The 5 most radical motorcycles coming in 2020
2020 will see the population of Earth reach 8 billion, the tallest building completed, the colonization of Mars begun, and towards the end, we’ll have the United States presidential election. Amidst such exciting (and some not as much) events that’ll shape a new future, our world of motorcycling only keeps getting more exhilarating with new mind-altering machines on two wheels.
With avant-garde styling elements, ingenious technologies, and state-of-the-art equipment lists, these machines shatter the fabric of our imagination and show us an entirely new sight of motorcycling perceptions. Although all of these motorcycles might look like the futuristic concepts they can be, believe me when I say this, they are all production models for you and me to buy. (Well, not me for sure. I only make money enough to write about them. )
Italjet Dragster breaks cover with a radical naked design
With a patented design back in 97’, Italjet Moto became the only mass-produced scooter manufacturer to equip its products with a radical forkless front suspension and a spaceframe. The Italian marquee made the famous Dragster model from 1998 – 2003 and was sold on European shores.
Now, after 16 long years, the Italian manufacturer has come back with their rebooted Dragster models that’s become even more radical and made us go “Booh yeah... Now we talking”. Italjet themselves couldn’t hide their excitement – "We are not joking!" is what reads on their website.
BST shows its radical new electric motorcycle designed by Piere Terblanche - The HyperTek
So, there are days when you wake up and rub your eyes to clear out the haze and see things clearly. Well, this is one of those. The haze is not the water in my eyes, but this all-electric motorcycle that is calling itself the HyperTek.
A gorgeous sci-fi machine built by the famous carbon-wheel supplier – BST (Blackstone TEK), the HyperTek has been designed by Piere Terblanche who’s visions have given us multiple Ducatis, Cagivas, Moto Guzzis, and Confederates. This time though, Terblanche has consciously gone bonkers with his design, creating a robotic machine on two-wheels that reads out data on an integrated heads-up display in the bespoke helmet.
Ariel to showcase a striking new creation: The Ace Iron Horse
Sharing the fancy DNA of the Atoms’ and Nomads’, Ace has been Ariel’s bare-bone take on the two-wheeled world that saw the first daylights back in 2014. A completely customizable machine that could become just about anything; Low riding cruiser, street, naked, touring, or out and out sport. They sold for $25k a piece, and a few of them came onto our shores as well.
Five years later, Ariel is setting up the stage to unveil a (literally) shiny new model called the “Ace Iron Horse” at the upcoming Motorcycle Live show in Birmingham, England. Based on the existing Ace Muscle Cruiser, the Iron Horse is said to be a homage to the ’Black Ariel’ produced between 1926 and 1930 and will come with a price tag of around $40,000.
Aston Martin’s $120,000 Motorcycle: the AMB 001
Aston Martin, the British luxury carmaker tipped as the "coolest brand in the world" of automotive, has announced plans to turn itself into a freak motorcycle manufacturer at the ongoing EICMA, Milan 2019. Partnering in with another legendary British manufacturer, Brough Superior (currently based in France though), Aston brings in a limited edition, track-only, 180 hp hyperbike - the AMB 001. It couldn’t get any more James-Bond-ish.
Taking on extremely rich finery, this $120,000 machine showcases the best of British motoring. An amalgam of a futuristic, nearly anime-inspired aesthetics of Astons’ as we know, and the engineering prowess of Brough Superior, who once used to make the most expensive road-going motorcycles in the world last century.
The most expensive motorcycles currently in production
Let’s just say you’ve made it big out there in the world, bought a billion-dollar mansion somewhere along the coast or up in the mountains, and you have enough space to indulge with all sorts of gadgetry and machines.
But for that whiff of pure unadulterated freedom, you know you need one motorcycle that can truly make sense of all of that. An experience no other motorcycle could possibly give. Which one’s going to be your tool?
Here’s our way of spoiling you for choices. A list of those breathtaking machines on two wheels you could buy right now that are truly made for opulence, opportunities, and most vividly, to make a statement.
2019 Norton Breitling Sport
British bike builder Norton Motorcycles teams up with Swiss watchmaker Breitling to turn out the Commando 961-based Breitling Sport Limited Edition for 2019. The bespoke Breitling Sport LE carries a number of special touches from the famed watchmaker to set it apart from the base-model Commando 961, and naturally, the watchmaker produced a companion wrist piece that’s meant to compliment the bike. While this isn’t the first bike-watch pairing in history, far from it, but it may well be the most exclusive.
2018 Moto Guzzi V7 III Carbon
Moto Guzzi expands its third-generation V7 family with the new-in-2018 V7 III Carbon Dark and now adds the V7 III Carbon Shine. The Carbon straddles two worlds with design aspects that hail back to the original V7s while touching on the custom culture as well for an interesting blend of the nostalgic and the new. For power, the factory stuck with “the seven-fifty from Mandello” to drive the Carbon with 44 pounds of grunt on tap with a traction-control system and ABS brakes to aid the rider in maintaining control, just the kind of stuff you want for an entry-level ride. Manageable power with a solid pedigree and good looks to boot, the V7 III Carbon, in both its Dark and Shine versions, seems to have a lot to offer for under 10 grand.
