These days, it’s not at all uncommon to hear the roar of a motorcycle on American streets and highways, but this wasn’t always so. The now famous ride debuted during the 19th century as a more economical and convenient way to get from here to there. It was faster than traveling by foot or public transport, yet not as expensive as owning a full fledged car, so most in other countries people saw it as a neatly packaged compromise. When motorcycles came to the States, they were steam powered, just like early cars.
Some key innovations from industry veterans including Daimler-Maybach and Excelsior Motor Company not only improved the design of the motorcycle, but upgraded its style and flair as well. Post World War II the ride started gaining its rough and tough image, and Harley-Davidson was one of just two American manufacturers of motorcycles. The Harley is still an ever-popular favorite, but Japanese manufacturers dominate the market now and have brought new technology to motorcycle production and design. For the 2017 model year, some exciting additions will hit the scene.
Here are 10 of the most highly anticipated motorcycles coming out in 2017.
1. 2017 KTM Super Duke GT – $19,500
One of the most smartly designed motorcycles to premiere in 2017 is the KTM Super Duke GT. This sport touring bike packs plenty of speed, but it’s also fairly easy to ride. It definitely looks different from your typical sportbike, plus it has tons of features that make it a great buy including heated grips, a true handlebar rather than clip ons, cruise control, and a comfy passenger seat. In addition, the 2017 KTM Super Duke GT comes equipped with a quick shifter, traction control, and has an engine that produces 173 hp.
2. 2017 Honda CRF450R – $16,250
Honda’s latest iteration of the CRF450R comes with improved handling, greater power, and more standout features than ever. This is a fitting way to continue the line, which is entering its 15th year of production. Admirers of the model will be pleased to see how Honda has revamped it inside and out.
3. 2017 Kawasaki KX250F – $7,749
The Kawasaki KX250F is another ride that will come on the scene with a ton of changes, all of which make it a better ride. It’s not only lighter, but speedier and easy to handle. A better chassis and suspension, increased ergonomics, and superior power are just a few selling points of this model. The lime green gem will be equipped with a four-stroke single cylinder water cooled engine.
4. 2017 Yamaha FZ-10 – $12,999
This one of the most anticipated naked motorcycles of 2017, and will essentially be a tweaked version of the YZF-R1. If you wanted to, you could enjoy a relaxed ride on this bike. However, the FZ-10 is powerful and its look, feel, and racing heritage may tempt you to put it to the test. In addition to containing the latest cross-plane crankshaft engine from the brand, this bike will have an awesome slipper clutch, redesigned stainless steel exhaust, and titanium muffler.
5. 2017 Honda CRF450RX – $16,500
The Honda CRF450RX is a brand new bike, and the hype over it has been going strong since off-roading icon Johnny Campbell made a surprise appearance with it during the company’s media presentation to unveil another model. This is the bike to watch out for if you’re looking for an off-roader with powerful, performance geared features and a great design. It’s especially well suited for competitive riding.
6. 2017 Yamaha SCR950 – $8,699
One of the motorcycles that enthusiasts have been waiting for is the Yamaha SCR950. In addition to its attractive price, the street bike will have a four-stroke V-twin engine with four valves per cylinder. It will be available in two great looking color schemes: Rapid Red and Charcoal Silver. The hidden storage area, comfortable seat, and retro styling on this model are simply icing on the cake.
7. 2017 Suzuki SV650 – $6,999
Suzuki’s storied SV650 is back, this time with a style upgrade and some key updates that make it a good performer. Rather than go the way of flamboyance with this model in 2017, Suzuki has instead opted for a more classic design that will surely have wider appeal. The new SV650 is a V-twin that’s set to be a joy for just about any rider, and Suzuki is hoping to return the model to its former greatness.
8. 2017 BMW R1200GS Adventure Triple Black – $18,600
There are motorcycles with smooth style, and then there’s BMW’s special edition Triple Black bike. This iteration of the R1200GS Adventure is cravable in every way, and the tech incorporated into its design is top notch. Of course, quality is a given with the BMW name, and this luxury ride is going to turn heads once it starts hitting the streets.
9. 2017 Kawasaki Z125 Pro – $2,999
Among the most affordable motorcycles coming out in 2017 that still manages to maintain a big dose of style, performance, and quality is the Kawasaki Z125 Pro. The sub-$3,000 price point is one of the most notable things about the bike — you’ll be hard pressed to find a better deal if you’re fine with getting a smaller ride. Aside from its price tag, this mini-bike provides a ton of fun and has some nice features, such as its LCD dash with a slew of handy indicators. The engine runs smoothly, the clutch pull is light, and riders won’t be able to help but have a good time with it.
10. 2017 Moto Guzzi MGX-21 – $21,990
The new Moto Guzzi MGX-21 is a bold head turner, but don’t be fooled by its looks — it’s definitely a bagger, not a sport tourer. Whatever you want to label this bike, it performs like a dream and has engineering and style that are worth every penny of its price tag. From its Dunlop tires to its striking red premium calipers, there’s very little not to love about this upcoming model.