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.
When Harley-Davidson divested itself of the Buell brand, founder Erik Buell did the unexpected: He went racing. His turnkey competition bike was a fearsome $46,000 machine, and those efforts eventually spun off the 1190 RX, a more affordable race motorcycle that's been reverse-engineered for the road. Boasting 185 horsepower tasked with hustling only 419 pounds of weight, Buell's beastly creation churns the most torque of any production motorcycle, yet claims 52 mpg on the highway, making it a compelling alternative to mainstream superbikes. [$18,995; erikbuellracing.com]