2021’s Top 5 New Motorcycles
If nothing else, the year 2021 has given us a ton of great bikes. As 2022 approaches we’re taking a look at the top 5 new motorcycles we can’t wait to ride.
You might even see one of these bikes pop up in our fleet next year.
#5: Yamaha XSR900
We love Yamaha’s MT-09. So much, in fact, Alex actually owns one. The XSR900 takes all of the MT-09’s good ingredients and adds a welcome bit of flavor. Underneath the retro bodywork sits the very same 890cc CP3 with 117 horsepower and 68.6 lb-ft of torque that you would find in the MT.
Yes, the styling is old-school but the tech is anything but. Cornering ABS, Traction control, slide control, wheel lift control and a quickshifter all grace the XSR’s retro chassis.
Mix in a reasonable price tag of $9,999, and the XSR900 presents an overall hard to beat combination of value, style and performance. Nobody will be surprised if we have a video of Alex walking around this XSR900 in his garage next year.
#4: Husqvarna Norden 901
Adventure bikes have been on fire this year. From Harley-Davidson all the way to Ducati, everyone is flexing their off-road muscle these days. A few weeks ago, Husqvarna joined in on the fun with the new Norden 901.
The Norden packs a 889cc parallel-twin with 105 horsepower and 74 lb-ft of torque. The adjustable WP suspension has 8.5″ of travel, and at only 450lbs its a reasonably sized bike.
The Husky ADV also comes with Cornering ABS and Traction Control, as well as a quickshifter. Pricing has not yet been released on the Norden 901, but if this bike rides half as well as it looks it will probably be a winner.
#3: Yamaha MT-10
The Yamaha MT-10 is not all new, but the MT-10 SP is making an appearance in the U.S. market for the first time. For 2022, all MT-10s got upgrades such as a slight power bump up to 163 horsepower and 83 lb-ft of torque.
A quickshifter comes standard along with a new TFT and revisions to the airbox, exhaust and electronics. The top tier SP model also gets Ohlins suspension with semi-active damping. The cool SP accent colors don’t hurt either.
The standard MT-10 now starts at $13,999, but the upgrade to SP will cost $16,899.
#2: LiveWire ONE
LiveWire recently launched as its own brand under Harley-Davidson with the LiveWire ONE. Aside from a name change and subtle rebranding effort, the LiveWire ONE is pretty much no different from the previous Harley-Davidson LiveWire.
It still has 105 horsepower, still has 86 lb-ft of torque and it still claims 146 miles of range.
What earns the LiveWire a spot on this list is the $7,800 price drop that came with its name change. At $21,999 this is a far more appealing bike than it used to be. We always loved the LiveWire’s riding characteristics and build quality. Our primary complaint was the price. Now that the price is competitive with companies like Zero, we’re a lot more interested.
#1: Ducati DesertX
Few bikes have made us more excited than the brand new Ducati DesertX. 80’s Enduro styling with a 110 horsepower 937cc Testastretta L-twin underneath? What did we do to deserve such perfection?
The DesertX boasts 9″ of travel up front and 8.5″ in the rear plus a solid 9.8″ of ground clearance. The new Ducati also features Cornering ABS, Traction Control, Wheelie Control, 6 riding modes and a quickshifter.
It also happens to be one of the coolest looking bikes we have ever seen out of the box. Perhaps that’s why Ducati slapped us with a price tag of $16,795.
To learn more about our top 5 new motorcycles, check out the video linked above.