Toronto, February 23, 2014 – Toronto was centre stage as the world’s top brands showcased their newest products to enthusiasts at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place during the Motorcycle Show Toronto this past weekend. The show is Ontario’s biggest motorcycle manufacturers’ event of the year and the first opportunity for bike fans to see the new 2014 motorcycle, ATV, side-by-side and scooter models that will be on sale at dealerships when the spring riding season rolls around.
In addition to the 400+ bikes on display, there was a wide-range of new and exciting features, plus the latest in apparel, accessories and touring destinations, all under one roof in a space equal to three-and-a-half football fields. The Motorcycle Show a.k.a. The Bike Show, is part of a cross-Canada tour for the manufacturers that will also stop in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Quebec City, and Moncton, before wrapping-up in Montreal on the first weekend in March.
Given the huge success of our Motorcyle Show Toronto: 5 Most Stylish Sport Bikes of 2013 post, we were back to see what was new and stylish for 2014. Check out our top picks below. For a full gallery of show photos, please visit the It’s All Style To Me Facebook Page or scroll to the gallery below.
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Best Sport and Superbikes
#5 – Kawasaki Ninja ZX14-R ABS 2014 – $17,999
Everything about the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R sportbike is big! Big displacement, big horsepower, big accolades. Life is pretty good at the top of the heap. When you make more power than any other production sportbike on the planet, as the ZX-14R does, the character of the power delivery is as important as the actual number of horses. To that end, the surface-milled combustion chamber shapes and polished intake ports provide the benefits of racing’s black art – porting – straight from the factory. Consequently, all elements of the induction system work in a coordinated manner, maintaining the Ninja tradition of smooth power delivery.
ZX-14R’s popularity doesn’t just come from the brawniness of its 1,441cc inline-four. The bike is as happy meandering two-up on a country road as it is screaming down the drag strip or dry lake bed. The secret to the ZX-14R’s broad appeal comes from embracing technologies, like rider-selectable ignition maps and traction control, that add more usability for a wide range of riders and riding styles. But yeah, the horsepower still has a lot to do with it.
#4 – BMW S1000RR & S1000R 2014 – $15,150 & $13,150
When BMW build a superbike, they have no time for second best. BMW presents the very latest in racing power, the 2014 S1000 RR & S1000R. With an aluminum bridge-type frame, radial brakes, a super sporty tail-up nose-down design, hot colors and the ultimate combination of electronic rider assistance. The RR includes four riding modes that adjust power delivery, throttle response, Race ABS action and even Dynamic Traction Control (optional equipment). Never before has it been so easy to keep so much power under control. This is as true on public roads as it is on the racetrack. The RR is a full-blooded racing bike, even though it can be ridden with a number plate attached. A race proven sport bike for the road.
We couldn’t not mention BMW’s S1000R roadster. It’s an S1000RR reduced to the essentials for maximum performance. 160 bhp, 83 lb/ft torque and a power-to-weight ratio of 2.85 pounds per bhp – and the competition disappears in the rear mirror. The lines of the S1000R are striking at first sight, too: aggressive tail-up/nose-down design, distinctive split face and the characteristic gills. The “R” shows much less of its sharp-edged, muscular skin. Some people call it naked – BMW just call it focused on the essentials.
#3 – Ducati Monster 1200S & 899/1199 Panigale 2014 – $15,995 & $15,995
The unmistakeable Ducati Monster design is truly iconic and means there is no limit to your enjoyment. The performance package boosts the Testastretta 11° DS engine to 145 CV and makes the power easy to handle thanks to race-derived Brembo brakes and the fundamental Öhlins suspension. The carbon front mudguard and the machined rims with their light, aggressive design are the signature of every “S” version.
All the elements that created the Monster legend are evident at a glance: a powerful ‘Monster-fly-line’, round headlight flanked by the forks, solid and sculptural metal fuel tank, and the authentic ‘less is more’ style concept that gives the perception of being in front of an engine, a chassis, a tank, a saddle; and nothing more. The rear view of the bike has been designed keeping in mind the possibility to easily fix dedicated side panniers, so that the mounting system is perfectly integrated with the bike’s style when panniers are removed.
The new Panigale Superquadro 195 HP engine is exquisitely incorporated into the monocoque chassis. Engineering solutions marked by an innovation in details have been implemented to take the dry weight down to an incredible 164 kg. Ducati styling inside and out is further enhanced by the most exclusive components. Cutting-edge electronics unleash power and refine riding precision, and with a power-to-weight ratio of 1.19 HP/kg, there’s nothing like it in the world. 1199 Panigale: 5 moves to become the new and extreme standard of reference in sport bikes.
