1.BMW S1000RR Superbike
Topping our list is BMW's all-new and extra-serious S1000RR Superbike, which debuted in race-ready form at Intermot. This is the first time the press and public have seen the machine in person, and it looks especially impressive in red, white and blue BMW race livery. Featuring a 1000cc inline-four housed in a twin-spar aluminum frame, with a telescopic fork and conventional rear end (no Duolever, Telelever or Paralever in sight), the tiny, light, traction control-equipped machine looked ready to grid up-especially with Spanish Superbike star Reuben Xaus, who will team with Australian Troy Corser in next year's World Superbike Championship, in the saddle. We had the opportunity to interview bike designer David Robb, as well as BMW Motorrad President Hendrik von Kuenheim, who told us the street-legal version-complete with traction control and optional ABS-would be revealed by spring of 2009. The Superbike wasn't the only big news from BMW-the company's other four-cylinder platform, the K-series, received a big upgrade for 2009 in the form of a larger-displacement, 1300cc engine. All three K models-the K1300R roadster, K1300S supersport and K1300GT sport-tourer-also received minor facelifts and-gasp!-conventional turn-signal controls!