By Gabe Ets-Hokin
All photos courtesy of the manufacturer
It's the turn of the year. For a lot of the country, the bikes are winterized and in the garage waiting for a break in the weather. And motorcyclists know that means one thing:
It's new bike season!
Yes, it's the joyous time of year when the manufacturers announce and show off new products as well as stunning concept bikes that may or may not be on sale one day. At various bike shows and press events, shiny new models are getting rolled out and pawed over. You don't have to fly to Milan or Tokyo to see them, though—we're going to tell you about the most interesting bikes you'll soon see in the showrooms and on the streets. If you're looking for your first bike, check out our guide to How to Choose Your First Motorcycle .
Take the light, fast and comfy Tuono 660 and add fully-adjustable suspension, a lightweight lithium-ion battery and tweak the motor a bit to get an extra five horsepower—it's now track-ready, under 400 pounds and right at the 100 hp mark. No word on USA pricing, but expect to pay an extra $2,000 more than the 660 Tuono's $12,795 MSRP.
If you think the Aprilia 660 Twin, with its light weight and beefy torque output would be great in an Adventure bike, you're not alone. Aprilia thought so too, and gave unto us the 660 Taureg. It's about 440 pounds and has all the off-road capability a long-distance rider could need, priced at $14,595.
BMW is back in the cruiser game with this big fella. The basic R18, with its 1.8-liter opposed-Twin motor, appeared as a 2021 model, but BMW is upping the game by offering a tech-laden bagger (that means a minimalist tourer with hard luggage and a handlebar-mounted fairing) and a full-dress tourer. These are flagship bikes with beautiful paint and detailing; they start at $21,945.
It means “Many roads” in Italian, and it's Ducati's do-it-all bike. For 2022 we are gifted with a redesigned two-cylinder 937cc version, a lower-priced but still versatile alternative to the big-bucks Multi V4. With a new 19-inch front wheel and lower seat, it weighs in at just 445 pounds dry, makes 71 lb.-ft. of torque and packs a big punch for $15,295. An upgraded S model includes Skyhook adaptive suspension, a big TFT color display and LED headlights for $17,895.
Triumph invented the streetfighter with its 1995 Speed Triple; too bad they didn't think to trademark it. Ducati's Streetfighters take the sportbike-without-fairings thing to a next level, offering sportbike power and suspension with an upright seating position. The 2022 V2 takes the new 937cc Twin and puts it in a 150-hp, 392-pound (dry) package for $16,995.
Ducati's reputation for building uncompromising sportbikes, built to win World Superbike races, is intact with the redesigned Panigale V4. The motor, bodywork, ergonomics and electronics are all reworked to make it even more winning-er. The 386-pound (dry), 210-hp monster is $23,295; $29,995 gets you the S, with forged wheels and Öhlins semi-active suspension.
Honda ups its sport-touring game with the NT1100, a re-do of the ADV-focused Africa Twin. With the same 1184cc parallel-Twin engine and frame as its brother, the road bias shows with 17-inch wheels, a big fairing and locking hard luggage. There's plenty of tech; a 6.5-inch TFT display supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (!) and a dual-clutch (DCT) version lets you focus on the road, not shifting gears. It's Euro-only for now, but expect it in North America sooner rather than later, priced about the same as the $14,399 Africa Twin ($15,199 for the DCT).
KTM brand-mate Husqvarna uses KTM motors and chassis but adds a dose of Swedish-adjacent style. The new Norden 901 is based on KTM's excellent 890 Adventure, but mixes it up with rally-styled bodywork and ADV features like bag mounts, five-gallon tank and switchable ABS. Ready-to-ride weight is 481 pounds and claimed power is 105 hp. Base price is $13,999.
At 35, the KLR650 is now old enough to run for President, and it may win, based on how many riders love their tough, dependable, liquid-cooled 650cc Single. It's been redesigned for the third time, this time with a new 6.1-gallon tank, two-position windscreen and new bodywork. At 456 pounds gassed up (six gallons!) and $6,699, the KLR is heavier than the first version, but 30 percent cheaper adjusted for inflation. The $7,399 Traveler gets you ABS, USB sockets and a topcase, while the $7,699 Adventure offers side cases, fog lamps, “cyber camo” graphics and other off-road goodies.
