Top 7 Motorcycle Happenings of 2014
As President of Ultimate MotorCycling, I am a fortunate individual. Not only do I get to ride a huge variety of machines, I am also privileged to be a part of this fascinating industry that so intensely fuels our passions.
As 2014 draws into its last quarter, a picture has emerged of various developments that have happened in the past year.
Don Williams, our Magazine Editor, has already published his Top 10 Motorcycle Picks, and, somewhat naturally, I agreed with him.
When Ron Lieback, our Online Editor, challenged me to come up with picks of my own, I naturally gravitated more towards the industry happenings, although I do have some machinery opinions as well.
I find myself interested in those manufacturers who have the best feeling for the current motorcycle buyer; those who are trying to listen to market demand and not just thrust their latest whizz-bang machine at us; those who are trying to encourage new and returning riders to the fold; those who are trying to make the pie bigger.
So this is what I’ve come up with. It goes without saying that these are my personal picks and you may or may not agree with me; of course you may feel I’ve left something out.
Respectful discussion is very healthy and I’d love to hear everyone’s opinion—good, bad or ugly. Thanks for reading and being a part of the Ultimate MotorCycling family!
Following are my President’s Picks for Top 7 Motorcycle Happenings of 2014 – in no particular order. Each one is linked to a story where I explain why:
- Best Brand Building – Indian Motorcycle
- Best Business Potential – Erik Buell Racing / Hero
- Best Potential – Star Bolt
- Best Innovation – Harley-Davidson Project LiveWire
- Best Value – Kawasaki Ninja 1000
- Best Cult Following – Yamaha FZ-09
- Best Badass – KTM 1290 Super Duke R