It seems standard procedure for most news and feature articles relating to anything that happened over the last 12 months to acknowledge and perhaps blame COVID-19, and this is no different. However, with all the ups and downs affecting the motorcycle industry, its supply chains, sales, product development and grand unveils, there are still plenty of headline-making machines heading to a dealership near you in 2021. We just can’t be sure when we can ride them yet.
Usually by this point in the calendar you and I will have sat on or perhaps even ridden a few already. Oh, how we miss the regular EICMA, Intermot and Motorcycle Live shows.
Nevertheless, while we tread water in another lockdown there’s plenty of time to consolidate the budget, which must have surely been boosted over the last 10 months with the lack of opportunity to spend, and feast our eyes yet another bumper crop of shiny new metal.
While the wallet twitches at least you can pick over what catches your eye and which dealership you’ll be heading to as soon as the world is a bit safer. So, in alphabetical order by manufacturer including prices where known, here are your new motorcycles for 2021. This is what we know at the time of publishing and rest assured we’ll add to this list when other models are unveiled. For example, we are expecting further announcements from Suzuki and Triumph to add to the 120+ models and variants listed here:
RS660 – 98bhp, 660cc, parallel twin, a sack full of electronics and only 169kg dry weight. Should have been a 2020 model but was only in dealerships since December ’20. (Price £10,150). Read our full RS660 review here.
TUONO 660 – similar to the RS660 except 95bhp (for A2 compliance), shorter final gearing, bespoke suspension setting and different bars/yoke set-up. £9,700. Read more about the 2021 Tuono 660 spec here.
RSV4 – the biggest update in the ten years since it adopted V4 power sees the capacity increase from 1077cc to 1099cc courtesy of Euro 5 regulations, though peak power is unchanged. Revamped electronics mean six riding modes plus adjustable engine braking and a new TFT display. Brand new chassis, swingarm and fairings are also part of the model overhaul. More 2021 Aprilia RSV4 details here.
TUONO V4 – For the same Euro-5-related reason as many here, the Tuono V4 also gets an engine upgrade though not the extra capacity as the RSV4. A new tank and seat design go with an updated electronics pack (inc. TFT display) and exhaust as well as chassis changes with the swingarm. A Factory version offers Ohlins semi-active suspension. We have more 2021 Tuono V4 spec here.
M 1000 R – homologation special with 209bhp and 192kg ready-to-ride, aiming to give those racing in WSBK and BSB a fighting chance with race-inspired weight loss, aerodynamics and suspension. £30,935. Read about the full M 1000 R details here.
S 1000 R – Massively updated sporty naked. Lighter, more torque, new frame, new dash, styling enhancements plus masses of electronics based on 2019 RR. From £12,055. Find out more about the ore S 1000 R information.
G 310 R – The small single-cylinder bike gets a Euro-5 based upgrade plus new headlight, indicators, slip and assist clutch and paint options too. From £4875. There’s more G 310 R information here.
G 310 GS – And its 34bhp chunkier, more adventurous brother has exactly the upgrades as the R. From £5435. Read on for more G 310GS details.
R 1250 RT – Cruising in comfort just got more electronically assisted with a raft of rider aid upgrades plus a huge TFT display and optional radar-style dynamic cruise control. From £15,820. Full R 1250 RT spec.
R nine T range – the four models in the 2021 range (base model, Pure, Scrambler and Urban G/S) all receive engine upgrades to meet Euro 5 while there are several electronic and cosmetic tweaks on offer too, but there’ll be no more Racer model. From £10,850. More 2021 R nineT range details.
R 18 Classic – using the same 1802cc boxer twin as the R18, this touring-oriented version of the big R18 cruiser has quite the traditional, retro appearance and is loaded with extra kit, plus a smaller and wider front wheel. From £20,980. Read more about the R18 Classic spec.
R 1250 GS (and GS A) 40th Anniversary – New colours and Euro 5 updated engine plus a handful of technical enhancements. From £15,695. For more information about the R1250GS 40th anniversary click here.