#2 – MV Agusta F3 800 & Brutale 800 Dragster 2014 – $18,282 & $18,500
More power, more torque, more adrenaline. The result is a motorcycle with exceptional handling, an advanced electronics package and the new 800cc engine with 148 HP and 88 Nm of torque. Coupled with the incredibly low weight of 173 Kg, the MV Agusta F3 800 offers a power to weight ratio that allows it to do battle directly with litre class Sportbikes.
The MV Agusta F3 800 pushes the boundaries of mid-range Supersport to Superbike replica level, revolutionising the sector with a bike that represents an undisputed technological and performance milestone.
MV Agusta continues to expand its motorcycle range: after introducing the Rivale 800, the emblem of motard-style sports appeal and ultra-dynamic road performance, the new Brutale 800 Dragster takes the very concept of ‘motorcycling passion’ and makes it breathtakingly tangible. The new Brutale 800 Dragster embodies and embraces the ambitions and dreams of every biker, making them nothing less than on-the-road reality. Thrills. Unforgettable moments. The 3-cylinder Brutale 675 and 800 have introduced countless riders to that awesome buzz that goes with riding a high-performance naked bike. Outstanding ridability, power under constant control, lightness, great design, and exceptional value for money. This unmatched combination has made the 3-cylinder Brutale a huge success. With consummate Italian craftsmanship, the Brutale 800 Dragster re-evokes the epic DNA of the “dragster” race bikes, specifically built to release their explosive power in the few seconds that separate clutch release from the chequered flag. Seconds as scorching hot as the rubber left smoking on the tarmac. Seconds that speed by in the blink of a tachometer. In pursuit of unforgettable sensations. The Brutale 800 Dragster flings open the doors to the idea that freedom is attainable. On two wheels. Or even on just one.
#1 – Aprilia RSV4 APRC ABS 2014 – $20,499
The deliberate design and choice of technology applied to the RSV4 ABS leave no doubt that everything was planned around the only 4-cylinder 65° V engine ever to be fitted as standard to a road bike. The frame is the direct descendant of a dynasty which has won 18 titles and 143 grand prix in the 250 GP class and the bike has then been further enhanced by highly developed electronic management systems to improve both engine performance and handling. This is a true vocation of Aprilia, which was the first manufacturer to adopt the Ride By Wire system as standard. The electronic throttle allows the power of the engine to be used to the maximum while reducing fuel consumption and eliminating the classic problems associated with a normal twist grip such as lack of smoothness when opening/closing the throttle. The RbW system also allows different power delivery settings to be selected through its multi-map technology. Aprilia is the first motorcycle manufacturer to have patented its highly developed aPRC dynamic control system which still today is the only one with the exclusive self-calibration and wheelie control features. Our clear #1 in the sport and superbike category.
Best Street and Classic
#5 – Triumph Thruxton & Bonneville T100 Black 2014 – $9,099 & $8,899
The Thruxton is born of the café racer culture that dominated motorcycling in the 1960s. Back then, British twins, usually Bonneville engines, were used to form the basis of home built bikes. Used to race from one café to another, they featured extensive modifications such as dropped bars, single seats and upswept exhausts. The new Triumph kept many of these styling cues for the modern Thruxton. Named after the high speed British circuit where Triumph enjoyed great success in production racing, it follows in the tyre tracks of the legendary 1960s Thruxton T120R.
If the easy-going style of the regular Bonneville T100 is a bit too tame for you, Triumph has created the mean ‘n’ moody Bonneville T100 Black. From its custom shop-style, black-rimmed spoke wheels past its black-cased engine with machined fin highlights to its black bars and mirrors, this is a bike that makes a statement without really trying.
#4 – Honda Valkyrie 2014 – $17,000
Here’s the formula: Take Honda’s legendary 1832cc flat six and build it into the ultimate cruiser—powerful, awe-inspiring and like no other. Now add in great handling and iconic style, and you’ll see why it’s the cruiser that only Honda could build. This bike is incredible, just a shame that they didn’t have the electric blue model on display.
#3 – Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring 2014 – $17,990
The California 1400 Custom and California 1400 Touring are presented as world ambassadors for the Moto Guzzi brand, embodying the highest values of Italian designed as an ideal of beauty and luxury. Everything on the California Touring and California Custom helps to combine the best of the latest and most advanced technology with the classic style and elegance of the Moto Guzzi brand: brand new powerful 1400cc engine in the classic transversal V2 architecture, ride by wire, cruise control, ABS and traction control are among the key features.
