MMM’s Special Section reports in 2013 heralded the start of Minnesota’s riding season and delved into the Sportbike market, Scooters, Off-Road models, Touring bikes, Cruisers, Dual Sport models and Classics. In this, our last issue of MMM until March 2014, we wanted to show you a brief glimpse of what the U.S. motorcycle market intends to offer in the New Year. Here, we have assembled 15 brands, including Aprilia, BMW, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Indian, Kawasaki, KTM, Moto Guzzi, MV Agusta, Piaggio/Vespa, Suzuki, Triumph, Victory and Yamaha, for you to peruse.
Aprilia intends to enter 2014 with an offering of 18 two-wheeled models, including four RSV4 supersport models, two Tuono V4R nakeds, the 750 and 1200 Dorsoduro, the Mana 850 and Shiver 750, and eight scooters (see cover profile).
Among the standouts, the Tuono V4 R ABS ($13,999) is even more comfortable and liveable for 2014, with a revised timing system, 20mm longer intake ducts, a redesigned crankshaft flywheel, shorter ratios in the first three gears, and maximum power output dropped to 11,500 rpm. Rolling out 170hp, the Tuono also is fitted with eight-level traction control, three-level wheelie control, three-level launch control, quick-shift and Bosch ABS
BMW approaches 2014 offering 19 two-wheelers, including three Sport models, four Tour models, three Roadster, seven Enduro and two Scooters.
Created to mark the 90th anniversary of BMW Motorrad, the R nineT pays homage to various models while offering new design elements that – like the LoRider concept of 2008 – allow owners to easily personalize their machines. Highlights include an 1170cc air/oil-cooled boxer twin producing 110hp and 88 lb.-ft., an upside-down fork borrowed from the S 1000 RR, a removable rear subframe, height adjustable Akrapovic exhaust system, a swingarm that accepts a wider wheel and three-position license plate mount.
Another new Roadster, the S 1000 R (based on the best-selling S 1000 RR supersport) is wrapped only in a bikini fairing and offers 160hp and 83 lb.-ft., ABS, “Rain” and “Road” riding modes, automatic stability control, a programmable quick-shifter, electronically controlled damping system, optional Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) and more.
Prices for both new bikes were still to be determined as this issue of MMM went to press.
Ducati says plans call for four new models for 2014. Three models – the Monster 1200, 899 Panigale and ultra exclusive 1199 Superleggera – have already debuted while the fourth (Scrambler?) is expected to bow in early 2014.
The entire line-up includes 22 models – four Diavel, two Hypermotard, the Hyperstrada, six Monster, four Multistrada, the 848 Streetfighter, and four Panigale super sport models.
Deliveries of the 148hp 899 Panigale ($14,995) were to begin in late November. Also coming to the U.S. for 2014 are the Monster 1200 ($13, 495) and 1200 S ($15,995). Based on an entirely new chassis, the Monster 1200 is powered by the 1198cc Testastretta 11° DS engine with an enhanced set-up for mid-range power delivery. The base model churns out 135hp @ 8,750 and 87 lb.-ft. @ 7,250rpm – with 85% of torque available at 4,500rpm. In S trim, the 401-lb. bike is motivated by 145hp and 92 ft-lb.
Harley-Davidson has so far revealed 30 models for the 2014 model year.
The Motor Company, in an effort to capitalize on foreign markets where smaller displacement motorcycles are the norm, most recently introduced its Street 500 (approx. $6,700) and Street 750 (approx. $7,500) models “designed for young urban riders around the world” – namely, burgeoning markets in Asia and South America. Powered by a liquid-cooled engine dubbed the Revolution X, these Dark Custom bikes represent the first all-new platform from H-D in 13 years and feature a minimalist style that H-D hopes will serve as a blank canvas for riders to customize.
As for Harley-Davidson’s traditional line-up, the big news comes in the form of the eight models were retooled and enhanced under an initiative code-named “Project Rushmore” – the Road King, Street Glide, Street Glide Special, Electra Glide Ultra Classic, Ultra Limited, Tri Glide Ultra, CVO Ultra Limited and CVO Road King.
New features on these bike include the first liquid-cooled engine for a H-D touring bike, integrated front and rear ABS, and integrated audio, communications, navigation and vehicle information in a single electronic touch screen.
Honda enters 2014 with 34 models, including six Touring, two Adventure, 10 Cruiser, two Supersport, seven Sport, two Dual Sport and five Scooter models.
Further, Honda in late 2013 introduced six additional models we may see stateside: the CBR300R, CB650F, CBR650F, VFR800F, CBR1000RR SP and CTX1300.
Announced three model years after the launch of the CBR250R, the 2014 CBR300R (price TBA) comes to market on the heels of Kawasaki’s 2013 Ninja 300 and is, regrettably, set to “replace” its smaller sibling. Powered by a 286cc single-cylinder engine producing 30hp and 20 lb.-ft. of torque, the Honda CBR300R forgoes the CBR250R in design and instead gets it’s styling from the CBR500R that debuted last year.
Like its smaller brethren, the 300R is to be produced in Thailand and make it here in Ross White or Millennium Red.
Indian rides into 2014 with its first three new models – the Chief Classic ($18,999) cruiser, Chief Vintage ($20,999) soft bagger and Chieftain ($22,999) faired hard bagger.