Retro is big, and Kawasaki is cashing in with the stylish Z650RS. It's essentially a retro-styled Z650, but emphasis is on style, with spoke-like cast wheels, Z1-esque tail cowl, humped tank and plenty of chrome touches. It's not all old-school, though; the liquid-cooled parallel Twin is powerful and smooth, and a slipper/assist clutch and ABS brakes give you the bounty of the 21st Century. Choose Ebony or Metallic Green for $8,999.
Already a favorite with entry-level racers, this flyweight sportbike delivers affordable fun at $5,799, and it's been updated for 2022. The new frame is 3.3 pounds lighter, there's a new TFT display, and the 373cc liquid-cooled Single is remapped to smooth out the power curve.
KTM calls this minimalist, 175-hp sport tourer a “comfortable ballistic missile,” and if you've ridden a Super Duke you'll know this is not hyperbole. There is a 7-inch TFT display (with GPS and infotainment controls) and a beefed-up subframe to carry hard luggage, a topcase and a (very brave) passenger. Expect pricing to be around the Super Duke R's $18,699 MSRP.
You can't buy one—there will only be 100 made, and they're all pre-sold—but it's still cool. It's a track-only racebike built around the Duke 890's Twin-cylinder powerplant, good for 126 hp. Wielding some of the best braking and suspension components money can buy and wrapped up in carbon-fiber bodywork, it weighs in at a claimed 309 pounds dry. At $38,999 it's kind of a bargain, which sounds absurd until you start shopping for a turnkey motorcycle capable of winning national-level races.
Moto Guzzis have never been known to be slow, but they're also not known to be particularly fast, either. The all-new V100 Mandello looks to change that. It's got an all-new 1042cc liquid-cooled 90-degree V-Twin, shaft drive, self-adjusting aerodynamic bodywork, a wet clutch (sacrilege!), traction control and other rider aids that make this an incredibly advanced bike, especially for a traditional, ancient company like Moto Guzzi. Expect pricing to be on the north side of $17,000.
High-style sportbike maker MV Agusta leaps onto the ADV bandwagon with this not-quite-a-prototype pre-production showbike. It's called the Lucky Adventure, a moniker that hearkens to a famed Cagiva model from the '80s (that was named after sponsor Lucky Strike cigarettes—how very Euro). One model uses a Chinese-built middleweight Twin, while the 9.5 is loaded with a 913cc Triple. The bikes will be dripping with tech (like a Rekluse automatic clutch and electric gearbox) and won't be cheap.
Royal Enfield has gone from seller of slow, ancient oddities to a serious global player in the middleweight-retro-standard motorcycle market in a very short time, and now it seems to be testing the custom waters as well with this SG650 concept it showed at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan. It's a one-off show bike, but it's very likely, given the positive response, RE will build something like this, based on the very good chassis and simple, air-cooled 648cc parallel-Twin motor.
What? You want more sport-tourers? Okay, here's one from Suzuki, based on their excellent all-arounder GSX-S1000. It's a big, handsome thing with angular styling, locking hard luggage, a trellis-style subframe, a large TFT display (the first for a Suzuki), all the electronic rider aids you could want and a GSXR-derived 150-hp 999cc Four. Pretty standard ST fare, until you get to the weight—just 498 wet (claimed) and price: $13,799. Solid value!
Building on the budget-friendly Trident 660 is the sport-touring (what? Again?) Tiger Sport 660. It's got that tourquey 80-hp Triple and a nice big fairing and windscreen, as well as a big cushy seat and available locking hard luggage. It's light at 454 wet (claimed) and affordable at $9,499.
Yamaha is selling a lot of bikes from its “Masters of Torque” lineup, and for good reason—you get power, handling and controversial styling at a value price point. How do they do it? We don't know, but who cares? The new MT-10 gets new bodywork, new electronics, new ergonomics and more for $13,899. There's also an SP version with Öhlins semi-active suspension, polished swingarm and other high-end touches for $16,899 (that suspension alone is probably more than $3,000!).
Zero continues to update its lineup with the all-new SR. It's a lower-spec version of the all-electric SR/F, with an interesting twist—its Cypher III+ operating system is upgradeable, meaning the owner can make in-app purchases to add speed, range and even traction control or navigation. With all the unlocks purchased, the SR's range can be as much as 227 miles in the city (or 113 miles at 70 mph). Pricing starts at $17,995 before any possible state or Federal incentives that may bring the price lower still.
And once you get your new bike, take it to one of the Six Best Motorcycle Rides in the United States and tell us how it went!