Hero 250 – single-cylinder, scrambler-style 250ccc with 18” front and 17” rear plus a 6-speed ‘box and three colour options. £3999
700 CL-X – Originally expected in 2020, the Chinese manufacturer brings its first modern retro-styled bike in three forms to the public by the middle of May 2021: Adventure, Sport and Heritage. 692.2cc parallel twin offers 74bhp and the models have an approximate wet weight of 200kg with some fine components and styling to boot. Further 700 CL-X range details are here.
300SR – a 292cc single-cylinder lightweight sports bike making around 29bhp is coming to our shores in two colour options by April. Price TBC
Multistrada V4, V4S and V4 Sport – 170bhp, V4-powered hi-tech Italian weapon available in three guises but does away with Desmodromic valve gear. Includes radar-assisted cruise control and has been described by our road tester as “the best Ducati ever”. From £15,665 / £18,565 / £20,165 respectively, they should all be in dealerships now. Read our full Multistrada V4 review (including video).
Diavel 1260 Lamborghini – limited edition (630, based on Lambo’s foundation in 1963) based on the existing Diavel 1260 S but with glamorous paintwork and lots of carbon parts. £27,795. See more pics and information on the Diavel 1260 Lamborghini.
Panigale V4 SP – Cross between the V4 S and the V4 R with unique paintwork and carbon-fibre wheels among its tweaks. Uses a Euro 5-compliant 1103cc (214hp) and weighs 173kg dry. Each is numbered. £32,295. Check out all the Panigale V4SP details.
Monster – a completely new model that doesn’t even include numbers in its title. A new non-trellis frame houses the existing 937cc engine, though in Euro 5 form, which makes 111hp. Weighing just 188kg wet and ready to roll, with a ‘+’ version that comes with a screen and pillion seat cover. £10,295, available from April 2021. See the full 2021 Monster spec.
SuperSport 950 – plenty of cosmetic changes to the existing model include a redesigned seat and new TFT dash, plus an engine upgrade seeing the 110hp 937cc Testastretta in Euro 5 form. A six-axis IMU offers plenty of rider aids too. £12,295. Here’s the full SuperSport 950 information.
XDiavel Dark / S / Black Star – revamped range contains three versions of the power cruiser each using the same updated (Euro 5) 1262cc motor but with a little more power. £16,995 / £20,695 / £21,295, in shops now. More details on the new XDiavel range.
Scrambler Nightshift – new addition to the Scrambler range that replaces Café Racer and Full Throttle with straight narrow bars and wire wheels. £9,595 and available now. All the Scrambler range details are here.
Desert Sled – updated version of the tallest and most off-road capable Scrambler, with new colours, gold wheels and anti-slip seat material. £9995, available now. Read more about the new Desert Sled here.
Ego+ / Eva Ribelle / EsseEsse9 – the full three bike range all get an RS spec upgrade with remapped electronics, a stronger charger and RS graphics. €24,149 / €22,943 / €20,894. Further details on the 2021 Energica range here.
Caballero 125/500 – the 125cc and 500cc variants across the range receive the necessary Euro-5 mechanical updates but the 250cc version won’t. Price start at £4,899.
Bronx – was going to be a 2020 bike but now a 2021 machine. Powered by a 975cc version of the new ‘Revolution Max’ motor, the middleweight streetfighter is said to make more than 113bhp. Price tbc. Full details are to be announced on a livestream on 19th January.
Pan America – A brand new 1250cc v-twin adventure bike claiming 150bhp and variable valve timing (VVT), the Pan America is about a far from a typical Harley-Davidson as you can get. Starting at £14,000, this bike is aimed squarely at the R1250GS, but only time will tell if the American brand have a winner on their hands. Read our full release of the 2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America, including loads of images, here.
