While 2014 wasn’t a bad year at all with many completely new launches and updates, 2015 trounces the launched of 2014 with some completely fresh introductions in terms of genre, category or technology. These are the bikes which started generating a hype around them way before they were even unveiled at the end of 2014 and continued their trending streak all the way into the next year. Here is our pick of the 10 most anticipated motorcycles of 2014.
1. Ducati Scrambler:
While this is still Ducati we are talking about here, this one is a bit less on the go that it is towards the show. The scrambler is Ducati’s newest low-cost weapon for the newcomer to the brand. It looks fresh, colourful and reasonably hipster for one to ignore, even if you have nothing to do with motorcycling.
2. Aprilia Tuono V4R:
There was nothing wrong with the previous Tuono V4R, but the new one takes things a notch higher. This new version gets a bigger engine, meaning more power. And as it now produces 175 bhp, its sheer mentalism to have so much on a naked street machine. Well we must enjoy it till this kind of lunacy is legal.
3. BMW S 1000 XR:
Another completely new motorcycle for the market, BMW’s S 1000 XR is based on the company’s savage when needed, yet easy to tame S 1000 RR. With its adventure clothing, the XR would be a serious challenge to other adventure touring motorcycles like Aprilia’s Caponord and Ducati’s Multistrada.
4. Ducati Multistrada 1200:
Germans aren’t the only ones juicing out more bhp’s from their motorcycles, the Italians are right on their tails, with a certain advantage too. Where the BMW S 1000 RR looks, well German, the Multistrada 1200 is a beautiful piece of machine. The one who buys this one and goes cross country is actually doing everyone a favour by displaying such beauty publicly, if, he reaches there that is, IF…
5. KTM 1290 Super Adventure R:
They made the 1290 Duke and what a machine that was. The same beasty engine now gets a new home, inside an full on adventure chassis that will go head on with BMW’s R 1200 GS in a battle of adventure touring. The KTM has nothing to prove with the engine, and as it goes with the Austrian company, they are pretty good with things even when the roads are over and rubble begins. 2015 would a majestic showdown between the 1290 Adventure’s handling and engine and the BMW R 1200 GS’ overall technologies and refinement.
6. MV Agusta Turismo Veloce:
Its based on the mad MV Rivale, do we need to say more ? Its a machine that has been in the pipeline since 2013 and we would be finally able to see it in flesh this year. Its MV’s first proper sport tourer that has a bikini fairing, but if it rides anything like the Rivale, nothing else would matter.
7. Ducati 1299 Panigale:
Italian scarlet beauty, upgraded with a bigger engine… whats not to like here! The new Panigale gets a 1285 cc engine that produces a whopping 205 bhp of power. If you really want to challenge yourself on this machine, try riding with the electronic aids off, but then, make sure to hang on tight with every muscle in your body flexed to maximum.
8. MV Agusta F4 RC:
Simply put, its a motorcycle for the track, converted into one for the roads. Its all pure performance from the minute you start reading the spec sheets. 210 bhp, titanium exhausts, carbon fibre bodywork, magnesium covers, titanium screws, li-ion battery and the list goes on and on. Beware though, the longer the list the higher the price, $50,000 in this case. While many wont be able to get their hands on this one, those who do, it’s the closest to a WSBK motorcycle that a road going human can possibly come to.
9. Yamaha R1 and R1M:
Yamaha’s latest iteration of its flagship superbike is nothing but a purest of form street version of their MotoGP machine, the YZR-M1. The motorcycle has lost weight and gained quite a bit of power, and for 2015 is equipped with more serious technology under its plastic and carbon fibre bodywork. Beware superbikers, this is going to be one difficult machine to overtake on trackdays.
10. Kawasaki Ninja H2 and H2R:
By far the most complicated machinery for the 2015 year, the H2 and H2R twins with their supercharged engines would be the benchmarks of performance. These motorcycles will give re-birth to a creed of forced induction machines that we would see in years to come. And with 200 bhp of power for the H2 and and insane 300 bhp for the H2R, these motorcycles are everything that riders are looking for in a senior crotch rocket.