The best new motorbikes for 2015
New year, new bikes and these are the ones we’re excited about seeing enter the UK market over the next 12 months.
The models that have made our list have done so for a number of different reasons, whether that’s power, speed, design or simply because they offer something different
If you think we’ve forgotten about a brilliant new model or added one that you don’t think should get anywhere near our list then feel free to say so – your opinions count and we may even add a new model to our list!
But we’re quite aware that there will be oversights.
Read on to find out the models that have made our list for 2015.
Kawasaki Ninja H2
The Kawasaki Ninja H2 was one of the headline acts at Motorcycle Live and EICMA in 2014, and for anyone present when the H2R track-only version was revving up in Birmingham, you could hear why.
The H2 is a 210hp behemoth and has a power-to-weight ratio of almost 1hp per kg.
It also comes with an impressive array of electronic and driver aid systems, too., but you’d expect that with a list price of £22,000.
Ducati Panigale 1299
Ducati does superbikes, that’s no secret, but the Italian manufacturer has got riders excited again thanks to the 1299, probably something to do with its 205bhp engine.
There are two versions of the powerhouse, in the form of the S (1285cc) and the R (1198cc) to keep it in line with Superstock and Superbike racing regulations.
The Ducati Panigale 1299 a brilliant looking model and extremely light, giving superb power-to-weight ratio.
The YZF-R1M, a high-spec version of the already impressive R1, is an all-singing-all-dancing sportsbike that’s based on the Japanese manufacturer’s MotoGP bike.
And MotoGP played an integral role in its development with Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo involved in the bikes’ design.
With more than 1hp/kg, the R1M has some brutal performance figures as well as all the electronics and systems you’d expect of a £20,000 bike.
KTM 1290 Super Duke R
KTM’s Streetfighter is a brutal looking naked that comes with typical brand styling from the Austrian manufacturer.
It’s set to hit dealerships this year and be the best Super Duke ever, says KTM.
At £13,999 it’s well priced too, something of an advantage when you’re up against Triumph’s Triples.
The Hayabusa is a distinct looking sport bike that stands out thanks to its unique rear-end and Japanese-inspired livery.
After 15 years in existence the latest iteration of the famous name is bound to get riders excited, particularly with its 1340cc engine and new braking system.
The only potential disappointment surrounding the Hayabusa is that it might not make an appearance this year and could stay out of the manufacturer’s line-up until 2016.
Fingers crossed it arrives in 2015!
One of the reasons the Hayabusa may not make it into UK dealerships in 2015 is because of the arrival of the new GSX-S1000.
The new Gixxer uses the same 999cc engine as the R1000, which will endear it even more to existing fans, even before its new features are looked at.
And new for 2015 are Brembo brakes, Kayaba suspension and a three-mode traction control system.
All-in-all that makes for a pretty appealing naked roadster.
Everyone’s heard of the Ducati Scrambler only in 2015 you won’t need to rely on memory to see it.
After months of teasers and trailers it was finally revealed ahead of the EICMA motor show in Milan last year, rolling out of a yellow container that had held it for what seemed like an age.
And the Scrambler hasn’t disappointed, with four different versions available, all sporting a retro look but on a thoroughly modern bike with an 800cc Monster engine.
Aprilia RSV4 RR
2015 will also see the Aprilia RSV4 return but this time with more power after some impressive tweaks to the Italian’s 1000cc engine.
Changes to the air box and injectors have squeezed an extra 16hp from the engine, resulting in a new 201hp unit and 85lb/ft of torque.
The Aprilia RSV4 RR also comes with a healthy list of electronic systems and rider aids including a special Performance Ride Control package.
Honda RC213V-S V4
Finding a more talked about motorbike than the RC213V-S over the last four months is an impossible task and that’s because it’s caused something of a media storm.
The Honda RC213V-S V4 is a road bike that could be priced at £112,000, according to some reports coming out of Japan and whether that’s truth or hyperbole, it’s still likely to be a success when it goes on sale, regardless of cost.
It’s a 1000cc monster and comes with an impressive range of livery and paintjobs, including the Japanese flag design it sported when it was first revealed last year.
BMW S 1000 RR
BMW’s synonymous with technology and rider aids and that’s the theme on the new S 1000 RR.
It comes with a comprehensive range of features including Dynamic Damping Control (DDC), gear shift aids, the most advanced traction control system in BMW’s history, semi-active suspension and the list could go on.
The BMW S 1000 RR also has a 199bhp, 999cc powertrain and a choice of driving modes, too. Basically, it’s got all the tools and gadgets you could wish for. Prices for the model reflect that, sitting between £13,000 and £15,000.
Yamaha XJR1300 Racer
The XJR1300 Racer is a bike that’s jumped on the café racer resurgence in the UK and across the globe.
It’s a cool looking bike that favours retro styling thanks to the single seat, carbon cowl and naked style.
While many riders don’t appreciate the hipster tag thrown on café racers, there’s something undoubtedly cool about the XJR.
KTM 1290 Super Adventure
Adventure bikes are popular, there’s no getting past that, and KTM has jumped on the bandwagon in the form of the 1290 Super Adventure.
Not only does the Austrian motorbike carry the brand’s brilliant 1,301cc V-twin engine that’s found on the Super Duke R, it also comes steeped in equipment and electronic systems.
From heated seats to cruise control, LED cornering light and lean-sensitive ABS, the Super Adventure is a comprehensively equipped adventure bike that will challenge the segment heavyweights in 2015.
Ducati Multistrada 1200
Multistrada is a famous name and in the form of the 2015 1200 revamp, the Italian manufacturer thinks it has built the best one yet – whether that turns out to be true or not, only time will tell, but the initial signs are good for the new Multistrada.
Like most new bikes in 2015, the Multistrada comes dripping in technology and electronic systems, enough to offer four bikes in one, says Ducati.
That’s an old line from the marque, however with variable timing and Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) that monitors optimises performance and measures roll, pitch and yaw respectively, then you know its got some weapons in its armoury.
Those technology tweaks also result in an increase in power for the 1200, with 160hp now available – it’s a proper piece of kit and one that got everyone excited when it appeared at EICMA.
It’s going to be a great year for new motorbikes and we are excited!
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