Well, this has been quite the week for bikes. Remember Erik Buell? Well, he's back, with a high-tech superbike that should seriously worry his European competition. I just attended the launch at AIMExpo to learn all about it.
Triumph's New Entry Level Street Bike: Triumph wants in on the developing markets in the far east/new riders in the west too. We snagged this first spy shot of what looks like a 250cc single-cylinder wearing the Street Triple's distinctive bug eyes. (RideApart)
2014 EBR 1190RX: So this Erik character used to have his own sportbike brand at Harley, named after him. HD's new CEO didn't like that, so he shuttered Buell one day with no warning. That's a shame, because despite being saddled with bad engines and poor corporate management, Buell managed to crank out quirky, unique, devastatingly good-to-ride bikes. Erik's one of those engineers who doesn't understand why you need 20 parts when one clever part could do the work of them all. For the last four years, he's been working on building a new company and this 1190RX (top) is the result. It makes more torque than any other superbike out there, including the Ducati 1199 Panigale while returning better fuel economy than a freaking Prius. You can read all about it on RideApart.
2014 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Launch: Making even more torque than the EBR, European journalists are reporting that the 106 lb.-ft. Super Duke isn't as unrideable as it sounds. Adam Child is reporting live from Spain. (MCN)
Bell Bullitt Helmet: Has there ever been a more stylish motorcyclist than The Goose from the first Mad Max movie? Well Bell just dropped a retro full-face that'll make you look just like him. The best part? It meets the best safety standard in the world — ECE 22.05 — making this one stunner you won't be afraid to crash in. It's full of other modern features like real ventilation, a leather interior and multiple shapes and styles of visors. I'm getting on as soon as the UPS man obliges. (Moto Mucci)
2014 BMW R nineT: Dumb name, beautiful bike. BMW has a long history as one of the most innovative motorcycle makers, even inventing the telescopic fork. Something they hope this luxury retro roadster will remind you of. (RideApart)
2014 Honda CBR300R: Believe it or not, but it's possible to make a motorcycle right now that isn't shamelessly retro. Honda's updating its popular beginner bike with a larger motor and new, more aggressive styling. Details are scant, but the starting point was brilliant, so we're optimistic. (RideApart)