As most of the country waits for the deep freeze to pass, a look on the bright side shows that spring isn’t really that far off–despite what Punxsutawney Phil might predict.  With that comes a new riding season and new models as the manufacturers gear up to vie for the attention of the avid motorcycle buyer.  New or redesigned products from bike builders like Honda, Harley-Davisdson, Indian and more are already in the showrooms ready to catch your eye.

Victory Motorcycles is ready to make a splash this season and has just revealed the 2015 Gunner at the Chicago Progressive International Motorcycle Show.  Not much has been said about this bike just yet–Victory is trying to keep the details under wraps.  All they have revealed thus far is that it is going to be their version of a Bobber, and it will be powered by their Freedom 106 V-Twin.  

BMW has been busy as well, as they have unveiled a couple of new rides for this year.  First off, they’ve showcased the R nine T, which is geared towards a younger crowd, with its minimalistic design, black wheels, and handling designed for urban riding.  They have also released the information about their newer, heavier model, the R1200RT.  This baby is a tourer that is powered by BMW’s air and liquid cooled 1170cc boxer engine.  It also features an optional Hill Start Control, which prevents your bike from stalling when starting it on a hill. 

Harley has also unveiled a couple of new models, the Harley-Davidson Street 750 and 500 models are designed for younger and more urban riders and, with these bikes being Harley’s first all new models in 13 years, they put everything into them.  Featuring the all new Revolution X engine, that includes an all-new liquid-cooled 60-degree V-twin.  The chain-driven single overhead camshafts operates four valves per cylinder.  A more compact design and new suspension make this an ideal bike for city riders.

Not to be out done, Honda has been looking to get back into the heavyweight cruiser section for a while now and the all new Valkyrie may just be their successful way in.  Weighing in at 150 pounds less than the Gold Wing, and featuring Honda’s latest edition  of their 1832cc liquid cooled six cylinder engine, this bike should cruise like a dream.  Sporting a modernized look that features LED and lights and LCD instruments, this bike is a real head turner.

Looking towards the more niche section of the market, we can find the NeuTron bike.  Based on the light cycles from the popular film “Tron”, this bike is completely street-legal motorcycle that reaches speeds of 100 mph and can travel up to 80 miles on its 100% electric engine.  The body even resembles that of its movie counterpart. 

And when we focus our eyes on the years to come, we see potential motorcycles like the Geco, a shape shifting bike that is designed to react to whatever kind of riding conditions are thrown at it.  Thus far it is still in the late development/early prototype stage and is working towards getting into real testing in the coming months.

It’s very cool to see what you may be riding this year, next year and many years to come!

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New Victory Gunner – photos courtesy of International Motorcycle Show.


 
New Victory Gunner - revealed in Chicago Feb 2014. Photos courtesy of International Motorcycle Show.

New Victory Gunner – revealed in Chicago Feb 2014. Photos courtesy of International Motorcycle Show.


 
2015 Victory Gunner - photos courtesy of International Motorcycle Show.

New 2015 Victory Gunner – photos courtesy of International Motorcycle Show.

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