Top 10 Anticipated Bikes Of 2014

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1. BMW R1200RT

2014 BMW R12100RT

What is it?
While the K1600GT is BMW’s ultimate expression of what a touring bike can be, the R1200RT is a BMW purist delight. The 2014 RT is the second model to utilize BMW’s new precision-cooled Boxer engine. But that’s not all that’s changed on the RT, as E-i-C Kevin Duke points out in this video from the 2013 EICMA show. The R1200RT has been one of our favorite sport-touring bikes and the 2014 version is sure to continue that affection.

Why are we excited to ride it?
BMW’s new 1170cc Twin introduced in the R1200GS model last year has a 15-horsepower boost over the last model, producing a claimed 125 hp at 7700 rpm. Torque is also up, producing 92.2 ft-lb at 6500 rpm, up from 89 ft-lb at 6000 revs. There’s also a new K1600GT-inspired look and a number of desirable factory-installed options. We’ve been waiting to ride this bike since conducting our 2013 Sport-Touring Shootout 1.0 (at that time we didn’t think we’d have to wait this long). The FJR1300 won that contest and now that the R1200RT is coming, we’ll be pitting it against the new RT Beemer and the Triumph Trophy SE – ASAP!

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  • James Monroe

    Hey motorcycle.com staff – just a heads up #3 is ahead of #2 :)

    • Evans Brasfield

      Thanks, James! We’ll get that fixed.

  • Mosey Levy

    BMW R Nine T?

    • DickRuble

      at least there’s someone waiting for that

      • Evans Brasfield

        I’m looking forward to riding it, so there’s more than one person waiting.

        :-)

        • DickRuble

          ok… there’s now officially a crowd of two anxious to see/ride a bike as exciting as cold porridge on a rainy winter day in Scotland. :-)

          • Evans Brasfield

            My mother’s side of the family are Scotts…

          • http://www.mymotorrad.com/ james lagnese

            I bet you like haggis…

          • Evans Brasfield

            Nope. I’m only half Scott.

          • Mosey Levy

            It was the most crowded bike in the BMW section at the recent motorcycle show in NYC.
            I think it’s beautiful. I’m not sure now much it will cost but it doesn’t look practical to own as a daily driver at the end of the day. More like a beautiful Sunday bike.

  • http://www.mymotorrad.com/ james lagnese

    Nah.

  • Reid

    Oh how I hope EBR comes out with a mid-displacement naked bike in another few years. And oh how I hope I have a good-enough paying job to buy it.

  • DickRuble

    yeah.. we can’t wait for harley mopeds made in india…

    • Mosey Levy

      So what are you excited for?
      Besides more opportunity to be sarcastic :)

      • DickRuble

        In order: The MV Agusta, the Mission, the EBR. The KTM is also worth mentioning.

  • ‘Mike Smith

    I could see myself owning the Zero SR within the next 5 years. I have a feeling that once you get one, you’ll be trading it in every year for a newer model.

  • Kevin

    Here is hoping that Kevin, Tom, and Troy have the RT, Trophy and FJR in time to make the run to bike week in Daytona and a stop at Mardi Gras in New Orleans on the way back to LA.

    • Evans Brasfield

      I noticed that you conveniently left the new guy out of the trip.

      Thanks for nothing…

      • Kevin

        Hey somebody has to drive the Winnebago chase vehicle, right?

    • Kevin Duke

      I like your idea. It’ll be tough to take the whole crew away for 10 or whatever days, so we either keep Brasfield at home to hold down the fort or we assign him a feature about sport-touring to Daytona on a Grom. ;)

      • Evans Brasfield

        At least it wouldn’t be a freeway drone!

        • Kevin

          I’ll donate my 2 man dome tent to your effort and you can call the feature “Bike Week on a Budget!”

      • Kevin

        My turn to like your idea, and I do. Both of them.

        • Kevin Duke

          Tempting. The Motus gang are currently going through emissions testing and are planning on getting us a test bike in the nearish future.

  • KevinB

    A Harley and the CTX1300 made the list, but no 1290 Superduke?

  • Ted

    Can bramsfield handle a grom now? Kevin said he was still on mopeds last month.

    • Evans Brasfield

      I’m still writing about our flock of bikes with no shift levers, but I also have a FJR1300ES in my garage. I’ll be writing a test of it – as soon as I get the training wheels off.

  • arcsine

    >It’s the first sporty and fully faired sport-touring motorcycle from an
    Italian company since Ducati’s sadly departed ST series and the Aprilia
    Futura were killed off almost a decade ago.

    Um… Moto Guzzi Norge.

    • Kevin Duke

      Good point! Given Guzzi’s tepid sales in America, at least for the Norge, I’ll guess I wasn’t the only one who forgot about it! That said, I like the Norge and will look forward to getting another one for testing in the coming months.

  • Bill Myers

    The electric bikes are still B.S. Look 120-170 miles aren’t bad, it’s the “fuel up” issue. Look, even if you have a bike that’s only good for 100 miles, it takes about a minute to refuel. I think the shortest “fuel up” for electric bikes is 5 hours… So 120-170 miles isn’t in reality any range at all…