It's new motorcycle season, and EICMA 2023 is right around the corner – so we've gathered info on upcoming releases and rumours about the new motorcycles due for 2024.
Some bikes are fully announced, some are waiting for a reveal in Milan, and some manufacturers are keeping cards close to their chests… but here's a roundup of what we know, and what we’ll be seeing at shows and on the roads in the next year.
There's plenty to come, so we've gone with the manufacturer and guessed what their 'big hitting bike' will be for 2024.
Royal Enfield 2024 - Big Hitter: Himalayan 450
Royal Enfield's Himalayan 450 will definitely be a huge hit in 2024, with Enfield slowly drip-feeding us information about the adventurer, and full specs have just been revealed ahead of its full reveal at EICMA. The latest news is that the motor is dubbed the ‘Sherpa 450’, a liquid-cooled single with 40 bhp and 40 Nm of torque. We also know there is a smart new TFT display, plus vastly improved Showa suspension (that’s what Noraly says in the recent Itchy Boots videos anyway), a 17-litre tank, 21-inch front wheel with 17 inch rear, 825 - 845 mm seat height, and 196 kg wet weight.
Seems to be a huge upgrade to the well-loved Himalayan, we can’t wait to get our hands on it – so stay tuned and we’ll let you know straight away on the BikeMatters social media!
Perhaps this new motor will also find its way into a Scram 450… but in any case, check out Felix’s Royal Enfield feature where he covers the lot.
Triumph 2024 - Big Hitter: Speed 400 and Scrambler 400 X
These two are lined up to be massive in the UK (and the world), Triumph’s collaboration with Bajaj Auto bears its first fruit with the Speed 400 and Scrambler 400 X. A single-cylinder motor and a seriously competitive price (£4,995 Speed, £5,595 Scrambler) with the Triumph name makes that the case. We’ll be on the launch ride of these two, so stay tuned for more!
There was also the announcement of a Scrambler 1200 X, with a lower seat height and a lower price tag than the XC. The Thruxton meets its end and is commemorated with a Final Edition spec, and the Bonneville family get their 2024 look booked in with colourful ‘Stealth Editions’ for a few hundred quid more.
The Tiger 900 family is also getting a 2024 update, with the GT, GT Pro, and Rally Pro, and was recently announced with some mid-cycle tweaks and updates – could be well worth a look.
We may also see updates to other models in the Triumph catalogue, of particular interest would focus around the popular Trident 660 – stick a fairing on it and call it a Daytona!
Moto Guzzi 2024 - Big Hitter: Stelvio
Due to follow the format of the new V 100 Mandello S, the Stelvio is set to make a return with an adventure guise for 2024, more info will be revealed at the 2023 EICMA show in Milan.
It’s strongly based on the V 100 Mandello S, sharing the same frame and motor (But it doesn’t look like the wings come across), with added 4D radar assistance. The front wheel looks to be a larger 19-inches for some off-road ability, and the electronic rider aids from the Mandello.
Elsewhere is the V7 Stone Corsa, with café racer charm. After celebrating its centenary, the Eagle brand continues flying high.
Suzuki 2024 - Big Hitter: GSX-8R / GSX-S 1000 X
So far the 2024 line-up for Suzuki is promised and rumoured, but yet to be confirmed. The 776cc twin is rumoured to find its way into a GSX-8R, a sports bike with the same motor as the V-Strom 800RE that we rode in France, and likely heavily based on the GSX-8S frame. Could be huge!
It may do just enough to ease the broken hearts of those who want another big-capacity gixxer, but we’ll have to wait for EICMA to see if we’re right. Otherwise, it seems rumours are squarely pointed at the GSX-1000 X, a touring bike based on the popular GSX-S1000 GT, but with taller suspension and grander overall size – not an adventure bike, but perhaps a long-distance tourer.
Suzuki plans on revealing the new model (or models) on the first day of EICMA, so we’ll be there to see what they have!
Yamaha 2024 - Big Hitter: MT-09 (or an R9...)
Fresh from Yamaha and the ‘Dark Side of Japan’ is an update to the MT-09 for 2024, it’s not a huge upgrade and not quite the one many were anticipating, but there is still time… The new MT-09 features a new-look headlight, tweaked riding position and improved rider aids. Otherwise, it’s the same CP3 890cc motor, and the TFT screen still sticks out.
So this news could put hopes of a 2024 R9 to bed. The XSR 900 GP was also announced, and the fairing on that could scratch the racer itch. Would we see two variants of the upper-middleweight sports bike with the same CP3 motor released in the same year? As they say, it’s like London buses… wait for one and two arrive at the same time.
I can’t see it happening, but R1 fans may also be holding out hope for a tweak to the big-bang machine, which is holding strong with no huge upgrades in a number of years.
