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April 7, 2014

2014 Sportbike, Standard and Sport Touring Buyer's Guide

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Big news: the universe is expanding, and it’s accelerating with spectacular force.
If most of your universe is confined to the angular snouts, snarly engines, and 180-section rear tires of the Sportbike galaxy, you can take heart. Your particular part of the sky is getting bigger and better.

Honda’s new CBR1000RR does not use electronic aids; the engineers concentrated instead on building in natural balance and feel. In another direction lies Aprilia’s RSV4, which has so many electronic aids you can ride it from the stands with your iPhone. Ducati’s outrageously expensive Superleggera has more exotic materials than a sex-toy store, and is more sexy, too. Spend about $65,000 less, and you get to the Kawasaki Ninja 300, which illustrates the manufacturers’ desire to attract new riders.

The Standard galaxy is also highly active, with a range of models from Honda’s diminutive Grom to BMW’s ferocious S1000R and includes the Moto Guzzi V7 Racer: simple, and simply gorgeous. Yamaha’s FZ-09 is one of the brightest stars of this galaxy, with price and performance that don’t often meet in the same model.

If you want to travel a little farther, you’ll find the Sport touring galaxy, which is more limited in size but with models like Can-Am’s Spyder ST-S, Triumph’s Trophy SE and Yamaha’s FJR1300E has sharpened its focus on high performance and improved rider convenience, and with Suzuki’s GSX1250 Touring reminds us that you don’t have to spend a lot to take a motorcycle tour on a good bike.

The range of bikes in these pages has never been broader or more appealing. Whether you like to keep it simple or you want something no one else in your own galaxy has, it’s here. So spend some time considering what’s out there. Then go buy something.

Sport

Aprilia RSV4R / Factory The world champion RSV4R has Sachs adjustable suspension, ride-by-wire engine management, quick shift, and Brembo monobloc calipers. The Factory features Öhlins suspension, and the engine position, swingarm pin height, and headstock angle can be adjusted. Both the R and the Factory are equipped with three-way adjustable and disengageable ABS, and the Aprilia Performance Ride Control (APRC) system that includes eight-level traction control that can be adjusted on the fly, as well as three-level wheelie and launch controls.
Base price $TBA
Engine Liquid-cooled 65° V-4
Displacement 1,000 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 184
Rake/trail 24.5°/105 mm
Fuel capacity 18.5 l
Dry weight 186/181 kg
BMW S1000RR / HP4 The S1000RR has ruled Canadian feature-class racing for the past three years. A 2012 makeover included sleeker bodywork, new power and torque curves and two throttle curves for improved rideability and revised chassis geometry. The HP4 features 18 selectable traction control modes, Akrapovic exhaust and BMW's semi-active Dynamic Damping Control, which allows the rider to make suspension adjustments on the fly via handlebar-mounted controls. ABS on both models can be disengaged.
Base price $17,650/$22,250
Engine Liquid-cooled inline four
Displacement 999cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 193
Rake/trail 23.9°/98.5 mm
Fuel capacity 17.5 l
Wet weight 204.5/199 kg
BMW K1300S BMW's most powerful bike prior to the S1000RR, the K1300S pumps out a claimed 175 hp and 103 lb-ft of torque from its 1,293 cc inline-four engine. Front Duolever and rear Paralever suspension with single-side swingarm make it an ideal sport-touring companion, and two 320 mm front discs slow the lengthy (1,585 mm wheelbase) K1300S. Optional parts include an Akrapovic sport silencer, gear-shift assist, sport panniers, tinted windscreen, and GPS unit. A low seat (790 mm) is also available.
Base price $18,300
Engine Liquid-cooled inline four
Displacement 1,293 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 175
Rake/trail 29.6°/104.4 mm
Fuel capacity 19 l
Wet weight 254 kg
Can-Am Spyder RS / RS-S The RS is Can-Am's sporting three-wheeler and features ABS, traction control, and stability control, Brembo brakes, dynamic power steering, Fox shocks, and suspension geometry that reduces body roll in turns. The $20,299 RS-S includes machined black wheels, front fenders with integrated LED lights, a colour digital instrument gauge, electronic cruise control, special graphics, and a seat with contrast stitching. The five-speed manual or semi-automatic transmission includes reverse.
Base price $16,899/$20,299
Engine Liquid-cooled V-twin
Displacement 998 cc
Transmission Five-speed
Horsepower 100
Rake/trail N/A
Fuel capacity 25 l
Dry weight 362 kg
Ducati 899 Panigale Ducati's 899 Panigale is a new model with loads of electronic riding aids: quick-shift, ABS and engine braking control, selectable power modes, and traction control. The engine bore and stroke are extremely oversquare (100 x 57.2 mm) to allow high rpm operation and large valve diameters. Suspension is fully adjustable, and front brakes are radially mounted Brembo monoblocs. Optional DDA+ is a data system that works with GPS to automatically render lap times and other information. A white edition is $300 more.
Base price $15,995
Engine Liquid-cooled 90° L-twin
Displacement 898 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 148
Rake/trail 24° / 96 mm
Fuel capacity 17 l
Wet weight 193 kg
Ducati 1199 Panigale / Panigale S / Panigale R The Panigale 1199 is one of the most sophisticated motorcycles in production, and with the Superquadro engine, one of the most powerful. Quick-shift, ABS, riding and power mode selection, traction control, and engine braking control are standard, and a TFT display adapts to lighting conditions and even riding mode. The $25,995 S model gets Marchesini wheels, electronically controlled suspension, and an Öhlins steering damper, and the $32,995 R gets carbon fibre, titanium, a racing exhaust, and a Corse paint scheme.
Base price $20,995–$32,995
Engine Liquid-cooled 90° L-twin
Displacement 1,198 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 195
Rake/trail 24.5° / 100 mm
Fuel capacity 17 l
Wet weight 189 kg
Ducati Superleggera Magnesium, titanium, carbon fibre, and that Superquadro engine give the Superleggera the best power-to-weight ratio of any production bike, says Ducati. To the 1,198 cc engine, Ducati added titanium and—ironically, for it's one of the heaviest metals—tungsten (as a crankshaft counterweight). The exhaust is titanium. The frame is magnesium and the subframe is carbon fibre, as is the fairing. The battery is lithium. The shock spring, titanium. The wheels, magnesium. Suspension, Öhlins. Brakes, Brembo. Race kit, supplied.
