Look Forward to These New Bikes This Year
On the front of the engine, everything was not bad either. After the spring crisis, the industry quickly rebounded as an increasing number of people moved away from public transport and sought new forms of personal transport, including motorcycles and scooters. Sales of dirt bikes were off the charts as riders found that hitting the trail was a great way to be outdoors while social distancing. The other good news is that the year is coming to an end and we have more things to look forward to in 2021, including new bikes.
The Bimota KB4 has two things going for it: an incredible vintage look and the engine of one of my favorite bikes on the market. There’s just something about vintage racing fairing that does it for me. Worked on MV Agusta Superveloce, works on KB4. We have been waiting for the second Bimota bike for several months, and the Italian company recently confirmed that its retro racer will debut in spring 2021. We already know that the new model will use the 1,043 cc inline-four of the Kawasaki Ninja 1000.
Royal Enfield Meteor 350
After the launch was delayed several times, the company unveiled its new 350 in November. Not only that, but Enfield’s North American division has said the bike will go to the United States in 2021. What is so interesting about the meteorite? Well, first of all, it will be the first time that the bike manufacturer will sell a 350 in North America—so far we have a 400, two 500 and two 650. in addition, it runs on a new 350 engine instead of the one already sold in the smallest classic and bullet. Finally, the Meteor is also equipped with the first Enfield navigation system, one that we will probably see transferred to other models, including those already available here.
If you haven’t had a chance to try the Yamaha inline triple yet, I recommend doing it. Especially the 2021 version, as Yamaha has increased both displacement and output. The MT-09 already provided a raw form of fun when it rocked its 847cc engine-imagine how much more fun the new 890cc mill will be. The Yamaha MT-09 engine from 2021 now produces 117 horsepower and 68.6 lb-ft of torque for a bike that weighs just 417 pounds. The increase in power is enough to compensate for the hideous new sapphire design team adopted for the two mid-range MTs. The headlight of the LED projector is clearly inspired by the MT-03, but the layout between the “brackets” does not look very nice.
Husqvarna Norden 901
Unlike its Austrian counterpart, Husqvarna has been quiet this year. Apart from a few special edition dirt bikes, the Swedish subsidiary of Pierer Mobility has not revealed anything new in the range. It’s a pity because there is a bike that I have been looking forward to and that is the Norden 901. Husky unveiled the concept at the EICMA 2019 and due to the overwhelmingly positive response the bike received, the bike manufacturer decided to go ahead and realize the dream. A year after, however, and we are still waiting. Fortunately, it seems that we do not have to wait much longer, as the bike has recently been seen on the road, which suggests that we do not have to wait much longer.
Aprilia Tuareg 660
Aprilia also alluded to a blank version when it presented the Tuono 660 concept at EICMA 2019. Rumors now suggest that the half-liter tuono will be released in the spring. Tuono wasn’t the only clue Aprilia gave us about the direction the entry-level model would take. On the EICMA stage there was also a glass box, filled with tropical foliage, in which another bicycle was hidden. Between the leaves, an insignia was barely visible: Tuareg. The idea of a Tuareg 660 was enough to get the industry going again.
Although Aprilia has not yet confirmed the imminent arrival of the new bike, since then we have seen photos of the Tuareg roaming the streets, which means that whether the Italian company recognizes it or not, the project is under development. Considering how well the RS 660 has been received, combined with the fact that I’m an adventure bike lover, the Tuareg 660 fits right into my wheelhouse. While we don’t have the word Aprilia on this new bike, it’s hard not to be at least a little excited about it.