The Kawasaki Ninja250 is a fine bike all on its own, but if you yearn for something a bit more unique, this Brasse 31BLK Kawasaki Ninja Mod Kit should do just fine. The first production mod kit for the Ninja250, it comes complete with two gullwing headlamps, a drag speedometer, a new rear fender assembly, right & left component/cover panels, plus options like a quick-release passenger seat, replacement right and left lower fairings, and a side-mount license plate bracket. But the best part? It also includes all the necessary tools in the kit, so you can transform your bike from the comfort of your garage.
It's okay. Re-read the headline. We'll wait. Yes, it's true: the American brand most associated with disturbingly loud two-wheeled vehicles is making one that's essentially... silent. The Harley-Davidson Livewire Electric Motorcycle is unfortunately not for sale (yet), but it will be available to ride at over 30 dealers across the country. As it mostly exists to gather feedback on an eventual, actually-for-sale electric bike, the specs are a little thin, but the thrill of riding down the road on a Harley incognito is enough of a draw on its own.
Never inclined to let things go stale, Ducati has issued a new, lightweight addition to their line of Monster bikes — the Ducati Monster 821 Motorcycle. Weighing in at just under 400 pounds, this mid-sized machine sports a 112 horsepower, 67 pound feet of torque Testastretta 11-degree motor. Available in two color combinations — either the dark version, with a black frame and wheels, or the red version — the bike looks as good as it rides. It also features a full suite of electronics, including eight-level traction control, three-level ABS, and three-level ride-by-wire. The bike comes available in July, just in time to take advantage of summer riding weather.
Deus has been making small runs of gorgeous custom bikes for years now — creating some of the meanest-looking rides on two wheels the world has seen, and inspiring plenty of envy along the way — and the Deus Ex Machina Grievous Angel Motorcycle is one of their signature builds that has stood the test of time. Based on a Yamaha SR400, this cafe racer sports a clean and minimalist look with plenty of little details to excite riders and collectors everywhere. With front and rear disk brakes paired to gold calipers and braided lines, AVON Speedmaster tires, a ducktail seat, a bullet fairing, an underslung stubby exhaust, and murdered out in all black, this bike is guaranteed to turn heads and ride great doing it.
Barcelona-based Bultaco made some great bikes back in the day, cranking them out from the late '50s to the early '80s. Now the brand is making a comeback, with its eyes set squarely on the future — and the Bultaco Rapitan Motorcycle is the first example. Forgoing conventional gas engines, the Rapitan is powered by a brushless electric motor that's good for 54 horsepower and a top speed of 90 mph, and offers features like regenerative braking, a built-in lithium-ion battery with an on-board charger and a range of 87 miles, a sleek design, a curb weight of under 420 pounds, and, thanks to that missing gas tank, room inside to store your helmet.
It might not be arriving at a dealer near you anytime soon, but at least the BMW Concept Roadster Motorcycle can give you a glimpse at the future of Bavarian biking. Powered by a 1,170 cc 2-cylinder boxer engine putting out 125 hp, this forward-looking bike features a sleek design, LED lighting, a steep rear section born from gloss milled aluminum that contrasts nicely with the painted and anodized surfaces elsewhere on the bike, and an engine spoiler that keeps air flowing while incorporating the entire front silencer.
We're pretty sure it's not the first bike he's designed, but the Lauge Jensen x Henrik Fisker Viking Motorcycle is certainly one of Fisker's best. Widely known for automotive designs including the BMW Z8, Aston Martin DB9, and (obviously) the Fisker Karma, Henrik transformed this classic cruiser into a streamlined street machine. But it's beauty is more than skin deep, thanks to a Harley-Davidson Wisconsin-built Air-cooled V-Twin engine good for 100hp and a top speed of over 130 mph, a six-speed transmission, a dry weight of 660 pounds and up to 70mpg fuel economy.
We've seen some bizarre-looking electronic vehicles in our time, but nothing quite compares to the retro-futuristic styling of the Johammer Electric Motorcycle. But there's more to the Johammer than just its strange looks — inside that shiny aluminum fairing, you'll find battery packs that give it a range of up to 120 miles on a single charge, all without sound or emissions. And if you're trying to find the dash on this bike, you'll have to look to the rear-view mirrors (they display all the relevant information you'd typically find elsewhere). Power comes from an electric motor housed in the rear-wheel hub, while the bike forgoes a fork in the front in favor of hub-center steering. You can choose from two models available in five different colors, but regardless, you'll definitely get some looks.