Base price $70,000
Engine Liquid-cooled 90 ° L-twin
Displacement 1,198 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 200
Rake/trail N/A
Fuel capacity 17 l
Wet weight 177 kg
Honda CBR125R / CBR250R / RA Honda's CBR125R looks, if not feels, more like a full-sized bike. Seventeen-inch rims wear wider tires, suspension travel was increased, the seat is 13 mm higher and the wheelbase is 19 mm longer than the previous model. The CBR250R uses a fuel-injected four-stroke, liquid-cooled single with gear-driven counterbalancer. A comprehensive instrument panel and underseat storage compartment add utility. At $4,299, the ABS-equipped 250RA is $500 more than the base 250R, and it's worth the extra money.
Base price $3,499–$4,299
Engine Liquid-cooled single
Displacement 125/249 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower NA
Rake/trail 25°/88, 95 mm
Fuel capacity 13 l
Wet weight 136.9–166 kg
Honda CBR500R / RA / CB500FA The CB500 series brings more size and power to bikes for novices. Powered by a fuel-injected 471 cc twin, the nose fairing-equipped CB500FA ($6,299) and fully-faired CBR500R ($6,299) and RA ($6,799) use a 41 mm fork and preload-adjustable shock, as well as sporting but comfortable ergonomics. The CB500FA and CB500RA come with ABS, and the seat height on all three is a friendly 785 mm but allows room for underseat storage. The FA comes in red; the R in black or red, and the RA in black, or red, or tri-colour paint.
Base price $6,299/$6799
Engine Liquid-cooled parallel twin
Displacement 471 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower NA
Rake/trail NA
Fuel capacity 15.5 l
Wet weight 193–196 kg
Honda CBR600RR / RA The CBR600RR won its third straight Pro Sport Bike championship last summer in the hands of Jodi Christie. Redesigned last year, the CBR features MotoGP-inspired bodywork, Showa Big Piston fork, 12-spoke aluminum alloy wheels, lightened swingarm, a 15,000 rpm redline, a MotoGP style stainless steel exhaust, an electronic steering damper, and radially mounted front callipers. It's available in Honda's signature red-white-and-blue tricolour scheme or black. The RA, in tricolour only, has race spec ABS.
Base price $12,599–$13,599
Engine Liquid-cooled inline four
Displacement 599 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower NA
Rake/trail NA
Fuel capacity 18 l
Wet weight 185/197 kg
Honda CBR1000RR / 1000RR SP Honda's superbike was partially revised for 2014, with improvements to the engine's inlet and exhaust ports, valve seats, and fuel injection to improve power output. It has electronic race spec ABS—Honda calls it “brake-by-wire”—and the LCD instrument panel has a lap timer and a four-mode tach with a peak hold feature that leaves a segment showing peak rpm. The RR SP has balanced pistons and con rods, Öhlins suspension, Brembo monobloc callipers, and no electronic aids—Honda focussed instead on balance and top shelf parts.
Base price $15,999/$18,999
Engine Liquid-cooled inline four
Displacement 1,000 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower N/A
Rake/trail 23°/96 mm
Fuel capacity 17.5 l
Wet weight 211/199 kg
Honda VFR1200F / F - DCT The VFR1200F uses a hell-for-strong V-4 engine with staggered cylinders and single cam heads, creating a compact powerplant for its displacement. Shaft drive, linked ABS, six-piston brake calipers and a slipper clutch are standard equipment. Two years ago Honda revised the VFR for stronger low-end power and gave it a larger fuel tank, new seat design and traction control. The $18,999 dual-clutch version with one manual and two automatic transmission modes uses sports car-type paddle shifters.
Base price $17,499/$18,999
Engine Liquid-cooled 76° V-4
Displacement 1,237 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 172
Rake/trail 25.5°/101 mm
Fuel capacity 19 l
Wet weight 268/278 kg
Kawasaki Ninja 300 / 300 SE 300 ABS / 300 ABS SE Four models of the Ninja 300 are available this year, two with ABS and two without. In every one, the benefit of increased engine size is clear: where the old 250 offered watery performance, the 300 sparkles, with 10 more horsepower than the 250. Despite its larger engine, the little Ninja is still agile and easy to operate, and it's also a comfortable sportbike. The 300 ($5,399) and 300 ABS ($5,799) come in white or ebony, and the 300 SE ($5,599) and ABS SE ($5,999) are lime green and ebony or ebony and white.
Base price $5,399–$5,999
Engine Liquid-cooled parallel twin
Displacement 296 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 39
Rake/trail 27°/93 mm
Fuel capacity 17 l
Wet weight 172/174 (ABS) kg
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R / ZX-6R ABS Kawasaki bumped displacement of its middleweight supersport to 636 cc last year, but that's not the only good news. A slipper clutch and three-mode traction control are standard, as are larger brake discs and monobloc callipers. Three-mode traction control can handle race track needs and rainy roads and can even distinguish between accidental and power wheelies. The intelligent antilock system on the ZX-6R ABS was designed for sportbikes and can help prevent the rear wheel from lifting under heavy braking.
Base price $12,499/$13,199
Engine Liquid-cooled inline four
Displacement 636 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 129
Rake/trail 23.5°/101 mm
Fuel capacity 17 l
Wet weight 192 kg
Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS The sporty 650 ABS shares the same Ninja label of its hard-core siblings, but is more at home on the street than the track. A host of changes were introduced on the 2012 model, including engine tuning that Kawasaki says improves engine response below 7,000 rpm. A new perimeter frame and subframe, a more comfortable seat, and a taller gas tank make room for shorter riders to reach the ground more easily. The 650 ABS also has a new dual exhaust and sharper, more aggressive bodywork than the previous model, and of course, ABS.
