The R stands for Relentless. Matt Cokeley

Motorcycles are the epitome of the phrase “form follows function.” And nowhere is that more evident than at the 2009 International Motorcycle Show. Kicking off this morning at the Jacob Javits center on Manhattan’s west side, Popular Science braved the blistering cold to see what’s new and what’s next.

Here is a sampling.

10) The 2009 Yamaha R1

The R stands for Relentless.

9) Johnny Pag custom chopper

A 300cc engine that gets 65 MPG!

8) Vectrix VX2E

This electric scooter’s top speed is 30 MPH, but it has zero emissions!

7) Moto Guzzi V7 Classic

The name says it all.

6) Vespa GTS 300

The fastest, most powerful Vespa ever.

5) Ducati Streetfighter

All the power of an Italian superbike, minus the sore shoulders.

4) 2010 Honda Fury

A custom look with all the quality and support you’d expect from Japan.

3) Victory Core

“A bike for the evolution of the enthusiast.” Or the mutation.

2) Roland Sands/Ducati Hypermotard

‘Tis a thing of exquisite beauty with the heart of a beast. (background artwork by Saber)

1) Kawasaki ZX-14

When you absolutely, positively must get to the corner store in 7.93 seconds, nothing else but Ricky Gadson’s two-wheeled dragster will do.