Not all motorcycles are made for the road. Just take the Triumph Tiger Explorer XC Motorcycle, for example. In addition to a strong 1215cc three-cylinder engine, this highly-capable bike offers a host of off-road features, including switchable ABS, traction control, fog lights, hand guards, engine protection bars, a sump guard, a 12V power socket for powering a GPS or heated clothing, a payload of almost 500 lbs., and unique spoked wheels. Sure, you could elect to ride it only on the road, but where's the fun in that?
If you're ready to ditch your car and move to something with a couple fewer wheels, but aren't quite ready to leave behind the comfort of a driver's seat, then maybe you need the Honda NM4 Concept Motorcycle. Calling the new seating configuration the cockpit position, an adjustable backrest is designed to give the rider more of a comfortable riding experience — while also easing the transition from car to bike. Available in two models, either a black or a white variation, each one comes powered by a 745-cc two-cylinder engine with a dual-clutch transmission. Additional details including horsepower are limited, but we do know that Honda plans to put something like the concept into production in the near future.
Straddling the line between usable product and art, the Bandit9 Eve Motorcycle is among the most beautiful two-wheelers we've ever seen. Outfitted in nearly all chrome — pretty much everything but the tires, grips, and seat — this sleek ride is based on a 1967 Honda SS, can be built with engines ranging from 90-125cc, and is absolutely guaranteed to draw as much attention as any bike you've ever ridden.
They're far better known for the sports and race cars, but believe it or not, Lotus can come up with a pretty slick two-wheeler, as well. The Lotus C-01 Motorcycle is a perfect example. Designed by Daniel Simon of Bugatti and Tron: Legacy fame, this ultra-limited bike (only 100 are being made) features a slick, lightweight body, a two-cylinder, four-stroke 1,195cc engine putting out 200 horsepower, and paired with a six-gear transmission. While we don't have performance numbers yet, considering it weighs under 400 pounds, we're expecting it to be really, really fast.
Most people buying a Bimmer bike aren't overly concerned with customization. But we're guessing most of them aren't buying the BMW R NineT Motorcycle. This stripped-down roadster is powered by a 2-cylinder 4-stroke flat twin engine producing 110 hp and a top speed of over 125 mph. Other features include standard ABS, an upside-down front fork and BMW Motorrad Paralever rear, a simple speedometer and rev counter complemented by a multifunction display, and the ability to change everything from the wheels to the rear frame.
We've seen vehicle designed influenced by a lot of different things — but wood-burning stoves? Now that's new. And that's also the inspiration behind this Thrive Yamaha XS650 Motorcycle. Based on a classic 1968 Yamaha XS650, this updated version features a spartan color scheme of black, grey, brass, and brown, a completely overhauled engine, hand-fabricated custom bodywork, a slightly lowered front end, a pair of leather belts under the battery box for holding a shirt or jacket, and even a custom bag containing all the tools needed to maintain the bike.
Sometimes you just want to ride — no fuss, no maintenance, no stops at the gas station — all you want to focus on is the road (or the dirt track) and your bike. With the Zero FX Stealthfighter Motorcycle ($10,000), you can eliminate all the obstacles associated with riding, and just have fun, whether it's on the street, or off the road. With 44 horsepower and 70 pound-feet of torque, and weighing in at a scant 280 pounds, this bike has the kind of power-to-weight ratio that will let you do just about anything. Couple that with a slick all-black paint job, off-road ready suspension and tire setup, and an all-electric motor, and you get one versatile bike that just can't be stopped.
While billed as the world's most-powerful all-electric bike, the Voxan Wattman Motorcycle ($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.
Who says you can't look cool and still ride safely? The guys at Biltwell make both possible with the Gringo Helmet ($150). This motorcycle helmet is styled simply without sacrificing any of the necessary safety features. An injection-molded ABS outer shell and EPS inner shell protect that precious brain of yours, while several color options keep you looking good (available in flat black and titanium, gloss black, orange, and white). Snaps let you attach a bubble shield to protect your eyes, but we think a pair of goggles will suit you better.
Based on the same architecture as the Mission bike that destroyed the field at the FIM/TTXGP Laguna Seca race in 2011, the Mission RS Motorcycle ($56,500) is set to bring high-end electric riding to the streets. Limited to just 40 examples — one for each second of the aforementioned prototype's lead — the RS is powered by the company's InfiniteDrive powertrain, delivering over 160hp, a sub 3-second 0-60 time, a top speed of 150 mph, and a 140 mile range. Other features include Ohlins FGRT forks, BST carbon fiber wheels, and a seven-inch touchscreen powered by Mission OS, an Internet-connected info system offering turn-by-turn directions, an integrated HD camera with telemetry overlay, wireless HUD integration, and more — making this not only the most eco-friendly superbike around, but also the most tech-savvy.