2017: Our Top 5 Most Anticipated Motorcycles!
Top Motorcycles 2017 – What We’re Looking Forward To!
Updated August 17, 2018
2017 is upon us, and thanks to the quality of last year’s big trade shows, we’ve got a lot to look forward to. There are plenty of new and exciting models to keep us interested over the next twelve months, but a fair few of them are a cut above the rest. To keep things logical, we’re going to omit some of the more bank-balance destroying unreachables like the Ducati Superleggera or the track only specials from Yamaha, Kawasaki and BMW. So, without further ado, here are most anticipated models for 2017…that the vast majority of us mere mortals can actually look forward to owning – or test riding at the very least!
- 2017 Honda CBR1000RR
Honda’s all-new CBR might not be the most daring of the new selection of liter class sports bikes coming in 2017, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been waiting for it with baited breath. Boasting a comprehensive electronics package that comes with ride-by-wire throttle, a clever five axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) that powers an upgraded traction control system, wheelie control and angle sensitive slide control, a full suite of selectable power modes, adjustable engine braking, and a bi-directional quickshifter, the 2017 CBR is quite impressive.
The suspension duties are handled by Showa’s Big Piston forks up front and a Balance Free rear shock. The brakes are Tokico units, and a sophisticated ABS is available – there should be a non-ABS version for the US market, but we’ll have to wait and see for full confirmation on that one.
The engine isn’t as powerful as we were hoping, but the CBR’s lower 189 hp rating is complimented by an equally lower weight, sitting at 435 lbs wet. It’s still behind the S1000RR, ZX-10R, and R1 in terms of power, but Honda hope that their more well-rounded product appeal to a wider audience. Oh yeah, it’s got a titanium gas tank too…
- 2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke R
If you had to choose one bike to tackle a multitude of tasks, you’d be a fool for not considering the KTM 1290 Super Duke R. As far as streetfighters go, the Super Duke R has to be one of our favorites – and the 2017 model is particularly fearsome. The cosmetic upgrades are all well and good, but the new hardware is pretty impressive. For a start, the power has been upped to 177 hp thanks to new titanium inlet valves, new intakes, revised cylinder heads and a new compression ratio. The suspension has been re-jigged to compliment the sportier set up – the WP USD forks come with stiffer springs and separate dampening circuits – and the handlebars are wider and lower for more control.
KTM have also given the 1290 Super Duke R some optional extras, such as a Track Pack and a Performance Pack…for an additional cost of course. However, there’s a load of goodies that come as standard, including cornering ABS, cruise control, a keyless ignition…and Metzeler M7RR rubber as standard.
- 2017 Kawasaki Z900
“See you later Z800,” because Kawasaki have unleashed their Z900 on the world. Boasting sharp angular bodywork and a new trellis frame, the Z900 is a pretty potent package. The 948cc inline four engine is actually a revised version of the Z1000 power plant, rather than a reworked version of the old Z800 unit, and it boasts a more-than-capable 124 hp.
The USD style front fork suspension comes with stepless rebound damping and adjustable preload, and the rear shock also has an adjustable preload setting too. The brakes are Nissin units, twinned with a comprehensive ABS system that comes as standard. Other cool features include Kawasaki’s Assist & Slipper clutch, and a new 525 chain.
Kawasaki have claimed that the Z900 weighs in at 460 lbs without ABS, which might be a little heavier than we expected – but we think that the altogether the Z900 will be a pretty nimble package.
- 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6
Yamaha really milked this unveiling for all it was worth at the trade shows in 2016…but it was worth the wait. For many riders, this will be the bike for 2017, and trust us when we say: you won’t be disappointed. The R6 is now more “R1” than ever, boasting cutting edge aerodynamics, an electronics package that will make your head spin, full on R1 suspension, and a very sexy look.
There’s plenty to say about the R6, but for the sake of keeping things short: the new aerodynamics reduce drag by up to 8%, the traction control is off the hook and boasts six levels of play – including a very handy “off” switch, three ride-by-wire throttle control modes, KYB suspension and Nissin brakes. A quickshifter is available as an optional extra, but only with a single direction…namely the “upshift” only.
But if you want even more… then there’s a special Super Sport edition too, for die hard track racers. That boasts Ohlins suspension, Brembo brakes and an Akrapovic EVO titanium exhaust system.
- 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000
Where do we start with the new breed of GSX-R1000? First off, we’ve been waiting a long time to see this kind of advancement from Suzuki, but boy, they didn’t disappoint. Not only did we get the long awaited GSX-R1000 upgrade…we also got treated with the sensational GSX-R1000R version too. Although we’re going to keep our eyes fixed on the standard GSX-R1000 model for this mention, the extra-R version has all of the same goodies and more, in case you’re interested, give this a read for the ins and outs.
The 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000 comes with an all-new 998.8cc engine; redesigned (almost) from top to bottom, the engine now boasts new pistons, pins and rings, titanium valves and new cam shafts – it’s even got a sleeker profile than it’s ancestors, promising improved cornering ergonomics and front end feel. Despite all that, it’s the new Varial Valve Timing that’s got everyone talking. It’s a purely mechanical system than gives the GSX-R a significant top end boost – it’s a system that was developed on the MotoGP prototypes, and oh man, it works.
Suzuki haven’t fallen behind in any respect with their 2017 offering, and the GSX-R1000 comes with a multi axis IMU, top of the range electronics, Brembo brakes, and Showa suspension. And that’s why we’re dying to have a go on one.
Bonus: The 2017 Ducati SuperSport & SuperSport S
“The SuperSport isn’t a sports tourer or an entry level superbike. It is a unique bike in its own right, a versatile sportsbike from Ducati,” says Paolo Quattrino of Ducati. “The target customer for the SuperSport bike desires a good looking sportsbike that is fun to ride and can be used every day.” And it’s this kind of statement that piqued our interest. We’ll get to why in a minute – first, let’s look at some specs:
Both models are powered by the 937 Testastretta engine boasting a claimed 113 hp, top of the range riding aids from Ducati’s Safety Pack such as ABS and DTC, multiple riding modes, ride-by-wire throttle and everything else you’d expect from a Ducati. But it’s this versatility angle that gets us interested.
It’s a sports-orientated touring bike, but apart from the slightly more relaxed riding position and handlebar height, we’re not exactly sure what makes this a touring bike. But that’s exactly why we’re so desperate to give it a ride… There’s only so much understanding you can grasp from pictures, videos and endless marketing jargon. We need to get up close and personal with this one to see what it really is…