December 31, 2018 By Maynard Marcelo

12 New Bikes to Look Forward to in 2019

Out of the hundreds of new motorcycle models that were on display at the recently concluded 2018 EICMA show in Italy, we chose eleven bikes we believe are worth looking forward to in our local dealerships sometime in 2019. In alphabetical order:

 

1.BMW S1000RR

The current BMW S1000RR may still be a potent racetrack weapon but it’s also long overdue for a major update. The platform has been in continuous development since its launch in 2009 and major advancements in sportbike technology have finally caught up with the S1000RR. So for 2019, BMW finally announced its successor during the EICMA show in Milan, Italy. BMW hopes to reestablish itself as the benchmark for literbike performance so they started with a ground-up redesign. Their objective was to make the third generation S1000RR faster, lighter, and easier to ride, objectives BMW claim they were happy to achieve. I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

2. Ducati Panigale V4R

 

 

The Ducati Panigale V4 R debuted at the 2019 Ducati World Premiere and 76th EICMA held recently in Milan, Italy, and boy, it is an absolute beauty. Considered by many as one of the most visually stunning and technologically advanced bikes at the EICMA show this year, the hotly anticipated Panigale V4R has only one mission in life: to dominate in the World Superbike Championship. Boasting a class-leading 234 hp and 165.5 kg. dry weight (with racing kit), it just might. According to Ducati Manila, the V4R has an estimated price tag of PhP3M when it arrives by the middle of 2019.

 

3. Ducati Monster 821 Stealth

The Ducati Monster 821 Stealth is a return to its original form for the Monster. Its overall silhouette, tank and headlight shape remain true to the original lines of the bike born in 1993 while revisiting them with a modern flair. The fuel tank comes with a fastening hook, just like on the first Monster 900. The new stealth version features new graphics and the windshield: elements that give the new Monster 821 a unique and unmistakable character. Aside from having standard riding modes, ABS and traction control, the new Monster 821 includes adjustable fork and Ducati Quick Shift up/down, making it even more effective and enjoyable on the road.

 

4. Ducati Diavel 1260

Just when you thought that the days of the power cruisers were numbered, Ducati gave the Diavel a significant update. Now sporting the more powerful 159 hp Testastretta DVT 1262 engine, the new Diavel is not only muscular but also agile and effective between corners. Its muscular lines and a more imposing front end bring out the strong personality of the new Diavel, featuring a long, slender rear with a 240mm rear wheel. Its standard equipment are Riding Mode, ABS Cornering Evo Bosch, DTC Evo, DWC Evo, Cruise control, DPL Evo, Hands-Free, Backlit handlebar switches, 3.5″ TFT color display, Full LED lighting system, Self-cancelling turn indicators.

 

5. Ducati Multistrada 950S

The Ducati Skyhook System (DSS) is no longer exclusive to the top of the line
Multistrada 1260 S. For more comfort and versatility, the fully adjustable electronic suspension is now available in the Multistrada 950S. Aside from DSS, the Multistrada 950 S also gets Ducati Quick Shift up & down (DQS), full-LED headlight with Ducati Cornering Lights (DCL), 5" color TFT display, Hands Free system, Cruise Control and backlit handlebar controls. You can also order your 950S with lighter spoke wheels for more off-road ability. Its new styling also harmoniously combines the stylistic elements of the Multistrada family and interprets them to achieve a sleek, compact line.

 

6. Indian FTR 1200

The Indian FTR1200 was inspired by the championship-winning FTR750 flat tracker, but made for the street. The rear swingarm design and tank silhouette are just a few of the elements borrowed from the FTR750 race bike. A powerful liquid-cooled, 1203cc V-Twin engine with 120 horsepower and 85 ft-lbs of low-end torque delivers progressive, predictable power. A sporty riding position and compact size combine for a commanding, precise ride. The fuel tank was placed under the seat for improved handling and lower center of gravity. An inverted front suspension coupled with radially mounted dual 320mm Brembo brakes provides consistent and reliable stopping power. Other standard features include LED headlight and taillight, USB port and cruise control.

