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The Worst Motorcycles of 2013

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The Worst Motorcycles of 2013: The Negative Nancy ReportSpecial post by resident guest blogger Happy Gilmore

Each January you’re filled with a renewed sense of possibility. A new year, a new you. You boast to your friends and co-workers that you’re going to be shaving 20lbs, quit smoking and open that savings account. As January becomes February you can’t stand to face yourself in the mirror each morning as you’ve gained 5lbs, smoke a pack a day and you’ve just received a past-due notice for an unpaid credit card bill. Have a no fear though, you aren’t alone.

Around this same time of year the motorcycle show circuit has been across Canada and all over the United States. 2013 is packed with new entry-level rides, fancy new scooters, shiny new dual purpose motorcycles and so much more. But you’ll probably notice that there are a few bikes that you’ve seen before, and might be looking a little tired. Or you might have noticed one or two bikes that you scratch your head about thinking “What? Who is going to buy that?”

Broken-down by motorcycle category, like a list of unfulfilled resolutions, I have compiled my opinion for the worst motorcycles available this year. Feel free to disagree; in fact, I encourage it.

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2013 Pirelli Calendar

2013 Pirelli Calendar

2013 marked the 40th anniversary of Pirelli's calendar, but odds are you've probably never seen one in real life. Every year, Pirelli gathers a dozen gorgeous (Margareth Madè) and famous (Milla Jovovich) women and asks them to strip for the camera. The calendar prints are so few that even the most well-intentioned gentleman in the motorcycle industry, me, has yet to see a copy of this celebration of the female body.

For 2013, Pirelli has taken a whole new approach. The nude calendar is no more, and while we mourn its loss, we're excited about where this is headed. Pirelli hired photographer Stephen McCurry, dropped the idea of jaw-dropping babes, and drafted a roster of girl next door type belles doing awe-inspiring charitable work across the world for a serious of clothed portraits. The results are stunning all the same, as these women and Rio bare just enough to show why they're rising stars on a global scale.

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KYMCO 2013 Model Lineup

KYMCO 2013 Models

KYMCO Canada has launched their 2013 scooter line up. The world's largest scooter company will continue to carry all ten scooters from the 2012 KYMCO scooter selection, plus a few new surprises.

Returning stars include the redesigned KYMCO Xciting 500Ri ABS, the media-favourite Downtown 300i, and a slew of 50cc scooters in two-stroke and four-stroke design, EFI included. Prices start at $1,995.

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Naked Kawasaki Ninja 250R Streetfighter

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Yesterday CMGOnline mentioned a rumor about Kawasaki planning a naked Kawasaki Ninja 250R or naked Kawasaki Ninja 300R... My own thoughts? I'm thinking more downscaled ER6n... turned ER250C, as the prototype model name on tmcblog seems to suggest.

Are they real? Who knows. The public is definitely seeking more of a naked, streetfighter look. The morning after a night of philandering downtown I found a a visitor parked next to my Suzuki Boulevard M50 on Front St. in downtown Toronto. See pics below.

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Honda CB650 Project

Honda CB650

Yesterday, on a bit of an impulse, I dove into a world I know NOTHING about. The 70s and 80s UJM restoration / customization / coolalization world. On a bit of whim (read: I'm ridiculously impulsive), I sold my beloved 2005 Suzuki Boulevard M50. It simply wasn't seeing enough highway miles, and in the city, my KYMCO Venox 250 trumps all other motorcycles. Still, wanting something affordable, with a little more horsepower, and perhaps a little caught up in the Toronto cafe racer scene and the kustom kraze, I decided to jump on the opportunity to pick up a 1979 Honda CB650 for $800 with dreams of restoring her to her former greatness... or at least having one sweet ride!

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Royal Enfield Chrome Cafe Racer

Royal Enfield Chrome Cafe Racer

If this era of motorcycling will be remembered for anything, it's the revival of old school. We've seen the Flake and Flames boys bringing back the Kustom Kulture. We've see Vespa Choppers. Finally, we're featuring something from an OEM. Royal Enfield is getting in on the craze with their very own Chrome Cafe Racer. You know, for those of us who can't invest a whole lot of time, or talent, into the return of retro. See the pics you can't find anywhere else on the web!

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