We can’t wait for the year to end so we can try out some new models. Each year, they take production to a whole new level with engine upgrades and stylish designs to help keep the fire burning within motorbike enthusiasts. Everything they do all year long is geared towards holding onto the surprises of a new year.
After exploring the 2018 models, it’s time to pave way for the much awaited 2019 bikes. In case you were passed by the opportunity, here are some of the motorbikes we can’t wait to ride in 2019.
1. Husqvarna Svartpilen 701
Do you remember the 701 Vitpilen? It almost joined the 2017’s list but for several reasons, it was not that much of a big deal. However, this time Husqvarna has brought their game a notch higher with the Husqvarna Svartpilen 701. This bike might have the same chromium-molybdenum steel frame, double-balancer 692cc engine, WP suspension, torque output and same brembo brakes, but you can always count on the company to make it unique with a rugged look and addition of bars.
Pricing for this has just been released a couple days ago and it's good news! UK pricing has now been announced for the new Svart, starting at £8,899 (US$11,350). Now U.S. pricing hasn't been announced yet, the North American representative for Husqvarna confirmed that pricing for the Svart will be in the same range as the Vitpilen.
2. Indian FTR 1200
Generally, this bike outdoes itself in terms of its specs. It has a revised Scout motor with 100 hp output, chrome-moly frame, great suspensions, lighter (maintaining at 100 pounds) and Lyndall brakes. Not only is it incredibly stylish, it expands its reach beyond the cruiser and classic touring bike market and plays in the streetfighter market.
According to International Product Manager Ben Lindaman, the FTR 1200 engineering effort began in March 2016, hinting that it had to have been a twinkle in someone’s eye from almost the time the FTR750 was approved.
The base model is priced at an attractive $12,999, while the FTR S models range from $15,000 to $16,000 depending on paint scheme; the red frame costs $1,000 extra.
3. Harley Davidson FXDR 114
For whatever price, this motorbike will be worth purchasing come 2019. Its design is aimed at handling switchbacks and has a torque of 119 lb. The uniqueness of the Harley Davidson FXDR 114 is in the FXDR which also contributes to a smooth ride when taking those tight corners. You do not expect Harleys to disappoint. This is one tough bike to watch out for.
Pricing for the FXDR 114 starts from $21,349. View full specs here.
4. Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe Z
In 2019, we'll see the Kawasaki Z900RS come in new colours! The ZZR1400 adopts a Metallic Spark Black / Candy Cardinal Red look while retaining its magnificent ultimate performance personality and incredible acceleration.
From the ergonomics, to its 988-cc 4-engine cylinder, the Kawasaki Z900RS outputs 100hp and more without compromising its look and power. In addition, the Z900RS can be used for just about anything. Riding on the Canyons, commuting to work or even running errands to the grocery store. It is a retro bike but the only thing retro about it is the looks, all others consist of 2018 tech for a powerful sport bike-like abilities.
View the new colours released for this bike!
5. 2019 Ducati Panigale V4
If love speed, Ducati Panigale V4 should be one of the things you budget for in 2019. With 226 hp, 430 pounds, the motorbike ‘will sound like a Moto Bike’ according to Joe, another bike enthusiast, who also wants to have a feel of this bike.
Weighing in at 172kg, Ducati's Panigale V4 R stole the show at EICMA 2018. If you rip the road-going exhaust, number plate and mirrors off, weight drops down even further to 165.5kg and power increases to 234hp.
Generally, the motorbike industries have to be on their toes with latest releases and for 2019, these are some of the bikes to try out.