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If you've got the money to spend, buying a motorcycle equipped with all the latest features can be a real thrill. Harley-Davidson, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Honda, and BMW all have impressive additions to their 2007 lineup.

Harley-Davidson Motorcycles

If you're a fan of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, the 2007 offerings leave you plenty to smile about. The most notable change in the company's lineup is the addition of a new engine. All models in the Harley-Davidson DYNA, SOFTAIL, and TOURING product families will now feature a Twin Cam 96. This all-new Big Twin engine will enhance the styling, performance, sound, and feel of the company's most popular models.

Other new offerings from this Milwaukee-based motorcycle manufacturer include:

  • 17 exciting new color combinations to add to your customization options.
  • A limited-edition 50th Anniversary Sportster with classic components that celebrate the 1957 Sportster introduction.
  • A limited-edition VRSCX to pay tribute to the NHRA champion Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines Pro Stock Motorcycle racing team.

To learn more about the company's latest models and features, visit the Harley-Davidson website.

Yamaha Motorcycles

As the world's second largest producer of motorcycles, Yamaha is constantly striving for innovation. Yamaha's Star brand of motorcycles, available at most Yamaha dealerships, has an exciting new edition for 2007. The new V-Star 1300 features a 1304cc displacement that makes this cruiser motorcycle a formidable competitor for Honda's VTX1300.

Points of interest for Yamaha's V-Star 1300 include:

  • An additional 18 horsepower and 19 foot-pounds of torque when compared to motorcycles in Yamaha's V-Star 1100 series.
  • An engine that uses liquid cooling to meet increasingly stringent emissions standards.
  • A visually distinctive design marked by a multi-reflector headlight with a unique shape and a thin chrome strip on the tank that features a small "Star" inscription.
  • A new steel cradle-type frame that bolts to the engine at four points for added rigidity.

To learn more about the company's latest models and features, visit the Yamaha website.

Kawasaki Motorcycles

In 2007, Kawasaki will add the Vulcan 2000 Classic LT to its cruiser series of motorcycles. This new bike blends the performance of the 2053cc family of top-of-the-line cruisers with a more traditional cruiser style. It complements the overall 2000 series styling, but definitely has a unique flavor of its own.

Notable features of the Vulcan 2000 Classic LT include:

  • A push rod design to minimize engine height.
  • Hydraulic valve lash adjusters to maintain zero valve clearance for smoother operation.
  • Built-in oil and water pumps on the engine and transmission.
  • A unique appearance marked by a classic style backrest and chrome plated brass studs on the seat.
  • An impressive offering of accessories to provide plenty of opportunities for customization.

To learn more about the company's latest models and features, visit the Kawasaki website.

Honda Motorcycles

While other motorcycle manufacturers are adding a small number of bikes to their lines, Honda is making an impressive expansion. Here are some of the new bikes added to the company's cruiser line for the 2007 year:

  • VT750 Shadow Aero
  • VT1100C2 Shadow Sabre
  • VT1100C Shadow Spirit
  • VT750DC Shadow Spirit 750
  • VT600C Shadow VLX
  • VT600CD Shadow VLX Deluxe

So, which of these new bikes is right for you? The answer depends on what features you value the most. For example, if you're looking for athletic handling and unique retro-styling, the VT750 Shadow Aero is a great choice. If you're looking for classic styling at an affordable price, check out the VT600C Shadow VLX or the VT600CD VLX Deluxe. If you're all about the engine, the VT1100C Shadow Spirit's muscular 45-degree V-twin engine offers substantial low-end and mid-range performance.

To learn more about the company's latest models and features, visit the Honda website.

BMW Motorcycles

The 2007 BMW R1200R is the highlight of this German motorcycle manufacturer's new lineup. The R1200R offers a modern, yet timeless design and excellent all-around performance. The maximum output of the R1200R is up almost 28% when compared to the older BMW models. Maximum torque for the R1200R is up 17% over the older BMW motorcycles.

Other notable features of the 2007 BMW R1200R include:

  • An air-cooled, flat-twin 1170cc power unit with balance shaft.
  • BMS-K electronic engine management featuring oxygen sensor, dual ignition, anti-knock control, and three-way catalytic converter.
  • A two-piece tubular steel frame that's both light and stable.
  • A stiff telelever with high steering precision.

To learn more about the company's latest models and features, visit the BMW website.

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