2017 Motorbikes & Scooters

Well, 2017 is a year of massive change in the bike market! Manufacturers are updating or culling their model ranges to meet new Euro 4 emission regulations, all bikes over 125cc now need ABS fitted as standard, adventure bikes continue to thrive while sports bikes dwindle.

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The new EU regs come into force in 2017 for all new models however some manufacturers were already on the case in 2016 with their newer models like Yamaha's awesome MT-10. Other manufacturers updated existing bikes like the GSX-R1000 with massive exhausts, containing a sizeable catalytic converter capable of meeting Euro 4 requirements, while others like Triumph hid the cat under the bike with their new Bonneville Bobber, disguised as a traditional exhaust.

Aside from sizeable exhausts for older designs or designing a new engine from scratch many bikes midway through their lifecycle will be getting chip controlled throttles instead this year. For example Yamaha's X-MAX 300 scooter features a slightly re-designed engine with electronic throttle and because it's then relatively easy to add it also gets traction control on top. You'll also see many bikes gain other electronic aids like ride modes and cruise control because they are relatively easy to build in once the chip is there e.g. Yamaha's TMAX.

As part of Euro 4 all bikes over 125cc also now need ABS fitted as standard, prompting lots of small updates to bikes like the Aprilia RS125. It should be a great year for third parties like Nissin and Bosch who supply many of the big players with brakes and ECU systems. The next big bike shakeup should be in 2020 when Euro 5 kicks in, seeing anywhere from 5-30 times less harmful emissions from Co, Nox and hydrocarbons since Euro 1 was introduced in 1999.

Sports bike sales continue to dwindle, making some models like the iconic CBR600RR unfeasible to update, but the models worth updating tend to now be fitted with quick shifters as standard and Inertial Measurement Units (IMU) which allow cornering ABS.

It's also the year of high tech retro styled bikes (Triumph Bobber, Street Scrambler, Honda RebelDucati Cafe Racer) and mini adventure bikes based on naked/sport/adventure common platforms (Suzuki V-Strom 250, BMW G310GS, Kawasaki Versys-X 300). When one bike design can effectively give you 3-4 bikes a platform based approach increasingly make sense to keep the cost of development down. It's something car makers have been doing for a while now.

Elsewhere Honda invented a new segment with the X-ADV adventure scooter, while teasing a self balancing bike concept and Polaris decided to wind down their Victory brand in 2017 to focus on Indian bikes instead.

Anyway, here is everything we know about the new bikes and scooters for 2017:

Bikes We're Most Excited to See

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Honda X-ADV - £9,600

Off-road scooter based on the NC750X

KTM Duke 125 - £4,100

New muffler, LED headlight, colour TFT dash, higher seat, 10kg heavier

BMW G310R - £4,290

BMW's entry into the A2 licence friendly naked race

Yamaha TMAX - £9,400 / £10,700

Two versions, 9kg lighter, ABS, Euro 4, new dash, more storage

Honda Rebel - £5,350

Bobber style CB500F with improved low down power, fat tyres and a nice low seat

Harley Street Rod - £6,745

Street with better suspension / mirrors / brakes / power / torque / seat / cool

Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer - £9,395

Euro 4, cafe racer style Scrambler, better throttle control low down

BMW R nineT Urban GS - £10,550

GS styled version of the R nineT Scrambler/Racer

BMW R nineT Racer - £10,775

Cafe racer version of the R nineT Pure

Triumph Street Scrambler - £8,900

Scrambler version of the 2016 Street Twin

Yamaha SCR950 - £8,500

Street scrambler based on the XV950

Triumph Bonneville Bobber - £10,500

Cool bobber version of the T120

Triumph Street Triple R 765 - £8,900

More power, more torque, lighter, Brembos, colour TFT

Ducati SuperSport S - £12,800

Ducati's everyday Sports Tourer - Nice!

Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade - £15,225 / £19,125 / £22,250

New 25th anniversary blade, Euro 4, +11bhp, -15kg

Suzuki GSX-R1000 and R - £13,250 / £16,100

600 new parts, more compact, revs higher, more power, VVT, new electronics+dash


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Yamaha YS125 - £2,800

Yamaha's replacement for the YBR125

Suzuki GSX-S125 - £3,700

The naked GSX-R125 to take on the MT-125

Aprilia Tuono 125 - £4,600

Naked version of the new RS125

KTM Duke 390 - £4,600

LED light, Euro 4 muffler and larger fuel capacity but 10kg heavier

Honda CB650F - £6,600

Euro 4, new muffler, 4bhp more, new calipers, SDBV fork, LED front light

Kawasaki Z650 - £6,100

Lighter Euro 4 replacement for the ER-6N, ABS, cool dash, slipper clutch

Suzuki GSX-S750 - £7,600

750cc stablemate to the GSX-S1000 based on the 2005 GSX-R750 engine

Triumph Street Triple S 660 - £7,700

660cc A2 friendly version of the new S 765

Triumph Street Triple S 765 - £8,000

Lighter, more power/torque, ride by wire

Triumph Street Triple RS 765 - £9,900

More power/torque, lighter, Brembos, Ohlins, quickshifter, colour TFT, belly pan

Ducati Monster 797 - £7,895

Entry level Monster using the 803cc Scrambler engine

Aprilia Shiver 900 - £8,000

New larger engine, traction control, colour dash

Yamaha MT-09 - £7,800

Aggressive twin eye style LED headlight, tail tidy and slipper clutch

Kawasaki Z900 - £8,250

Euro 4 replacement for the Z800, Steel trellis frame, trick dash, slipper clutch

Suzuki GSX-S1000 / Suzuki GSX-S1000F - £9,800 / £10,000

Carbon special edition

BMW S1000R - £10,700

Euro 4, new muffler, power up 5bhp, weight down a notch, vibrations fixed

Yamaha MT-10 SP - £13,400

The MT-10 but with Ohlins suspension and colour TFT dash from the R1

Kawasaki Z1000R edition - £11,550

Euro 4 special edition with Brembo calipers, Ohlins rear shock, braided lines and new fork/ECU settings

Ducati Monster 1200 / 1200S - £11,500

Euro 4 engine from the M1200R, new electronics package

KTM 1290 Super Duke R - £14,000

Euro 4, LED light, launch control, keyless start, Track mode

Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 RR - £15,000

Euro 4 engine, TFT dash, cornering ABS, quickshifter, cruise control

Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory - £16,000

Euro 4 engine, TFT dash, cornering ABS, quickshifter, cruise control

Ducati Diavel Diesel - £20,900

666 unit Diesel designed limited edition, 150bhp, Euro 4

Classic Nakeds

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Moto Guzzi V7III - £8,000

New Euro 4 engine, ride modes, KYB shocks, lower seat, stiffer frame

Ducati Scrambler Mach 2.0 - £8,950

Low bars, black silencer, custom fuel tank paintjob

Triumph Bonneville T100 - £8,300

New Bonneville with larger and torquier 900cc engine, A2 restriction now an option

Triumph Street Cup - £8,600

Stylish Street Twin / Bonneville spin-off

BMW R nineT - £12,200

Euro 4, new paint schemes, adjustable fork, new dash, longer wheelbase

BMW R nineT Pure - £9,990

Budget version of the R nineT Roadster

Honda CB1100 RS - £11,140

CB1100 EX with Aluminium swingarm, better front brake and uprated suspension


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Kawasaki Z1000SX - £10,000

Euro 4, cornering ABS/TC, LED lights, more comfort, improved panniers

BMW K1600GT - £17,200

Euro 4, bigger tank, ESA/DTC standard, new side fairings

BMW K1600GTL - £18,450

Euro 4, bigger tank, ESA/DTC standard, new side fairings

Moto Guzzi MGX-21 - £20,000

Euro 4 1,400cc Carbon clad bagger

Indian Chieftain Limited - £22,000

New 7" TFT dash, 19" front wheel, blacked out engine, thinner seat

Indian Roadmaster - £23,100

New Classic version with loads of leather, new 7" dash/satnav, LED headlights


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Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled - £9,395

