Even with the COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc on the world, motorcycle manufacturers still managed to bring us some awesome machinery for the 2021 riding season. These models range from sportbikes to electric to touring to cruiser and motocross models, just to name a few.
Updated June 2021: If you’re looking for a brand-new bike for the 2021 riding season, you’ll be pleased to know that we’ve updated this article with the latest info and prices. There are new motorcycles available to suit most budgets and riding styles, so there’s no need to ride around on a beaten-up, old clunker… unless that’s what you prefer.
Of course, the regular contenders, like Yamaha, Ducati, and Husqvarna all had something up their sleeves for 2021. All of them are reasonably priced, perhaps except for Kawasaki’s Ninja H2 SX which is justifiably expensive and more of a specialist tool than an everyday bike anyway. Each caters to motorcyclists’ wants and needs, with some even sharing similar features and specifications.
Benelli TNT 600 ($6,199)
Benelli has reinvented their legendary motorcycle by blending everything people loved about the older models with that of the new. It even has its trademark insignia, the Lion of Pesaro on the front headlamp, and of course, Benelli has included its signature steel trellis frame to give this affordable motorcycle a luxurious and sophisticated appearance.
This motorbike is powered by a 600cc liquid-cooled, four-cylinder four-stroke engine that produces a rather modest 67 hp. However, considering its bargain-basement price tag, this is an excellent bike for beginners. In fact, even experienced riders who want a cheap commuter bike that can be used for some spirited canyon carving on the weekends will be more than satisfied with Benelli’s offering.
Ducati SuperSport 950 ($13,495)
The name of this Ducati might hint at a bike built for the track, but that’s not entirely correct. The Ducati SuperSport is nothing like its track-focused siblings, such as the Panigale V4 Sp, instead, it’s a brilliant L-twin-powered sport touring motorcycle, just like the SuperSport models of the past.
Ducati has used Bosch’s 6-axis inertial platform to engineer the cool electronic controls. The bike produces 110 hp at 9000 rpm and torque is 69 lb-ft at 6.500 rpm, which is adequate for both touring and some fun on twisty roads.
Yamaha MT-07 ($7,599)
Yamaha’s next-generation MT-07 is available in a variety of colors; Storm Fluo, Tech Black, and Icon Blue. The liquid-cooled twin-cylinder 689cc engine produces 74 hp, which is plenty for some everyday hooliganism.
The LED projector lights make it much easier to see what’s in front of the biker. The cockpit has a multi-function LCD instrument display which is a new feature for this particular model.
Aprilia RS 660 ($11,300)
Aprilia’s racing-style motorcycles now include the RS 660, a fine-tuned vehicle for any rider. It has the latest Aprilia Performance Ride Control (ARPC) package of electronic controls, a multi-map cornering ABS with five riding modes, and three LED headlights.
The engine is a twin-cylinder 660cc unit with 100 hp and 66 lb-ft of torque. The bike has proven to be a hit this year, and part of what makes it appealing are the three striking colors it comes in: Acid Gold, Apex Black, and Lava Red.
Husqvarna TE 300i ($10,299)
Husqvarna’s TE 300i has, as the name suggests, a 300 cc 2-stroke engine from the Husqvarna Motorcycles enduro range. Its frame is made of chromium-molybdenum steel and the cylinder head mountings are made of forged aluminum.
Old-school 2-stroke bikes are getting rare these days, but the Husqvarna does have some modern features such as fuel injection, an electric starter, a map switch, Magura brakes, and WP XACT rear shock.
Suzuki GSX-R600 100th Anniversary Edition ($11,599)
This special 100th-anniversary edition of the Suzuki GSX-R600 was released in 2021, although Suzuki’s centenary was in 2020. It has to be one of the coolest-looking motorcycles of the year. It’s powered by a 599cc 4-cylinder engine.
It also has fuel injection, LED tail-lights, a multi-reflector headlight with halogen bulbs, and an analog tachometer and LCD readouts. This slick motorcycle is available in Metallic Triton Blue and Metallic Mystic Silver, which are Suzuki’s centennial colors.
BMW S 1000 R ($14,995)
BMW’s S 1000 R is the German company’s latest naked sportbike. The 4-cylinder engine is a detuned version of the one found in the S1000RR and delivers 165 hp at 11,000 rpm and 84 lb-ft of torque at 9,250 rpm. There are two ride modes suitable for different riding conditions: rain and road. It can also be adjusted to dynamic and dynamic pro.
The S 1000 R comes in three understated color schemes: Black Storm Metallic, Motorsport Light White/Lupin Blue Metallic/Racing Red, and Racing Red/Black Storm Metallic.
Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE+ ($25,500)
The Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE+ is hard to resist. This sleek bike comes with a 998cc four-stroke supercharged engine that produces an astonishing 206 hp and 101 lb-ft of torque. This is definitely the sport touring bike for those who want to cross continents in record time.
For ensured safety, it boasts two anti-lock brake safety mechanisms: the standard ABS and the Kawasaki Intelligent Anti-Lock Brake system (KIBS).
Honda Rebel 1100 ($9,299)
The original Honda Rebel was a favorite among newbies, but the new 1100 is marketed towards more experienced riders. Basically, Honda wants to keep the owners of 500cc Rebels rather than see them buy another brand just because they outgrew the bike.
The Rebel 1100 offers 86 hp from its parallel twin, and that’s more than most cruiser bikes in its class. In addition, it has plenty of ground clearance, making it great fun on your favorite twisty section. If it’s anything like its smaller siblings, there will also be a plethora of aftermarket parts available to make it truly unique.
Triumph Tiger 850 Sport ($11,995)
Triumph’s Tiger 850 Sport has a distinctive and raspy roar thanks to its inline 3-cylinder engine. Its max power is 85 hp at 8,500 rpm and max torque is 60 lb-ft at 6,500 rpm.
The bike has a high-contrast 5-inch display, an adjustable screen, all-LED lighting, a 5.2-gallon fuel tank, slip/assist clutch, Brembo brakes, road and rain riding modes, ABS and switchable traction control, and Marzocchi suspension.
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