Paris, Intermot, EICMAIts a steady stream of new-model information at these motorcycle trade shows, and now that they are complete for another year we can bring you our fifth annual Sportbike Buyers Guide. As usual, weve compiled pictures, brief specifications and a summary of every sportbike model offered for 2013, from the beautiful and high tech Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC to the new-rider-friendly (and much more pocketbook-friendly!) Yamaha FZ6R. Its a sign of the rebounding economy that we have 15-plus more models included than in last years guide; that in itself is good news, but perhaps even better is the increased selection available. If your riding tastes favor something sportbike related, whether its at the sport-touring end of the spectrum or the adventure-touring end, weve got you covered.
How To Read The Capsules
Manufacturers are presented alphabetically, and models within each manufacturers section are listed in decreasing order of price. Similar models, such as ABS and non-ABS versions of the same bike, share one capsule in many cases. The price listed represents MSRP for the base model; paint schemes and options sometimes shown in the accompanying picture may add a premium to the base price, although weve tried to point this out in the description if thats the case. Check with the manufacturer (a listing and contact information is at the end of the guide) for up-to-date pricing and options. The specifications list engine type, seat height in inches and wheelbase in inches. The engine spec can be deciphered as follows: listed first is cooling type (L-C is liquid cooled, A-C is air cooled); next is total number of valves in the engine (16V for example), then displacement in cubic centimeters; finally, the layout of the cylinders (Inline-four, V-twin, etc). Following the capsules, youll find a list of discontinued models from each manufacturer.
**Aprilia RSV4 R APRC ABS /Factory APRC ABS
Engine L-C 16V 1000 V-Four | Seat ht. 33 in. | Wheelbase 55.9 in.
** Both RSV4 models receive numerous upgrades for 2013, including a more refined APRC system, new larger fuel tank, different swingarm pivot adjustment, lower seat height, and revised engine positioning. Both bikes also feature a new three-way ABS using Brembos latest calipers with separate maps for Track, Sport, and Road.
**Aprilia Tuono V4 R APRC
Engine L-C 16V 1000 V-Four | Seat ht. 32.9 in. Wheelbase 56.9 in.
** After debuting in the USA last year, the Tuono V4 R APRC returns for 2013 basically unchanged, but its not like it needed any. With 160 horsepower, a superb chassis, and the sophisticated APRC system, its best not to mess with success, especially with the sticker price unchanged from last year as well.
**Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200
Engine L-C 8V 1197 V-twin | Seat ht. 34.3 in. | Wheelbase 60.2 in.
** Packing the type of power that supermoto-style bikes should have had from the start, the Dorsoduro 1200 boasts a seriously flat torque curve that doesnt run out of breath in the higher rpm range. Although identical to last years model, the same excellent handling and strong brakes are thereplus the same price.
**Aprilia Mana 850 GT ABS
Engine L-C 839 V-twin | Seat ht. 31.5 in | Wheelbase 57.6 in.
** The Mana 850 GT ABS returns for 2013 with its CVT transmission (with auto and semi-auto modes), quarter fairing, and anti-lock brakes unchanged from last year. The forward storage area (beneath the dummy fuel tank) design has been copied by many recent machines; price jumps about $200 for the new year.
**Aprilia Shiver 750
Engine L-C 750 V-twin | Seat ht. 31.5 in. | Wheelbase 56.7 in.
** Minor styling changes (mostly color options of Aprilia Black or Glam White) head the list of revisions to the Shiver 750 for 2013, after it received a host of updates in 2011 that included petal-style brake rotors, more aggressive ergos, new controls, narrower saddle, and a wider rear tire assembly.
**BMW K 1600 GT
Engine L-C 1649 Inline-Six | Seat ht. 31.932.7 in. | Wheelbase 63.7 in.
** A technological tour de force that rocked the sport-touring world in 2011, the K 1600 GTs satin-smooth yet powerful inline-six engine, traction control, Electronic Suspension Adjustment II, optional Adaptive Headlight, etc., return unchanged for 2013. New options packages offer up plenty of technology, safety, and luxury.
Engine L-C 999 Inline-Four | Seat Height 32.3 in. | Wheelbase 56.0 in.
** Ridden in our December 2012 issue, the, um, high performance version of the S 1000 RR features a host of trick goodies including semi-active suspension (DDC), refined traction/wheelie control and Race ABS, launch control, titanium Akrapovic exhaust, adjustable rearsets, plus much, much more.
**BMW R 1200 RT
Engine A-C 8V 1170 Opposed-Twin | Seat Height 32.2 in./33.1 in. | Wheelbase 58.4 in.
