New Motorcycles In 2016

Date 11.4.2016

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Motorcycle Manufacturers Are Bending Over Backwards For The Cool Kids…Here’s what’s heading our way this year – 

Benelli Leoncino

The “Lion cub” is back on the prowl in the guise of a scrambler to take on the likes of Ducati’s namesake. The bike is a modern take on Benelli’s classic Leoncino, which is rooted in the Italian brand’s post-WWII history. Wire-spoke wheels, measuring 19 and 17 inches front and rear respectively, suggest some genuine scrambler performance might be behind the classic styling. Check out ‘The Lion of Pesaro’ ‘bonnet’ ornament. Hopefully the Leoncino has an engine to match its sweet styling.

Benelli Leoncino

VITALS: 500cc liquid-cooled parallel twin, 35kW at 8500rpm, 45Nm at 4500rpm, 170kg dry
PRICE: Expect under $10,000
DUE: Second half of 2016

Bimota Tesi 3D RaceCafe

Bimota’s ‘Tesi’ concept (two swingarms – one at the front and one at the rear) has been around for 33 years now but new for 2016 is a café racer-inspired makeover. Also following its established practice, the Bimota uses a Ducati engine – this time the 803cc V-twin from the Scrambler.

Among its other eccentricities, the Tesi 3D RaceCafe can be lowered or raised by 23mm via two eccentrics where the front and rear suspension systems are joined at the chassis.

Pricing is yet to be determined but here’s a clue: the cheapest Bimota currently available is $38,000 and the two current Tesi 3D bikes average out at $52,500.

Bimota Tesi 3D Cafe Racer

VITALS: 803cc air/oil-cooled V-twin, 55kW at 8250rpm, 68Nm at 5750rpm, 189kg (approx)
PRICE: Expect around $50,000
DUE: Mid-2016

Ducati Scrambler Sixty2

Just because you’re a learner doesn’t mean you have to miss out on style. Ducati’s Sixty2 Scrambler looks just like its bigger-engined siblings but is powered by a LAMS-friendly 399cc V-twin. It will come in three distinctive colours and features new graphics along with a slimline tank.

The Scrambler has been a major hit for Ducati, particularly in the US, and using a smaller engine will allow it to capture sales in the lucrative learner markets. Subtle differences in the Sixty2 include the use of a steel swingarm and conventional forks along with a lower seat height.

Ducati Scrambler Sixty2

VITALS: 399cc air/oil-cooled V-twin, 30.6kW at 8750rpm, 34.3Nm at 7750rpm, 183kg (dry)
PRICE: From $11,999
DUE: February 2016

Ducati Scrambler  Flat Track Pro

The 803cc model range of Ducati’s Scrambler has been expanded with the introduction of the Flat Track Pro. It’s a flat-tracker with numberplates on the sides, a new seat and the world’s smallest front mudguard.

The Flat Track Pro was inspired by the bike raced in 2015 by Troy Bayliss and comes with a smattering of parts from the options catalogue including CNC-machined ’pegs, master cylinder cover and sprocket cover. It also features aluminium mirrors and a small wind deflector.

Ducati Scrambler Flat Track Pro

VITALS: 803cc air/oil-cooled V-twin, 55kW at 8250rpm, 68Nm at 5750rpm, 189kg (wet)
PRICE: Around $15,000
DUE: February 2016

Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 concep

It’s unclear where the ‘701’ comes from in this bike’s nomenclature as the host engine is KTM’s 690 unit which, in fact, has a displacement of 653.7cc.

While it’s called a ‘concept’ bike, prototypes of it have been spied in action, suggesting it’s closer to production than Husqvarna is prepared to admit.

In Duke 690 form, the giant single-cylinder engine delivers sparkling performance so it’s a perfect match with the café racer styling of the Vitpilen and should be a hoot to ride. There’s also a LAMS-friendly 401 version in development which should be released around the same time.

Now under the ownership of KTM, Husqvarna is likely to use KTM’s experience as it develops more road-oriented models.

Husqvarna Vitpilen 701

VITALS: 653.7cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder, 46kW at 7500rpm, 65Nm at 6550rpm, 145kg (dry)
PRICE: From $15,000
DUE: 2017

SWM Silver Vase 440

SWM stands for ‘Speedy Working Motors’ which instantly suggests Chinese heritage but the company is actually Italian, and dates back to 1971. It specialised in off-road bikes (winning, at one stage, a world trials championship) until it went bust in 1984.

Where the Chinese actually figure in the story is in funding the SWM revival. The money comes from the giant Shineray conglomerate.

The Silver Vase 440 is a scrambler-style bike with a 19-inch front wheel and a dry weight of just 150kg. It’s powered by a 445cc single-cylinder engine which may be Shineray’s first foray into larger-capacity motorcycle engines.

The scrambler in in production now and will be distributed in Australia by Mojo Motorcycles.

SMW

VITALS: 445cc air/oil-cooled single cylinder, 26kW (estimated), 150kg (dry)
PRICE: Less than $10,000
DUE: First half of 2016

SWM Gran Milano 440

Along with its new scrambler, SWM is releasing a café racer named the Gran Milano 440. While it uses the same engine as the scrambler, café inspiration gives it a solo seat and stylish bodywork.