CVO range - Street Glide, Road Glide, Limited and Tri Glide all use the 117 engine but the Street Glide and Road Glide receive the new 'Stage 2' Rockford Fosgate stereo plus new colour options. The Road Glide also gets new wheels plus revised instruments and panniers. The CVO Limited also has updated instruments. Read more about the CVO updates here.
Softail range - the Street Bob 114 gets the 114 engine while the Fat Boy has had a styling makeover. Performance accessories include Stage III kits for the 107 and 114 engines. Though the Low Ride, Deluxe and FXDR 114 have all been dropped from the 2021 range. For more information about the 2021 Softail range, click here.
Street Glide Special - single paint colour options or a new two-tone version, plus the option of either bright chrome components or blacked-out versions. New engine guard and LED headlight. For photos and more Street Glide Special information, click here.
Road Glide Special - single paint colour options or a new two-tone version, plus the option of either bright chrome components or blacked-out versions as well as the new engine guard.
Road King Special - revised lower engine guard and LED headlight.
Forza 125 / 350 / 750 – high spec twist and go scooter range receives cosmetic updates plus two new sizes; 350 replaces 300 while 750 is new. 125 has traction control and long-travel suspension. 350 has a bigger engine and a new look while the 750 has DCT, riding modes and a 5” colour display. Prices TBC. More Forza range details.
MSX GROM – More power, a 5-speed gearbox and a digital dash that now has a gear position indicator and rev counter. Quick detachable bodywork aids customisation. Price TBC, available from March 2021. Full 2021 Grom spec.
X-ADV – the 745cc off-road focused scooter with a DCT gearbox is upgraded with more power from its Euro 5 friendly engine and amended gear ratios. It shaves 2kg and has a new 5” TFT screen. Here’s all the X-ADV information so far.
SH350i – updated from the 300 and therefore using the new and Euro-5 compliant 330cc engine, the 350i comes with more power and torque and new bodywork. Price and availability TBC. Full SH350i details here.
VISION 110 – celebrating its 10th anniversary, the little step-thru twist ‘n go gets a revamped new chassis and Euro 5 compliant engine. 155mpg should be achieved. Price and availability are TBC. Click here for all the Vision 110 information.
PCX125 – 140,000 sold in Europe since 2010 and the popular 125 gets a bodywork, an LED headlight, reshaped seat and larger underseat storage among other upgrades. £3,169 with a choice from four colours and it’ll be in dealerships from February 2021. Full PCX125 spec.
SH MODE 125 – a new engine, frame and tweaked styling for the big-wheeled 125 scoot. You should get 170 miles per tank which will cost around £5 to fill up. Price and availability TBC. All the SH Mode 125 information is here.
REBEL CMX1100 – Larger capacity version of the CMX500 bobber uses the 1084cc engine from the 2020 Africa Twin. 223kg wet weight with 86hp plus a DCT option and wheelie control (!). £8999 / £9899 (DCT). For more Rebel 1100 details click here.
CRF300L / RALLY - New 286cc, Euro 5-compliant engine increases the model name from 250 to 300. It’s lighter and taller than before and comes with an LCD panel, new bodywork. Price and availability are TBC. We’ve got more information on the CRF300L and Rally here.
CB125F – new engine, 11kg lighter, 27% more efficient should offer a theoretical 188mpg. Now comes with LED lights and a digital display. £2,799 and available now. Here’s more CB125F details.
CB125R – it may look the same but there’s a new engine and much-improved suspension though that adds a little extra weight. Price and availability TBC. More CB125R information is available here.
CB650R and CBR650R – overhauled 649cc inline four-cylinder engine meets Euro 5 standard while forks are also upgraded on both models. Price and availability TBC. Photos and more information on the CB650R and CBR650R are here.
CB1000R – 998cc motor gets Euro 5 upgrades while the other tweaks to the existing model include a new subframe, wheels and TFT display plus styling upgrades, while a Black Edition version is also available. Price and availability TBC. CB1000R photos and details are here.
