The summer's best motorcycles, rallies, and roads
What you drive this summer is, of course, entirely up to you. But allow us to at least make a suggestion: This year, as winter's chill has finally surrendered to spring's sun-washed warmth, hollow out a spot in the garage and park your car.

Why? Because (admit it) you've always wanted to ride a motorcycle - the wind a soft, warm slap on your cheeks, the sky an infinite brush of blue above, the road rolling below close enough to touch. You've always wanted to rumble away from stoplights, feeling the jealous gaze of passersby confined by either car or sidewalk. You've always wanted to know the unbridled rush of 150 horsepower packed into a mere 500 pounds of metal, oil, and rubber.

Whether you've wanted all or just one of these things, it all boils down to this: Riding a motorcycle feels like freedom defined, and that's a feeling you can't ever get enough of.

If you've been waiting to buy a bike, now's the time. The recent renaissance of boutique brands such as Ducati and Triumph is bringing ever more desirable bikes to our shores. Couple these with the ever-popular offerings from Harley, BMW, and the Japanese quartet of Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha, and you'll find a bike for any road or reason.

So park that car. After all, the poor thing's been hauling those two extra wheels around since the day it was born. It needs the rest.

Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa 1300
$10,849
www.suzuki.com; (714) 996-7040