Winters like this one make the anticipation of hitting the open road on two wheels nearly unbearable. 2014 promises to offer up a ton of great bikes for dispelling your winter blues, and a handful of those are out of the Far East. Japanese motorcycles are well built, reliable and typically more affordable than their counterparts from Italy and America, and they also have a strong history of great performance. From cruisers to sport-tourers to sport bikes, here are our five favorite new Japanese bikes of the year.

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