Even without the presence of any motorcycle shows 2021’s cast looks to be a hit. From re-modelled bestsellers to complete newbies, join us in this new blog as we count down the top 10 newest for 2021. 

10. Harley Davidson Pan America

Kicking this list off and entering into new territory, Harley Davidson seems to have knocked it out of the park with their first-ever adventure tourer the Pan America 1250. And they built up quite the hype along the way with the virtual event being held at the end of February but, now the wait is over, and here’s what you need to know about this fresh-faced new model.

Rebuilding the adventure-touring market, Harley has concentrated on keeping the weight as low as possible to ensure efficient handling and riding. The liquid-cooled (and may I add Revolution Max 1250) engine produces a mighty 150 bhp which stabilises and controls the temperature to help the bike adapt to any environment whatever its surroundings.

And with tech to back this up, the Pan America 1250 provides you with everything needed to stop you worrying and keep you out there riding including a touch screen dash, five rider modes, Bluetooth connectivity, USB charging, grab handles, integrated luggage mounts, and horizontal headlamps. It really has that go-anywhere, free spirit look designed to endure, explore, and adventure.

With the campaign ‘new design for new horizons’ hopes are high for what this model can offer. But I’m guessing that if you are looking to pursue an adventure HD’s iconic offering is a ride that will certainly have you feeling confident and composed no matter how hard you push it! And with this model set to hit European dealers in June 2021 (seamlessly tied in with the proposed last step of lifting the UK lockdown) you won’t have long to wait either!

Engine 1252cc, 150 bhp, liquid-cooled
Fuel take 25L
Weight 245kg (wet)
Seat height 890mm
Price £14,000

9. Yamaha Tracer 9 & Tracer 7

Tracer 9

One of Europe’s best-selling models has been redesigned to take Yamaha’s Tracer 9 not to the next level but, to the next generation of sports touring.

A new, stronger and lighter chassis brings with it sleek bodywork and enhanced ergonomics. Increased torque produces a quicker, sportier and versatile ride. In addition to this, the angle of the new and larger-capacity engine has been altered to give it a more upright position providing the front-end with better stability and power when riding solo, two-up, along twisty paths or exiting corners.

For those looking to travel longer distances you’ll be pleased to hear a 7% increase in luggage capacity and advanced rider aids have been added – including cruise control, lean sensitive traction, slide and brake control – to help instil confidence in the rider and highlight the bike’s capability. 

Playing a variety of roles from high-flying sports motorcycle to comfortable tourer, we think Yamaha’s Tracer 9 is set to be one of the leading ladies of 2021.

Engine 890cc, 117 hp, liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 18L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Weight 213kg (wet)
Seat height 810-825mm
Price (starting from) £12,199

Tracer 7

Whilst on the subject of Yamaha’s Tracers I thought I would give a quick mention to the 7. An aggressive face, truckloads of attitude, dynamic styling and a licence to thrill –are the things you need to know.

Moreover, with new features coming out its ears, be prepared for a riding position with comfort ergonomics, stronger torque to deliver a sportier performance and a compact, lightweight chassis that allows easier control.

If you can’t make your mind up between the two, you’ll be happy to hear that differences can be seen in the power, speed, weight and price.

Engine 689cc, 75hp, liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 17L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Weight 196kg (wet)
Seat height 840mm
Price £8,999,99

8. Aprilia RS660

For 2021, Aprilia have added to the excitement by creating a new breed in itself that’s full of new features and ready to ride the track.

However, not everything about this model is new, you may have seen this engine before because instead of revisiting the drawing board, Aprilia have been clever and taken inspiration from their ever-popular model the RSV4 and, essentially, used the front end of the 1100 with the same bores and strokes to pack as much power into the RS660 as possible.

Whatever combination they’ve used we don’t care because it’s sporty nature produces a 99 hp and we think it’s the perfect step up for any rider looking for something with more than a bit of go.

When it comes to the performance and spec, the RS660 has all the premium ingredients – cruise control, lean sensitive traction, cornering ABS, 5 riding modes and up/down quickshifter – to knock it out of the park and create an all-round people pleasing sportsbike. If that wasn’t enough, the icing on this middleweight machined cake is the level of comfort produced through its riding position and weight distribution.

