The Best Racing-Ready Motorcycles of 2013

MV Agusta Rivale 800

Whether you’re new to racing and are looking for a starter bike, or are looking for a powerful performance motorcycle, you’ll find a wide range to choose from this year. The following are five of the most exciting bikes to be released in 2013, for both practical and sporting purposes.

MV Agusta Rivale 800

Aggressively styled with a powerful engine, the 2013 MV Agusta Rivale 800 is ready to tear up the roads with ease. It weighs in at only 375 pounds, which will help push it ahead of the pack in terms of speed. The Rivale 800 is powered by an engine with an output of 125hp, along with 60 lb-ft. of torque. It offers excellent traction control for unsteady terrain or inclement weather, which could make it a good fit for long haul races or even off-roading.


Although BMW motorcycles are a bit pricier than some other marques on this list, they still offer great value for money due to the use of technology and outstanding performance. This is clear when you look at the BMW S1000RR HP4 model, just released for 2013. The HP4 technology includes Dynamic Traction Control, which helps improve rider safety even at high speeds. It operates more fluidly than ever and drivers can choose from over a dozen different power settings to enhance performance. The bike is designed for racing at high speeds, with a 200hp engine. The bike can zip a quarter of a mile in under 10 seconds, in addition to its use of dynamic technology.

Moto Guzzi V7 Racer

If you love the look of 1970’s sport bikes, you’ll be intrigued by the new Moto Guzzi V7 Racer; which looks straight out of this classic era. Although it is powered by a simple 744-cc V-Twin engine that only offers 50hp, the bike is sleek, stylish, and zips along nicely. Its vintage good looks are open to modification, for those who want to take this Moto Guzzi out on the track.

Zero S

Electric motorcycles have been gaining more attention from the racing circuit over the past year, with a fully electric model from Lightning Motorcycles winning the Pikes Peak challenge a few months ago. The 2013 Zero X seems to be one example of the new breed of speedy electric motorbikes, with improved battery technology. The new model can now reach top speeds of 95 mph, up from 88 mph just last year. It can also travel up to 137 miles without any need for a recharge, which makes it better suited to long distance challenges. For those interested in saving money on fuel while enjoying a high performance bike, this is one to watch.

Honda CBR500R

With a low entry price, the new Honda CBR500R is a fully equipped sport bike with decent engine power and a light weight. It would be a good starter bike for those just beginning a hobby in motorbike racing, with its finely tuned frame and easy handling response. The bike is powered by a liquid-cooled, 55cc parallel Twin engine and can handle tight turns with ease.