While billed as the world's most-powerful all-electric bike, the Voxan Wattman Motorcycle ($TBA) may also just be the world's ugliest. Wrapped in a light-weight aluminum exoskeleton chassis that houses all of its drivetrain components, this bike would likely be more comfortable on the set of a Tron sequel than an actual motorway. What's really impressive about this bike is a little harder to see at first glance: the 200 horsepower electric engine makes it easily the most powerful EV on two wheels, propelling it to 100mph in just under six seconds, while still retaining the ability to recharge in less than 30 minutes.
Ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show this year, the purveyors of all things two-wheeled have announced a slew of exciting-looking vehicles — among them the Yamaha PES1 Concept Motorcycle ($TBA). This electric motorcycle is powered by their Yamaha Smart Power Module, a brushless DC motor with an easily-replaceable lithium-ion battery pack. Ideal for jetting around town (and avoiding trips to the pump), this street sport bike features a monocoque structure, manually-shiftable automatic transmission, and a number of smartphone integration capabilities. While just a concept, it clearly illustrates the direction this industry-leader plans to take as it ventures into electronic vehicles.
If you're looking for a bike that's built to just go fast — no frills, nothing extra — you need to check out the Ducati Monster 1200 Motorcycle ($16,000), their third-generation fairing-less bike. Powered by their hot Testastretta motor, a twin cylinder engine producing 145 horsepower and 92 pound-feet of torque, this thing is made to tear up the streets. Weighing just over 400 pounds, and featuring eight-level traction control, three-level ABS, and a three-level ride-by-wire throttle, it's also made to handle. The bike comes in two sporty paint schemes, a red frame with black wheels, and a white and bronze frame.
From the same guys who brought us some of the most fun track-day cars in recent memory, comes their first entry into the two-wheeled market, the Caterham Brutus 750 Motorcycle ($TBA). This bike, which they are describing as the "SUV of motorcycles" is meant to function equally well as a sport street bike, an off-road machine, and — with a few hours spent turning wrenches — a snowmobile. While relatively scant details have been released about the motor, it does promise nimble handling and an automatic transmission.
One of the most attractive parts of riding a motorcycle is standing out from the pack of minivans, subcompacts, and SUVs that dominate the roads — you want to look original, different, independent. And you'd be hard-pressed to find anything on two wheels that looks as distinct as the Bandit9 Nero MKII Motorcycle ($TBA). This completely custom ride is one of just nine models available, and looks so unique most people won't even understand what they're seeing. With a custom gas tank, rear cowl, handlebars, fork, and foot pegs, as well as the curved dual exhausts, exposed suspension, and completely matte black paint job, you're definitely bound to turn a few heads (and get a few jealous stares).
A proper bike shouldn't be confined to just riding on the roads — it should give you the kind of freedom your adventurous spirit needs. The BMW R 1200 Adventure Motorcycle ($15,000) has everything you need for excitement on the roads and off, with a flat-twin two-cylinder four-stroke engine producing 92 lb-ft of torque and 125 brake horsepower, rain and road drive modes, and a nearly eight-gallon fuel tank. Muscular styling, plenty of options to outfit it for nearly any excursion, and three available color versions (olive matte, racing blue metallic matte, and alpine white) let you go anywhere in absolute style.
Realize your lifelong dream of traveling out west on a motorcycle — and do it in style with your favorite partner in crime — on the Ural x Pendleton Gaucho Rambler Sidecar Motorcycle ($14,350). This is the perfect bike for the rambling man who just wants to get up and go (no room for anything but the essentials and a co-pilot). With a 749 cc OHV air-cooled four-stroke opposed twin cylinder engine producing 40 horsepower and 38 lb-ft of torque, this two-wheel drive bike can go pretty much anywhere. Pendleton wool accessories, western-inspired details, and the pacific blue paint job mean it'll look great, even if it's just sitting in your garage waiting for your next getaway.
Made to replace their former flagship bike, the 848 Superbike, the Ducati 899 Panigale Motorcycle ($15,000) feels comfortable on the road and track. It features an L-twin engine producing 148 horsepower and 93 lb-ft of torque at 9,000 RPM — a slight power increase at lower RPMs compared to its predecessor. A hotter engine combined with a serious electronics package (Ducati Quick Shifter, Ride-by-wire, triple-stage ABS, Traction Control, Engine Brake Control) should make for a fun ride. An aluminum monocoque frame, three-way adjustable suspension, and Brembo brakes will make for great handling no matter where you take it. Available in October.
Urban living gives you a great excuse to ditch your wheels and start taking advantage of your proximity to everything — but often you're not willing to rely entirely on the power of your legs to get you where you need to go. Greyp Bikes ($8,000) give you a choice, letting you use them as a bike when you want it, or a motorcycle when you need it. With a maximum speed of about 40 mph, and a range of almost 75 miles, it's the perfect vehicle for getting around the city, whether you choose to pedal, use battery power, or both. An LCD panel gives you all kinds of useful feedback, a fingerprint scanner lets you customize the experience and access for multiple riders, and the battery can reach a full charge in just under an hour and a half.
Have a spare XR50/pit bike engine and parts lying around and an old mountain bike collecting cobwebs in your garage? Spend your weekend turning them into a fun, efficient way of getting around town with a Motoped ($1,000) conversion kit. All you need to bring to the project are a Honda 50-190cc motor, gas tank, seat, and a couple other parts, along with forks, brakes, wheels, tires, cranks, and pedals from a mountain bike. The kit comes with everything else: frame, swing arm, jack shaft, bottom bracket, rear hub, sprockets, and exhaust. When you're finished, you'll have a 4-stroke motorized bike that you can pedal, or ride on- and off-road.
Sometimes the open road isn't enough freedom, and you feel the need to hit the dirt. If you own a Harley Davidson 1200 or 883 Sportster made between 1993 and 2003, the guys at Carducci want to help turn it into an SC3 Adventure Dual Sport Motorcycle ($TBA). You supply the bike, they supply everything else, including the swing arm, gas tank, foot controls, fly screen, crash bar, skid plate, subframe, and more — doing all the assembly in their California shop. When you get your bike back, it'll be a fully-street-legal, off-road machine.
The Ducati Diavel Dark Motorcycle ($18,000) just looks mean — a bike you really wouldn't want to mess with. For starters, the all-black paint job makes it look like something that would be at home in the Bat Cave. It has swept-back, sharp lines from the headlight to the tail, and a massive rear Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tire that gives it a stance like it's ready to pounce. It also comes with an engine befitting such an aggressive machine, the Testastretta 11°, which produces 162 hp and 94 lb-ft of torque — plenty to help it leap from traffic light to traffic light.