In the Outside Air: “Riding is not for everyone, and it never has been. For some of us, we never feel more in balance than when on two wheels. Even when it becomes routine, the activity is full of unseen nutrients that nourish us from the center of our beings. When I am forced not to ride for some period of time, there is genuine spiritual malnourishment that is immediately relieved when I get back in the saddle.” —Mark Hoyer, Editor-in-Chief, Cycle World

SUPERBIKE STIMULATION

Modern superbikes represent the pinnacle of sportbike performance. Each is a brutally fast piece of industrial art optimized with everything it needs to strive for the fastest lap time and nothing it doesn’t. Superbikes are simultaneously raw yet defined. The Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory, BMW S 100 RR, and Ducati Panigale V4 S represent the pinnacle of motorcycle performance, a combination of mass horsepower and knife-edge handling that makes previously unthinkable lap times easily obtainable. For two full days, Adam Waheed, Aaron Colton, and Don Canet took over Thunderhill Raceway Park’s 3-mile road course for Cycle World’s 2019 Superbike Shootout.

SERIOUS FLUX 

The days of debating whether electric bikes are “real” motorcycles are behind us. After a nearly 10-year development program and despite a brief pause in production, the LiveWire is finally here, and it’s unlike any other Harley-Davidson before it—in a lot of ways. Don Canet took the bike on a 65-mile test loop to test its speed and battery life, and walked away saying, “The LiveWire is proof that there is nothing wrong with a low-carb motorcycle diet.”

PLUS Kevin Cameron’s technical analysis of the LiveWire

10 BEST BIKES OF 2019

Since 1976, Cycle World has been in the business of testing as many motorcycles every year as possible to honor those engineers, designers, and test riders who get to work early and clock out late to bring us better machines. For the 44th time in a row, here are Cycle World’s 10 Best Bikes. From the Best Cruiser (Ducati Diavel 1260 S) to the Best Middleweight Streetbike (Triumph Street Triple R), the Best Touring Bike (BMW R 1250 GS Adventure) to the Best Motorcrosser (Kawaski KX450), and everything in between, this is your ultimate guide to the best new bikes on the market.

PLUS: Inside the Suzuka 8 Hours; Vicki Golden: At the Limit; the Origins of the Ducati 916; Aerodynamics Advancing Speed and Stability; Imminent Specific Progress on Electric Vehicles  

CONTACT: Cathy Hebert, cathy.hebert@bonniercorp.com, 212-779-5023