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02-22-2007, 01:14 PM
You've got your route -- now you need a ride. Here are four new steeds that could be the perfect accessory for this year's road trip. Or track day.

Or both!

* 2007 Ducati 1098 (MSRP $14,995 ) -- The much-anticipated successor to the 999 Superbike arrives with an even larger, even more ferocious 90-degree V-twin engine belting out 160 horsepower, along with a much-revised suspension and up-rated Brembo brakes featuring race-derived monobloc calipers for 11 percent more stopping power at high speeds. The 381-lb. 1098 also marks the first OEM use of Pirelli's Diablo Corsa Pro rear tire, in a meaty new 190/55-17 size. An even more aggressive S version of the 1098 ($19,995) is available as well; it comes with twin Termignoni race canisters and recalibrated fuel mapping for the fuel-injection system. (See www.ducati.com for more information.)

* 2007 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14( MSRP $11,599 ) -- Perhaps the world's ultimate sport-touring motorcycle, the ZX-14 one-ups the old ZZR1200 by a considerable margin in every category of performance and functionality. This bike is as happy running all out at nearly 200 mph as it is cruising for hours at 65 mph -- thanks to excellent wind protection and rider ergonomics (seat height, bar position, etc.). The DOHC in-line four-cylinder engine produces ample low-speed torque as well as race bike levels of high-RPM power -- making it a great all-arounder. Accepts hardbags for extended touring. Comes in Diablo Black, Candy Plasma Blue and Special Edition Pearl Crystal White. (See www.kawasaki.com for more information.)

* 2007 Moto Guzzi Norge 1200 (MSRP $14,990 ) -- Long distance comfort for two is what the Norge is all about; yet it's also easy to handle in close-in, city-type riding thanks to a short wheelbase and reasonable weight (just 542-lbs., light for a full-size sport-tourer). Enhancing its road trip capabilities are integrated side bags, a large six-gallon fuel tank, standard ABS -- and an optionally available GPS unit built into the instrument cluster. The Norge also features a high-output (550 watt) alternator to power accessories such as heated suits and gloves. It is powered by the traditional Guzzi engine -- an air-cooled 90 degree V-twin (in this case, developing 95 hp) working through a six-speed gearbox and shaft drive. (See www.motoguzzi-us.com for more information.)

* Victory Hammer S (MSRP $19,749) -- Here's a bike for the guy (or gal) who doesn't want on a full-on sport bike (and the aching back that often goes with it) but isn't quite ready for traditional laid-back cruiser (and the old fogey image that comes with it). The Hammer S features powder coating and black out treatments instead of chrome everwhere -- but offers a more upright seating posture to make even all-day rides a no sweat proposition. But there's 100 cubic inches (1,643 ccs) of Freedom V-twin power between your legs to deal with any doubters -- along with a six-speed overdrive transmission and dual Brembo disc brakes up front. Twin megaphone-style pipes and a huge 250/40R-18 rear tire give the Hammer a street stance that's unmistakable. Available in Sunset Red, Black and Custom Order. (See www.www.polarisindustries.com for more information.)