Kawasaki’s plan is to offer 36 models for 2014, including 11 Sport, seven Supersport, seven Cruisers, two Dual Purpose, five Motocross and four Off-Road models.
Kawasaki recently revealed the 2014 Ninja 1000 ($11,999) and its stable-mate, the all-new Z1000 ($11,999). Offered with all-new styling, both bikes further receive a new compact subframe design, an upgraded 1043cc offering 140hp and a sharper immediate response, shorter initial gearing and a taller sixth gear, new Showa Big Piston Fork, one-piece monobloc radial-mount front brake calipers, new supersport-style six-spoke lightweight aluminum wheels and a new instrument cluster.
KTM is in 2014 slated to offer 10 Motocross models, 16 Enduro models, the 690 Duke naked bike, two versions of the 1190 RC8 R, and the 150hp 1190 Adventure/R (price TBA) and 180hp 1290 Super Duke R (Price TBA).
You wouldn’t know it from its offerings in the U.S., but KTM likes the small displacement on-road market. After all, it was models like the Duke 125 and 200 that helped the company achieve 32% growth in global sales in 2012 – a surge that continues with the Duke 390.
While you shouldn’t hold your breath for the Duke 125, RC125, Duke 200 or RC200, KTM President Stefan Pierer has gone on record saying the U.S. will get some form of the 390. Yes, please.
Moto Guzzi – the Piaggio Group’s halo motorcycle brand – for 2014 includes eight models: the V7 Stone, Special and Racer retro bikes; Griso 8V SE standard; Stelvio 1200 NTX adventure tourer; Norge GT 8V sport-tourer; and California 1400 Custom & Touring models (see cover profile).
Prices range from $8,390 for the V7 Stone to $17,990 for the California 1400 Touring.
MV Agusta offers eight models for 2014, including the “mid-size” F3 800, Brutale 800, Rivale and Turismo Veloce models – all powered by variations of the same 798cc in-line three-cylinder engine.
Most recently introduced, the Turismo Veloce is a 125hp “fast tourer” that keeps a slim profile with hard bags nestled within the bike’s rear structure. The base model Turismo Veloce offers ABS, cruise control, a five-inch color instrument panel, and ride-by-wire technology that influences the electronic gear change system and anti-wheelie systems and allows the operator to choose from four engine maps at the push of a button. Even more upmarket, the Turismo Veloce Lusso further receives a “semi-active” suspension, heated grips, a security immobilizer and Bluetooth connectivity.
Brands owned by the Piaggio Group include Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Piaggio and Vespa.
Piaggio offers eight models, with prices ranging from $1,899 for the China-made Typhoon 50 to $8,899 for the three-wheeled MP3 500. The brand’s best-selling model for 2013 was the awesome BV 350 ($5,699) – a bike with love-it-or-hate-it styling but an excellent drivetrain and ergonomics.
Vespa offers nine models for 2014, including the Vespa 946, two LX models ranging from 50cc to 150cc, three S models ranging from 50cc to 150cc, and three 300cc GTS models. Prices range from $3,299 for the S 50 4V to $9,946 for the limited 946.
Suzuki offers 32 distinct models of two-wheeler for the 2014 season, including eight Cruisers, six Sportbike models, four Adventure models, three Scooters, a couple of Touring models, two Dual Sports, two Motocross, a Standard, one Supermoto and one Off-Road model.
The all-new V-Strom 1000 ABS/Adventure ($12,699/$13,999) has been responsible for many of Suzuki’s headlines since the bike was announced for U.S. delivery and joins the popular V-Strom 650 ABS/Adventure ($8,549/$10,049) in the 2014 line-up.
Among the most sensible of Suzuki’s product decisions for 2014 was the addition of the Burgman 200 ABS scooter (price TBA) to complement the Burgman 400 ABS ($7,999) and 650 ABS ($10,999).
Triumph for 2014 plans to deliver 14 models, including three Adventure models, three Classics, four Cruisers, two Roadsters, the Daytona 675 Supersport and the Trophy SE Tourer.
Last year, the Tiger 800/XC was making headlines. This year, look to the new America/LT, Thunderbird LT & Commander and Speedmaster, as well as multiple updates to the best-selling Classic line’s Bonneville, Scrambler and Thruxton.
Victory’s offerings for 2014 include 15 models in three distinct lines: six Baggers, three Touring bikes and six Cruisers.
Prices range from $12,499 for the Vegas 8-Ball to $22,999 for the Ness Cross Country Limited Edition – although the company continues to market the 15th Anniversary Cross Country Tour Limited Edition priced at $29,999.
Yamaha’s offerings for 2014 include 18 Star cruiser models, five Super Sport models, two Super Sport Touring models, three Dual Sport models and five Scooters.
The FZ-09 ($7,990) – sold as the MT-09 alongside the MT-07 in Europe – has oft been considered a best-buy since its introduction in mid 2013. Powered by an 847cc liquid-cooled, in-line three-cylinder with Yamaha’s crossplane crankshaft, the torque-rich standard comes with Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) ride-by-wire system that allows the operator to choose from three distinct engine maps at the push of a button.
Yamaha also continues to heavily promote the Bolt/R-Spec ($7,990/$8,290), a model introduced for 2013. Powered by an air-cooled 942cc 60° V-twin, the Bolt is a bike Yamaha describes as an “Urban Performance Bobber” designed to serve as a canvas for customization.