Africa Twin – just a few colour upgrades for the model that was upgraded so emphatically for 2020 including a new 1100cc engine, Apple CarPlay, 6-axis IMU etc. From £13,049. Read our full Africa Twin review.
Gold Wing – Subtle changes to comfort, luxury and practicality including new speakers and paint options for the standard model, while the Tour gets bigger luggage capacity and an improved pillion seat. From £22,849 - £31,449 and in dealerships around March. Further Gold Wing details are here.
701 Enduro and 701 Supermoto - new LCD dashboard that includes RPM display and gear shift indicator, redesigned headlight and Euro 5 compliant exhaust system. The Supermoto gets upgraded brakes while ABS can be disengaged on the Enduro bike. Both models are in dealerships now. Read our review of the 2020 701 Supermoto here.
Svartpilen 125 - very smart learner-legal scrambler that looks a lot like the 401 but with all the components of the KTM 125 Duke including the 15bhp single-cylinder motor. Comes with a set of semi-knobbly Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR. Priced at £4499 and for all the details of the 2021 Svartpilen 125 click here
FTR / S / R Carbon- 17" wheels front and rear replace the previous 19"/18" combination plus changes to steering head angle and trail as well as suspension settings, new paint options and weight differences. Euro 5 engine completes the changes, while the R Carbon gains an extra 'R' to reflect its sportier handling. Read more for details and photos of the new FTR range.
FTR Rally - no changes to the wheel sizes on the Rally version but the handlebars are 50mm taller and of course the engine is upgraded to Euro5 spec. For further information on the FTR Rally click here.
Chief Dark Horse - repositioned with a lighter, bobber-style look, visual upgrades and a new chassis plus the 1890cc Thunderstroke 116 which has more peak torque than the 2021 Hayabusa. Three colour options a £15,795 price tag when the three-bike range lands in dealerships in April. For more details and photos of the 2021 Indian Chief Dark Horse, click here.
Chief Bobber Dark Horse - as above but with high bars, wire wheels (16" front and back, as opposed to the 19" front on the Chief Dark Horse) as well as fork and shock covers. All for £17,695. Click here for more details and photos of the 2021 Indian Chief Bobber Dark Horse.
Super Chief Limited - top of the range model comes with floorboards instead of pegs, quick-release screen, pillion seat, saddle bags and a couple of brighter colour options. All three bikes come with the latest touch-screen TFT display and have a range of optional extras available. This model is priced at £19,995 and if you'd like to see full spec and pictures of the Super Chief Limited, then click here.
Versys 1000 S – new model slots into the gap between the standard bike and the SE. Comes with LED headlight, quickshifter, cruise control with an IMU and in three specs. £12,999, in dealerships this month (Jan ’21). More Versys 1000S spec is here.
Versys 1000 SE – Showa skyhook suspension plus three versions of spec inc. tourer and grand tourer. Comes with a price tag starting at £14,899 and should be in dealerships in the Spring. Full Versys 1000SE details.
ZX-10R – Significantly overhaul to the aerodynamics and rider position. New led lights, screen height, exhaust system and a longer swingarm plus cruise control and an updated dash. £15,799 and its’s out in May or June. More ZX-10R information right here.
ZX-10RR – the race version of which only 500 are being made (for homologation purposes, see WSBK and BSB) include more engine updates. £24,799 and it’s out now. Read the full ZX-10RR spec.
Z H2 SE – just a year after the Z H2 (197bhp supercharged 998cc four-cylinder hypernaked) made its debut, the SE version gets Showa skyhook suspension, better brakes and different paint. Price is £18,349, there’s a Performance Edition and they’re in shops from March. More Z H2 SE details are available here.
890 Adventure (and R) – a new model for 2021 with more power and torque than the 790 plus a Euro 5-equipped motor, updated suspension and a lighter subframe. The R version comes with longer travel and slightly higher spec suspension. Available now at £10,999 (R: £11,999). Full 890 Adventure spec.
890 Adventure Rally – only 700 available via the website only. Beefier suspension, taller flatter seat with improved quickshifter as standard. £18,699 but sold out. More 890 Adventure Rally details are here.
