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.
No, not that kind of Diesel. The Ducati Monster Diesel Motorcycle ($14,000) is based on Ducati's Monster 1100 EVO, and designed by Diesel's fashion stylists, led by company founder Renzo Rosso himself. The result is a powerful street bike that is as notable for its military-inspired green and matte black color scheme as it is for its fantastic performance. [Scouted by David]
Owners of electric scooters know the plight of the urban commuter: what to do when you arrive at your destination, only to find that you need to charge up? You can either lug it up the stairs, or upgrade to the UItra Motor A2B Excel Electric Scooter ($TBA). This lightweight electric scooter packs Intelligent Dual Electric Power (iDEP) that lets you take the battery with you when you park, making the scooter immobile while saving you the hassle of schlepping the whole damn thing inside.
Sure, you can go to your local cycle shop and buy yourself a ride — but if you're looking for something truly unique, you'd do better picking up this DP Customs Mele Motorcycle ($19,000). Built by hand, this one-of-a-kind whip sports a 1000cc Ironhead motor producing 75 hp — quite a lot considering its minuscule curb weight — as well as a stretched frame, clip-on handlebars, a custom x-pipe exhaust, powdercoated wheels wrapped in Pirelli rubber, a three-piece rear wing, and an Uncrate-approved bright orange paint job.
It might look like a rendering — in fact, it probably is — but given the founders' bike-racing backgrounds, we have no doubt it will become reality soon enough. The BRD RedShift MX ($15,000) is an electric bike that's designed for MX2/Lites-class racing, yet still manages to be street legal. Features include 40 maximum hp, 12-inch fully adjustable front and rear suspension, a 21-inch front wheel and 19-inch rear, and a top speed of 80 mph.
No, it's not for sale, but this Moto-Mucci Honda CX500 Motorcycle ($TBA) was simply too cool not to share anyway. Based on a 1978 Honda CX500 Standard, this daily urban rider has been completely restored and rebuilt with a new exhaust, a custom seat, new tires, and gobs of new paint, and has survived both the rebuild process and being run over by a Mercedes SUV, which makes us think it'll be able to tackle the streets of Chicago just fine.