With Shineray funding, SWM acquired the complete Husqvarna manufacturing facility which allowed the resurrection of 300, 500 and 650cc engines. Given Shineray intends to market the Gran Milano 440 under its own brand in South East Asia, it’s likely the 445cc single is manufactured by Shineray itself which would account for the modest price in Europe and the US. Both the Gran Milano 440 and Silver Vase 440 will be learner-approved in Australia and the combination of Italian style and entry-level pricing should make them instantly popular.

SWM Gran Milano

VITALS: 445cc air/oil-cooled single cylinder, 26kW (estimated), 145kg (dry)
PRICE: Less than $10,000
DUE: First half of 2016

BMW R nineT Scrambler

BMW Motorrad has a history of privileging function over form reflecting the view widely held among riders that beauty is simply a by-product of functional design. These days, BMW pays more attention to how its bikes look and the R nineT Scrambler is a fine example. It lacks the technical innovations of other bikes in the BMW range but it wears its back-to-basics approach proudly.

Concessions to function include slightly extra suspension travel over the regular R nineT and a 19-inch front wheel, although it’s odd that cast-alloy wheels have been employed rather than the existing wire-spoked items. At least they’re an option.

A neat touch is a modular subframe that allows the owner to switch easily between solo and two-up configurations.

BMW R nineT

VITALS: 1170cc air/oil-cooled boxer twin, 81kW at 7550rpm, 119Nm at 6000rpm, 222kg (wet)
PRICE: Less than the $21,250 currently asked for the R nineT
DUE: Second half of 2016

Triumph Street Twin

Triumph has revitalised its Bonneville range with three new models for 2016: the Street Twin, the T120 and the T120 Black.

The Street Twin (pictured above) has a 900cc engine, minimalist styling and a very low seat height, broadening the appeal of the bike to women and armchair modifiers. More than 150 dealer-fit accessories are already available for the model and this is expected to grow significantly as owners go down the path of personalising their particular bike.

Triumph has done some of the hard design yards already with three ‘inspiration’ kits for the Street Twin: Scrambler, Brat Tracker and Urban. While the Street Twin is sparsely styled, it includes plenty of technology new for the Bonnie including ABS, traction control, ride-by-wire and a slip-assist clutch.

It’s the cheapest of the three road bikes and could easily become the best seller of the Bonneville range.

Triumph Bonneville

VITALS: 899cc liquid-cooled parallel twin, power output not available, 80Nm at 3200rpm
PRICE: $13,700 (approx)
DUE: February 2016

Triumph T120 (T120 Black)

While the external dimension of T120 engine are the same as those of the Street Twin, the bores are bigger, taking the capacity to 1199cc. This lifts torque to 105Nm at just 3100rpm. The T120 is the Bonneville you’ll want if you have a regular pillion. Much of the technology is shared with the Street Twin but the T120 gets two ride modes: Road and Rain. The level of standard equipment is higher as well with heated grips and traditional twin instruments. A neat styling touch is older, Amal-style carburettor bodies disguising the EFI.

A ‘Prestige’ inspiration kit is available to personalise your new T120 with a selection of goodies from the accessories catalogue. The T120 is available red and silver, black and white, jet black or cider red. The T120 Black is available in either jet black or matt graphite.

Triumph Street Twin and T120

VITALS: 1199cc liquid-cooled parallel twin, power output not available, 105Nm at 3100rpm
PRICE: $17,000 (approx)
DUE: April 2016

Triumph Thruxton (R)

The 2016 Thruxton is chalk and cheese compared with the bike it replaces. A healthy 112Nm of torque at 4950rpm is just the beginning. That’s more than 60 per cent up on the old model. While Triumph isn’t releasing power output figures (we’ll dyno the first one we can get our hands on!), it’s calling the Thruxton engine ‘low inertia – high performance’, highlighting a lighter crankshaft, higher compression and a more efficient airbox.

The Thruxton features a new chassis and suspension with a 17-inch front wheel. Standard equipment includes switchable ABS, ride-by-wire, traction control and three ride mode options: Rain, Road and Sport. The ‘R’ version ups the pace with twin floating Brembo discs, fully adjustable Showa forks, fully adjustable Ohlins twin rear shocks and Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa tyres. A factory performance kit is also available for the R with the promise of more power, more torque and lower overall weight.

Among the accessories available for the Thruxton is one of the prettiest fairings in the business along with all the bling you need to make the bike look a racer.

Triumph Thruxton R

VITALS: 1199cc liquid-cooled parallel twin, power output not available, 112Nm at 4950rpm
PRICE: $18,700 (R – $21,100)
DUE: May 2016 (R – April 2016)

Yamaha XS900

Like the convenience of modern technology but miss the great styling of the ’70s and ’80s? Yamaha has taken its popular MT-09 naked bike and dressed it up with influences from the Roland Sands ‘Faster Wasp’ concept bike. All the mechanicals are straight MT-09 (including ABS) but the bodywork minimises the plastic and makes a big deal about the metal parts. The tank covers are aluminium and the rest of the metal on the bike is exposed – even the alloy plate beneath the seat and the matching headlight bracket.

As is the custom now, Yamaha is encouraging owners to personalise their new XSR900 through a range of custom accessories.

Yamaha XS900

VITALS: 847cc liquid-cooled three-cylinder, 84.6kW at 10,800rpm, 87.5Nm at 8500rpm, 195kg (wet)
PRICE: From $12,999 (plus on-road costs)
DUE: First quarter 2016