890 Duke - replaces the 790 Duke and uses the same updated 889cc Euro 5 motor as the R version unveiled last year, which increases performance. Brakes, tyres, electronics and suspension are also upgraded. Price is TBC but read more about the 2021 KTM 890 Duke here
690 Enduro R – updates to the single-cylinder adventure-derived machine include Euro-5 friendliness, engine upgrades, selectable riding modes plus an ABS button. Price £8,999 but should be in dealerships this month (Jan ’21). Further 690 Enduro R spec details.
690 SMC R – Euro 5-certified 74hp, 690cc single-cylinder has the same engine upgrades plus ABS button as the Enduro R but also comes with spankingly brilliant Brembo M4.32 brakes. Price £8,999 but should be in dealerships this month (Jan ’21). Read further 690 SMC R details.
1290 Super Adventure S - completely revamped for 2021 and the first to come with radar-assisted safety equipment as standard. Euro5-friendly engine makes the same peak power and torque but frame, sub-frame, fuel tank, redesigned bodywork and further adjustability in the seat height. Hugh electronic and suspension changes too. For more detailed information and images of the 2021 KTM 1290 Super Adventure S read more here
1290 Super Adventure R - a more off-road focused version of the recently released 1290 Super Adventure S, the R comes with WP XPLOR suspension front and rear, upside down forks, and manual adjustment in the fork tops. The suspension travel is also extended by 20mm over the S, which raises the seat height to 880mm. Finally, 21" and 18" wire wheels replace 19" and 17" alloys of the S. Click for more details and images of the 2021 KTM Super Adventure R.
V7 Stone / Special – Upgrades over the existing retro model include a new engine (853cc) for better performance, new seat, shocks, tyre size, LED lights and instrument panel. Price on the V7 Stone is £8,000 though the Special is TBC as is availability on both, but further V7 information details can be found here.
V9 Roamer – New Euro-5 version of the engine which produces 65bhp (18% more power and 17% more torque), updated frame and adjustable traction control. Price and availability TBC soon. More V9 Roamer spec here.
V9 Bobber – As above plus redesigned seat, digital instrument pack and LED headlight. Price and availability TBC soon. More details on the V9 Bobber.
V85TT – Engine revisions give more low and mid-range grunt plus different wire spoke wheels cut weight by 1.5kg. Two extra riding modes are added as are extra paint options. Price and availability TBC soon. More V85TT news here.
V7 / V85 Centenario - limited editions of both models celebrate the firm's 100th anniversary with a special two-tone paint job and a special badge. To see photos of both Moto Guzzi Centenario models, click here.
Supervloce Alpine – MV Agusta and Alpine co-create a special, limited edition (x110) version of the Superveloce with a one-off paint scheme, carbon parts and an alcantara seat. If there are any left unsold then you’ll need €36,300. Full Superveloce Alpine details are here.
Brutale 800 and Dragster 800 - it's not just about Euro5 updates to the engine with the Brutale RR 800 and the Dragster RR 800. Both also get updates to the chassis, improved looks and higher-spec electronics too. Both will also be available in SCS form with the automated clutch. While there's no word yet on price or when they'll be in dealers, you can read all about the new MV Agusta Brutale 800 and Dragster 800 here.
Beverly 300 and 400 – Euro 5 motors with more power. 400 replaces 350. New suspension front and back, keyless, 5.5" LCD screen plus connectivity. Price for the 400 is TBC but the 300 comes in at £5,400 and they’re both available from April.
Meteor 350 – Brand new cruiser-style model with a 349cc single cylinder engine suited to city riding or short town-to-town hops. 765mm seat, three specs available with Tripper sat nav as a secondary circular display. Starts at £3,749 and available “before the riding season”. All the Meteor 350 details are here.
