1) Kawasaki H2/H2R
Without doubt, is at the top of our must ride list. Simply put, we absolutely need to feel the otherworldly accelerative effects of that chain- and gear driven blower, which spins at 10 times the speed of the crankshaft and transforms. A full suite of electronics will keep that front wheel on the pavement, suspension and brakes will undoubtedly do their best to give these heavy H2s an agility that suitably complements their insane straight-line abilities.
2) Ducati 1299 Panigale S
This is the first production Ducati, a 1285cc Superquadro Vtwin engine that produces 205 horses. The bore of the 1299 has been increased to 116mm, which means the pistons now measure more than 4.5 inches across! The new 1299 has a halfdegree less steering rake for quicker response and its swingarm pivot has been lowered 4mm for improved geometry with the drive sprocket.
3) Yamaha YZF-R1
The all new Yamaha YZF-R1, whose 998cc 4-cylinder engine is a technical marvel boasting a cross plane crank, big valves, titanium connecting rods, higher 13.0:1 compression and compact combustion chambers. The R1M with Ohlins Electronic Racing Suspension is also available but Yamaha says fewer than 500 of these limited edition models will be available.
4) Honda RC213V-S
This Honda effectively a street legal version of Marc Marquez’s V4 powered MotoGP racebike. Honda has a wonderful history with V-4s and a seriously fast V-4 sportbike with a strong mechanical relationship to Marquez’s MotoGP machine would be nothing short of a blast to ride.
5) Ducati Multistrada 1200S
This stands for Desmodromic Variable Timing and we’re told it works wonders with the powerband of Ducati’s 1198cc Testastretta V-twin. The latest Multistrada has the best of all worlds: excellent low end torque, broad midrange power and a superior top end any time that ride by wire throttle is whacked and kept open. The 2015 model has been enhanced by upgraded electronics and semi-active Sachs suspension, which is standard on the 1200S model.
6) BMW S1000XR
The new S1000XR, on the other hand, is exclusively a pavement pounder, and it’s powered by the potent inline 4 taken from the impressive S1000R streetbike. With its big windscreen, advanced electronics suite and comfortably upright riding position, the S1000XR really does look like an excellent way of crossing the Alps.
7) Husqvarna 701 Supermoto
KTM has big plans for Husky. It wants to see the historically Swedish marque become the number three motorcycle in all of Europe by 2019. Leading the way is the new 701 Supermoto, which Husky revealed at the EICMA show in Milan. With its narrow chassis, KTM-based 690cc single-cylinder engine, big brakes, top-notch WP suspension and grippy rubber, the 701 looks should be a delight around town, thanks to upright dirtbike-style ergonomics and a playful personality that will allow skilled riders to slide the back wheel into turns and then loft the front with every power-on exit.
8) KTM 1290 Super Adventure
The new 1290 Super Adventure has heated grips, a huge 7.9-gallon fuel tank, LED cornering lights and a full suite of electronic aids that includes lean sensitive ABS, traction control and semi active WP suspension. At a claimed 505 lb., the 1290 is not light, but it does have a hill-hold feature that keeps the bike from rolling back while stopped on a grade.
9) Suzuki GSX-S1000 ABS
This is a 2016 model we expect to see in Suzuki dealers this summer. This new Suzuki is a street roadster with the heart of the legendary GSX-R1000, but with camshafts tuned for better low and midrange response. Three mode traction control and ABS are standard on this machine, which has an all new aluminum frame and servo actuated exhaust valve that enhances combustion at low rpm.
10) Harley-Davidson LiveWire
Harley has not committed to building the electric LiveWire for production but we rode one of several prototypes this year and came away so impressed with the machine particularly with regard to its manners. Let’s hope so, because Senior Editor Blake Conner said the prototype, with its cast aluminum frame, three-phase DC motor (with 74 horsepower) and lithium-ion battery, felt very much like a “real” bike, able to smoke its rear tire off the line and hit an electronically limited top speed of 95 mph with ease. The LiveWire is a far cry from the cruiser you’d expect from H-D, and we see it as a great way for Milwaukee to embrace the future.
Article from cycleworld.com, Jeff Allen.