Base price $8,799
Engine Liquid-cooled parallel twin
Displacement 649 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 72
Rake/trail 25°/110 mm
Fuel capacity 16 l
Wet weight 211 kg
Kawasaki ZX-10R / ZX-10R ABS The ZX-10R won the 2013 World Superbike championship in the capable hands of Tom Sykes. It features a traction control system designed to predict when traction is about to be compromised and manages power delivery accordingly, and there are nine separate power mode settings. Larger intake valves, a higher compression ratio, and a new frame, bodywork, wheels and cassette-style gearbox highlighted the machine's 2011 redesign, and last year it got an adaptive Öhlins steering damper.
Base price $16,499/$17,299
Engine Liquid-cooled inline four
Displacement 998 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 179
Rake/trail 25°/107 mm
Fuel capacity 17 l
Wet weight 198/201 kg
Kawasaki ZX-14R ABS A major redesign two years ago assured the ZX-14's ongoing status as one of the fastest bikes on the planet. Displacement went up to 1,441 cc for torque increases at all ranges and more mid-range and top-end power. A slipper clutch, three-mode traction control, lighter wheels, restyled bodywork and instrument panel were also new. An upgraded aluminum frame, swingarm and suspension and lighter wheels improve handling, and the seat was redesigned for more comfort. Colours are green and black, orange and black, and black.
Base price $17,999
Engine Liquid-cooled inline four
Displacement 1,441 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower NA
Rake/trail 23°/93 mm
Fuel capacity 22 l
Wet weight 265 kg
KTM 1190 RC8 R KTM's first pure sportbike is a twin-cylinder powerhouse without the fancy additions of electronic riding aids but with a barrel full of adjustability. The 1,195 cc 75-degree V-twin engine from last year's flagship TrackR model is standard now, and the RC8 has WP suspension, a tubular-steel trellis frame, radially mounted Brembo brake callipers, a slipper clutch, and adjustable footpeg position, handlebar rise and seat height. The upside-down WP fork is fully adjustable, and the swingarm is adjustable.
Base price $18,999
Engine Liquid-cooled 75° V-twin
Displacement 1,195 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 173
Rake/trail N/A
Fuel capacity 16.5 l
Dry weight 184 kg
MV Agusta F3 675 ABS / F3 800 ABS The F3 675 and 800 were developed simultaneously and are, except for engine stroke and power output, virtually identical. The three-cylinder engine has its conceptual roots in MV's racing history, but is thoroughly modern, with a MotoGP-inspired counter-rotating crankshaft, ride-by-wire throttle, 8-level traction control, and four-level torque mapping. Ultra-short wheelbase and light weight make them high-class track demons, and as similar as they are, the 800's additional power makes it a whole new bocce game.
Base price $15,995/$16,995
Engine Liquid-cooled inline four
Displacement 675/798 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 128/148
Rake/trail N/A
Fuel capacity 16.5 l
Dry weight 173 kg
MV Agusta F4 ABS / F4RR ABS The F4 superbike has a steel trellis frame and single-sided swingarm. The over-square engine has a low-inertia crankshaft which enables it to reach 13,700 rpm and churn out up to a claimed 201 horsepower. The F4 uses Marzocchi/Sachs suspension while the F4RR is fitted with Öhlins and the swingarm and footpegs are adjustable. Both have throttle-by-wire, traction-control, Brembo front callipers, and new Bosch ABS. The F4RR has titanium connecting rods and its steering damper is by Öhlins.
Base price $19,995/$26,995
Engine Liquid-cooled inline four
Displacement 998 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 195/201
Rake/trail NA/100.4 mm
Fuel capacity 17 l
Dry weight 191/190 kg
Suzuki GSX-R600 / GSX-R750 / GSX-R1000 Suzuki's GSX-R600 and the $13,199 GSX-R750 were completely redesigned in 2011 and are unchanged for 2014. Both models feature engines with oversquare bore/stroke ratios, delivering powerful, high-revving performance. A 43 mm Showa Big Piston fork and four-piston monobloc Brembo front calipers are common to both. A 50th anniversary edition of the 750 is available in 2014, done up in fetching red livery for $13,499. The GSX-R1000 was overhauled in 2012 and features a three-setting Drive Mode Selector, monobloc Brembos, and a 4-2-1 exhaust.
Base price $12,299–$14,999
Engine Liquid-cooled inline four
Displacement 599/750/999 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower NA
Rake/trail 23.45°, 23.8 ° /97, 98.3 mm
Fuel capacity 17/17.5 l
Wet weight 187–203 kg
Suzuki GSX650F Based on the popular Bandit 650 that was discontinued in 2008, the GSX650F retains its predecessor's liquid-cooled and fuel-injected DOHC four-cylinder engine, user-friendly ergonomics and all-around versatility. The full fairing is inspired by the 650's race-winning heritage, but utilizes a taller screen for better weather protection than its GSX-R relatives. The GSX650F comes in traditional Suzuki blue/white or an all black colour scheme, and ABS is standard issue.
Base price $8,199
Engine Liquid-cooled inline four
Displacement 656 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 85
Rake/trail 26°/108 mm
Fuel capacity 19 l
Wet weight 245 kg
Suzuki Hayabusa The Hayabusa is a Suzuki icon, and its 1,340 cc engine generates a whopping 194 hp. It borrows the S-DMS system from the GSX-R1000, providing three power delivery modes. 2014 sees new black/grey and blue/white colour options, though the Hayabusa's bulbous love-it-or-hate-it bodywork remains unchanged. Front brakes feature powerful Brembo monobloc calipers, and ABS is standard. A 50th anniversary edition comes in a sharp red/black paint scheme for an extra $300.
