10 new bikes to be excited about
Every year bikes are released that are not only newer and shinier, but more technologically advanced and better engineered than their predecessors – and the past few months have not left us disappointed.
In fact, the latest offerings presented by the likes of Ducati, Kawasaki and Triumph have got us more excited than ever.
Narrowing the list down was difficult but we’ve managed to choose our ten favourite new motorbike releases from the past few months:
Husqvarna Vitpilen 701
More than three years after Husqvarna first unveiled their Vitpilen concept in 2014, they’re back with a brand new model for the range.
Husqvarna’s Vitpilen 701 is modern street bike, designed to combine simple, clean styling with power and performance.
With a 692.7 cc single-cylinder engine and peak horsepower of 75hp, the Vitpilen 701 will be available to buy early this year.
Ducati Hypermotard 939 SP
This is a bike that’s been designed for maximum fun. Inspired by the look of a typical dirt bike, this Ducati has been given a high tail and narrow sides, giving it a sleek and nimble feel on the road.
Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe
Less than a month after bringing out the Z900RS at the Tokyo Motor Show, Kawasaki have unveiled another version of the Z1-inspired motorbike.
The Z900RS Cafe is both more colourful and sporty looking than the more standard Z900RS, although both versions benefit from traction control and radial mount brake calipers.
Ducati Panigale V4
It’s already being called the best superbike of 2018 and with claims of 211bhp and futuristic electronic control, it’s easy to see why.
Ducati want us to feel like they’ve brought the track to the streets and as this is the first mass produced Ducati motorbike with a four-cylinder engine, it seems likely they’ll achieve their aim.
Also available in the range are the Panigale V4 S and Panigale V4 Speciale.
Suzuki MotoGP Replica GSX-R1000
Suzuki’s latest offering is both loud and proud with racing colours to match. The Replica GSX-R1000 delivers excellent drive and acceleration through a boosted throttle response and more aggressive valve lift curves for faster lap times.
KTM 790 Duke
KTM have finally unveiled the 790 Duke after a year of teasing and it was certainly worth the wait.
The middleweight naked has a completely new frame and is designed around its LC8c parallel-twin engine, which brings 103hp.
With cornering ABS and a dry weight of 169kg, this street bike may just give Triumph’s Street Triple a run for its money.
BMW K1600 Grand America
BMW may be aiming at the US bagger market with their latest release but that doesn’t mean we can’t get excited about it, too.
The K1600 Grand America boasts traction control, central locking, rider modes and electronic suspension, along with a low seat and classic silhouette.
Combining style, comfort and luggage capacity, we think BMW are onto a winner with the K1600 Grand America.
Triumph Tiger 1200
Triumph have spent four years developing the all new Tiger 1200 and have managed to produce a model with improved technology and better features, all while knocking 22 pounds off the weight.
More powerful, more responsive and more comfortable than the previous incarnation, it seems that Triumph have created an adventure motorbike that ticks all boxes.
With a stunning brushed metal minimalist design and an engine that has been taken straight from the Honda Fireblade, the latest Neo Sports Cafe brings character and performance together in a way that’s sure to not disappoint.
2018 Zero S – Naked Street
Zero S are taking it back to the streets with this sharp and sporty design. Its aerodynamic riding posture helps to deliver a thrilling 223 miles in the city and 112 miles on the highway.
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