** The RT returns to the BMW lineup for 13 after a short hiatus. It has a plethora of touring-oriented features (and ABS) as standard, and a large selection of equipment packages and accessories are available, including ESA II, heated seat and grips, low suspension or seat, cruise control, onboard computer and plenty more.
**BMW K 1300 S
Engine L-C 1293 Inline-Four | Seat ht. 32.3 in. | Wheelbase | 62.4 in.
** The sport version of BMWs K series returns with two options packages; the Dynamic package includes electronically adjustable suspension (ESA II), quickshifter (GSA), traction control (ASC), heated grips, tire pressure monitor, and more. Unfortunately the HP package that we liked didnt make the cut for 2013.
**BMW S 1000 RR
Engine L-C 999 Inline-Four | Seat ht. 32.3 in. | Wheelbase 56.0 in.
** BMWs sporting flagship underwent a substantial upgrading last year, with the engine, chassis, and electronics all receiving refinements aimed at improving the S 1000 RRs already stellar performance. For 2013, Race ABS is now standard with DTC being the option, whereas previously it was the opposite.
**BMW R 1200 R
Engine A-C 8V 1170 Opposed-Twin | Seat Height 31.5 in. | Wheelbase 58.9 in.
** BMWs Roadster is now offered with ABS as standard equipment and in three new colors: Light Grey Metallic, Magnesium Beige Metallic, and Montego Blue Metallic. Like the RT, there are plenty of accessories available for the naked Boxer to customize it to your tastes; the Classic package includes special black/white paint and wire spoke wheels.
**BMW F 800 R
Engine L-C 8V 798 Inline-Twin | Seat Height 31.5 in. | Wheelbase 59.8 in.
** This cool and sexy roadster offers the perfect combination of highway riding with a high degree of maneuverability for everyday urban use, says BMW. The naked middleweight returns unchanged for 13, although new colors are Sapphire Black Metallic and Racing Blue Metallic/Alpine White in addition to the previous Mineral Silver Metallic.
**BMW F 700 GS
Engine L-C 8V 798 Inline-Twin | Seat Height 32.3 in. | Wheelbase 61.5 in.
** Although the new F 700 GS is labeled as the direct successor to the F 650 GS, it features the F 800 engine, albeit with shorter gearing that enhances agility while at the same time guaranteeing the bikes familiar top-class handling. ABS, ESA and traction control are all standard. An optional low seat and lowered suspension take seat height down to 30.1 inches.
**Ducati 1199 Panigale /S /Tricolore /R
$17,995 /$22,995 /$27,995 /$29,995
Engine L-C 8V 1198 V-twin | Seat Height 32.5 in. | Wheelbase 56.6 in.
** All 1199 models have updated engine mapping this year. The S, Tricolore and R models feature forged wheels and Öhlins DES electronically adjustable suspension; Tricolore adds performance exhaust and tricolor livery, while the R model has ABS (a $1000 option for the standard and S models), exhaust, an adjustable swingarm pivot, carbon bits and lightweight engine internals.
**Ducati Diavel /Dark /Carbon
$18,995 /$17,695 /$20,495
Engine L-C 8V 1198 V-twin | Seat Height 30.3 in. | Wheelbase 62.6 in.
** Ducatis power cruiser returns in three versions for 13. The standard model is available in red or blue (shown here), while the Dark is a blacked-out and lower-priced alternative. The Carbon model adds forged aluminum Marchesini wheels and carbon fiber tank panels, seat cover and front fender. All three Diavel models feature ABS and Ducati Traction Control as standard.
**Ducati Multistrada 1200 /S Touring /S Pikes Peak /Granturismo
$16,995 /$19,995 /$21,995 /$21,995
Engine L-C 8V 1198 V-twin | Seat Height 33.5 in. | Wheelbase 60.2 in.
** Ducatis four bikes in one Multistrada receives some engine updates this year, but the big news is the addition of DSS, semi-active Sachs Ducati Skyhook Suspension, to the S models. The S Touring model adds side luggage, and the S Pikes Peakcelebrating the Multistradas three victories in the prestigious hill-climb eventhas carbon bits and Termignoni exhaust.
**Ducati 848 EVO /Corse SE
Engine L-C 8V 849 V-twin | Seat Height 32.6 in. | Wheelbase 56.3 in.
** Joining the Ducati Superbike world has never been so thrilling, Ducati says of the 848, and we have to agree. The Corse Special Edition of the 848 EVO has an Öhlins shock, slightly larger front brake discs, and sheds a few pounds with the addition of a larger aluminum fuel tank; note also the stunning Development Team color scheme.
**Ducati Streetfighter 848 $13,295
Engine L-C 8V 849 V-twin | Seat Height 33.0 in. | Wheelbase 58.1 in.
