Aggressive yet agile, the S 1000 R has gone through a complete overhaul for 2021 – that includes a fancy new chassis, capable of bracing 165 horses and 84 lb-ft of torque punching from the refreshed S1000 RR’s inline four engine.
Naturally, this King of the Bavarians (one of the most advanced European-made motorcycles available and BMW’s first ‘M’ variant) beat the sibling S 1000 R to the punch. It still sports the 999cc four-cylinder engine from the S 1000 RR, but now sports a lighter package, rendering the 205 horsepower and 83 lb-ft of torque street legal…and totally bonkers.
Back in April, the new 2021 Suzuki Hayabusa sold out in just 3 short days – a record for the model, and one that was due to the list of updates for the machine. This year’s model is lighter and leaner – rendering it more than capable of tossing around the 188 horsepower and 110 lb-ft of torque (perhaps even better than before the machine was made compliant to Euro5, though the compliancy only shaved off a scant 5 bph and 5 Nm of torque.)
The Aprilia Tuono 600 is a mid-sized sportbike that takes its DNA directly from the new Aprilia RS660 and the Tuono V4. It’s sassy, it’s bristling with electronics and it’s got an impressive power-to-weight ratio to play with.
We’re told that the 2020 model made this list, not the 2021 – and with good reason. 2020 was when Honda changed the name of the machine from ‘CRF 1000’ to ‘CRF 1100’. That meant more punch with improved performance specs, as well as a new chassis boasting lighter weight and leaner body mass.
Designed to be Triumph’s most powerful Speed Triple EVER, the 1200RS was given more power and weight was shaved down an impressive 7kg, with new suspension rendering it a bit harder on the road, but no less fun to ride.
The MT-09 nicks the greyzone between ‘naked sportster’ and ‘streetfighter vibes’ precisely where the sweet spot of the market wants it. For 2021, Yamaha has blessed the MT-09 with a brand spankin’ new 890cc crossplane inline-three engine boasting a rough 117hp – and with the whole company gearing for ‘accessibility’ in the build, it’s no wonder the MT-09 is a crowd fave.
Certified as Triumph’s newest mid-displacement machine, the Trident 660 is the current entry-level bike to the Triumph famjam – and with that torquey 660cc inline-three engine capable of producing 78 horsepower and 49 lb-ft of torque, combined with a spartan aesthetic and epicurean level of tech and electronic modes, we’re not surprised to see the Trident in this lineup.
“If you want to go unnoticed, this bike is not the bike for you.”
Aprilia’s right. It’s a helluva bike with a helluva lot of techy stuff to keep the machine at the forefront of any list – and with the 659cc parallel twin engine purring out a very nice 100hp @ <10,000 RPM with torque sitting pretty at 50 ft-lbs @ 8,500 RPM, you’re guaranteed to jazz up that canary yellow for the weekend road trip with the mates, no problemo.
Again, we’ve got a redesigned beastie to contend with. The 2021 Ducati monster takes cues from the original Monster, with a completely redone chassis taking a bit of weight off to keep the bike at a dry weight of just 366 lbs (166 kg). Add the 937 cc liquid-cooled, Testastretta V2 engine to the mix and all of a sudden the forecast for the next few days shows a burst of torque….lots of it.
Think MT-09’s 890cc Triple, but in a sport-touring package, complete with quickshifter. The Yamaha Tracer 9 GT is rated at 115 HP and 69 lb-ft of torque, with most of the torque available in the lower to mid-range of the power band.
The article tells us that the Harley-Davidson Pan America was just one point shy of a tie for first place – and no wonder. It’s Harley’s first adventure bike, and it’s been making headlines with its purported smooth handling, signature sound, and quality build.