As the snow melts (finally!), our thoughts turn to heading into the great outdoors – and all the great new stuff we’ll need to enjoy it. There's tons of gear coming out in the next few months and we’ve already run in, hiked with, rode on, drove in, listened to and played with most of it. In fact, our team of nearly two-dozen testers has been using (and abusing) all the new offerings to come up with this list of the very best stuff.
Contributors: Matt Berical, John Brandon, Berne Broudy, Ezra Dyer, Greg Emmanuel, Michael Frank, Tobey Grumet, Jason Heaton, James Martin, Dan Nelson, Seth Porges, Carl Rose, Doug Schnitzspahn, Josh Sens, Jeremy Spencer, Ryan Stuart, Erik Sofge, Basem Wasef
2014 BMW R nineT
To celebrate 90 years of creating bikes that push toward the future, BMW tapped its history to build the back-to-basics 2014 BMW R nineT. A study in cafe racer essentials, this roadster punches the nostalgia button with its husky proportions and spare, industrial bodywork. It also pushes the genre forward with customizable components, including a removable rear section that transforms the bike from a passenger-friendly ride to a taut, ready-to-rumble solo-seater. Though the substance behind the style is a throbbing air- and oil-cooled 1,170cc boxer-style powerplant, the thrill here is living out your Wild One fantasies. [$14,990; bmwmotorcycles.com]