** Our man Bradley called the Streetfighter 848 exactly what the average rider needs, after riding it at the press intro in Italy when it was introduced last year. With real-world ergonomics and friendly, usable engine power from the 848 Testastretta 11-degree engine, It really is a knockout punch. Its available in red and dark stealth for 13.
**Ducati Hyperstrada $13,295
Engine L-C 8V 821 V-twin | Seat Height 33.5 in. | Wheelbase 59.1 in.
** The Hypermotard 1100 and 796 have been replaced with all new models utilizing an 821cc liquid-cooled Testastretta engine and a new trellis frame. Ducati calls the new Hyperstrada a crossover between motard and touring; as such, it has more suspension travel, a higher windscreen, touring seat, side luggage, a centerstand, engine guard and a higher-output generator.
**Ducati Hypermotard /SP
Engine L-C 8V 821 V-twin | Seat Height 34.2 in./35.0 in. | Wheelbase 59.1 in.
** Two models of the all-new 821cc Hypermotard are available for 13: The standard model has Ducatis Safety Pack with ABS, DTC and riding modes, while the SP adds a 50mm Marzocchi fork (with slightly more travel), Öhlins shock, Marchesini forged aluminum wheels and some carbon parts. Many of the Hyperstrada parts are available as optional accessories.
**Ducati Monster 1100 EVO
Engine A-C 4V 1078 V-twin | Seat Height 31.9 in. | Wheelbase 57.1 in.
** Ducati is celebrating 20 years of the popular Monster family this year. All three models are available in special 20th Anniversary paint schemes (adding $500), in addition to the popular Monster Art series of bodywork panels. ABS and DTC combine for the Ducati Safety Pack, which is available as standard on the 1100 EVO.
**Ducati Monster 796
Engine A-C 4V 803 V-twin | Seat Height 31.5 in. | Wheelbase 57.1 in.
** Ducati calls this the urban icon of the family, combining the user-friendliness of the 696 with the sporting character of the 1100 EVO. ABS is standard equipment, and the 796 is available in black, white, traditional Ducati red and the 20th Anniversary paint scheme (add $500) as well as the various Monster Art options.
**Ducati Monster 696
Engine A-C 4V 696 V-twin | Seat Height 30.3 in. | Wheelbase 57.1 in.
** The entry-level Monster features a low seat height, ABS as standard, and is available in the same colors as the 796. The 20th Anniversary scheme shown here, which adds $500 to the MSRP, includes the bronze-colored frame, gold- and grey-finished components, 90s-styled mirrors and seat fabric as well as retro logos on the tank and seat cover.
**Honda VFR1200F /DCT
Engine L-C 16V 1237 V-four | Seat Height 32.1 in. | Wheelbase 60.8 in.
** The futuristic VFR is available in this Metallic Black this year, and is otherwise unchanged. A selection of sport-touring-oriented accessories include saddlebags, top box, tank bag, a three-position adjustable windscreen, heated grips, lower seat, a centerstand and a wind deflector set. ABS is standard equipment, while the second-generation Dual Clutch Transmission is an option.
**Honda CBR1000RR /ABS
Engine L-C 16V 999 Inline-Four | Seat Height 32.3 in. | Wheelbase 55.5 in.
** The liter-class CBR had a significant update with new wheels, suspension and bodywork last year, and also celebrated its 20th anniversary. For 13 the standard model is available in this stunning white/blue/red combination, as well as solid solid red or a Repsol Edition, while the ABS model - featuring Hondas excellent electronically controlled Combined-ABSis available in black.
**Honda CBR600RR /ABS
Engine L-C 16V 599 Inline-Four | Seat Height 32.3 in. | Wheelbase 53.9 in.
** Hondas updated middleweight features a redesigned ram-air intake system and improved ECU settings for more midrange power and improved throttle response, an updated rear shock, Showa Big Piston Fork, and updated aerodynamics based on the companys MotoGP knowledge. The standard model is available in red, white/blue/red and a Repsol Edition, ABS model in black.
Engine L-C 16V 998 Inline-Four | Seat Height 32.1 in. | Wheelbase 56.9 in.
** According to Honda, Whether you call it a naked bike, a street fighter or a race bike in civilian clothes, the CB1000R serves as an all-around high-performance motorcycle thats ready to take you where you want to go. With European-inspired styling and literbike performance, we wont argue with that. For 13 its available in this Cool Pearl White color.
**Honda CB1100 /ABS $9999/$10,999
Engine A-C 16V 1140 Inline-Four | Seat Height 31.3 in. | Wheelbase 58.7 in.
** Available in Japan (and very popular) since 10, the retro CB is an all-new model for the U.S. this year. Featuring an 1140cc air-cooled engine, twin-shock suspension and 18-inch cast wheels, this bike may recall the classic Honda supersport models but performance is totally up to date with EFI and optional ABS. Its available in this stunning Candy Red color this year.
