Coolest Racebikes At The 2017 AIMExpo

We’re not worthy! Up close and personal with today’s legends.

For race fans, the American International Motorcycle Expo in Columbus, Ohio, is a den of temptation and allure. Within a hand’s reach are today’s most lauded roadracing machines. These bikes represent the pinnacle of two-wheel technology and overwhelm the eye with pristine welds, exotic milled metals, and carbon fiber so perfect it should be in a museum. More than that, these bikes are pieces of motorsport history, contributing to the never-ending wheel of racing lore and legend. Here are a few of the most notable bikes and parts that make us go weak in the knees.

What lies beneath? With the hint of the oval intake at the front and the round exhaust at the rear, race fans knew it would be the KTM RC16, the manufacturer’s MotoGP weapon and the pride of Austria.Seth Richards
Behind the stanchions sits Pol Espargaro’s bike—or at least one with his number 44. As we await to hear Bradley Smith’s future after a lackluster tenure with the rapidly improving RC16, it’s no surprise the hard-charging Spaniard is KTM’s current lead rider.Seth Richards
Beautiful milled rearsets.Seth Richards
Carbon discs, Brembo monoblocks, WP suspension.Seth Richards
Valentino Rossi’s YZR-M1. It’s most likely an earlier version wrapped in this year’s livery.Seth Richards
Look at that dry clutch.Seth Richards
Revs your heart!Seth Richards
Toni Elias and Cameron Beaubier peer from above Elias’s championship-winning GSX-R1000R.Seth Richards
Nicky Hayden tribute decals. Typical Gixxer fairing always looks “right” in race trim.Seth Richards
Gas tank: not stock. Threat: loud and clear.Seth Richards
Jonathan Rea’s World SBK championship-winning Kawasaki ZX-10R. Mean, green, and dominant.Seth Richards
JR1. Indeed.Seth Richards