Since it’s 2018 debut at EICMA, we’ve been eager for its arrival and now the time has finally come we can’t image it being anything but exciting! With all the features I’ve spoken about and more it looks like Aprilia’s RS660 gives you your money’s worth and more!

Engine 659cc, 99 hp, liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 18L
Weight Front and rear disc
Seat height 183kg (wet)
Price (starting from) 820mm
  £10,150

7. Kawasaki Versys 1000 S

Kawasaki are bridging the gap between their Versys 1000 base model and the SE with the 1000 S. With a much higher spec coming as standard, the S version is a step in the right direction for anyone looking to update their adventure tourer of old or simply add to their collection.

Whilst the Versys range has always offered riders a solid performance, the 2021 1000 S steps up to the plate with that and more. Get ready to see extra bling including improved riding modes, full-colour TFT dash, LED cornering lights, adjustable screen, cruise control, traction control and Kawasaki’s own cornering management function.

If that isn’t impressive enough then wait until you hear this. Through the very special use of self-healing paint, Kawasaki have created a formula to remove any light scuffs or marks. This very clever technology is based around a ‘trampoline effect’ which basically means that the semi-liquid molecules in the highly durable paint work to change the appearance and remove any moderate damage – impressed yet?

At just under £13K, the Versys 1000 S is nearly 2 grand more expensive than the 2020 model, but even though it’s more heavily priced this year, considering what it is, who it’s coming from and the competition it’s up against we can’t say we’re surprised. 

Engine 1,043cc, 120 hp, liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 21L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Weight 255kg
Seat height 840mm
Price (starting from) £12,999

6. Yamaha MT-09 & MT-07

Our second joint placers, Yamaha’s MT-09 and MT-07.

MT-09

Improved from its past 2013 self, the redesign of the hyper naked MT-09 has lost weight and gained power, which is impressive as nowadays that’s quite hard to do without over-complicating things, but that is far from what Yamaha have done.

A newly refined 889cc engine is lighter, quicker and more efficient. Bare styling gives it a modern and minimalistic look and LED lights help to highlight its distinct and handsome face. Yamaha have also packed it full of features to help make it your perfect everyday riding partner, including TFT display, handlebar switches, grip heaters and lean sensitive rider aids.

But it’s the lightweight chassis which steals this show. Built from aluminium and offering better stability, the die-cast frame is 2.3kg lighter than previous. The wheels have even been targeted to shed a few pounds now weighing 700g less.

Engine 889cc,114.9 hp, liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 14L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Weight 189kg (wet)
Seat height 825mm
Price (starting from) £8,999

MT-07

Ranking #1 in its class since its release, and with over 125,000 units sold, it’s clear to see that the MT-07 is a very popular and value for money middleweight bike, and to ensure it keeps up with the competition, Yamaha are updating it for 2021.

You’ll see new standout features through distinct bodywork to highlight it’s hyper naked character, compact LED lighting for clearer visuals, EU5 compliant engine, 298mm dual front disc brakes for better stopping power and 15mm wider aluminium handlebars for a ‘bigger’ bike feel. To add to this, also included is LCD screen, switchgear controls, LED front and rear indicators and Michelin Road 5 tyres.

With slight differences between the two, the only thing left to ask is which MT would you rather ride?

Engine 680cc, 72.4 hp, liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 14L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Weight 184kg (wet)
Seat height 805mm
Price (starting from) £6,899

5. KTM 890 R

KTM are getting us even more excited for 2021, with everything else going on we didn’t think this was possible either, but with the release of their 890 R it really is!

The 890 R is going to be an updated version of their 890, even though this model was only released in 2020. However KTM have said that this was only ever supposed to be a stop gap and they’ve got to keep their customers happy, haven’t they? And what better way then improving a more than decent model?

With a few more bells and whistles, the 890 R features a bigger, Euro5 compliant engine, larger fairing to improve weather protection and slimmer lower fuel tanks to improve handling. In addition to this, you’ll see a quickshifter+, power assisted clutch, KAROO adventure tyres, advanced WP suspension, a lighter chassis, two-part seat and adjustable handlebars and screen all for added performance, comfort and off-road exploring.

Created to try and close the gap between a few of its contenders – the more ‘feline’ ones in particular – the 890 R is a real-world package ready to answer the phone when adventure calls.

