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By Llewelyn Pavey
Top 10 Motorcycles We’re Looking Forward to in 2014
Regarding new motorcycles, 2013 more than impressed. The year was a culmination of technological advances and a mashing of styling that began at the turn of the century.
Ducati and BMW took race-ready to new levels with the HP4 and Panigale R, respectively. Kawasaki increased technology in the supersport class with the return of the 636cc Ninja ZX-6R, and replaced its iconic Ninja 250 with the more powerful Ninja 300.
In adventure, BMW released the semi-water cooled boxer in its R1200GS – a motorcycle that received few negative complaints across the industry, and received nothing but praise from new owners.
The cruiser market was filled with many bikes that would quickly become our favorites. These include the Harley-Davidson Breakout (standard), which brought some handling to the OEM chopper market, and Moto Guzzi, which offered an impressively fast mid-size cruiser with the California 1400 Custom.
With a crop of cycles such as these, OEMs have to continually keep the designs fresh and technology flowing when moving forward. And from the look at what’s arriving in 2014, the OEMs are doing just that.
Following are the Top 10 model-year 2014 motorcycles that we are looking forward to, the bikes we know will be our future favorites. Each one represents the determination of OEMs to remain competitive in a market that will settle for very few carry-over models.
Michelin Pilot Road 4 Trail Tires
The Michelin Pilot Road 4 tires represent the latest iteration and next generation of Pilot Road evolution. Designed to deliver maximum safety in most conditions especially on wet roads and in particular when braking, Michelin's goal is to cover all riders in all conditions. Touting both enhanced safety and extended tire life, the Pilot Road 4 tires are a tangible illustration of Michelin’s Total Performance strategy of constantly and simultaneously improving tire performance characteristics across the range.
The Pilot Road 4 tires will be available in three versions, the standard PR4, PR4 Trail for enduro and ADV bikes that are primarily ridden on-road and the PR4 GT for heavier, touring bikes. The Pilot Road 4 GT tires are already the OEM choice for the new BMW R1200RT.
Superior wet-weather performance
Longest tread life in its class
Dependable grip even in challenging conditions
Three separate versions available