Most bikes are somewhat stylish, a lot of a motorcycle’s styling is there out of necessity – still, these bikes are downright gorgeous to look at.
Some enthusiasts adamantly support and even celebrate car brands that offer no-frill models with minimal electronic aids like the Ferrari F40 and the Noble M600. Many motorcycle enthusiasts on the other hand firmly believe that one cannot experience unadulterated performance and thrilling speed sitting inside a roll cage behind the security of a crumple zone.
Bikers even go as far as to even claim that a race-tuned superbike is the only resort for those who want to be one with the machine and take on Mother Nature with perfectly calibrated power.
However, minimalism is not the technique one traditionally uses when approaching design. When it comes to styling, the notion of “a timeless design” is not just limited to icons of the past but also futuristic and modern offerings that will manage to stay relevant for decades to come and flaunt aesthetics that will transcend generation gaps.
With advancements in design technology, mainstream bike manufacturers no longer have to compromise on looks to accommodate smart aero kits and other race equipment. Here are 10 modern-day motorcycles with gorgeous designs.
10 Saroléa N60
If one was hard-pressed to find a stylish and sophisticated electric motorcycle then European bike maker Saroléa has the answer to their prayers. The N60 is made using carbon fiber bodywork and is powered by a 22 kWh lithium-ion battery which gets DC fast charging capabilities.
As its pièce de résistance the ride is sold along with a custom-made suit, helmet, and knives all of which are carefully crafted to complement the beautiful battery-powered bike. As the motorcycle industry steps into the future with electrification, offerings like Saroléa N60 give craftsmen free reins to explore their creativity.
9 MV Agusta Brutale 1000 Serie Oro
MV Brutale 1000 Serie Oro is the most powerful naked sportbike in production with a peak power output of 210 PS. Even with the limitations of a naked bike, MV Agusta has managed to bestow Brutale 1000 Serie Oro with one of the most attractive and muscular designs in the segment which justifies its extravagant price tag.
The Brutale shares its 998cc inline four-cylinder motor with MV Agusta’s F4 RC supersport offering. The aesthetics of the motorcycle are a modern take on the timeless café racer silhouette and the muscular styling exudes Italian flair.
8 BMW Vision DC Roadster
Other than the C Evolution scooter, BMW didn’t exactly make giant strides in the electric two-wheeler space. That all changed with the DC Roadster. As BMW moves towards electrification with its car portfolio, the brand looks to Vision DC Roadster to define the future of BMW Motorrad.
The design of the electric motorcycle continues to embody BMW Motorrad’s definitive horizontal cylinder head silhouette. Like Saroléa N60, the Bavarian Bike manufacturer will also offer a line of “Smart Gear concept” apparel that will accompany the Vision DC Roadster concept.
7 Ducati 1299 Panigale V4 25 Degree Anniverserio
After almost a quarter of a century, Ducati introduced Panigale V4 25-degree Anniversario 916 last year. The motorcycle was built as a tribute to the Massimo Tamburini-designed superbike that secured several motorsport accolades for the Italian bike manufacturer.
Only 500 examples of these 214 BHP Motorsport artworks were made and were offered with premium price tags. The single-seat layout is a clear indicator of the motorcycle’s racing pedigree. Elements like the single-sided swingarm enhance the bike’s dynamism and prove that Ducati does not compromise on styling for the sake of performance.
6 Arc Vector
Only 399 examples of this motorcycle will go on sale as part of a limited production run which makes Arc Vector one of the most beautiful and rarest bikes ever built. The Arc Vector is made out of exotic materials like carbon fiber, copper, and leather (sourced sustainably).
Every example is tailor-made to fit the rider and the bike gets a 271 mile (NEDC cycle) range courtesy of its 16.8 kWh battery pack and the top speed of this battery-powered beast is electronically limited to 200 mph.
5 Marine Turbine Technologies MTT 420 RR
The Marine Turbine Technologies MTT 420 RR superbike is the latest version of the world-famous “Jet bike”. It was dubbed as the fastest production motorbike at the time but with its frog-eyed front-end, MTT Y2K’s first installment wasn’t exactly the prettiest bikes of all time.
The second-generation 420 RR gets an all-new seamless design that complements the bike’s tubular aluminum frame with its fluid and curvaceous styling. The components are made out of carbon fiber and propelling the bike is a Rolls-Royce Allison gas turbine which produces 420 BHP of power and 500 lb-ft of torque.
4 Venturi Voxan Wattman
When it comes to speed and performance, no other offering is as “electrifying” as the Venturi Voxan Wattman. The motorcycle comes from a Monaco-based bike manufacturer and its aesthetics are just as chic as the city in which the bike is built.
Accelerating from a standstill to 60 MPH only takes 3.4 seconds and the electric drivetrain produces 203 BHP. The electric offering ditches a traditional frame in favor of an aluminum exoskeleton which is designed to bestow additional rigidity to the bike.
3 Aprilia 1000 RSV4 RR
With 200 BHP of peak power output, Aprilia 1000 RSV4 RR seems relatively restrained in comparison to the Brutale 1000 Serie Oro. However, at 397 lbs the new motorcycle is lighter than its predecessor and with 85 lb-ft of peak torque, 1000 RSV4 RR can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 2.7 seconds.
Aprilia might not be as popular as some of its other Italian counterparts but the 1000 RSV4 RR is one the brand’s most celebrated models thanks to a design philosophy that tries to strike a balance between form and functionality.
2 Vyrus 987 C3 4V
Hollywood A-lister Tom Cruise has a strong bias for the Italian bike manufacturer Vyrus. The Italian brand is world-renowned for building some of the most futuristic and beautiful novelty bikes. With an endorsement like that, it’s no surprise that the 987 C3 4V made it on our list.
The Italian motorcycle is powered by a 211 BHP Ducati-sourced engine that is supercharged and installed into a bespoke tailor-made outfit that is crafted out of materials like aluminum and carbon fiber weighing at just 158 kg. Prices for this bespoke bike start around the six-figure mark.
1 Kawasaki Ninja H2R
The Kawasaki Ninja H2R is yet another supercharged offering on this list. The bike gets a 998cc 4 cylinder powerplant that producers over 300 BHP of power and comes equipped with carbon fiber aerodynamic components.
The wheels are made out of aluminum and Kawasaki employs its championship-proven electronic management technology that gives rider complete control over this monster. The bike embodies an origami-esque design and the body panels get a Mirror Coated Black paint scheme whereas the frame sports a contrasting candy green paint job.
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