The R stands for Relentless. Matt Cokeley
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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.

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The R stands for Relentless.

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A 300cc engine that gets 65 MPG!

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

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The name says it all.

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The fastest, most powerful Vespa ever.

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

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

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

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

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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.