 

7. Italjet Dragster 125 / 200

Italjet scooters in the Philippines recently announced on their official Facebook page that they would be bringing in the 2019 Italjet 125 / 200 scooters. No official pricing (or date) has been announced yet, but expect the new Dragster to arrive sometime next year with a price tag of PhP200K. Unlike its 2-stroke predecessor, the 2019 Dragster 125 and 200 seen at this year’s EICMA show in Milan, Italy will be powered by a new liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, 4-valve single cylinder motor (125cc – 14.9 hp @ 10,000rpm, 200cc – 19.8hp @ 8,250rpm), probably sourced from Aprilia/Rotax. Similar to the original Dragster are the bold Italian styling, trellis frame and the front hub-center steering system.

 

8. Kawasaki Z400

Kawasaki finally unveiled in EICMA the naked version of the Ninja 400 entry- level sportbike: the Z400. Like the Z900, Z650 and Z125 models, the new Z400 uses a steel trellis frame for optimal rigidity and lightweight handling. The engine is rigid-mounted in the frame and is used as a stress member for better handling. Also carried over from the Ninja 400 is the 399cc parallel twin that produces 48.9 hp at 10000 rpm and 28 ft-lbs of torque at 8000 rpm, and is paired with a close-ratio six-speed transmission with a slipper clutch.

 

9. Moto Guzzi V85 TT

Moto Guzzi finally announced during the EICMA show in Milan Italy that the V85 TT will go into production in 2019. Nicknamed the V85 TT, the Tutto Terreno (Italian for All Terrain), will be powered by a new air-cooled 850cc 90-degree transverse v-twin hooked to a shaft drive. The V85TT should fill in the gap left by the now discontinued Stelvio and will feature riding modes, long travel suspension, digital instrument panel, a 5.5-gallon fuel tank, traction control, and ABS.

 

10. Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

After months of speculation, Royal Enfield finally debuts the Interceptor 650 (and its Cafe Racer twin, the Continental GT 650) during the EICMA show in Milan, Italy. These bikes were inspired by the original Interceptor produced by Royal Enfield in the 1960s. Powering the Interceptor 650 is a new air/oil-cooled twin cylinder motor mated to a 6-speed transmission. Like on the Himalayan, the chassis was developed in conjunction with Harris Performance to give the Interceptor 650 a responsive yet balanced handling. For the first time in a Royal Enfield bike, the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 come with standard anti-lock braking system.

 

11. Suzuki Katana 1000

The new Suzuki Katana 1000 pays homage to the original 1981 GSX1100S Katana, but underneath those fairings is actually a GSX-S1000F. The design is highlighted by the Metallic Mystic Silver paint with Katana lettering and logos that reproduce that 1981 model. Just like the GSX-S1000F, the 2020 Suzuki Katana 1000 arrives with an engine based on the GSX-R1000 K5 engine (2005-2008). The Katana version will be tuned for better street manners, including smoother throttle response and controlled acceleration. Still, we’ll be looking at a motor that produces 150 horsepower at 10,000 rpm, and 80 ft-lbs of torque at 9500 rpm.

 

12. Yamaha Tenere 700

The Yamaha Tenere 700 is the wildcard on this list because it’s actually not due for production until year 2020. Just to whet your appetite, the Tenere 700 as seen at the EICMA 2018 is an actual working prototype based on the Tenere 700 World Raid. The Tenere 700 is powered by a 689cc four-stroke CP2 (crossplane) parallel twin borrowed from the MT-07. The MT-07’s parallel twin, with its 270-degree firing order crossplane crankshaft, creates 50 ft-lbs of torque at 6500 rpm that should provide the ideal balance of performance and controllability. As an adventure bike, its excellent fuel economy should also contribute to the Tenere 700’s ability to cover long distances between fuel stops.

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