Top 5 new Streetfighters coming in 2020
Naked, lightweight and narrow. The perfect combination for the urban jungleby Sagar Patil, on
Our lifestyle for daily transportation in urban communities has given rise to street motorcycles that are lightweight and nimble for the concrete jungle. Being an agile handler while looking the part is how we need our commute through the asphalt.
This is our list of new machines we think can handle those demands better than any other. A motorcycle with an upright riding position, lacking plastic fairings for that narrow lane splitting ability and lightweight construction for the ease of flickability is what we are looking for, and here are our top five coming in hot for 2020:
That baby is Yamaha’s latest new addition to their naked lineup, ready to take on new riders into this segment. This is a stripped-down version of the YZF-R3 machine and runs on the similar liquid-cooled 321cc parallel-twin with 44 hp and 20 lb-ft of peak torque. The MT gets an upright riding position, outfitted with taller tubular bars rather than the R3’s clip-ons, LED lighting, LCD instrumentation, and more.
It carries over the same diamond-type tubular steel frame as the R3 but gets a KYB 37mm inverted fork and cast-aluminum triple clamp give the bike both a sportier look and feel. A two-pot, piston-and-anvil caliper bites a single, 298 mm front disc, and a one-pot caliper binds the 220 mm rear disc. ABS is standard on the MT-03. MSRP: $4,599.
Returning after a while, Ducati’s streetfighter program gets the Panigale V4 architecture sans the bodyworks but gets the alloy wheels, and an upright handlebar. It boasts of “biplane aerodynamic wings,” Showa suspension kits with a Sachs steering damper, Brembo Stylema brakes, TFT instrumentation, and LED lighting. The same 1,103cc Desmosedici Stradale V4 punches 208 hp at and 90 lb-ft of torque.
The up-spec V4S takes things more serious with Ducati’s electronic suspension units with Ohlins steering damper and Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 control system. It also gets forged aluminum Marchesini wheels. Both models get the updated Evo2 that include IMU-based electronics, riding modes, cornering ABS, traction control, wheelie control, Power launch, quickshifter, and Engine brake control. MSRP - Streetfighter V4: $19,995, Streetfighter V4 S: $23,995.
Broadening their supercharged lineup, Kawasaki has introduced their flagship “hypernaked” streetfighter, the Z H2. The machine harnesses Sugomi styling with minimalist bodywork, LED lighting, TFT instrumentation, Rideology Smartphone connectivity, and more. The supercharged 998cc in-line four is carried over by the original H2 that comes with a massive 230 hp, and the power is transmitted via the Dog-ring unit.
The lightweight trellis frame is tethered with Showa suspension components and Brembo monobloc calipers. Electronic rider aids include the advanced 6-axis IMU Traction Control, ABS, Launch Control, and a quick shifter with auto-blipper. The Genuine Accessories kit allows riders to get the right riding position and updated instrumentation with bank angle display, max bank angle, recording function, and boost indicator. MSRP: $17,000.
Topping the four-pot Brutale 1000 series, the Rush 1000 is a machine harking on the dragstrip inspirations of the Italian brand. Having carbon-fiber wheel cover, CNC-machined aluminum bits, and titanium components, this 410 lb machine has the best power to weight ratio of any naked superstreet. The 212 hp under the hood comes courtesy a 998cc mill and a bespoke SC-Project exhaust, Eldor ECU, Magnetti Marelli-Mikuni (upper-lower) injectors, and full Mikuni ride-by-wire tech festival.
This 2020 Brutale 1000 RR platform sees a tubular TIG-welded hand-built CrMo steel trellis frame that holds all this madness together with USD Öhlins EC units, electronic management, NIX EC fork, and a progressive EC TTX rear shock. Four-piston Brembo Stylema calipers handle the braking duties at the front while a two-piston Brembo caliper does it at the rear. Electronic rider aids include traction control, IMU-based Bosch cornering ABS with rear wheel-lift mitigation, launch control, cruise control, and an up/down quickshifter, and four-engine maps. MSRP: $32,000.
2020 BMW F 900 R
This is the Bavarian manufacturer’s latest additions to its naked streetfighter category and is powered by the same engine as the F 850 GS with the displacement bumped up to 895cc. The parallel-twin now produces 105 hp and 68 lb-ft of torque, sipping juice from an ultra-lightweight, plastic-welded fuel tank – the first in the industry.
Along with the engine, it also borrows the steel bridge frame and a new bolt-on steel rear frame. This is tethered with an upside-down 43mm telescopic fork and a fully adjustable shock. It features a 6.5-inch TFT screen with BMW Motorrad Connectivity and gets two riding modes, ABS and ASC, as standard. Also available as options are quickshifter, traction control, electronic suspension, cornering lights, keyless ignition, quickshifter, and an emergency call system. MSRP is $8,995.
The Bronx is the Milwaukee Brand’s entry into the hot streetfighter market and is powered by its brand new 60-degree V-twin Revolution Max motor that will displace 975cc to produce over 115 hp and 70 lb-ft of peak torque. Although it is not at a full production state, we know it’ll get a TFT instrumentation, LED lighting, and minimalistic angular bodywork.
The tubular steel frame is probably borrowed from the custom/roadster unit but gets an all-new swingarm setup to heighten handling experiences. Beefy USD forks and mono shocks will be handling the suspension while dual Brembo Monobloc radial calipers up front with massive 320 mm disks will halt the machine. Harley has collaborated with Michelin and Brembo to work on bespoke designs and setup for the Bronx that “combines sharp edges and softer curves.” MSRP: 15,000 (Est)