**Honda NC700X /DCT
Engine L-C 8V 670 Inline-Twin | Seat Height 32.7 in. | Wheelbase 60.6 in.
** Hondas innovative New Concept model shares some technology with the automotive division of the company and is offered in the U.S. in its adventure form. Interesting features include an underseat fuel tank and a large storage compartment in the fuel tanks conventional position. The DCT model adds Hondas Dual Clutch Transmission as well as Combined ABS.
**Honda CBR500R /ABS
Engine L-C 8V 500 Inline-Twin | Seat Height 30.9 in. | Wheelbase 55.5 in.
** The perfect stepping-stone for riders moving up from the entry-level CBR250R, the all-new CBR500R features a liquid-cooled parallel twin-cylinder engine, light and nimble handling, sportbike looks and riding position, and optional ABS. The standard model is available in Black, Pearl White/Blue/Red, while both standard and ABS versions are available in red.
**Honda CB500F /ABS
Engine L-C 8V 500 Inline-Twin | Seat Height 30.9 in. | Wheelbase 55.5 in.
** The naked version of the new 500 has minimal bodywork along with a slightly more upright riding position than the R model. The engine in all three 500s has fuel injection, DOHC and four valves per cylinder, while a counterbalancer keeps things smooth. The CB500F comes in Black (ABS only) or Pearl White (ABS and non-ABS models).
**Honda CB500X /ABS
Engine L-C 8V 500 Inline-Twin | Seat Height 31.9 in. | Wheelbase 55.9 in.
** The third of the new 500s is this adventure model that offers even more upright ergonomics, an adjustable windscreen, larger fuel tank and more suspension travel; a host of accessories are also offered. Check Late Braking in this issue for more details on all three 500s. The X is offered in Matte Black Metallic for ABS and non-ABS models.
**Honda CBR250R /ABS
Engine: L-C 4V 249 Single | Seat Height: 30.5 in. | Wheelbase 53.9 in.
** This single-cylinder beginner bike has proven quite popular and brought more emphasis to the class, which is a good thing. Available in standard and ABS versions, both are available in black, red or white/blue/red paint schemes. Only the non-ABS model is available in the Repsol livery shown here, which adds $400 to the price.
**Husqvarna TR 650 Strada
Engine L-C 4V 652 Single | Seat Height 33.9 in. | Wheelbase 59.1 in.
** The Strada is Husqvarnas first U.S.-bound streetbike. Its engine is loosely based on the BMW 650 GS mill but makes 10 horsepower more, and its chassis is a very definite Husky design. We tested the Strada in our Dec. 12 issue, and while the Strada definitely shows the companys dirtbike heritage, its very adept on-road and bodes well for Husqvarnas street-lineup future.
Engine L-C 8V 647 V-twin | Seat Height 32.7 in. | Wheelbase 56.5 in.
** Major upgrades for the GT650R this year include revamped styling, a switch to Delphi electronics for the V-twin engines fuel injection, and Kayaba front and rear suspension. Solid color options include black, red and white; two-tone schemes include black/grey, red/grey (as shown here) and white/grey, and add $200 to the MSRP.
Engine L-C 8V 647 V-twin | Seat Height 32.7 in. | Wheelbase 56.5 in.
** The GT650 naked is all about serious performance AND serious comfort, according to Hyosung; as such, it has no bodywork and a less aggressive riding position than the R model. The GT model had its facelift last year, but receives the same electronics and suspension upgrades as the R model for 13. It is available in red, black or white.
**Hyosung GT250R $4099
Engine A-C 8V 249 V-twin | Seat Height 32.7 in. | Wheelbase 56.5 in.
** Like its bigger brother, the GT650R, the entry-level 250 is updated this year with new styling, electronics and suspension. Also as with the R model, the 250s list price is unchanged for 13. Solid colors are black, red and white, while two-tone options add $200 to the price and include black/grey, red/grey and white/grey.
Engine A-C 8V 249 V-twin | Seat Height 32.7 in. | Wheelbase 56.5 in.
** Unique in the lightweight class with its eight-valve, air-oil cooled 250cc V-twin, the GT250 was upgraded in the styling department last year and benefits from the same Delphi electronics and Kayaba suspension the other sportbikes in the Hyosung lineup receive this year. Its available in red, black and white for 13.
**Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS
Engine L-C 16V 1352 Inline-Four | Seat Height 32.1 in. | Wheelbase 59.8 in.
** The staff-favorite Concours returns in Metallic Nocturne Blue and Metallic Spark Black this year. Kawasakis second-generation K-ACT ABS is standard, as is variable valve timing, traction control, and a host of touring amentities. Genuine accessories include a color-matched top case, taller windscreen, side spoilers and more.