Base price $15,399
Engine Liquid-cooled inline four
Displacement 1,340 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 194
Rake/trail 23.4°/93 mm
Fuel capacity 21 l
Wet weight 266 kg
Triumph Daytona 675 ABS / Daytona 675R Triumph's Daytona has always put the scare into the Japanese 600s because of its low price, fat mid-range torque and lithe handling, and a remodelling for 2013 kept it in the game. The new, higher-revving engine is more compact and said to generate more peak power and torque. Both models feature switchable ABS with a track mode, EMAIL FROM CHRIS slipper clutch, and track friendly instrumentation. The 675R model adds brake and suspension upgrades from Brembo and Öhlins, a quick-shifter and programmable shift lights.
Base price $12,599/$14,599
Engine Liquid-cooled inline triple
Displacement 675 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 126
Rake/trail 22.9°-87.2/23°-87.9 MM
Fuel capacity 17.4 l
Wet weight 184 kg
Yamaha YZF-R6 The YZF-R6 is unchanged for 2014, and remains a MotoGP-bred racing weapon. Four years ago the air box, ECU mapping and Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake (YCC-I) funnels were revised to boost power, and a new exhaust included a 10mm longer muffler. An adjustable slipper clutch is standard equipment, and the lightweight aluminum Deltabox frame is derived from Yamaha's MotoGP racing program, as is the closed loop Mikuni fuel injection system. The R6 continues to deliver compact, lightweight, high-powered performance.
Base price $11,999
Engine Liquid-cooled inline four
Displacement 599 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower NA
Rake/trail 24°/97 mm
Fuel capacity 17 l
Wet weight 189 kg
Yamaha FZ6R The FZ6R incorporates many of the practical elements of the now-discontinued FZ6, but at a bargain price. Revisions to the four-cylinder FZ6 engine were intended to improve low- and mid-range torque, achieve linear throttle control and optimize fuel economy. Seat and handlebar heights are adjustable, and the FZ6R has a more relaxed steering geometry than the old FZ6, though still retaining a flickable character through corners due to a narrower 160/60 rear tire. It's available in black or red paint scheme.
Base price $7,999
Engine Liquid-cooled inline four
Displacement 600 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower NA
Rake/trail 26°/103 mm
Fuel capacity 17 l
Wet weight 212 kg
Yamaha YZF-R1 Yamaha brought MotoGP technology closer to the masses when it revised the R1 in 2009. A crossplane crankshaft design is claimed to produce more linear torque, resulting in greater controllability. It also makes the engine sound terrific. A two-position power mode selector, slipper clutch and variable-length intake funnels are standard. In 2012 Yamaha introduced a seven-level traction control system, revised ECU settings, and new headlight cowl.
Base price $14,999
Engine Liquid-cooled inline four
Displacement 998 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower NA
Rake/trail 24°/102 mm
Fuel capacity 18 l
Wet weight 206 kg

Standard/Naked

Aprilia Shiver 750 The Shiver received sportier styling for 2011, as well as wave brake rotors and rearset footpegs. A narrower saddle and slimmer rear wheel round out the revisions. It's powered by Aprilia's own 750 cc fuel injected, liquid-cooled 95 horsepower V-twin, and uses the same three-stage multi-map ride-by-wire throttle control found on the RSV4. Its frame is a hybrid design combining cast aluminum side plates and a steel trellis forward section. A nice, light, sporty middleweight.
Base price $8,995
Engine Liquid-cooled 90° V-twin
Displacement 750 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 95
Rake/trail 25.7°/109 mm
Fuel capacity 16 l
Dry weight 189 kg
Aprilia Tuono V4 R ABS The Tuono has been revised for more power, improved handling, and better comfort. Its engine, from the RSV4, is one of the most thrilling in motorcycling. Eight-level traction control can be adjusted while riding; three-level wheelie control softens the landing of an air-borne wheel; launch control improves on-track launches, and there's quick shift, and advanced ABS for the Brembos. A new standard setting on the adjustable fork is for street imperfections, there's more padding in the seat, and more gas in the tank.
Base price $14,995
Engine Liquid-cooled 65° V-4
Displacement 1,000 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 170
Rake/trail 25°/107.5 mm
Fuel capacity 18.5 l
Dry weight 185 kg
BMW F800R The F800R roadster is a more versatile machine than the F800S sport model it replaced in 2010. The same F-series 798 cc parallel twin is used but different exhaust gains a claimed two horsepower. Fourth through sixth gear ratios are shorter than the ST's and make the R an ideal bike for urban adventures. All BMW models now carry ABS as standard equipment, so the brakes, with dual discs and four-piston callipers, are well-controlled. A low 775 mm seat and a high 825 mm seat are available.
Base price $10,800
Engine Liquid-cooled parallel twin
Displacement 798 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 87
Rake/trail NA
Fuel capacity 16 l
Wet weight 202 kg
BMW S1000R BMW's new roadster is derived from the superbike and adapted for comfort and control on the street. It wears the same aluminum frame and stressed-member engine as the S1000RR, but power is optimized for low- and mid-range rpm, where it makes more torque than the superbike. An array of electronic aids includes automatic stability control, race ABS, and choice of “rain” and “road” modes that adjust power, ABS, and stability systems (dynamic traction control with two more riding modes is an option).
Base price $14,700
Engine Liquid-cooled inline four
Displacement 999 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 160
Rake/trail NA/98.5 mm
Fuel capacity 17.5 l
Wet weight 207 kg
BMW R1200R The naked R1200R, with the counterbalanced air-cooled 1,170 cc boxer claiming 110 horsepower and 88 lb-ft of torque, has a Telelever fork and Paralever rear suspension. It was the first BMW with Automatic Stability Control, which alters ignition timing to reduce engine power when wheel spin is detected. As on other BMWs, ABS is standard, and that air-cooled mill is free-revving, smooth, and abundantly torquefull. The options catalogue includes an Akrapovic silencer and chromed cylinder head covers.
Base price $16,050
Engine Air-cooled flat twin
Displacement 1,170 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 110
Rake/trail NA
Fuel capacity 18 l
Wet weight 227 kg
BMW K1300R The K1300R roadster is a high-powered naked bike with an upright seating position and minimal bodywork. The 1,293 cc DOHC inline four makes a claimed 172 horsepower and 103 lb-ft of torque, but final gearing is deliberately low for outstanding acceleration. With an aluminum frame and single-sided swingarm, Duolever front and Paralever rear suspension, ABS brakes with four-piston callipers in front, a sharpened front-end geometry for quick steering, and explosive bottom end torque, it's a street fighter that takes no prisoners but loves clichés.
