Thanks to technological innovation and a renewed emphasis on bad-ass aesthetics, this is a golden age for motorcycles. The question isn't whether or not now is the right time to buy a bike. The question is which bike is perfect for you.
2014 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS
Best Sport Touring
Striking a balance between speed and comfort with sport-touring motorcycles is tricky, but Kawasaki's Ninja 1000 manages both, thanks to a smooth, powerful 1,043cc liquid-cooled inline-4 engine and a saddle that's cushy enough for interstate marathons. Add easily removable 7.4-gallon saddlebags and agreeable ergonomics, and you get a ride that's satisfying on backroads and highway cannonballs. [$11,999; kawasaki.com]