**Kawasaki ZX-14R /ABS
$14,999 / $15,999 Engine L-C 16V 1441 Inline-Four | Seat Height 31.5 in. | Wheelbase 58.3 in.
** The horsepower king is now available in an ABS model, but is otherwise unchanged following its R-adding makeover last year. And why mess with success? The 14R handily trumped the Hayabusa in our comparison test last year. Both standard and ABS models are offered in red, white, and this green/black combination that adds $300 to the price.
**Kawasaki ZX-10R /ABS
$14,299 /15,299 Engine L-C 16V 998 Inline-Four | Seat Height 32.0 in. | Wheelbase 56.1 in.
** The only change for Kawasakis literbike this year is the addition of an electronic Öhlins steering damper, which is controlled by a dedicated ECU that changes the units damping based on speed and acceleration/deceleration. The ABS and non-ABS versions are both available in white/black or the traditional green/black colors.
**Kawasaki ZX-6R /ABS
Engine L-C 16V 636 Inline-four | Seat Height 32.7 in. | Wheelbase 54.9 in.
** The middleweight Ninja returns to the 636cc capacity of the 03 to 06 models, with a focus on more street-oriented performance. Additional features abound, however: selectable power modes, traction control, F.C.C. slipper clutch, upgraded brakes and suspension and more aggressive bodywork are just a sampling, and optional ABS is available.
**Kawasaki Ninja 1000 /ABS
Engine L-C 16V 1043 Inline-four | Seat Height 32.3 in. | Wheelbase 56.9 in.
** This do-it-all sportbike combines the looks and wind protection of a supersport model with the upright ergonomics and usable engine power of a standard machine. A bike that is equally at home carving through a twisty backroad with the best of the sportbikes, or stretching its legs on the freeway or during a long commute, boasts Kawasaki.
Engine L-C 16V 1043 Inline-four | Seat Height 32.1 in. | Wheelbase 56.7 in.
** One of our favorite naked bikes, the Z1000 is available only in this Golden Blazed Green/Metallic Spark Black scheme for 13. Otherwise its status quo for the Z: Minimal bodywork, comfortable riding position, midrange-strong engine and those brawny good looks. This is one naked bike that has the performance to back up its looks.
Engine L-C 8V 649 Inline-twin | Seat Height 33.3 in. | Wheelbase 55.7 in.
** If economical, all-around performance is what youre after, its pretty tough to beat the Versys and its versatility, as the name implies. Its plenty comfortable for commuting or even sport-touring, and yet deceptively sporty when it comes to carving up your favorite canyon road. Just dont ask Kento about racing one at Daytona.
**Kawasaki Ninja 650 /ABS
Engine L-C 8V 649 Inline-twin | Seat Height 31.7 in. | Wheelbase 55.5 in.
** Like the ZX-14R, the Ninja 650 is unchanged for 13 following a major facelift last year that raised its fun factor up a definite notch - and it was already plenty fun to ride. Also like the ZX-14R, the 650 is now available with optional ABS. Both the ABS and non-ABS models are offered in white, blue or black.
**Kawasaki Ninja 300 /Limited Edition /LE ABS
$4799 /$4999 /$5499
Engine L-C 8V 296 Inline-twin | Seat Height 30.9 in. | Wheelbase 55.3 in.
** Another Kawasaki that benefits from an increase in displacement, the Ninja 250R has morphed into the Ninja 300. The all-new model features a plethora of updates, including optional ABS, fuel injection, new bodywork and instruments, and upgraded suspension, wheels and tires. All that and an EPA-estimated 68 mpg? Sign us up.
**KTM 1190 RC8 R
Engine L-C 8V 1195 V-twin | Seat Height 31.7 32.5 in. | Wheelbase 56.1 in.
** The RC8 R receives its second update in as many years and now comes standard with a slipper clutch, black wheels and slightly updated graphics. Like its predecessor, the 2013 model will use a gear sensor to determine gear position and control engine braking through the ECU, further aiding in corner entry performance.
**KTM 990 SM T ABS
Engine L-C 8V 999 V-twin | Seat Height 34.4 in. | Wheelbase 59.3 in.
** KTM describes the 990 SM T as a long-distance Supermoto that combines sports talent with endurance, comfort and suitability for everyday use. For 2013 the bike will be offered in a new black color scheme and come equipped with semi-hard luggage. Other aspects go untouched, including the 999cc V-twin engine and two-channel Bosch ABS.
**KTM 690 Duke ABS
Engine L-C 4V 690 single cylinder | Seat Height 32.9 in. | Wheelbase 57.7 in.