Base price $17,200
Engine Liquid-cooled inline four
Displacement 1,293 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 172
Rake/trail 29°/101 mm
Fuel capacity 19 l
Wet weight 243 kg
Ducati Monster 696 / 796 The popular Monster 696 was joined in mid-2010 by a 796 model. Both use a hybrid trellis frame with aluminum subframe, single-sided aluminum swingarm, linkage-less shock, four-piston radial calipers and dual 320 mm rotors with standard ABS. The 796 has a wider, 5.5 inch rear wheel with five spokes compared to the 4.5 inch three-spoke hoop on the 696. The digital display includes a stopwatch with memory, and both bikes are ready for DDA+ data acquisition and come with a seat cover a micro-bikini fairing.
Base price $9,995/$11,695
Engine Air-cooled V-twin
Displacement 696/803 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 80/87
Rake/trail 24°/87 mm
Fuel capacity 15 l
Wet weight 186/188 kg
Ducati Streetfighter 848 The Streetfighter is a pared-down naked bike that is strong, agile, and inexpensive to run. An 849 cc Testrastretta 11° engine (that's 11 degrees of valve overlap, for a broad powerband and good fuel economy) pumps out a claimed 69 lb-ft of torque, and the desmo valves need regulating only every 24,000 km. The trellis frame wears a Marzocchi adjustable fork and a single shock attached to an aluminum single-sided swingarm. Radially mounted Brembos and Ducati Traction Control help keep the rubber on the down side.
Base price $14,495
Engine Liquid-cooled V-twin
Displacement 849 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 132
Rake/trail 24.5°/103 mm
Fuel capacity 16.5 l
Wet weight 199 kg
Ducati Monster 1200 / Monster 1200S With the adoption of a version of the engine that powers the Multistrada, the Monster 1200 is brand new for 2014. The Testastretta 11° twin pumps out a claimed 135 hp. Front brakes are radially mounted Brembo and three riding modes and eight traction control levels work in harmony with intelligent ABS and the TFT instrument display. The S model gains 10 hp, Öhlins suspension, a carbon fibre mudguard and machined rims. Either way, the Monster 1200 is light, comfortable, powerful, and a much better conceived motorcycle than the last generation of water-pumper Monsters like the S4R.
Base price $14,595/$17,295
Engine Liquid-cooled V-twin
Displacement 1,198 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 135/145
Rake/trail 24°/93 mm
Fuel capacity 17.5 l
Wet weight 209 kg
Ducati Diavel The Diavel is a cruiser with a lap-timer and an athlete's hardbody. It is powered by the 1,198 cc Testastretta V-twin and re-tuned to a 162 claimed horsepower. It is equipped with an ultra-wide 240-section rear tire, Brembo radially mounted four-piston callipers, traction control, ride-by-wire throttle, selectable power modes and ABS. The $18,995 Dark is the all-black base model version, with the Diavel at $19,995. The $20,495 Strada and $21,495 Carbon have Marchesini wheels. The Carbon is 11 kilos lighter than the touring-equipped Strada.
Base price $18,995/$21,495
Engine Liquid-cooled V-twin
Displacement 1198.4 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 162
Rake/trail 28 °/NA
Fuel capacity 17 l
Wet weight 234–245 kg
Honda Grom The Grom is like that sweater you loved until your little sister threw it in the dryer. It's exactly the same, but smaller. With about 10 hp and a weight of 100 kg, the Grom will outpace city traffic (though not by much) and can hit highway speeds (though only just). It's a real motorcycle with inverted fork, single shock, and disc brakes, and its small size, low seat height, gentle power, overall stability, and easy manoeuvrability should appeal to riders who want to be broke in gently. And it's as cute as a kitten.
Base price $3,199
Engine Air-cooled single
Displacement 125 cc
Transmission Four-speed
Horsepower N/A
Rake/trail 25°/81 mm
Fuel capacity 5.5 l
Wet weight 102 kg
Honda NC750S / NC750X Honda bored out the NC for a 75 cc bump and installed six percent taller gearing for better acceleration and more relaxed cruising. The S and X both have ABS and both have one of the best features on a motorcycle anywhere: a faux fuel tank with a big storage cavity (gas goes under the seat). Honda engineers tuned the engine's vibration feel and exhaust beat, and gave priority to low- and mid-range torque. It's black or red for the S and silver for the X. Honda claims 400 km on a tank of gas. This is the future according to Honda.
Base price $8,999/$9,199
Engine Liquid-cooled parallel twin
Displacement 745 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower NA
Rake/trail 27°/110 mm
Fuel capacity 14.1 l
Wet weight 216/219 kg
Honda CB1100A Honda brought out this handsome model last year as a tribute to the 1960s CB750, but thankfully more than 40 years of technology separate the two. The 1100 is powered by an air-cooled four equipped with fuel injection and a five-speed gearbox and set in the frame via four solid and two rubber mounts. A 41 mm fork and dual shocks handle suspension and combined ABS is standard, so it can handle a sporty road or a week-long tour. Classic touches include a big round headlight, analogue gauges, and chromed fenders.
Base price $13,199
Engine Air-cooled inline four
Displacement 1,140 cc
Transmission Five-speed
Horsepower NA
Rake/trail NA
Fuel capacity 14.6 l
Wet weight 248 kg
Honda CB1000RA The CB1000R is Honda's edgy take on the open-class naked bike concept. The 1000RR-derived engine has been tuned for accessible rather than peak power, and the gravity die-cast backbone frame and “mass forward” design are claimed to increase agility. The 43 mm inverted fork and shock are adjustable, the swingarm is single-sided and cast aluminum, and combined ABS is standard. A triangular, multi-reflector headlight is integrated into the compact nose fairing, and the underslung exhaust keeps weight low and centralized.