Engine 889cc, 105 hp, liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 20L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Weight 196kg
Seat height 880mm
Price (starting from) £10,649

4. Royal Enfield Meteor

The announcement of this new city cruiser grabbed the attention of motorcyclists across the globe, and that wasn’t just because of its old-school charm, modern day styling and tech.

With a brand reputation like Royal Enfield, we couldn’t believe the news when we heard this bike would cost less than £4k – yes, you’re reading this right! Housing an all-new air and oil cooled 349cc engine, producing over 20hp, Royal Enfield continue to impress by also giving new owners complete peace of mind with 3-year roadside cover plus 3-year unlimited milage warranty!

On top of all this, features such a stronger yet lighter chassis, LCD display and Tripper navigation system powered by Google Maps are making this shooting star shine even brighter.

Royal Enfield have created a pocket friendly machine that’s tremendous value for money!

Engine 349cc, 20.2 bhp, air and oil-cooled
Fuel tank 15L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Weight 191kg
Seat height 765mm
Price (starting from) £3,749 (the Fireball), £3,829 (the Stellar) & £3,909 (the Supernova)

3. Triumph Trident 660

Triumph have hit the market with their new Trident 660 and to say it’s a breath of fresh air is an understatement. Triumph haven’t overcomplicated things, through the minimalistic design, versatile engine and easy handling of the 660 they’ve done what they do best and created a simple and engaging two-wheeler that all riders will love!

Standout features on this already standout bike include the agile and precise handling from its lightweight design, relaxed riding ergonomics and riding position all heling to spur the rider on and grow their confidence. Alongside this, the distinct, intoxicating, hair-raising growl from its triple engine that, through the perfect balance of low-down torque and high-end power, creates a powerful and responsive ride.

Also expect to see ABS, TFT display, LED lights, road and rain riding modes, traction control, a slim tank to help with control and 805mm seat for those smaller riders. All of this and more are only continuing to make it more of a fruity choice for those commuters or new A2 riders.

Leading the pack, Triumph’s Trident 660 is an attractive, naked, entry level machine that’s cheap to own whilst still being well-equipped, full of punch and style.

Engine 660cc, 46 bhp, liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 14L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Weight 189kg
Seat height 805mm
Price (starting from) £7,195

2. Ducati Multistrada V4 S

Is it just us or does it feel like we’ve had to wait yonks for the Multistrada V4 S’s release? And adding to that, the frustrations of Ducati staying rather reserved throughout! It feels like they had the ‘treat them mean and keep them keen’ strategy in mind, but whatever it was it worked because we’re all slightly losing our minds over this model.

Ducati have combined a mixture of functionality, Italian styling and innovation – adaptive cruise control, lean sensitive ABS and Skyhook suspension – to create an improved, compact and intense beast. It seems Ducati didn’t want to stop there either, instead aiming to make history seeing as this is the first in its class to feature radar cruise control technology and their first non-Desmo Ducati since 1978.

Overall, the Strada V4 is a highly accomplished, market-leading marvel and priced at just under £20k, with that spec, technology, badge and being new for 2021, I’m not surprised it’s got such a high price tag – it’s a desirable model that’s definitely earned its place on this list! 

Engine 1,158cc, 170 hp,liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 22L
Brakes Front and read disc
Weight 840-860mm 218kg
eat height 840-860mm
Price (starting from) £19,995

1. BMW M 1000 RR

Developed for the track but ready for the road, BMW are cranking up the temperature with their first M 1000 RR model.

And here are the things you need to know: the four-cylinder engine produces more torque, peak power, speed and 4kW more than the RR. A new rear axle provides quicker rear wheel changes, and a longer wheelbase allows for a comfortable ride. Carbon parts, wheels and classic colours provide a sportier overall look and aerodynamic winglets and a high windscreen boost the feeling of speed further whilst also making it feel stable.  

It may be the most expensive option on our list, but it’s got the badge, spec, tech and reputation so we can’t question the £30K+ price tag too much. What we can say is that it’s clear to see BMW’s M 1000 RR has been built with a soul purpose to win hearts and raise to the challenge of matching its competitors. You’ll have to let us know what you think but for today it’s taking the spotlight and driving away with the crown.

Engine 999cc, 212 hp, water/oil-cooled
Fuel tank 16.5L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Weight 170kg
Seat height 832mm
Price (starting from) £30,935

There we have it, our top 10 new motorcycles for the new year! What do you think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below now!

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