** KTMs Duke lineup is back with a vengeance thanks in part to the new 690 Duke, which is powered by a single-cylinder engine with dual-plug head thats claimed to produce 68 horsepower. Brembo brakes, an inverted WP fork and ABS will all come standard. Additionally, the 690 Duke will be offered in black or white color schemes.
**Moto Guzzi Norge GT 8V
Engine A-C 8V 1151 V-twin | Seat Height 31.9 in. | Wheelbase 58.8 in.
** In 1928, Giuseppe Guzzi rode 4000 miles to the Arctic Circle on a GT Norge. The current Norge GT 8V is in celebration of that trek, and offers all the touring essentials you would want for such a ride: heated grips, electrically adjustable windscreen, side bags and ABS. Accessories include a top box, semi-rigid inner bags, tank bag, and a lower seat.
**Moto Guzzi Griso 8V SE
Engine A-C 8V 1151 V-twin | Seat Height 31.4 in. | Wheelbase 61.0 in.
** The naked bruiser in the Moto Guzzi family is offered in this beautiful black/silver livery for 13. According to the company, the Griso, named after a character in a famous work of Italian literature, was designed to create a new, more intense concept of sports riding based on sheer power and four-valve cylinder technology.
**Moto Guzzi V7 Racer
Engine A-C 4V 744 V-twin | Seat Height 31.6 in. | Wheelbase 57.0 in.
** With the classic style of a café racer, the V7 Racer benefits from a new engine with increased horsepower and improved throttle response, new lightweight aluminum wheels and a chrome fuel tank finished with red Moto Guzzi badges and a leather strap. Perfect for an adventurous rider with an eye for design and a wild streak.
**Moto Guzzi V7 Stone /Special
Engine A-C 4V 744 V-twin | Seat Height 31.6 in. | Wheelbase 57.0 in.
** Replacing the Classic this year are the Stone and Special models, which both have the new 750cc engine and a larger metal fuel tank. The Stone features split-spoke cast wheels and is available in Matte Black or Pure White. The Special has new lightweight spoked wheels with aluminum rims and is offered in two, two-tone paint schemes.
**Motus MST /-R
Engine L-C 8V 1645 V-four | Seat Height 31.0 in. | Wheelbase 58.0 in.
** After a long period of extensive testing and development, Motus is finally manufacturing it sport-touring MST and MST-R as 2013 models. The bikes feature innovative V-4 engines with top-shelf chassis components as standard equipment. The R model adds one-step-better Öhlins suspension, monoblock brake calipers and forged aluminum wheels.
**MV Agusta F4 /F4RR
Engine L-C 16V 998 Inline-Four | Seat Height 32.7 in. | Wheelbase 56.3 in.
** MV Agustas flagship model, the F4, receives special treatment for the second year running and now runs forged aluminum wheels in addition to a revised front fairing. The up-spec RR is similarly retooled and benefits from Öhlins electronic suspension as well as an Öhlins electronic steering damper. The well-equipped RR will also run a set of Brembo M50 monobloc brake calipers.
**MV Agusta F3
Engine L-C 12V 675 Inline-Triple | Seat Height 32.0 in. | Wheelbase 54.2 in.
** The middleweight class was re-energized in 2012 with the addition of MV Agustas F3, which returns unchanged for 2013 but still packs an impressive punch. Four engine maps remain, and combine with an eight-level traction control system, electronic quick shift and adjustable engine braking program to provide notable performance.
**MV Agusta Brutale 1090 /1090 RR
Engine L-C 16V 1078 inline-Four | Seat Height 32.5 in./ 32.7 in. | Wheelbase 56.6 in.
** Two Brutale 1090 models will be available in 2013, the base-model 1090 and the up-spec 1090 RR, which runs a more highly adjustable rear shock, Brembo monobloc calipers that clamp on larger brake discs and 158 horsepower versus 144 horsepower. Shared changes for 2013 include styling updates, new split-spoke wheels and a reworked exhaust system.
**MV Agusta Brutale 800
Engine L-C 12V 798 Inline-Triple | Seat Height 31.9 in. | Wheelbase 54.3 in.
** The 2013 Brutale lineup grows with the addition of the Brutale 800, which runs an engine based heavily around MVs 675cc models. Compared to its smaller displacement siblings, the Brutale 800 offers 10 more horsepower, traction control, a fully adjustable shock and Brembo front calipers. An EAS (electronically assisted shift) model is available for an extra $500.
**MV Agusta Brutale 675
Engine L-C 12V 675 Inline-Triple | Seat Height 31.9 in. | Wheelbase 54.3 in.
** The Brutale 675 benefits from many of the technological advancements introduced on MV Agustas F3, including a counter rotating crankshaft for less gyroscopic effect and an MVICS ride-by-wire throttle thats allowed MV to make use of separate engine maps and an eight-level traction control system. A quick-shift equipped model retails for $11,498.