Base price $13,999
Engine Liquid-cooled inline-four
Displacement 998 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower NA
Rake/trail 25°/99 mm
Fuel capacity 17 l
Wet weight 222 kg
Kawasaki ER-6n ABS The ER-6n is Kawasaki's streetfighter version of the Ninja 650, with the full-coverage bodywork replaced by a headlight flyscreen and shrouds atop the radiator. Two years ago it received a brand-new steel perimeter frame, petal-disc brakes and better low- and mid-range power. Suspension upgrades enhanced the machine's sporting potential and comfort. This year it gets standard ABS. An excellent choice for someone moving up from a smaller bike, and with its light weight, that 72 hp makes it way more thrilling than your Ninja 300.
Base price $8,299
Engine Liquid-cooled parallel twin
Displacement 649 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 72 hp
Rake/trail 25°/110 mm
Fuel capacity 16 l
Wet weight 204 kg
Kawasaki Z1000 ABS / Z1000 ABS SE Kawasaki's naked bike returns with a number of improvements. An LED headlight and taillight, aluminum handlebar, new mirrors, and redesigned seat are among the updates. A new LED tach and backlit LCD instrument screen, a Showa Big Piston fork, lightweight wheels, and radially mounted monobloc callipers with ABS further enhance the Z1000. New ECU settings and intake funnels help boost power to 140 hp, and revised gearing improves acceleration. The ABS SE model trades orange-and-gray body paint for green-and-gray.
Base price $13,299/$13,499
Engine Liquid-cooled inline-four
Displacement 1,043 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 142
Rake/trail 24.5°/103 mm
Fuel capacity 17 l
Wet weight 221 kg
KTM 690 Duke The KTM 690 Duke was introduced last year and uses a 690 cc single with dual spark plugs, ride-by-wire fuel injection and slipper clutch, adding up to a claimed 67 horsepower. The steel trellis frame and die-cast subframe are suspended by fully adjustable WP shock and inverted fork. Up front is a 320 mm brake disc gripped by a radially mounted, four-piston Brembo caliper, combined with a 240 mm rear disc and switchable Bosch ABS. New, lighter wheels improve handling and responsiveness.
Base price $9,999
Engine Liquid-cooled single
Displacement 690 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 67
Rake/Trail N/A
Fuel capacity 14 l
Dry weight 149.5 kg
KTM 1290 Super Duke R KTM's newest naked roadster is built around the RC8 superbike engine with a bore and stroke increase and a claimed 106 lb-ft of torque. With switchable traction control that's sensitive to lean angles, switchable ABS, three riding modes (street, sport, and rain), slipper clutch, and ride-by-wire throttle, the 1290 Super Duke is one of the safest motorcycles on the road. Brembo radially mounted monobloc calipers assure quick stops, and the WP suspension is fully adjustable. The exhaust system is stainless steel.
Base price $TBA
Engine Liquid-cooled V-twin
Displacement 1,301 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 177
Rake/Trail N/A
Fuel capacity 18 l
Dry weight 189 kg
Moto Guzzi V7 Racer / Stone / Special The V7 series is a call back to basics with light, good-looking motorcycles. The 744 cc V-twin was redesigned in 2012 for more power and torque as well as better fuel economy. Shaft drive adds convenience, an enlarged fuel tank extends the range, and four-piston Brembos bring things to a stop. The $10,590 Racer sports replica gauges, spoked wheels, clip-ons, solo seat with number plates, and metal fuel tank. The $8,690 Stone is a basic version with alloy wheels, and the two-toned $9,490 Special has spoked aluminum wheels.
Base price $8,690–$10,590
Engine Air-cooled V-twin
Displacement 744 cc
Transmission Five-speed
Horsepower 51
Rake/trail 27 ° /109 mm
Fuel capacity 22 l
Wet weight 183 kg
Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 8V Moto Guzzi's Griso—part cruiser, part sportbike—returns unchanged since its 2009 overhaul, when it received more compact, four-valve cylinder heads. Other internal changes included new gear-driven oil pumps for improved lubrication, reconfigured cooling fins for better heat dissipation, and an inverted Showa fork with carbon nitride treatment for smoother action. The Griso is also fitted with the Compact Reactive Shaft Drive to tame the shaft's torque reaction. An odd but effective machine.
Base price $13,690
Engine Air-cooled 90° V-twin
Displacement 1,200 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 110
Rake/trail 26.3 °/108 mm
Fuel capacity 16.7 l
Dry weight 222 kg
MV Agusta Brutale 675 EAS / Brutale 800 ABS The Brutale 800 is a new model that uses the same engine as the F3 800, but like the Brutale 675 is tuned for more mid-range power and street-wise civility. It's nearly identical to the 675, but the 800 gets a higher compression ratio and a few extra features. Both use Brembo radially mounted front brakes, and the 800 gets Bosch ABS and more adjustments in the Marzocchi fork and Sachs shock. Both are ride-by-wire and have multi-map power control and eight-level traction control. An Italia version of the 800 is $600 more.
Base price $12,995/$14,395
Engine Liquid-cooled triple
Displacement 675/798 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 110/125
Rake/trail NA/95 mm
Fuel capacity 16.6 l
Dry weight 167 kg
MV Agusta Brutale RR ABS / Brutale Corsa ABS The 1,078 cc Brutale returns with a higher-priced sibling, the Corsa, which features an Öhlins fork with full adjustability instead of the Marzocchi unit. Both use the 158 horsepower engine with two power modes and eight-level traction control, Brembo monobloc front calipers, adjustable footpegs, and Bosch ABS. A more comfortable seating position than the F4 makes it a better street bike, and the Corsa gets a hand-stitched seat and special livery, and footpegs, brake lever, and brake and clutch reservoir caps machined from billet.
