The 2019 Motorcycle Model Year is shaping up to be an exciting one as all the manufactures have now released many new 2019 models. Sportbikes, cruisers, retro bikes, adventure bikes, dirt, scooters and you can see them all right here on Total Motorcycle! We have high lighted some of the neatest models below that are sure to get you into the showrooms! If you are not seeing it at TMW, you are not seeing the best.
Retro is the new black – or in this case, silver. Suzuki unveiled this fantastic recreation of their legendary 1981 Katana. Based on the GSX-S1000, the new Katana uses the same 148bhp engine and running gear, but wraps it in superbly stylish and angular bodywork, topped off with period Suzuki logo, chiseled chin and evocative square headlamp.
When you’ve got a bike that already dominates a sector, the only way is down. So it’s no surprise that BMW keep evolving their flagship GS, persistently topping up its list of credentials to keep us coming back for more. And it’s certainly got more for 2019. Now boasting variable valve timing thanks to BMW’s new ShiftCam technology, there’s a serious boost in performance – and electronic aids, too.
Want the flat-track look, but also a bike that actually works on the road? Then the all-new FTR could be the one you’ve been waiting for. Rocking a 1203cc V-twin punching out a healthy 120bhp, and boasting some of the most finessed and under-stated styling genius blended with superb build quality – this really is a serious cat to have lobbed amongst the retro pigeons. Take a test ride.
The idea of the baby race replica is almost always blighted by awkward proportions and shonky corner-cutting. But just look at the new YZF-R125! It’s absolutely stunning. Razor-sharp aesthetics, high-end finishes and a pleasing dash all make the tiddler look every inch the superbike. If only 125cc bikes had always been this cool, there might be more people on our roads on two wheels.
Moto Guzzi V85TT
Creeping evolution, rather than revolution, is more Moto Guzzi’s mantra – but this new V85TT manages to blur the line between both. Subtly reinventing their transverse V-twin into the V85, they’ve then boldly reinvented the adventure bike with a retro twist. It’s not backward though, with an attractive new TFT dash and multimedia connectivity embarrassing many of its rivals.
Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory
You’d be hard pushed to spot the difference between Tuonos most years, but there’s an easy clue to spotting the 2019 Factory – a set of wires poking out the fork tops. They herald the arrival of Öhlins EC2.0 semi-active electronic suspension, and probably guarantee that this already class-dominating super-naked street and track brawler has just got even more untouchable.
Ducati Scrambler Café Racer
Arguably already the most attractive and pleasing to ride of the 803cc Scrambler family, the Café Racer has only had a smattering of updates for 2019, but the combination of stylish new 17” laced rims wearing Pirelli Diablo Rosso IIIs, and an absolutely superb new 1970s paintjob that’s heightened by the blue frame and seat – it looks fantastic.
Triumph Street Twin
The biggest selling modern classic in Triumph’s range was good, but a little gutless. That looks to have been cured for the new model year with a tangible kick in the pants for the popular retro. Now extracting 64bhp from the parallel-twin – an 18% hike – it also gets beefier Brembo brakes, suspension improvements, and riding modes and more. A surefire hit.
The Zed family looks have been handed down with great success on this funky all-new 125cc street bike. From the attractive trellis style frame, to the angular bodywork and impressive detailing – this is a cheeky looking return to the 125 sector for team green. It’s also joined by a faired Ninja version, but it’s the naked Z125 that really nails the big-bike presence and attitude.
Yamaha Tracer 700 GT
This year witnessed the arrival of the Tracer 900 GT, blending sports-tourer practicality with nutty naked hedonism, and now the MT-07-based Tracer 700 is following suit. Guaranteed to be one of the most versatile mid-capacity bikes on the market in 2019, it looks set to be perfect for the daily grind and weekend getaways, delivering budget practicality with a serious dose of fun.
Don’t forget if you are in the UK to check out Motorcycle Live 2018 takes place at The NEC, Birmingham from 17-25 November. Advance tickets are on sale now priced at just £19.50 per adult, £12 for Seniors, £1 for 11-16 year olds* and FREE for children aged ten and under**. There is also a £25 advance ticket, which includes entry to the show and an Oxford HD MAX disc lock worth £25.00.
Thank you to Motorcycle Live NEC and our friends at Motorcycle News for the story.