Himalayan - the low-cost adventure bike made its debut in 2015 and because of its sales success has earned itself an upgrade. The engine is now Euro 5 compliant though performance hasn't been hindered while there's no change to the frame or suspension. The seat, screen and rear carrier have been updated including the new Tripper sat nav as seen on the Meteor 350. Six colours are now available ranging from £4599 to £4699. Here's all the 2021 Royal Enfield Himalayan information and images
Hayabusa - it's the big one, the one we've all been waiting for. A third generation of the missile. Less peak power and torque to comply with Euro 5 but improved power delivery. Still a 4-cylinder 1340cc though internals have been updated. Chassis is the same but new suspension and running gear. Less weight yet an overhaul of electronics including a 6-axis IMU for cornering ABS, cruise control, hill hold start, wheelie control and so on. New brakes, wheels, tyres, quickshifter and aerodynamics are all part of the new package that will cost £16,499 when it arrives in dealerships by the end of March (subject to BREXIT-related delivery). For the full spec and plenty of 2021 Hayabusa images head this way.
At least two more announcements are expected, one per month in March and April.
Trident – Entry level machine with 660cc, A2 friendly, three-cylinder engine that recognises the MT-07 among its rivals. Comes with high-spec and in four colour options. Available now at £7,195. Read our full Trident review with video.
Tiger 850 Sports – replaces the base model of the Tiger 900 range. A2 compliant, in-line triple with 84bhp but lower spec than 900 A beginner adventure bike with an attractive £9,300 price. Should be in dealerships by February. All the Tiger 850 Sport details are here.
Speed Triple 1200 RS – completely overhauled new generation of the flagship naked with a 26% increase in power-to-weight ratio; 177bhp and 198kg (wet) plus a new 1160cc engine, stacked gearbox, revised quickshifter and massive electronic upgrades. Read here for the full Speed Triple 1200 RS spec and see the video too. Prices at £15,100 and available in March
Bonneville range - six of the modern classic range, namely the T100, T120, T120 Black, Street Twin, Speedmaster and Bobber have all had their engines upgraded to be compliant with Euro 5 emission regulations (a common theme among all 2021 models) as well as tweaks including a new, larger fuel tank on the Bobber but a smaller, fatter front tyre. New colours for each model plus a limited edition Street Twin Gold Line will see just 1,000 of the specially painted version available. For all the specs, details, photos and video of the 2021 Bonneville range click here.
TBC – Triumph has already confirmed new Scramblers will be announced in April but that might not be all...
The whole range is now Euro-5 compliant.
MT-09 (and SP) – complete redesign with a new 889cc Euro-5 engine making more power and torque. A new chassis and electronics. SP comes with better KYB suspension, an Öhlins shock and cruise control £8,999 (SP: 10,199) and out in the spring. Read more MT-09 details, and the full MT-09 SP spec here.
MT-07 – A revised riding position, a new look and brake upgrades partner the necessary engine tweaks for Euro5 compliance. Yours for £6,899 when it hits dealers in the spring. We have more MT-07 details here.
Tracer 9 (and GT) – the sport-tourer has more power, a new engine, new chassis, it’s lighter, has cruise control, better economy, anew screen, a 6-axis IMU and so on. £10,199. While the GT comes with a quickshifter, cases, electronic KTB suspension and cornering LED lights. All for £12,199. Both should be ready by March. Further Tracer 9 information is here.
Tracer 7 GT – while the standard Tracer 700 (unveiled last year) gets rebranded as the Tracer 7, it is now joined by the GT spec which comes with luggage, a different seat plus a taller and wider screen. It should be in dealers by Feb for £8,999. More Tracer 7GT details.
NMAX 125 – super popular slick-looking scooter gets a new Euro5 happy engine, a new design, connectivity and stop/start tech. It’s in dealers from February at £3,399. Photos and details of the NMAX125 are available here.
D’elight – just like its stablemate, the NMAX 125, this too receives the updated Euro 5 engine which boosts economy, while the front fairing and headlight gets restyled. Available now at £2,899. We’ve got more D’elight specs here.
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