Best New Motorbikes Coming in 2022

With a new year comes a raft of new metal, so here’s a look at the motorcycles to look out for in 2022.

Honda continues to offer one of the most diverse ranges and in 2022 almost every model gets some kind of update. Marking three decades since the introduction of the original ‘Blade, Honda tweaks the latest CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP with revised intake ports, airbox and exhaust sections to deliver some extra mid-range. But it’s the limited edition Fireblade SP 30th Anniversary colour scheme that is the bigger news. It pays homage to the original ’92 bike and gives the superbike a gloriously retro look.

Meanwhile, a new ADV350 scooter apes the rugged adventure-inspired design of the larger X-ADV and uses a 330cc engine. With room for two full-face helmets under its seat and Honda’s latest onboard tech, the ADV350 is one of the more unusual and interesting scooters to emerge.

The NT1100 is another all-new model. Honda has dropped the engine from the Africa Twin into a tourer design. Other models including the CMX500 Rebel, GL1800 Gold Wing and Forza get new colour options for 2022.

At Triumph, an all-new Tiger 1200 spearheads a revitalised range. Its inline-triple has a smaller capacity than its predecessor and uses a T-place crank with an uneven firing order to produce a power output of 150hp. The GT Explorer and Rally Explorer get a 30-litre fuel cell making them direct rivals to the R1250 GS Adventure, while a 25kg weight reduction will improve handling.

The new Speed Triple 1200 RR is a stunning creation that blends retro styling with a modern twist featuring semi-active suspension, a five-inch digital instrument display and a host of rider aids.

Ducati is bulking out its adventure offering with a new Multistrada V2 that runs with the 937cc Testastretta engine. With a 113hp output and a reduced-power version for those on restricted licences, this junior Multistrada is sure to be a hit.

For a more full-bodied experience, the Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak squeezes in the 170hp Granturismo engine to produce the sportiest Multi to date. Lightweight Marchesini forged aluminium rims, new riding modes and Öhlins suspension will allow riders to extract new performance levels on road and track.

The GSX-S1000GT is Suzuki’s latest offering in the sports tourer segment and is an attractive alternative to the upright V-Strom 1050XT. Decent rider ergonomics allow for a sporty riding position without discomfort after a few hours in the saddle. A 6.5-inch display with phone connectivity should make touring even easier.

Two of the more exciting additions from BMW come at either end of its range, starting with the striking CE-04 electric scooter. Replacing the C-Evo and looking like something from the set of Blade Runner, the CE 04 has an 8.9kWh battery for a 130-kilometre range.

At the other end, the R 18 cruiser line expands with the Transcontinental and R18 B. The R 18 Transcontinental is Germany’s answer to the Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra, blending its thumping boxer twin with a full touring setup and larger fairings. Capitalising on the growing popularity of baggers, the R 18 B has a sleeker look with a decent fairing and panniers that owners can even fit out with a Marshall sound system.

Yamaha is giving the XSR900 a makeover for the new year, partly to ensure its engine meets the Euro5 standards. A lighter frame, longer swingarm and repositioned handlebars bring handling changes and should improve stability. The motor comes from the MT-09 and has a slight power increase along with a new exhaust system that’s said to give it a sweeter sound.

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