These Are The Top 10 New Motorcycles We’re Dying To Ride In 2020

New bikes that get our engines running.

Streetfigher V4
2020 Ducati Streetfigher V4.Ducati

2020 is shaping up to be a great year in motorcycling. From a middleweight Italian twin to fill the void in our hearts left by a fading supersport class; to non-cruisers from Harley-Davidson with engines measured in cubic centimeters; to a handful of high-tech, high-horsepower streetfighters that make us want to use exclamation points with abandon and bow at the altar of speed, 2020’s crop of new bikes proves there’s always something new under the sun. Break out your checkbooks, clear some room in your garage, and get ready for another great year in motorcycling.

2020 Aprilia RS 660

2020 Aprilia RS 660
The 2020 Aprilia RS 660 is sure to be a blast around a racetrack or your local twisties.Aprilia

May the saints of Noale be praised! Hail the middleweight trackday weapon sportbike fans have been pining for. After the prototype made waves at last year's EICMA show, we're thrilled to see the production RS 660 looks virtually identical. With peaky four-cylinder supersports getting left behind of late, there's a real market niche for a truly modern, lightweight, race-rep sportbike. Aprilia claims the RS 660's 270-degree parallel twin—basically the front half of an RSV4 1100 (one of the great motors of our time), some would say—produces around 100 hp. In a package that weighs a claimed 373 pounds, has modern electronics, and winglets, the RS 660 is a real standout.

2021 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP

CBR1000RR-R SP Fireblade
The 2021 Honda CBR1000RR-R SP Fireblade brings the Fireblade name to the US, along with high expectations.Honda

Way back in 1992, the CBR900RR galvanized the sportbike world, essentially becoming the first shot in the literbike wars that eventually led to the end of the 750cc superbike era. The original 'Blade cast a shadow so big that when the past few generations of CBRs have been released, they've seemed a bit conservative in comparison. Sportbike fans can't help but be a little disappointed that recent 'Blades haven't repeated history—and that they haven't been V-4s (but then they'd be RVFs or VFRs or something with an R and V, but not CBRs). The 2021 CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP finally gets the 'Blade name in the US and aims to be right on par with the European competition when it arrives to US dealerships in June 2020 with 214 hp and 83 pound-feet of torque (claimed European numbers) on tap. And it's dripping with trick tech like a MotoGP-spec 81mm bore, Öhlins S-EC suspension, Brembo Stylema brakes, and winglets. We're all wringing our hands over here.

2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America

Harley-Davidson Pan America
The 2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America is Harley’s first adventure bike. Anyone else itching to swing a leg over it?Harley-Davidson

Harley-Davidson's first foray into the ADV market should launch in late 2020. On paper, the Pan America's 60-degree, liquid-cooled 1,250cc Revolution Max engine sounds impressive with a claimed target of "more than" 145 hp and 90 pound-feet of torque. Harley also collaborated with Brembo and Michelin, so we're excited to see the fruits of that labor. The Pan America brings some literal meaning to The Motor Company's More Roads To Harley initiative—marketing images of the Pan America catching air off-road confirm those roads will be unpaved and less traveled.

2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R
The 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R is lighter and more powerful than ever.KTM

Any day we get wind of an updated 1290 Super Duke R is a good day. The 2020 model is lighter, more powerful, and more of a reason to check your rationality at the curb and grab big fistfuls of throttle whenever the urge arises. That beautiful new trellis frame, composite subframe, and minimalist bodywork give more to drool over than ever. Could the Aprilia Tuono be on shaky ground as the ultimate naked.

2020 KTM 390 Adventure

2020 KTM 390 Adventure
The 2020 KTM 390 Adventure joins the RC 390 and 390 Duke.KTM

The 390 Adventure rounds out KTM's stellar Adventure lineup, and promises to be not just a great bike to learn on, but one that offers an alternative in a category that's typically characterized by heavy and complex motorcycles. The 390's single-cylinder motor and light weight make it a breath of fresh air. But it's no bare-bones econo-bike either. It features adjustable suspension and a TFT dash because everyone—beginners included—wants the goods.

2020 Ducati Streetfighter V4

2020 Ducati Streetfighter V4
The 2020 Ducati Streetfighter V4 and V4 S. A stripped-down Panigale V4 for the streets.Ducati

Desmosedici Stradale engine tuned for the street, biplane wings, super-aggressive styling: the Ducati Streetfighter is reborn. Revised gear ratios mean that torque is improved in the lower rev range, giving you easy access to warp-speed acceleration at a more streetable rpm. If you love V-4s, Ducatis, Italian styling, and handlebars, this should make you very, very excited. Heck, if you have ears, eyes, and a pulse, this should make you excited. Someone pour the Sangiovese (post-ride, of course)—the Streetfighter V4 is here.

2020 Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports SE

2020 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports SE
Honda has made some clever updates and upgrades on the new 2020 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports SE.Honda

When the new Africa Twin launched in 2016, it quickly became a staple in the ADV world, and we've logged a fair few miles on the AT since then. For 2020, the AT's displacement bump may steal the headlines, but for anyone who's spent significant time on the Honda knows, it's changes elsewhere that could really bring the AT to the next level.

For 2020, the top-line Adventure Sports model becomes the more road-biased model, at least in terms of specs (taller windscreen, etc.), and has the same seat height as the base model. A revised frame, a beautiful touchscreen dash, a new electronics package, and cruise control (at last!) make us very excited to go exploring on Honda's new ADV. This could be the AT we've been hoping for—or is it just me?

2021 Harley-Davidson Bronx

Bronx roadster
The Harley-Davidson Bronx roadster is an intriguing package that, like the Pan America, represents a new path for The Motor Company.Harley-Davidson

Like the Pan America, the Bronx is expected to land in dealerships late in 2020. It too has a Revolution Max engine, but a smaller capacity of 975cc, with a claimed target of more than 115 hp and 70 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers land in the sweet spot for road-going fun, so we're anticipating a lively motorcycle that hits a different niche than anything currently in the H-D lineup.

2020 BMW S 1000 XR

BMW S 1000 XR
BMW’s previous S 1000 XR was praised for its mix of performance and comfort. We expect the same to be true of the new model, which features ShiftCam variable valve timing.BMW

After last year's debut of the S 1000 RR superbike, we knew an adventure-sports version would shortly follow. BMW doesn't disappoint with the new S 1000 XR. BMW's stonking four-cylinder ShiftCam motor is present, revised for its intended use. We're really hoping it's less vibey than the previous XR but with more of the same attributes we loved in the original. With the new motor comes a new frame and less weight. BMW updated the electronics, and pretty much everything else, so we're excited to see where it's setting the bar for a predicted 2021 comparo between it, a new V-4 Ducati Multistrada, and a new KTM 1290 Super Adventure. Game on.

2020 Kawasaki Z H2

Z H2
A supercharged Z? Bring it on.Kawasaki

Debuting at this year's Tokyo Motor Show, the Kawasaki Z H2 is a naked spin-off of Kawasaki's H2 range of mean green supercharged machines. It joins naturally aspirated streetfighters like the Ducati Streetfighter V4, the MV Agusta Brutale 1000—which isn't on this list, but we're dying to ride it too—and the KTM 1290 Super Duke R. It's arguably the hottest category of motorcycle for 2020. If you think supercharging is cheating, the Z H2's claimed 527-pound curb weight and sub-200-hp rating means it's actually an underdog on the spec sheets. Although its claimed 101 pound-feet of torque is a standout number, don't you think?

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