2018 - 2019 Indian Motorcycle Roadmaster Elite
Indian Motorcycle offers the Roadmaster Elite as its flagship tourer with all the best gear and a custom finish. A full-on dresser, the “RE” brings long-range comfort and secure dry storage to the table along with a robust electronics suite that contains both safety and infotainment features. Real, hand-laid gold leaf makes each of the limited-edition models a one-of-a-kind machine with an extra element of exclusivity about it.
2018 - 2019 Ducati Panigale V4
Ducati continued its Panigale legacy in 2018 with the V4 base model and its variants, the V4 S and the V4 Speciale. Dramatic as it may sound, the V4 family may well be the finest streetbikes at their price points, and that’s not just clever sales prose, it’s the troofus roofus. It isn’t just about the raw power — 214 horsepower from the base model V4/V4 S and 226 horsepower from the Special — because the electronics suite is nearly beyond compare with an absolute alphabet soup of acronyms for all the engine/brake/chassis-control features. That performance comes bundled with a sexy superbike visage that looks fast even when sitting still, and all for $21,195 for the base model. This is a weapon of mass seduction that is drawing down on the general riding public rather than an elite (read: rich) few.
MV Agusta is making a limited run Dragster 800 RR PIRELLI
Two Italian brands, MV Agusta and Pirelli have become permanent partners where the latter was selected as the sole tire supplier for the Schiranna brand a year ago, and to celebrate this agreement, MV Agusta had made a limited edition version of the Brutale 800 RR called the “Brutale 800 RR PIRELLI”.
Now, the same two companies have released another limited edition collaboration, but this time, it will be the newly updated Dragster 800 RR that will receive the Pirelli touch. In a pure exclusive visual treat by the folks who make “Motorcycle Art”, the Dragster 800 RR PIRELLI gets new paint schemes that showcase the partnership with the decals and new wheels that stick to new tires.
Suzuki showcases its most lethal GSX-R1000R yet. It’s called the "Ryuyo"
Remember that special GSX-R 1000R with carbon-fiber fairing, top-spec exhaust, race-styled screen and lever guards we spoke about last week? Well, we thought that this was a limited edition affair to showcase Yoshimura’s involvement as the former’s official partner for the upcoming MotoGP season.
At least we were right about the limited edition part. What it is, is the Suzuki GSX-R1000R Ryuyo. It is a not so cheap, nor can be ridden on the street version of the “King of Sportsbike” that gets a bump in power to a crazy 212 hp while losing out a huge 77 pounds, courtesy - so much carbon-fiber.
Buildbase Suzuki team livery gets onto our GSX-R1000 for the streets
Exclusively made for the European customers, Suzuki GB unveiled a new livery on their flagship GSX-R1000 liter-class machine inspired by its Buildbase Suzuki team. The £19,999 ($25,800) machine will feature a numbered fuel tank, a number of Yoshimura components, and loads of genuine accessories and will be made to only 50 numbered units.
Suzuki’s new GSX-R1000 enters its second year of competition in British Superbikes in 2018 after taking a race win at Assen in the Netherlands last season. The bike also went on to win the Australian and MotoAmerica Superbike championships in the hands of Josh Waters and Toni Elias respectively, both Buildbase riders.
Royal Enfield sold 250 limited edition "Pegasus" in 178 seconds
During the World War II, Royal Enfield (“The Enfield Cycle Company Limited” then) was called upon by the British authorities to develop and manufacture military motorcycles. That was the birth of the Royal Enfield WD/RE series of motorcycles, also known as the "Flying Flea".
Conceived as a tribute this “Flying Flea” and Royal Enfield’s military heritage, Royal Enfield today launched a special limited run version of the Classic 500 called the “Pegasus” edition. With only 1000 units to be sold worldwide, the online bookings were opened for 250 of them last week in India and each one of them got sold out in under 3 minutes.
This Pepsi Suzuki GSX-R1000 GP Edition pays homage to the racestar of yesterday
A British Suzuki Motorcycle dealer from Swindon has commissioned a special GSX-R1000 Pepsi GP Edition. It pays homage to GP legend, Kevin Schwantz and his 1988 Pepsi-sponsored RGV500 that went on to win his 500GP title. The limited run motorcycle celebrates the 25th anniversary of this feat and the 30th anniversary of the Pepsi scheme on motorcycles.
Only 25 units of this special edition will be ever made, and each bike is numbered and bears the signature of the man himself along with the iconic number 34. Each one of them will come with a price tag of £13,999 ($19,500), $4,500 dearer than the GSX-R1000 ABS edition the bike it is originally based on.