Base price $19,495/$22,995
Engine Liquid-cooled inline four
Displacement 1,078 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 158
Rake/trail NA/103.5 mm
Fuel capacity 23 l
Dry weight 183 kg
Norton Commando Café Racer / Sport Factory Norton is a low-volume, exclusive producer that re-established its presence in Canada in late 2013. Two Commando 961 models are imported, the $23,900 Sport Factory and the $22,999 Café Racer. They're hand-built, and share a steel tubular frame; 80 horsepower, pushrod, air-cooled vertical twin engine; fully adjustable Öhlins fork and twin shocks; and Brembo brake components. The Sport has a chromed steel handlebar, the Café Racer has clip-ons and a fly screen. Dual seat models are available for about $1,000 more.
Base price $22,999/$23,900
Engine Air-cooled twin
Displacement 961 cc
Transmission Five-speed
Horsepower 80
Rake/trail 24.5°/99 mm
Fuel capacity 17 l
Dry weight 188 kg
Suzuki TU250 Motorcycling doesn't come much simpler than the Suzuki TU250, a lightweight street machine propelled by an air-cooled, single-cylinder engine. Fuel injection is a surprise feature in light of the single-disc front and drum rear brakes, five-speed transmission, spoked wheels and retro styling. The steel tube frame and non-adjustable shock and fork deliver performance appropriate to the engine's modest power output. With a low seat height (770 mm) and unintimidating attitude, it's an ideal bike for beginners
Base price $5,299
Engine Air-cooled single
Displacement 249 cc
Transmission Five-speed
Horsepower NA
Rake/trail NA
Fuel capacity 12 l
Wet weight 148 kg
Suzuki SV650 / SFV650 Gladius The SV650 gets a price cut for 2014, but keeps all the features that have proven it a popular model. SVs qualify for many road race classes and are shockingly fast in the hands of skilled riders. The SFV650 Gladius is based on the SV, but with more Italian-influenced styling, while changes to cam profiles, valve lift and crank inertia – along with the voluminous low-mounted exhaust system – enhance low- and mid-range power output compared to its 650 sibling. ABS is standard on both models.
Base price $7,899/$8,299
Engine Liquid-cooled 90° V-twin
Displacement 645 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower NA
Rake/trail 25°, 100/104 mm
Fuel capacity 17/14.5 l
Wet weight 203/202 kg
Triumph Street Triple ABS / Street Triple R ABS The Street Triples are powered by a Daytona 675-sourced liquid-cooled triple retuned with an emphasis on low- and mid-range power. Smooth and agile, these middleweight Triumphs are more comfortable than their pure sport cousins but are suitable for track-day use. The R model gets higher spec, adjustable suspension, radially mounted four-piston front calipers, plus sharper steering geometry. Both feature switchable ABS, and the dash incorporates programmable gear-shift lights and lap timer.
Base price $9,999/$11,199
Engine Liquid-cooled inline triple
Displacement 675 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 106
Rake/trail 24.1°/99.6 mm, 23.4 °/95 mm
Fuel capacity 17.4 l
Wet weight 183 kg
Triumph Speed Triple ABS / Speed Triple R ABS The Speed Triple was the original naked bike and is still one of the most charismatic. Recent changes include a new frame, torquier engine, ABS, and a fresh look. A Showa shock with adjustable preload, rebound and compression damping is mated to a 43 mm fork, also fully adjustable, of the same brand. Both use Brembo four-piston calipers, and the Speed Triple R sports monobloc calipers, Öhlins suspension, carbon fibre, fly screen, belly pan, and seat cowl, plus red rad shrouds, all for $2,500 less than last year.
Base price $14,395/$15,999
Engine Liquid-cooled inline triple
Displacement 1,050 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 135
Rake/trail 22.8° / 90.9mm
Fuel capacity 17.4 l
Weight 214/212 kg
Yamaha FZ1 / Fazer 8 The FZ1 brought new levels of performance to the all-rounder concept. Based on the R1 engine, the FZ1's inline four was retuned for broader use, while the twin-spar aluminum frame, inverted fork and aluminum swingarm provide a solid chassis with sharp handling. The Fazer 8 uses a downsized version of the FZ1's engine and provides plenty of mid-range torque with a linear throttle response and is an ideal compromise between 600 cc and open-class nakeds. Both bikes blend a sporty riding position with plenty of rider comfort.
Base price $11,999/$10,099
Engine Liquid-cooled inline four
Displacement 998/779 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 150/110
Rake/trail 25°/109 mm
Fuel capacity 18/17 l
Weight 220/216 kg
Yamaha FZ-09 The brand new FZ-09 replaces the FZ8 as Yamaha's naked sports roadster in 2014. Triples are all the rage right now, and for good reason, providing a torquey and engaging ride. The FZ-09's inline triple does just that, employing a 120-degree crankshaft design optimized for broad torque range and fast, linear throttle response. Three-mode variable throttle control is standard, as are forged aluminum footrests, shifter and rear brake pedal. The stubby yet stylish three-into-one exhaust is mounted low, contributing to the bike's light, agile feel. At $8,999, the FZ-09 delivers high performance at a bargain price.
Base price $8,999
Engine Liquid-cooled inline triple
Displacement 847 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 115
Rake/trail 26°/103 mm
Fuel capacity 14 l
Weight 188 kg

Sport Touring

BMW F800GT The sport-touring F800GT is powered by the same liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, Rotax-built 798 cc parallel twin as other F800 models, but now with a claimed five more horsepower. With standard ABS, optional ESA that allows rear suspension adjustment at the touch of a button, a lengthened swingarm and tightened suspension, and a three-way adjustable seat, the F800GT is a comfortable long-distance mount that's ready for curving roads. Available options include touring cases, Akrapovic sport silencer, and tinted windscreen.
Base price $13,400
Engine Liquid-cooled parallel twin
Displacement 798 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 90
Rake/trail NA
Fuel capacity 15 l
Wet weight 213 kg
BMW R1200RT The R1200RT has undergone changes that make it more dynamic, safer, and more convenient. The boxer engine is now air-and-liquid cooled and produces 15 more claimed horsepower, even though crankshaft and alternator weights have been increased for smoother running. Automatic Stability Control, Rain and Road riding modes, an improved frame for better stability, and improvements to weather protection and seating position further enhance its touring capabilities. Options include a Hill Start function and a Dynamic riding mode.
