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.