Did you get all excited about 2020 by going through the list of top 7 upcoming cars? How about a two-wheeled version of the same? While the car industry is hurriedly transitioning towards electrification due to tightening emission norms, it has had a completely different effect on motorcycle manufacturing – engines are bigger than ever and power figures have crossed the threshold of insanity. Of course, that’s great news for motorcycle enthusiasts. Here are the top 7 upcoming motorcycles in 2020.
Husqvarna Norden 901
Swedish-origin motorcycle brand Husqvarna showcased an adventure-touring concept bike at the EICMA 2019 show called the Norden 901. After getting a warm reception at the motorcycle show in Italy, Husqvarna has announced that the Norden 901 will go into production next year and will be sold as a 2021 model. The retro-mod styling of the middle-weight ADV bike appears to share design cues with the brand’s Vitpilen and Svartpilen motorcycles and comes with a rather attractive circular headlamp, simple windscreen, and a rally-inspired silhouette. The adventure motorcycle is powered by KTM’s new 890cc engine derived from its LC8c parallel twin, which is set to make its debut in Europe in the KTM 890 Duke. Other information on the Husqvarna Norden 901 is scant at the moment but it is expected to arrive with fully-adjustable WP suspension on the front and back. The production variant might make its official debut in the second half of 2020.
Ducati Panigale V4 Superleggera
Ducati CEO, Claudio Domenicali, recently announced that a more potent version of the Panigale V4 is in the offing, which confirms the media reports surrounding a range-topping Panigale V4 that will wear the ‘Superleggera’ name. Limited to only 500 units, the Panigale V4 Superleggera will actually be based on the V4R, which means it will be powered by the 998 cc V4 engine instead of the 1103 cc engine out of the regular Panigale V4. According to the European type-approval documents, the range-topping model will have 224hp on tap which is 10hp more than the entry-level Panigale V4. And since Superleggera is Italian for ‘super-light’, the high-performance motorcycle will come with carbon fiber fairing and wheels along with a titanium exhaust system that will make it lighter by somewhere near 20 pounds over the regular V4R’s 425lb curb weight. Ducati might unveil the Panigale V4 Superleggera in the middle of 2020.
Triumph Daytona 765 Moto2
The Daytona nameplate for Triumph made a comeback this year in the form of a limited edition 765 Moto2 machine. As the name suggests, the special edition motorcycle is inspired by the Moto2 race bike and uses the same 765cc engine, which in turn is derived from the engine powering the current Triumph Street Triple line-up. The fully-faired supersport also gets a lightweight Moto2-inspired titanium exhaust system by Arrow along with a new gearbox featuring gear ratios optimized for race tracks. Other weight-saving measures adopted by Triumph include a full carbon fiber bodywork, lighter chassis and swingarm, and shortened bolts. The special edition Daytona also comes fitted with top-spec Brembo Stylema brakes and fully-adjustable suspension by Ohlins. Only 1530 units will be built, with 765 units earmarked for the US and Canada while the rest of 765 examples will be dedicated to the other markets. The pricing is yet to be announced.
KTM 890 Duke R
Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM showcased the 890 Duke R at the 2019 EICMA show and it is the lighter and more powerful successor of the hugely successful KTM 790 Duke that was launched two years ago. Powering the 890 Duke R is an 889cc engine, which has been derived out of the 790cc LC8c parallel-twin and gets bigger bore and stroke sizes. While the KTM 790 Duke was dubbed ‘the scalpel’ for its razor-sharp handling and nimbleness, the 890 Duke R takes things one step further by featuring even better performance-focused hardware. The bigger sized engine also features bigger valves and a higher compression ratio, which helps it churn out 119 horsepower – 16 more than the 790 Duke. While aesthetically it remains pretty much identical to the 790 Duke, the upcoming naked sportsbike gets WP’s latest fully-adjustable Apex suspension and top-shelf Brembo Stylema monoblock brakes. The KTM 890 Duke R will go on sale in Europe as a 2020 model, while it will reach the US at the end of 2020 and will be available as a 2021 model.
Harley-Davidson Bronx Streetfighter
Harley-Davidson unveiled a styling prototype version of its upcoming Bronx Streetfighter motorbike at the 2019 EICMA show in Italy and the sporty motorcycle looks like it’s production-ready. The Bronx Streetfighter is underpinned by Harley’s all-new motorcycle platform based on a liquid-cooled V-twin Revolution Max engine, which will also be used by the American manufacturer’s Pan America adventure-touring model. The Bronx Streetfighter is positioned as a middleweight motorbike and uses the smaller 975cc version of the new engine platform, which according to Harley will churn out more than 115 hp and more than 70 pound-feet of torque. Harley also got Brembo and Michelin to develop an all-new brake and tire to give the Streetfighter proper sporty performance. The Harley-Davidson Bronx Streetfighter is expected to go on sale at the end of 2020.
2020 BMW F 900 R and F 900 XR
BMW arrived at the 2019 EICMA show with two new mid-size motorcycles, the 2020 F 900 R and the F 900 XR, both based on the manufacturer’s new 900-platform. Powering the motorcycles is a new 895cc mill which has been derived out of the parallel-twin 853cc unit that powered the F 850 GS. The extra displacement helps the 895cc engine churn out 105 hp — 10 hp more than the previous F 850. The chassis geometry has also been heavily revised for better performance. Both the models come equipped with top-shelf ZF Sachs suspension, while semi-active electronic units are available as an optional extra. The duo also gets the updated 6.5-inch TFT color instrument panel. The pricing and availability are yet to be announced.
Aprilia RS 660
Aprilia stole the show at 2019 EICMA by giving us the first glimpse of the all-new RS 660 production model and hinting at the start of a new line of middleweight motorcycles. The supersport is powered by a forward-facing parallel-twin which has been created by taking the front half of the manufacturer’s 1100 cc V-four engine. Aprilia claims the DOHC parallel-twin will produce 100 hp, which is plenty for a motorcycle that weighs just 373 pounds. But it’s the electronics package on the Aprilia RS 660 which takes it way ahead of its competition. It gets adjustable traction control, wheelie control, quickshifter for both up and downshifts, cruise control, and adjustable engine brake settings. The RS 660 also comes equipped with five ride modes and a cornering ABS, which can be controlled via a full-color TFT screen. Aprilia hasn’t revealed the pricing and availability of the middle-weight supersport as of yet.