Top 5 Motorcycles of 2015
What’s not to love about motorbikes? Someone roaring down the street in a classic BMW will catch the attention of any passersby in sight. Motorcycles are beautifully crafted, sleek and above all else, fast. Their simple designs leave plenty of room for customization, a feature which brought the likes of Harley-Davidson to global popularity.
For a skilled mechanic, motorcycles are almost just as exciting to repair. If you attend mechanic college, you’ll learn plenty of auto repair skills that can be applied to the repair of motorcycles. As with cars, motorcycle technology is changing, meaning that mechanics should always be keeping up with the latest releases and tech trends in bikes.
Read on to discover the most innovative and highest-rated motorcycles of 2015.
BMW S1000XR is an All-Around Classic
BMW has long been the go-to standard motorcycle, for several reasons. The company focuses heavily on building bikes with good handling, rider comfort, and above all else—good engineering. Despite their practical nature, BMW motorcycles are also a beauty to look at—and the S1000XR is no exception!
BMW’s newest model sports 160 horsepower, and is intended for street riding and touring. Outfitted with a wide windshield, electronic suspension control and pro shift assist, this is the all-around bike that everyone is talking about.
Take a look at the new BMW motorcycle here:
Harley-Davidson LiveWire: The Company’s First Electric Model
The name Harley-Davidson almost immediately beckons the smell of gasoline and the roar of a massive engine—but the brand’s new LiveWire motorcycle is turning this image on its head. The LiveWire will be Harley-Davidson’s first ever electric motorcycle, and the company’s attempt to appeal to a younger, urban and eco-conscious demographic.
This new vehicle doesn’t skip out on all the power expected of a Harley-Davidson. Manufacturers say it can go from 0 to 60 in under four seconds, offers 74 horsepower, and can hit an impressive top speed of 95 miles per hour.
MV Agusta Turismo Veloce: From Concept to Auto Dealerships
Professionals in automotive careers know that sometimes, and only sometimes, an automaker will treat their fans by turning a concept vehicle into a buyable product. The Italian-made MV Agusta Turismo Veloce was originally a concept, released back in 2013. This massive bike has 148 horsepower, and offers unique features like semi-active suspension, LED lighting, heated grips and 8.7-gallon sidebags.
Kawasaki Ninja H2R: Fastest Bike on the Road
Kawasaki rarely disappoints, and neither does the H2R—how could it, it has the word “ninja” in its very name! This super charged, 200mph, 300 horsepower motorcycle is meant for high speeds and luxury. As any motorcycle-loving automotive service technician will know, these kinds of specs make the Kawasaki Ninja the most powerful motorcycle ever.
Take a look at the Kawasaki Ninja in action here:
Ducati 1299 Panigale: A Tech-Heavy Beast
Ducati has a long-standing tradition of producing high performance motorcycles, thanks to the prominent use of V-twin engines and a desmodromic valve design. What makes this new high-speed motorcycle so special is the addition of a 1285cc Superquadro V-twin engine, which has the capability of producing 205 horsepower!
This technological wonder is also equipped with electronic steering assist, LED lights and clutchless shifting. Motorcycle experts are calling it the most technologically advanced bike of 2015.
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