaps?
As a motorcycle company, Indian has been in and out before. With Polaris pulling the strings now, though, Indian seems to be ALL in. Their bikes look and feel better than ever. The light, neat-looking Scout follows that cue, and seems to be a cool blend of modern and classic elements. Check out the liquid-cooled, 1,133cc (69 cubic inch) motor, then look at the shapely seat and nicely curved fenders. It is also the least-expensive bike in the Indian range by a considerable margin. If you feel like everything else in this article isn’t cruiser-centric enough, then this one’s for you.
This bike has seen distribution in other parts of the world as the GSR750 since 2011, and now it’s here in North America under a different name. No matter. With a mid-2000s GSX-R750 engine underneath you (albeit slightly re-tuned), you’re likely to have a good time on this mid-range naked bike. If you prefer things right in the middle, displacement-wise, and prefer a more useable riding position, you may wish to check this one out.
Suzuki has probably been the most dormant of the Japanese manufacturers over the past few years, so this bike offers something a little fresh, if not particularly new. That’s because this bike gets the mid-2000s GSX-R1000 engine (much like its little brother up above) stuffed into its street chassis. And again, you get a comfortable riding position that’s part and parcel of having a naked bike. Plus, styling isn’t too shabby, especially if you steer clear of the fully-faired F variant.
The tuning fork company’s FZ-09 remains quite popular. Therefore, Yamaha made the smooth move of turning it into a light-duty adventure machine. In the process, they ironed out the fuel delivery and handling to end up with a bike that may even be more enticing than its well-reviewed naked brother. It’s a little more expensive than said brother, but it’s still easier on your bank account than most machines remotely classified as an urban adventure bike.
Japan’s superbike scene has been laying low for a while, but Yamaha have seemingly given it the nitrous shot it so needs. The result is a new R1 that makes very clear use of lessons Yamaha has learned from its MotoGP involvement. It is lighter, more powerful and more technologically sound than its predecessor, not to mention better-looking. For a few Dollars more, the upscale R1M gets you not only some carbon fiber tastiness, but super-trick suspension and more electronic wizardry in a package that may represent the best superbike value at the moment.
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