**MV Agusta Rivale 800
Engine L-C 12V 798 Inline-Triple | Seat Height N/A | Wheelbase N/A
** No drivers license looks to be safe with the introduction of the hooligan-designed MV Agusta Rivale 800, which like its Brutale siblings, is based around MVs 675cc inline-triple engine but with added displacement. Multiple engine maps are standard, and the Rivale 800 will come equipped with fully adjustable suspension courtesy of Marzocchi and Sachs.
Engine L-C 16V 1679 V-four | Seat Height 30.5 in. | Wheelbase 66.9 in.
** The VMax is the ultimate fusion of brawn and brains, says Star of its power cruiser, as it combines its incredibly powerful 1679cc V-4 engine with Yamahas YCC-I and YCC-T intake trickery. Perhaps the name of the color option for 13 provides more insight into what the VMax is all about, and Stars sense of humor: Nebulous Purple.
**Suzuki Hayabusa /Limited Edition
Engine L-C 16V 1340 Inline-four | Seat Height 31.7 in. | Wheelbase 58.3 in.
** Suzuki has updated its Hayabusa for 2013, although changes ironically place greater emphasis on deceleration rather than acceleration. Sole revisions include Brembo monobloc brakes and a new ABS. The recognizable liter-plus bike will also be offered in a Limited Edition model, comes in a Marble Daytona Yellow/ Glass Sparkle Black color.
**Suzuki GSX-R1000 /1 Million Commemorative Edition
Engine L-C 16V 999 Inline-Four | Seat Height 31.9 in. | Wheelbase 55.3 in.
** Last years updates were enough to keep the GSX-R1000 at or near the front of the literbike class claims Suzuki, whose 1000cc package returns unchanged for 2013. The Brembo- and Showa BPF-equipped GSX-R will be offered in a new commemorative edition however, which celebrates the one million GSX-R1000s that have been built to date and costs just $200 more.
Engine L-C 16V 750 Inline-Four | Seat Height 31.9 in. | Wheelbase 54.7 in.
** The GSX-R750s playground has been vaguely encroached upon by Kawasakis new, larger displacement ZX-6R and Triumphs 675cc triple, but Suzukis middleweight continues to offer more ccs and for not much more money. The bike returns for 2013 with an identical $12,199 price tag and is unchanged aside from color options.
Engine L-C 16V 599 Inline-Four | Seat Height 31.9 in. | Wheelbase 54.5 in.
** Suzuki dominated the AMA Pro Road Racing series in 2012 with its GSX-R600, which handily won the Daytona SportBike, SuperSport West and SuperSport East championship and returns untouched for 2013. Color options for the new model year include a Metallic Triton Blue/ Pearl Glacier White color typical of Suzuki and a new Pearl Mira Red/ Pearl Glacier White option.
**Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS
Engine L-C 8V 645 V-twin | Seat Height 32.9 in | Wheelbase 61.4 in.
** Versatility is the name of the game when it comes to the V-Strom 650 ABS, which focuses on more than comfort and has excellent fuel economy for daily commuting and weekend touring, claims Suzuki. An Adventure model remains an option for 2013 and will come equipped with aluminum side cases, an adjustable windscreen and an engine bar.
Engine L-C 8V 645 V-twin | Seat Height 30.9 in. | Wheelbase 56.9 in.
** Dont call it a Gladius; Suzukis new SFV650 is nearly identical to the aforementioned 645cc twin however, and features identical chassis geometry and engine measurements. For 2013, the SFV650 is available in a Metallic Mat Black/ Glass Sparkle Black color option and is claimed to provide superb midrange power good for enjoyable around-town jaunts and the occasional extended ride.
Engine L-C 8V 248 inline-twin | Seat Height 30.7 in | Wheelbase 56.3 in.
** The 250 class is now one bike stronger thanks to the introduction of Suzukis GW250, a twin-cylinder lightweight thats reminiscent of the manufacturers no-longer-available B-King. Hardparts include a 37mm KYB front fork, KYB shock and chassis that provides ample support for a variety of riding styles, claims Suzuki.
**Triumph Trophy SE
Engine L-C 12V 1215 Inline-Triple | Seat Height 30.3 31.1 in. | Wheelbase 60.7 in.
** Triumph says that its Trophy SE was designed with obsessive attention to detail, a point thats confirmed by the addition of electronically adjustable suspension, traction control, an audio system with Bluetooth and iPod compatibility, cruise control and more. As if all this werent enough, on the performance side of the platform sits a 1215cc engine that puts power down via a shaft drive.
**Triumph Tiger Explorer
Engine L-C 12V 1215 Inline-Triple | Seat Height 32.9 33.7 in. | Wheelbase 60.2 in.