Hand built in the factory in Mandello del Lario (Como, Italy), where the Moto Guzzi are born continuously since 1921, the California 1400 is distinguished by the craftsmanship with which each component is assembled. Attention that makes every Moto Guzzi California a unique piece, able to marry and to emphasize the strong personality of a passionate and exclusive clientele.
#2 – Harley Davidson Project Rushmore & Softails 2014, – $21,000-$27,000
Harley-Davidson has created a new generation of American freedom machines. In the largest scale new model launch in the company’s 110-year history, Project RUSHMORE encompasses eight new motorcycles that feature improved power and braking performance, enhanced rider ergonomics, and dramatic styling updates that completely redefine and fundamentally transform the touring motorcyclist’s experience.
Countless ideas. Thousands of hours of research and testing. Eight extraordinary motorcycles. Project RUSHMORE introduces technology and design enhancements that will recalibrate the expectations of the touring motorcyclist: Savvy electronic controls and infotainment. Aerodynamics born in the wind tunnel. Bodywork shaped by the most-respected styling team in the industry. Comfort good for endless miles and, of course, more American V-Twin power. The road trip will never be the same.
Project RUSHMORE is the result of an entirely new way to produce motorcycles. In a process that invokes the voice of the customer throughout an accelerated development program, the ideas and dreams of thousands of motorcyclists are allowed to percolate with those of Harley-Davidson employees.
“Project RUSHMORE is a pure expression of our relationship with our customers and a shared passion for riding motorcycles,” said Mark-Hans Richer, Harley-Davidson Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “It’s resulted in some outstanding innovations, but from day one we’ve been focused on taking the total rider and passenger experience to the next level. We get there together, we come together – to quote the Beatles – through a process that uses not just formal feedback, but the kind of input we get from listening to customers out on the road, in the real world, and then blends that with our engineering and styling expertise. For years at Harley-Davidson we’ve been saying that we ride with you. Project RUSHMORE elevates that devotion to a higher level.”
#1 – Indian Motorcylces Chief Classic, Chief Vintage & Chieftain 2014 – $20,999-$26,099
THEY’VE BEEN GONE FOR 70 YEARS, but that didn’t stop the original Indian Motorcycle founders, Oscar Hedstrom and George Hendee from helping the new company build the new 2014 Indian Chief motorcycles. Inspired by the same visionary spirit that created some of the most iconic bikes to grace the road, the 2014 Chief Classic, Vintage and Chieftain unite true Indian style with today’s most advanced bike building technology. Incredible and easy top pick.
Limited Edition Lotus C-01 – $TBD
Absent from The Motorcycle Show Toronto was THE MOST STYLISH motorcycle ever built. The new limited edition street legal Lotus C-01 follows two years of careful planning and intense development. It was only last week that Kodewa and Lotus announced that the prototype of the world’s first motorcycle to bear the legendary Lotus marque is now road registered and ready for action.
The C-01 combines ample power via a V-twin engine with a distinctive body designed by Daniel Simon integrating carbon fibre, titanium and aerospace quality steel.
The C-01 motorcycle is not designed, engineered or produced by Group Lotus plc but is the result of a collaboration between motorsport veterans under the leadership of Kodewa, lead by Dr Colin Kolles. The development on the C-01 was carried out with the support of Holzer Group (co-owners of Kalex) and design guru Daniel Simon. Drawing on their wealth of motorsport experience, the team of engineers has designed a unique high performance superbike.
The C-01 will be available in a range of liveries some of which pay homage to Lotus’ sporting pedigree. A customization service is also available, limited only by the imagination of the client. With an exclusive production run of just 100 units, superbike collectors and fans of the Lotus brand will need to move fast to secure one.
Commenting on the C-01 Günther Holzer, CEO of Holzer Group said: “I was one of the first people to ride it and I have to say I was very impressed. Together we have found that delicate balance between raw, aggressive power and breath-taking handling. The team has created something very special, it looks incredible, it sounds fantastic but above all, the ride is sensational. I’m very happy.”
Designer Daniel Simon said: “The design process of the C-01 was a labour of love, there were many challenges, ensuring that the bike not only touches your visual senses with its timeless blend of classic appeal and modern execution, but that is safe and ergonomically sound was critical to me. We have worked hard to create a motorcycle with very distinctive features such as a clean main body, an extremely low side profile, a bold stance, a unique air intake, logical partline solutions and clean graphics.”