10 Bikes to Watch Out for in 2019
With every passing year comes plenty of time spent contemplating and reminiscing about the year gone by. So, with the curtains rolling down on 2018, lets take a look at 10 upcoming motorcycles in 2019 to get you pumped and looking forward to the days ahead.
Triumph Bonneville T120 (Diamond & Ace Edition)
With the Bonnie turning 60 years old, Triumph motorcycles has decided to honour its long time servant with two limited run editions, the T120 Diamond and T120 Ace editions. Triumph has put out both versions with the aim of adding exclusivity to the current stable of its Bonneville motorcycles with limited production runs. The Diamond edition is an ode to the Triumph Tigers of yore, with its 4 bar chrome Triumph badge, high end paint job and just acres of chrome dripping all over the bike.
This version will be limited to 900 examples and comes with a numbered certificate signed off by the Triumph boss, Nick Bloor.
While the Diamond edition is all fine wine and glamour, the Ace edition is it’s beer chugging rock and roll sibling, with an all black ensemble and some nice styling cues. This edition is a tribute to the sacred Ace café in London, the birthplace of café racing. There are some nice touches on the bike such as the tank painted in Matt Storm Grey – exclusive to this bike, lots of black accents all over and the Ace Café logo scattered around different parts of the bike.
All these are done very tastefully and the bike even sports the message—Head Down, Hold On—a café racer’s motto if there ever was one.
TRIUMPH SCRAMBLER 1200 XC AND SCRAMBLER 1200 XE
Triumph are banking heavily on their two new Scrambler models, the XC and XE to dominate the market. They have very confidently announced that they will be benchmark setting models that combine adventure motorcycle capability with the scrambler style. Both models are meant for on-road and off-road duty, with the XC being an all-rounder and the XE packing more off-road chops. They come with the parallel twin lifted from the Bonnie but makes more torque and power than the regular Scrambler 1200 and the Bonnie T120 in their state of tune. They also come equipped with some serious piece of kit such as Ohlins shocks, Brembo brakes, cornering ABS and 5 riding modes, with the XE getting an additional mode to further stress its better ability to go offroad as compared to the XC.
It comes over as a kind of lovechild between the Tiger and the Bonneville Scrambler and that is not exactly a bad thing!
With the internet awash with articles and images of the new Jawas, safe to say, it is one of the most highly anticipated bikes to have hit the market in some time. With the company neck up in orders, it was forced to close bookings up until December 2019. Such has been the demand for the Jawa and Jawa Forty Two. Also upcoming is their bobber iteration of the Jawa, the Perak, which will be launched in February this year.
To find out why these bikes are selling like hot cakes, check out the article on the Jawa and the Forty Two on our Blog :-https://www.tripmachinecompany.com/blogs/news/jawa-is-back-resurrecting-the-legend
ROYAL ENFIELD SCRAMBLER 500
Not much is known about the Scrambler 500 apart from the fact that it is basically a off-road capable version of the Classic 500. The only known facts about the bike comes from images of a test mule. We know that it comes with the same single cylinder 500cc thumper as seen on the Classic 500 and has knobby tyres and an upswept exhaust to make it feel more at home off-roading as compared to the Classic. It will also have dual disc brakes and the new rear swingarm that is now standard on all the classic variants. It will have dual-channel abs that is hopefully able to be turned off – Afterall, what fun is a scrambler if you can’t slide it?
All we know is that RE is pretty much playing this one close to the chest and we cannot wait to get some official details on the bike straight from the horse's mouth!
BENELLI LEONCINO TRAIL
It is the all-terrain version of the neo-retro scrambler offering from the Italian brand and is slated for launch this year. The name Leoncino is derived from the original Leoncino 125cc from 1951 and the new bike even sports a little lion on the front fender as a nod to the iconic original from the 50’s. The all new Leoncino oozes Italian charm and flair and has the same 500cc parallel twin liquid cooled heart in the regular Leoncino. It has greater suspension travel than the regular version to help it go off-roading.
Benelli have gone all out and made a kickass promo video to announce the arrival of the new Leoncino Trail :
TRIUMPH SPEED TWIN
It is another name that Triumph has revived from its illustrious history and updated for the modern times. The Speed Twin is basically a Bonneville turned upto 11. It essentially combines the thrills of the Thruxton R Cafe Racer with the practicality and usability of the Bonneville. The new version comes with the punchy motor lifted from the Thruxton R with identical output figures for power and torque. It also comes with a Ride-by-wire throttle that offers a choice of three riding modes - Rain, Road and Sport, adjustable on the fly, and each mode adjusts the throttle response and traction control intervention.
Here is a snippet of what the Speed Twin is all about :
BENELLI IMPERIALE 400
It will be launched by mid 2019 and will be a direct competitor to the Royal Enfield Classic 350. It has a 375cc engine which puts out almost identical output figures to the Classic 350, although its peak torque comes in at a much lower 3750rpm compared to the Classic. It will also come with a double cradle frame, retro cool looks and a dash of Italian pizzazz.
KAWASAKI W800 CAFÉ
Kawasaki is bringing back the fan favourite for the year 2019 and it is getting the Kawasaki fan base pumped up. The W800 is a throwback to original 1961 W1 and was brought back in 2011 and produced up till 2016 when they released the ‘Final Edition’. Thankfully that was not the case and they are bringing back the fan favourite much to the joy of the Kawasaki fanbase and Motorcycle fans in general. It comes sporting just one colour option and a double cradle frame that is similar to the old one in looks but is completely reworked.
Check out the tribute to the iconic W series by Kawasaki :-
KAWASAKI Z900RS CAFÉ
The Z900RS Café was first unveiled in the 2017 EICMA show and it is returning for the model year 2019 with much updates. Kawasaki now confirms that the retro-styled motorcycle, which takes some styling cues from the Kawasaki KZ1000R that Eddie Lawson earned two AMA SuperBike titles on, will return for 2019. It comes with a 950cc inline four and plenty of heritage and history behind it. It also sports a brushed stainless steel exhaust system, black low-rise handlebars, stepped seat, fairing, and new engine case covers.
Harley is bringing its first ever Electric bike to the showrooms this year. Yes!...an electric bike from Harley Davidson. Gone is the V-Twin thumper and in comes an all electric drivetrain. This means the absence of a clutch and the general Harley rumble. And as for far as sound goes, Harley proudly states that the only sound one shall be hearing while riding this bike is their hearts racing. It’s a Harley where you switch it on, twist the throttle, and disappear!
Here's a taste of what all the noise is all about....rather the lack of it :-
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