Euro 4 Scrambler, wire wheels, longer swingarm, improved throttle control

Suzuki V-Strom 250 - £4,600

New mini V-Strom, sharing engine with the new GSX-R250

BMW G310GS - £4,900

G310R based, A2 friendly, mini GS adventure

Kawasaki Versys-X 300 - £5,150

Z300 based, A2 friendly, adventure bike

Suzuki V-Strom 650 and 650XT - £7,400 / £7,900

Euro 4, traction control, easy start, low rpm assist, new wheels / screen / seat

Suzuki V-Strom 1000 and 1000XT - £9,500 / £10,000

Euro 4, cornering/combined ABS, easy start, low rpm assist, new screen

Ducati Multistrada 950 - £11,000

New smaller brother to the Multistrada 1200

KTM 1090 Adventure - £11,300

Euro 4 compliant, 123bhp, road focused

KTM 1090 Adventure R - £12,150

Euro 4 compliant, 123bhp, off-road focused

BMW S1000XR - £12,550

Euro 4 compliant, vibrations fixed, power up to 165bhp, now in blue

BMW R1200GS - £12,250

Euro 4 compliant, judder damper, Rallye and Exclusive editions

KTM 1290 Super Advenutre S - £14,300

Euro 4 compliant, fancy TFT dash, cornering headlight, easy to adjust screen

KTM 1290 Super Advenutre R - £14,500

Off road focused, Euro 4, fancy TFT dash, cornering headlight, easy to adjust screen

KTM 1290 Super Advenutre T - £15,500

Euro 4 compliant, easy to adjust screen, 30 litre tank, floating luggage rack

Ducati Multistrada Enduro Pro - £19,000

Enduro with engine bars, fog lights, small screen, knobblies, Termignoni exhaust


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Suzuki GSX-R125 - £4,000

A new challenger to the YZF-R125 and CBR125R

Aprilia RS125 - £4,700

RS4 125 renamed to RS125, Euro 4 compliant and ABS

KTM RC 125 - £4,300

Large Euro 4 exhaust, black frame, orange fuel tank/fairing

Suzuki GSX-250R - £4,300

New A2 Euro small Gixxer using the V-Strom 250 engine

KTM RC 390 - £5,100

Larger Euro 4 exhaust, slipper clutch, wider mirrors, larger front disc

Yamaha YZF-R6 - £11,000

R1 style headlights, R1 fork, lighter fuel tank and 8% more aerodynamic

Kawasaki Ninja 650 - £6,350

Euro 4 faired version of the Z650, adjustable screen

Honda CBR650F - £7,400

Euro 4, new muffler, 4bhp more, LED front light, SDBV fork, new calipers

BMW S1000RR - £13,950

Euro 4 compliant, DTC and single seat standard

Aprilia RSV4 RF - £20,000

Euro 4, cornering ABS, new suspension/brakes, colour TFT dash

Kawasaki Ninja H2 - £25,500

IMU, cornering ABS, Ohlins TTX36 shock, new quickshifter, new levers

Ducati 1299 R Final Edition - £35,000

Superleggera engine, Panigale R chassis, red/white/green colour scheme

Ducati 1299 Superleggera - £72,000

Euro 4, mostly Carbon Fibre, 167kg wet, 215bhp, fully pimped exotica


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Honda Vision 110 - £2,000

New engine, bodywork, fork, brakes, seat and mirrors

Yamaha D'elight - £2,400

Euro 4, new bodywork/engine/light, smaller rear wheel, increased range

Honda SH125i - £3,300

Euro 4, LED lights, keyless start, new bodywork

Honda Forza 125 - £4,100

Euro 4 compliant, revised rear suspension, new indicators, keyless ignition

Yamaha Tricity 125 - £3,600

New Euro 4 engine, larger rear wheel, more storage/space, LED headlight

Peugeot Django 125 - £2,800

New Euro 4 engine

Yamaha X-MAX 300 - £4,950

The X-MAX 250 replacement; more power, more efficient, better storage and lighter

Suzuki Burgman 400 - £6,200

New bodywork, screen, seat, ABS, LED lights, 15" front wheel

Peugeot Metropolis - £7,800

Euro 4 engine, bigger wheels, ABS, TC, bigger boot

Rust in Peace