Base price $20,850
Engine Liquid-cooled flat twin
Displacement 1,170 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 125
Rake/trail NA/116 mm
Fuel capacity 25 l
Wet weight 274 kg
Can-Am Spyder ST / ST-S / ST Limited The sport-touring ST comes in three versions. Standard features include power steering, Brembo brakes, Fox shocks, stability and anti-theft systems, semi-automatic or manual transmission with reverse, ABS, and adjustable windshield. The $22,549 ST-S gets carbon black parts, machined front wheels, and front fenders with integrated LED lights. The $27,449 ST Limited adds Garmin GPS, an audio system, chromed front wheels, removable bags, and heated grips. All use the tried-and-true Rotax 998 cc V-twin engine.
Base price $21,099–$27,449
Engine Liquid-cooled V-twin
Displacement 998 cc
Transmission Five-speed
Horsepower 100
Rake/trail NA
Fuel capacity 25 l
Dry weight 392 kg
Can-Am Spyder RT / RT-S / RT Limited The Spyder RT has a new three-cylinder engine, six-speed transmission in manual or semi-auto, with reverse, ABS, traction control, and stability control, dynamic power steering, an audio system, 155 litres of storage, and adjustable passenger footboards. Heated grips, cruise control, and electrically adjustable windscreen improve comfort. The $29,349 RT-S adds adjustable rear suspension, heated passenger grips, and fog lamps, and the $33,799 RT Limited adds chromed wheels, Garmin GPS, and embroidered seat.
Base price $25,499–$33,799
Engine Liquid-cooled triple
Displacement 1,330 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 115
Rake/trail N/A
Fuel capacity 26 l
Dry weight 459 kg
Honda ST1300A Powered by a smooth and quiet fuel-injected 1,261 cc V-four, the ST1300 is still around after a decade because people still want to ride it. With shaft drive, electrically adjustable windscreen, adjustable seat, lockable and removable saddlebags, linked brakes, and ABS, the big sport-touring Honda is a very capable long-distance hauler. The engine weight is low in the frame, and a two-section fuel tank has an eight-litre sub-tank located low in the chassis, all of which aids low-speed handling.
Base price $18,999
Engine Liquid-cooled V-four
Displacement 1,264 cc
Transmission Five-speed
Horsepower NA
Rake/trail 26°/98 mm
Fuel capacity 29 l
Wet weight 331 kg
Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS The Ninja 1000 gets three-mode traction control and selectable power modes for 2014, and ABS is standard. The big Ninja uses the same frame as the Z1000 and is powered by the same 1043 cc inline-four engine, with a semi-upright seating position and handlebar instead of clip-ons. In fact, the Ninja 1000 shares almost identical dimensions with the Z1000, but is slightly longer, a few kilos heavier and can carry two litres more fuel. Colour-matched hard bags are optional and look great, and an adjustable windscreen and remote preload adjuster add convenience.
Base price $13,999
Engine Liquid-cooled inline-four
Displacement 1,043 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 138
Rake/trail 24.5°/102 mm
Fuel capacity 19 l
Wet weight 228 kg
Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS The Concours 14 has an aluminum monocoque frame and an engine derived from the ZX-14, which makes it a very powerful sport-tourer. Standard features include the Tetra-Lever shaft drive system, radial mount front brake calipers, inverted fork, hard saddlebags, an electrically adjustable windshield and tire pressure sensors. Kawasaki Traction Control and ABS are standard features.?A remote key system allows remote activation of the steering lock and the main switch and includes an immobilizer function.
Base price $18,999
Engine Liquid-cooled inline four
Displacement 1,352 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 156
Rake/trail 26.1°/112 mm
Fuel capacity 22 l
Wet weight 304 kg
Suzuki GSX1250FA / 1250FASE Touring The GSX1250FA replaced the Bandit 1250 in 2010, and is a fully faired sport tourer with a fuel-injected 1,255 cc engine. Stopping power is provided by dual 310 mm discs with four-piston callipers up front and a 240 mm disc with single-piston calliper at the rear. Seat height can be raised or lowered by 20 mm. ABS and centrestand are standard, and touring range is enhanced by the large 19-litre fuel tank. The fully equipped $12,899 Touring version comes kitted out with panniers, top case, and adjustable windscreen.
Base price $11,399/$12,899
Engine Liquid-cooled inline four
Displacement 1,255 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 97
Rake/trail 26°/95 mm
Fuel capacity 19 l
Wet weight 257/273.5 kg
Triumph Trophy SE The Sprint GT is gone, but the Trophy SE leaves Triumph's sport-touring stable very well-equipped. It's a long-distance mount with a 1,215 cc fuel-injected triple, ride-by-wire throttle control, electronic suspension, linked ABS, shaft drive, heated grips and seats, and an audio system with Bluetooth and iPod compatibility. The Trophy's “dynamic luggage system” allows the hard bags some independent movement so as not to interfere with chassis control. Even with all its touring advantages, the Trophy SE doesn't fear twisty roads.
Base price $19,999
Engine Liquid-cooled inline triple
Displacement 1,215 cc
Transmission Six-speed
Horsepower 132
Rake/trail 27°/119 mm
Fuel capacity 25 l
Dry weight 301 kg
Yamaha FJR1300 / FJR1300E Yamaha's FJR1300 is a favourite of the sport-touring crowd because of its comfort and immense grunt. Ride-by-wire throttle, cruise control system, traction control, upgraded suspension and a styling makeover are among the 2013 updates. Standard features include an adjustable seat, handlebar and windscreen, variable heated grips, five-position adjustable brake and clutch levers and linked ABS. New for 2014, the E version adds electronically adjustable suspension to the package, allowing quick changes to preload and damping settings.
Base price $17,499/$18,499
Engine Liquid-cooled inline four
Displacement 1,298 cc
Transmission Five-speed
Horsepower NA
Rake/trail 26°/109 mm
Fuel capacity 25 l
Wet weight 289/292 kg