When four wheels are just two too many it may be time to jump on something that gives you that freedom that a sedan never could. Sure you could have cup holders and heated seats, but she never held you like that in the Camry did she? BLITZ asked me to compile a list of the most incredible rides that are seatbelt free, so here it is. Consider this your Bike Bible. Tell her to hold on tight because it’s time to go fast…hallelujah.
Yamaha YZF-R1 World GP 50th Anniversary (front left)
This street demon brings MotoGP technology to the road with the brand new seven-level traction control. The 998cc, liquid-cooled 4-stroke engine will make every red light a rev session. Yamaha’s R1 has always been sport bike royalty, but having the 50th Anniversary edition will make you Emperor of I-75.
Perfect Accessory: Scorpion Stinger Jacket ($379.95)
Ducati 1199 Panigale (back left)
The 195 hp Superquadro engine makes this the wet dream of every sport bike enthusiast (well that and Ducati being the Ferrari of motorcycles). This sex symbol on two wheels has a dry weight of 164 kg (362 lbs.) and enough cutting-edge technology onboard to get it a job at Apple. This bike is a favorite among the motorcycling 1% like Will Smith, Prince William, Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, and David Beckham.
Perfect Accessory: Arai Corsair V Race Carbon Helmet ($3,995.00)
Star VMax (center)
The ultimate muscle bike looks like it could beat you up in a bare-knuckle boxing match and get your girlfriend’s phone number afterwards. This matte black monster has a 102-cubic-inch 1679cc v-4 engine and an attitude. It’s one tough bike, just hope the big guys at the biker bar don’t want to see how tough you are. But just in case they do, you can always jump on the VMax and “Hi yo Silver away.” Hey, it’s better than a punch to the face.
Perfect Accessory: Your dad’s brass knuckles (priceless)
Harley Davidson Iron 883 (front right)
The Dark Knight is draped entirely in black and is completely customizable. The Iron 883 is part of Harley’s Dark Custom line that also brings the Street Bob, Fat Bob, and Blackline among others to the pavement. It gives that rugged feeling to a classic manufacturer as if Harley needed any help in that area.
Perfect Accessory: The Buxom Blonde (price may vary)
Victory Cross Country Tour (back right)
The “Sturgis Special” is the Lear Jet of bikes taking you from point A – 1,500 miles down the road – to point B in complete comfort. This bike becomes your road warrior and just as loved and trustworthy as your dog. The 1731cc Freedom 106/6 engine is built to last like Cindy Crawford. Enjoy seeing the country with the Victory from sea to shining sea. Just make sure you get a comfortable seat or you’ll be investing in some Boudreaux’s Butt Paste when you finally get home.
Perfect Accessory: Mark Nason Braybrooks ($400)