Have you been wondering how much this year’s new models are going to cost?
We’ve been digging out all the gen and usefully sorting them into price categories so you can suss out exactly what new bike may best be for you…
Novice-friendly but 125cc+ machines have been growing in popularity in recent years and the class gets a further fillip for 2017 with a variety of newcomers to suit all tastes and wallets. For sports fans there’s Suzuki’s new GSX250R priced at £4299. The newcomer has all the styling of its bigger GSX-R superbike brothers but has less extreme ergonomics and is powered by an updated version of the 24bhp four-stroke parallel twin, which originally debuted in Suzuki’s Inazuma 250 roadster. And, if that’s not racy enough, there’s also the GSX250R ‘MotoGP’ (pictured above with the Ducati Superleggera) in the race team’s blue livery for £4399.
For fans of more upright, adventure-style machinery there’s BMW’s new ‘GS’ version of its G310 roadster, the G310GS. With the same 34bhp single cylinder engine it’s easy-going yet effective but now comes with full ‘mini-R1200GS’ styling. It’s priced at £4900 (or £610 more than the basic roadster version. While Kawasaki is also getting in on this new ‘mini-adventure’ bike class with its new Versys X-300 priced at £5149. Derived from the popular Ninja 300 sportster, the new Versys uses that bike’s parallel twin engine producing 39bhp but now in a full-sized, upright, adventure bike chassis complete with wire wheels and fairing. Oh, and 125s haven’t been completely ignored, either, with Italian marque Aprilia’s tempting new ‘naked’ version of its exotic, top-of-the-range RS4 125 sportster. The new Tuono 125 is based on the same rolling chassis but with an upright riding position and is priced at £4599.
If your budget stretches to £8000 there’s a bigger choice than ever of new machinery for 2017 – particularly if you’re after a novice or intermediate-friendly middleweight.
Kawasaki’s successor to its ER-6n, the virtually all-new Z650 roadster is the most affordable of the newcomers starting at £6099. It features a retuned (for more midrange torque) version of the familiar parallel twin in a new, much lighter chassis complete with updated bodywork and new clocks.
Kawasaki has also come up with a faired version, which similarly replaces the ER-6f. With the same, 67bhp rolling chassis but also a good-looking, ZX-10R-inspired fairing and more upright ergonomics the renamed Ninja 650 is a great all-rounder and is priced at £6349 (or £6549 for the race team liveried version).
If two cylinders isn’t enough for you, however, Suzuki’s updated and significantly improved version of its GSX-S750 four-cylinder roadster is to be available for a very reasonable £7599. Italian marque Ducati also have a new entry-level Monster – the newly Euro4 compliant Monster 797 – priced at £7895 (or £7995 if you want a white version).
Finally, fans of Yamaha’s punchy, distinctive, great fun and affordable, three-cylinder roadster, the MT-09 (pictured), will be interested to know that the new-for-2017 updated version, complete with new twin-beam LED headlamp, new seat and revised tail, now costs £7799.
Going by the wealth and variety of new models launched this year this price bracket looks set to be one of the most competitive of all in 2017. Arguably the most exciting of all of them could well be the updated version of the all-ready class-leading naked, Triumph’s Street Triple. Now 765cc (up from 675) there’s more power, updated looks and it now comes in three versions: the base Triumph Street Triple 765 S at £8000 plus uprated R (pictured) and RS versions, for which prices have yet to be announced.
But Triumph aren’t the only ones with new ‘intermediate’ nakeds. There’s a virtually all-new replacement for the popular Z800 roadster, the Kawasaki Z900, which boasts 123bhp from its smooth and impressive 940cc four-cylinder engine and is priced at £8249. While for the more retro-orientated, there’s the newly updated Moto Guzzi V7 III Special, which is now fully Euro 4 compliant and boasts a revised gearbox and other details. Prices for the four variants start at £8699.
But when it comes to retro twin cylinder roadsters, the current kings are undoubtedly Britain’s own Triumph, whose new Bonneville range has been expanded further for 2017. There’s the new, 900cc junior version to the Sixties roadster styled T120. The new Triumph Bonneville T100 is, arguably, one of the best of the whole range with great styling, a slightly softer engine, single disc up front and far more affordable £8500 price tag compared to its bigger brother. In addition there’s the new Triumph Street Cup, which is effectively a smaller, 900cc version of the café racer styled 1200 Thruxton. It’s priced at £8700. While the new Triumph Street Scrambler, complete with knobblies and off-road styling, sees a return of scrambler style to Triumph’s Bonneville range, this time in 900cc form and costing £8900.
Oh, and if none of those quite float your retro styled boat, Yamaha’s chief addition to its ‘sport heritage’ retro family, the oddly trail-styled version of its XV950 V-twin is called the Yamaha SCR950 and evokes memories of the classic 1970s XT500. It costs £8499.
Heading into five figures means we’re starting to enter into the realm of serious money – and with it, as you’d expect, some very serious machinery.
First up, though, promises to be one of the most fun bikes of the year. The new Ducati Scrambler ‘Desert Sled’ is the latest addition to the Italian’s firm’s successful ‘Scrambler’ novice-friendly, retro range and, boasting extended suspension, true off-road ability and 1970s-alike Yamaha XT500 styling to go with its 75bhp V-twin and idiot-proof manners looks set to be a big hit. Its priced £9395 (or £9495 in white).
It’s not the only new Scrambler for 2017, however. Also arriving soon is the Ducati Scrambler Café Racer, which kind of speaks for itself and will cost an identical £9395.
