Kenny Sagawa, editor-in-chief of Webike News, has taken the liberty of ranking all the new models released in 2020. The ranking is based on a comprehensive evaluation of topics, attention, technology, and social impact. Note that pre-launch models are excluded. I'm going to present the overseas models, following the Japanese models in the previous article.
"Top 5 2020 Motorcycles" Japanese Models Edition By Kenny Sagawa
- No.1 HARLEY-DAVIDSON LIVEWIRE
- No.2 BMW R18
- No. 3 KTM 250ADVENTURE
- No.4 DUCATI Streetfighter V4 / S
- No. 5 TRIUMPH ROCKET 3 R
No.1 HARLEY-DAVIDSON LIVEWIRE
The world's first electric sports motorcycle was a Harley.
Harley, a company that values tradition and believes in staying the same, has taken the lead in introducing electric sports motorcycles! No other company could have made such an impact.
The electric motor's instantaneous burst of torque allows it to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.0 seconds, and it has a cruising range of 235 km on a full charge. At the international test ride held in the U.S. last year, I caught a glimpse of the future of motorcycles in the clear, electric sound.
In the midst of calls for decarbonization, this is a significant achievement in terms of being a product that anticipates the future. Incidentally, the Japanese version is also compatible with CHAdeMO, the Level 3 quick charging standard. When they do it, they do it! That's what you'd expect from one of the world's oldest motorcycle manufacturers.
No.2 BMW R18
The largest flat-twin ever built shows the pride of Germany as an industrial powerhouse
Under the slogan of "the joy of riding," BMW, which has gained tremendous support in the field of high-performance sports models and adventure, has come up with a super-duper cruiser.
The new R 18 pays homage to the famous R5 of yesteryear and brings it back to the modern era in a new genre. With a displacement of 1802 cc, it is the largest-displacement boxer engine in BMW Motorrad's history and is equipped with the latest mechanisms, including three ride modes, traction control, and electric back gear.
The bare shaft drive is a wonderful touch reminiscent of classic BMWs, and the First Edition in particular, with its pinstripes hand-painted by craftsmen, is one of the most coveted by enthusiasts.
The "BERIN BUILT" stamp is proof that it was produced at the Berlin headquarters factory, and it is a powerful work that exudes the pride of Germany, an industrial powerhouse.
No. 3 KTM 250ADVENTURE
A driving knee gouge injected with DNA straight from a rally machine
The Adventure series, developed with the expertise of KTM, which won the Dakar Rally 18 times in a row, is a true rally machine for public roads.
The 250 Adventure is the latest addition to the 1290, 890, 790, and 390 series. The main attraction of the 250 Adventure is that in Japan it can be ridden with a standard motorcycle license and does not require a Japanese vehicle inspection. In addition to this ease of use, the 250 Adventure features a powerful liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine, a sturdy steel frame, and 19mm front and rear wheels./It's a full-fledged machine with 17-inch wheels and a long-stroke suspension.
At the international test ride of the 390 Adventure, which shares the same chassis with the 390, it showed its outstanding performance in the rough terrain of the Canary Islands, where volcanic rocks roll around, just like a rally machine. The fact that this is the 250 version, expectations for this new version are high.
No.4 DUCATI Streetfighter V4 / S
The number one excitement level that makes me want to scream!
While Ducati had relatively few new models to talk about in 2020, the new Streetfighter V4 was a shining star.
The Panigale V4 is a literal fighter, with the cowl stripped off and a wide bar installed. This is the ultimate fighter, packed with MotoGP technology including winglets and an electronic control package.
The V4S, which is the higher-end version, is equipped with OHLINS electronic suspension and forged wheels, giving it a maximum of gorgeousness, and with a price approaching 3 million yen, it's a super machine that's the best on the road, but it's also surprisingly easy to handle.
No. 5 TRIUMPH ROCKET 3 R
The sporty evolution of the world's largest displacement machine
The new Rocket 3R is equipped with the world's largest three-cylinder engine in a mass-produced two-wheeled vehicle, with a displacement of 2,500cc, and its presence alone is reason enough to put it on the list. Completely redesigned from the previous model, the new Rocket 3R delivers 167 hp of maximum output and 221 Nm of car-like torque.
The motorcycle weighs 40kg less, has a new front and rear suspension from Showa, new Brembo brakes, 4-stage ride mode, cornering ABS and Traction Control, and full-color TFT electronic control.
As soon as you open the throttle, you feel like you've been hit in the back with a hammer, which is something you've never experienced on a motorcycle. It's also worth noting that it's a surprisingly sporty ride.
See HARLEY-DAVISON Moto Index Page
See BMW Moto Index Page
See KTM Moto Index Page
See DUCATI Moto Index Page
See TRIUMPH Moto Index Page
See Accessories for TRIUMPH ROCKET 3 R
See Accessories for KTM 250 ADVENTURE
See Accessories for DUCATI STREETFIGHTER V4
See Accessories for DUCATI STREETFIGHTER V4 S