Top 10 Anticipated Bikes Of 2014

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7. Mission Motorcycles R/RS

Mission Motorcycles RS

What is it?
An electric motorcycle worthy of the superbike distinction, the Mission Motorcycles R ($29,999, before Federal credits*) and RS ($58,999, before Federal credits*) models have the potential to raise the bar when it comes to motorcycling — electric or otherwise. A 120kW motor has the ability to produce 160 horses and 120 ft-lb of torque. Combine that with either a 12kWh, 15kWh, or 17kWh battery pack, the James Parker-designed chassis, Brembo brakes, Ohlins suspension, and a loaded electronics suite that includes traction control, and you have a superbike whose closest competition burns fossil fuel, not electrons.

Why are we excited to ride it?
Any motorcycle capable of lapping Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca within 10 seconds of a MotoGP machine is worthy of our attention. When said motorcycle is electric, that perks our eyebrows just a little bit more. What Mission has done with its superbikes is deliver top-level performance in an entirely new way. We here at MO are tried and true petrolheads, but we anxiously await the opportunity to finally throw a leg over a Mission at a trackday.

Throw in the $2,750 Tech Package that includes an integrated HD camera with a telemetry overlay, turn-by-turn GPS navigation, a wireless helmet with a heads-up display and an ultra-fast twin charger, and the R or RS becomes that much more unique and appealing. Mission claims a “city range” of about 170 miles, meaning it’s more than just a track toy – it can be used as a daily vehicle, too, with minimal instances of range anxiety. There’s a lot of pressure on Mission to deliver. We’re anxious to see if it does.

* Federal credits for electric vehicles officially ended on January 1st, but we expect them to be reenacted at some point to help promote this fledgling industry’s growth.

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  1. James Monroe
    Posted January 2, 2014 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

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

    • Evans Brasfield
      Posted January 2, 2014 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, James! We’ll get that fixed.

  2. Mosey Levy
    Posted January 2, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    BMW R Nine T?

    • DickRuble
      Posted January 3, 2014 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

      at least there’s someone waiting for that

      • Evans Brasfield
        Posted January 3, 2014 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

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


        • DickRuble
          Posted January 4, 2014 at 12:02 am | Permalink

          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
            Posted January 4, 2014 at 1:06 am | Permalink

            My mother’s side of the family are Scotts…

          • Posted January 4, 2014 at 9:16 am | Permalink

            I bet you like haggis…

          • Evans Brasfield
            Posted January 4, 2014 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

            Nope. I’m only half Scott.

          • Mosey Levy
            Posted January 4, 2014 at 9:29 am | Permalink

            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.

  3. Posted January 2, 2014 at 10:48 pm | Permalink


  4. Reid
    Posted January 3, 2014 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    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.

  5. DickRuble
    Posted January 3, 2014 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

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

    • Mosey Levy
      Posted January 4, 2014 at 9:29 am | Permalink

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

      • DickRuble
        Posted January 5, 2014 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

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

  6. 'Mike Smith
    Posted January 5, 2014 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    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.

  7. Kevin
    Posted January 8, 2014 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    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
      Posted January 8, 2014 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

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

      Thanks for nothing…

      • Kevin
        Posted January 8, 2014 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

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

    • Kevin Duke
      Posted January 8, 2014 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

      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
        Posted January 9, 2014 at 12:21 am | Permalink

        At least it wouldn’t be a freeway drone!

        • Kevin
          Posted January 9, 2014 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

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

      • Kevin
        Posted January 9, 2014 at 7:31 am | Permalink

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

        • Kevin Duke
          Posted January 9, 2014 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

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

  8. KevinB
    Posted January 30, 2014 at 10:54 am | Permalink

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

  9. Ted
    Posted March 2, 2014 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

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

    • Evans Brasfield
      Posted March 2, 2014 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

      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.

  10. arcsine
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    >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
      Posted March 22, 2014 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

      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.

  11. Bill Myers
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 12:46 am | Permalink

    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…

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