Yamaha have plenty of new offerings in this price band, too. The fully updated performance scooter, the Yamaha TMAX 500, will start at £9399, while there’s the new, limited edition, specially tricked-up, ‘café racer’ version of its 900cc three-cylinder retro, called the XSR900 Abarth, which has a tag of £9999. But last, though certainly not least, from Yamaha in 2017 is the hugely anticipated ‘little brother’ to the YZF-R1, the new supersport YZF-R6 (pictured) that will start at £10,999.
In a similar vein to the XSR and Scrambler, BMW’s two, new, mouth-watering variants of its popular, boxer-powered RNine-T retro roadster, will have plenty of appeal as well. The BMW RNIne-T ‘Pure’ is a bare bones version costing just £9990 (where the full-monty RNine-T is £12,200) while the RNine-T Racer is a café racer version, although still to a lower spec than the original and is priced at £10,775.
And if all that’s not enough the updated version of the hugely-popular Kawasaki Z1000SX sports tourer is set to cost an impressive £9999. Ducati’s new, lower spec, 959cc version (but still 123bhp) of its all-conquering 1200 Multistrada the Ducati Multistrada 950, starts at a tempting £10,995 (or nearly £6K less than its 1200S). The new, café racer version of H-D’s 1200 sportster, the truly scratchable Harley-Davidson 1200 Roadster, is priced at £9945 (or the same as the standard 1200 Custom) while arguably the most fashionable new Bonneville of all, the new, US style Triumph Bonneville Bobber, is priced at £10,500. Mouth-watering, the lot of ‘em.
No we’re REALLY getting into some serious bits of kit – but what bikes!
Headlining them all is not one, but TWO new Ducatis – first, its all-new, sports-tourer which uses the same, 120bhp+ V-twin from the Hypermotard. The Ducati Supersport 939 (pictured) starts at £11,495 while the higher spec S version complete with posh Ohlins suspension and more, starts at £12,795 (rising to £12,995 for the white version). On top of that there’s a new and more aggressive 150bhp Ducati 1200 Monster which returns to some of the spirit and style of the 1993 original but with all-new modern performance and electronics. It costs £11,495.
In addition, there’s also the new, eagerly-awaited, high spec version of Yamaha’s R1-based supernaked, the MT-10SP which is £13,399 (compared to £10,799 for the stocker) while, similarly, there’s also the new hotted up version of KTM’s super naked, the KTM 1290 Super Duke R, which is priced at £13,999.
Finally we reach the ‘blue riband’ category for machines priced over £14,000 and, again, 2017 looks set to be a bumper year, not just for the quantity and variety of new machines on offer – but also for the sheer quality of them.
The new S version of Ducati’s new 1200 Monster, the Ducati Monster 1200 S, complete with top-notch Ohlins suspension, Brembo brakes and more is, simply, as exotic, modern and performance-orientated as Monsters get yet still has more than a few echos of the classic original. It costs from £14,295. Moto Guzzi’s new range-topper, the gloriously styled MGX-21 ‘bagger’, has a £19,999 tag and there’s the updated BMW K1600GT, which is now priced, at £17,205.
In addition, there’s a whole new family of Harley tourers all powered by the American firm’s reworked and updated ‘Milwaukee-Eight’ V-twin engine. These include a new Road King Special at £19,995, a Street Glide starting at £20,695, the range-topping Ultra Limited (starting at £23,245) plus the new Freewheeler trike (priced at £23,295).
At the same time, though, Harley’s not having it all its own way as its new, upstart, US rival, Indian, has also updated its range-topping machines with an all-new, ultra-sophisticated touchscreen ‘infotainment’ system. The updated Indian Chieftain will cost £21,099 while the full-dress Indian Roadmaster is now £22,799.
But it’s in the category of superbikes that the very best and most exciting of 2017’s new machinery are to be found. Not only is there a hugely anticipated, all-new Honda Fireblade but it comes in three different specs, too. The ‘base’ Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade costs £15,225, the higher spec and more powerful Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP is £19,125 and a homologation spec WSB version, the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 is set to be released at an as yet unannounced price later this year.
If that isn’t enough, there’s the all-new Suzuki GSX-R1000R complete with variable valve timing priced at £16,099 (the base GSX-R1000 costs £13,249). While finally, who’d have thought, there’s an all-new Norton superbike, too. Powered by an in-house-developed, 1200cc V4 producing a claimed 200bhp, the Norton V4 RR (pictured) is due to be available before the end of the year priced £28,000, which is positively a bargain when you consider that Ducati's (already sold out) limited edition 1299 Superleggera is the year's most expensive bike at a tasty £72,000!
|Suzuki GSX250R||£4299 (£4399 in MotoGP livery)|
|Aprilia Tuono 125||£4599|
|Kawasaki Versys X-300||£5149|
|Kawasaki Ninja 650||£6349|
|Ducati Monster 797||£7895/£7995|
|Triumph Street Triple S||£8000|
|Moto Guzzi V7 III Special||£8699|
|Triumph Bonneville T100||£8500|
|Triumph Street Cup||£8700|
|Triumph Street Scrambler||£8900|
|Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled||£9395|
|Ducati Scrambler Café Racer||£9395|
|BMW R NineT Pure||£9990|
|Yamaha XSR900 Abarth||£9999|
|Triumph Bonneville Bobber||£10,500|
|BMW R NineT Racer||£10,775|
|Ducati Multistrada||£10,995/£11,195 white|
|Ducati SuperSport 939||£11,495 (S = £12,795/£12,995 white)|
|Ducati Monster 1200||£11,495|
|KTM 1290 Super Duke R||£13,999|
|Ducati Monster 1200S||£14,295/£14,495 grey|
|Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade||£15,225|
|Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP||£19,125|
|Harley-Davidson Road King Special||£19,995|
|Moto Guzzi MGX-21||£19,999|
|Harley-Davidson Street Glide||£20,695|
|Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited||£23,245|
|Ducati 1299 Superleggera||£72,000|