Named after the nuclear powered icebreaking ship built to traverse the wintry wasteland of Arctic seas, the Ural Yamal Limited Edition Sidecar Motorcycle ($14,250) might not break apart ice, but it will certainly draw attention. Powered by a boxer engine with Brembo brakes for equal stopping power, this unique ride comes in powder coated flat orange with black accents and features additional lighting, a knobby spare tire, hand guards, an ore — no joke — and menacing teeth graphics. Only 50 available stateside, so get your order in now.
Remember the bikes of the 1920s and '30s? Yeah, neither do we. But if we could, we bet they'd look a lot like the Janus Halcyon 50 Motorcycle ($3,900-$5,300). Inspired by classic, record-breaking bikes of that era, the Halcyon 50 features a sprung leather seat and panniers, wide handlebars, and a fantastic, streamlined polished aluminum fuel tank. Just don't expect to set any modern records on it — with a maximum speed of 55, it's more suited for urban streets than wide-open road.
Street-fighting power and nimbleness meet open-road amenities in the Ducati Diavel Strada Motorcycle ($15,000). Powered by the same Testastretta 11° engine as its stablemates, the Strada comes standard with a number of comfort-focused accessories like side bags, a windshield, a larger seat, and raised handlebars. All of which help to make it ideal for long-distance rides — without giving up any of the performance features that make it a Ducati.
It might not look like it, but you're gazing upon the world's fastest big block V-twin. The Confederate X132 Hellcat Combat Motorcycle ($72,000) set the record of 172.2 mph on the Bonneville Salts, which translates to 200 mph on asphalt. It's 2,163cc, 160 hp X132 Combat Twin engine deserves most of the credit, but it's helped along by a 5-speed transmission, custom suspension, BlackStone Tek Carbon Fiber wheels, front Beringer and rear Brembo brakes, LED lighting, and a total body weight under 500 lbs. Limited to just 36 examples worldwide.
Most "anniversary" vehicles tend to be little more than a few badges and some fancy embroidery — which is why we're so impressed with the Ducati Monster 20th Anniversary Motorcycle ($TBA). A recreation of the original model, it features a bronze-colored frame, a chromium-plated finish, a gold-finished Brembo braking system, and a vintage Ducati '86 logo on the tank, and current-generation technology that makes it a near-perfect marriage of old and new. [Scouted by Douglass]
Most performance bumps amount to noticeable but relatively small increases. The lineup of 2013 Zero Electric Motorcycles ($9,500-$16,000) bucks this trend by offering an average power increase of 99 percent, thanks to a new Z-Force motor that's more powerful and efficient. Other improvements include higher-voltage power packs, faster charging, mobile phone integration, new bodywork for the Zero S and DS, the new FX urban cycle with modular power packs, and a new title for the S: "World's longest-range production electric motorcycle."
Built for actress Katee Sackhoff — and featured on Velocity Channel's Cafe Racer TV — the Classified Moto KT-600 Motorcycle (About $16,000) is a glorious Frankenstein of a bike. Built on a 1987 Honda XL600R dual sport frame with matching motor, it also features parts from a 2006 Triumph Sprint 1050 ST single-sided swingarm and a 2005 Kawasaki ZX6-R, as well as plenty of custom details thrown in. Classified Moto said it will build replica versions for non-Battlestar people soon.
And you thought your bike was stealth. The Bandit9 Nero Motorcycle ($TBA) redefines the term by offering a completely matte black build, leaving only the headlamp and taillight unaffected by the darkness. It's based on the Chang Jiang 750, and features a rebuilt engine and transmission, 19-inch wheels — spoke in the front, alloy in the rear — and a host of custom parts, including the exhaust, gas tank, handlebar, rear fender, and seat. [via]
We're not sure how we'd describe the opposite of chrome, but we can tell you that the Hammarhead Ninety-Two Motorcycle ($16,500) personifies the idea. This sparse, black bike is based on an '07-'08 Triumph Bonneville, powered by an 865cc Twin engine, and sports custom intakes, Keihin FCR carbs, a Zard exhaust, an aggressive suspension, spoke wheels, marine-grade materials for the fenders and seat, and plenty of similarly rugged matte black paint.
Inspired by Harley's board racers of the 1920s, the Shaw F1-XLR Harley Nightster Motorcycle ($TBA) also takes some design cues from an unlikely place — high-end racing. Decked out in the same smoke grey paintwork as the McLaren Formula One team, this Nightster features a 1200 V-twin engine with a ram-air intake, a custom set of exhaust pipes, upside-down forks taken from a VRSCF V-Rod Muscle matched to clip-on bars, a small, race-style rear fender — complete with number marking — and 21-inch Performance Machine wheels, all of which help to give it an identity all its own. [via]
Looking for a street-friendly custom cycle? The Triumph Tridays Rumbler ($TBA) should do nicely. Based on the Triumph Scrambler, this one-off ride features Öhlins spring elements and thick Pirelli studded tires to help it stand taller, a Magura-Super-Moto braking system, Roadster handlebars, and a distinctive metallic brown paint job for the gas tank. [Scouted by Fredrik]
Most of the new motorcycles we've seen recently have been moving away from flashy chrome. The Ducati Diavel Cromo Motorcycle ($TBA) embraces it, with a chrome mirror-finished gas tank that contrasts with other gloss black parts. Of course, it's still a Ducati, so it's loaded with high-performance parts like a 162hp Testastretta 11° engine, Brembo brakes, 14-spoke, 17-inch wheels wrapped with Pirelli Diablo Rosso II rubber, three electronic riding modes, Ride-by-Wire and Ducati Traction Control technology, Marzoochi front forks, a Sachs rear suspension, and a hands-free ignition.