We’d also be interested in seeing if the Tenere 700 (with 5 variations) could be due an upgrade to become the ‘Super Tenere’ with that same CP3 motor.
Kawasaki - Big Hitter: An Overall Electric Future?
An interesting one, here. Kawasaki was one of the first manufacturers to fully commit to an electric future, noting that by 2035 its entire range will be electrified, with 10 electric models due to be launched by 2025.
The 2024 Ninja E-1 and Z E-1 are Kawasaki’s first EV motorcycles, and the launch of the duo was quickly followed by road tests of the Ninja 7 Hybrid. It’ll be sure to spark a debate, but will Kawasaki ditch its plans of an electric future by surprising us with a few more combustion engines released before 2025? 10 new electric models between now and then is a seriously tall order.
Though it’s not all electric for 2024, with models due for release including the new Eliminator, the ZX-6R and ZX-4RR with anniversary paint, the 2024 Z 900 R, Z 900RS, Z650RS… there’s plenty of combustion in the works, still. Perhaps they may also look at offering an off-road option for UK riders, maybe the KLR and KLX could appear… unlikely, but we’ll see if they commit to the electric ideas going forward.
Ducati 2024 - Big Hitter: Hypermotard 658 Mono (for me!)
Ducati has also been hard at work, with another round of the ‘Ducati World Premiere’ series with new 2024 models announced every two weeks, culminating with a final reveal live at the EICMA 2023 show.
So far we’ve had a Multistrada V4 RS, DesertX Rally, Multistrada V4 S Grand Tour, and Monster 30 Anniversario. A final announcement with Episode 6 on the 7th November. Could it be a new Panigale update? Let us know what you think…
Ducati also revealed the highest-powered single-cylinder to hit the roads with the Superquadro Mono 659cc Desmodromic motor with (76.4 bhp in stock format, revving to 10,250 rpm). Which has found its way into a new Hypermotard 658 Mono. I love those, if you’ve got one let us know – I might want it. Also on the way Ducati Scrambler model – Desert Sled?
Aprilia 2024 - Big Hitter: RS 457
Aprilia has shown the RS 457, which follows the tyre tracks of the RS 660 (and with that the RSV4), and it’s a 457cc parallel-twin with 47 bhp that slots nicely into the growing A2-compliant 400-ish cc market. It’s effectively a mini RSV4, with aluminium frame using the engine as a stressed member, riding modes and dual channel ABS, a racing-but-not-racer riding position, and
Scooter news, there is also an SR GT Replica for 2024, with urban adventurers ready to scoot about with inspiration from the RS-GP machines straight from the Moto GP grid… Espargaro and Vinales are even posted up next to the scoot that comes in a 125cc or 200cc flavour, powered by the I-Get 4-Valve Liquid-Cooled engine. The 125 cc version will be available in the UK from November at £4050.
More 2024 New Motorcycle Rumours...
A huge release would be the Triumph Daytona 660 – again heavily rumoured for a release, spied out in testing (potentially) very likely to use the same platform as the Trident 660 and Tiger Sport 660, but with that faired racing stance for a hugely anticipated resurrection of the Daytona name, in a middleweight form. There's little to no information about a 2024 release, but seeing as it has been spotted on the road, that middleweight sports category is looking seriously tasty for 2024.
There’s also potential for the Royal Enfield Scrambler 650 – based on the Interceptor 650, but with USD forks, semi-knobblies, overall scrambler style… it has been spied in testing but we’ll await further news and confirmation, it could well be due for a later 2024/2025 release.
KTM sits on the rumours list for now, though it is heavily anticipated that the updates will consist of a 1390 update to the 1290, as well as the 890 to 990 engine upgrades. Spy shots have shown a 990 Duke with stacked headlights with the KTM DRL… We’ll swing by and see what KTM has planned for 2024 when we land at EICMA.
BMW 2024 - Big Hitter: BMW R 1300 GS
BMW won’t be at EICMA this year, so we have to wait for Motorcycle Live a couple of weeks after to see it, but a quick mention has to go to the BMW R 1300 GS. It’s quite possibly one of the biggest motorcycle releases in the last few years, and although certainly not a rumour, it's worth a quick mention at the end here.
It’s available in dealers for purchase now, and we listed a few important things to know about it here. First-ride reviews have been piling in, and overall it seems to be getting 5/5 across the board. The R 1250 GS before it is one of the best-selling motorcycles the world over, so it goes without saying this update to the engine and technology will be a massive success.
BMW has been working extremely hard for 2024, with a handful of new models including the M1000XR, F800 GS and F900 GS, R 12Nine T, CE 02 scooter… the Bavarians are busy! Of note here is the R 12Nine T, which BMW says will be the starting point for a range of retro machines.