2014 has been an amazing year for new bikes. We saw a lot of upgraded classics, as well as brand new models. The problem is, with so many kick ass new bikes, it’s hard narrowing it down to the best of the best, but we gave it a shot anyway. So here is our pics for the top bikes of 2014.
Indian Chief Classic
Like a phoenix, the beloved Chief comes roaring back to life. Powered by the updated Thunder Stroke 111 v-twin pumping out 118 ft-lbs, this bad boy gets up and goes, even with its hefty 812 lbs weight. It’s not always easy bringing a classic back without totally botching it, but Polaris not only succeeded, they did it without sacrificing what we all love about this bike, it’s looks. Even with it’s light weight aluminum frame, fly by wire throttle, and updated safety features, the Chief looks just as good as it ever did. It’s a shame that it’s starting out just under $19k.
The new FZ-09 has been one of the hottest new bikes of the year, and for good reason, it offers amazing performance for the money. Coming in at just under $8k, the FZ-09 comes packing a triple cylinder engine, pumping out 115bhp and weighing at just 414lbs, and it gets around 45mpg. Not only is the Yamaha more powerful than a street triple, it’s $1,400 less! It’s a no brainer.
Ducati 1199 Superleggera
I think we can all admit Ducati’s 11 series have always been absolute beasts, but the Superlegga takes it to a whole other level. With only 500 models being produced (all spoken for unfortunately), it has quite the asking price, about $65k to be precise. So just what the hell are you getting for $35k more than the regular Panigale R? Well, you’re actually getting a little less. The Superlegga has gone on a steady diet of titanium, magnesium and carbon fiber which brings this bad boy down to a mere 341lbs (dry). It comes with all the normal goodies of Ohlins suspension, Ergal sprocket, and so on, but whether or not that justifies the extra $35k, is up to your checkbook.
Why try to fix, what isn’t broken? Thankfully Kawasaki left the 450F untouched from the 2013 model besides a few minor cosmetic upgrades. The 450 has always been one of the best motocross bikes you can buy. Strong reliable engine, great suspension, and huge aftermarket support, it’s no wonder why so many ride team green.