Packed with modern technology but sporting a design straight out of the past, the Triumph Thruxton SE ($10,649) is an intriguing update to the café racer. First impressions start off with the powder-coated red frame, crystal white bodywork, low rise handlebars, 18-inch spoke wheels, red stripe down the center, color-matched fly screen and blacked out engine cases, but it's the Thruxton's fuel injected 865cc parallel twin engine that delivers the thrills, pumping out 68hp and 51ft.lbs. of torque, which makes for some beautiful sounds emitting from the megaphone style pipes. If Speed Racer rode a motorcycle, we think it might look something like this.
Custom-built over the course of 1,000+ hours and sporting more hand-made fine details than we could possibly list here, the only bad thing we can say about the Falcon Bullet Motorcycle ($TBA) is that it's going to be impossible to get your hands on it — unless, of course, Jason Lee decides to put it up for sale. This custom Triumph began with a derelict frame and engine cases from a 1950 Triumph Thunderbird, and features modifications like a 750cc engine made specifically for this machine, a vintage brass lucas tail light, handlebars and levels hand carved from solid rounds of stainless steel and shaped to contour the gas tank during agressive turns, a hand made leather seat, and a stretched frame for a longer stance.
Even if titles like "Most Powerful Production Motorcycle in the World" don't last forever, earning one at all is quite an achievement. The current title holder is the Vyrus 987 C3 4V ($70,000 and up). Ditching traditional front forks for a unique design that's steered via a center hub, the C3 4V claims its title through a combination of an ultralight curb weight of only 339 lbs. and a Ducati-made, supercharged 1198cc V-twin engine pumping out 211 horsepower. Add in an agressive body, jet fighter-inspired lights and dashboards, and world-class Brembo brakes, and you've got one exclusive two-wheeled rocket.
Cruise the streets in unique style aboard the Harley-Davidson Fat Boy Lo ($16,300 and up). Featuring the lowest seat height of any Harley, the black denim Fat Boy Lo has a profile all its own, with a reshaped seat and handlebar, half-moon footboards, black cast aluminum 17-inch wheels, a counter-balanced Twin Cam 96B V-Twin engine paired with a 6-Speed Cruise Drive transmission, and, of course, the classic five-gallon Fat Bob fuel tank.