** The Tiger Explorer broadens the Tiger lineups capabilities with a 1215cc three-cylinder engine and ride-by-wire throttle thats opened the door for traction control and cruise control. As Triumph puts it, The Tiger Explorer rewrites the rulebook and has got everything it takes to make your journey comfortable and secure. Switchable ABS comes standard.
**Triumph Speed Triple /R
Engine L-C 12V 1050 Inline-Triple | Seat Height 32.5 in. | Wheelbase 56.5 in.
** Triumph claims that its sold over 70,000 Speed Triple models since the bikes inception back in 1994, and those numbers were likely to see a jolt with last years introduction of the Speed Triple R. Both the standard model and Brembo/ Öhlins-equipped R model go untouched for 2013, but likewise feature an untouched MSRP.
**Triumph Daytona 675 /R
Engine L-C 12V 675 Inline-Triple | Seat Height 32.3 in./ 32.7 in | Wheelbase 54.1 in.
** The middleweight class receives stiffer competition for 2013 in the form of a new Triumph Daytona 675 /R, both of which benefit from a retooled engine, slipper clutch, geometry changes and a new under-engine exhaust. In addition, the standard 675 will roll on updated KYB suspension and the R model on its already proven Öhlins components.
**Triumph Tiger 800
Engine L-C 12V 800 Inline-Triple | Seat Height 31.9 32.7 in. | Wheelbase 60.2 in.
** The smaller-displacement Tiger rolls onto showroom floors with the same specs as in 2012 but will be available in a new Sapphire Blue color option. Like the Tiger Explorer, the Tiger 800 will offer variable seat heights and come with an adjustable handlebar that allows for a perfectly tuned riding position. ABS remains an option for 2013, claims Triumph.
**Triumph Street Triple /R
$9399 / $9999
Engine L-C 12V 675 Inline-Triple | Seat Height 31.5 /32.3 in. | Wheelbase 55.5 in.
** Triumphs ever-popular Street Triple has received a healthy dose of revisions for 2013, each of which is similar to the updates made to the Daytona models. At the forefront of the list is a chassis thats lighter by means of fewer pieces and an under-engine exhaust that further contributes to the Street Triples 13-pound weight reduction. ABS is standard on both models.
Engine L-C 16V 1298 Inline-Four | Seat Height 31.7 /32.5 in. | Wheelbase 60.8 in.
** Yamaha sport-touring king is updated with a new electronics package that includes YCC-T, cruise control, traction control, selectable drive modes and a three-part instrument panel. Styling (and comfort) changes include a new headlight cowl, side fairings and a new adjustable windscreen; suspension damping and spring rates have also been altered.
Engine L-C 16V 998 Inline-Four | Seat Height 32.9 in. | Wheelbase 55.7 in.
** After being injected with a dose of MotoGP technology in the form of traction control last year (among other updates), Yamahas literbike contender returns unchanged for 13. Color combinations are Rapid Red/Raven, Matte Gray, or the Team Yamaha Blue/White shown here that adds $200 to the MSRP.
Engine L-C 16V 599 Inline-Four | Seat Height 33.5 in. | Wheelbase 54.1 in.
** Yamahas middleweight ripper is an absolute weapon on the racetrack, as Cameron Beaubiers seven victories in the AMAs Daytona Sportbike class will attest to. No changes for 13, although the R6 is also available in the Team Yamaha Blue/White livery that adds $200 to MSRP. Standard colors are Rapid Red/Pearl White and Matte Gray.
Engine L-C 20V 998 Inline-Four | Seat Height 32.1 in. | Wheelbase 57.5 in.
** Think of the FZ1 as an upright R1 ready to take on the world, Yamaha says of its ultimate street brawler. And with a previous-generation R1 engine, upright seating position and ample wind protection, the FZ1 is set for pretty much anything. The FZ1 is unchanged from last year, and Cobalt Blue is the color for 13.
Engine L-C 16V 779 Inline-Four | Seat Height 32.1 in. | Wheelbase 57.5 in.
** The FZ8 has been updated with a new, sportier muffler shape and fuel injection settings that improve throttle response. The suspension is also upgraded, with the front fork now fully adjustable and the shock sprouting a rebound adjuster along with a stiffer spring. All that makes it an even better bang for the buck.
Engine L-C 16V 600 Inline-Four | Seat Height 30.9 in. | Wheelbase 56.7 in.
** A great option for entry-level riders and commuters alike, the FZ6R offers a low seat height and comfortable ergos, a torquey 600cc engine and supersport looks, all wrapped up with an attractive price. Color options this year include Pearl White and the Team Yamaha Blue/White shown here that adds $100 to the list price.
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