This week's RAW: the new Honda Forza 750 is out and the Yamaha Ténéré 700 could get a touring version.
If you feel like you had a hard time keeping up with all the motorcycles news this past week, don't worry, we got you! This is RideApart Weekly (RAW), your motorcycle news roundup that gives you a glimpse of all the good (and bad) stuff that happened in the industry over the past seven days.
This week, the new 2021 Honda Forza is here, a travel-friendly version of the Yamaha Ténéré 700 was spotted out in the wild, we take a closer look at the new Honda H'ness CB350, and changes to the upcoming news Suzuki Hayabusa could be more modest than anticipated.
Yamaha made the rest of the world envious when it launched its baby heritage bike, the XSR 155, in the Philippines. Thankfully, the model apparently won't remain a Southeast Asian exclusivity for much longer.
Rumors suggest that the model will make its way to India in 2021. Based on the little retro model's MT-15 and R15 brothers' success in India, the local media expects the XSR to follow sooner rather than later.
The Yamaha Ténéré 700 is one of the most—if not the most—highly hyped models in the adventure motorcycle segment for 2020. Just as the bike finally became available in North America, rumors of a more travel-friendly version of the model surfaced.
It looks like there was some truth to those rumors as Ténéré 700 Travel test mule was recently spotted on the road. Based on the spy shots, the "Travel" model looks to have a bigger fuel tank and features a rack for sidecases or panniers. Now, let's see whether Yamaha will manage to get the bike ready in time for 2021.
The world of motorcycles is buzzing: Honda launched the new CB350 H'ness. We took a look at all the new model's features.
The new perfectly vintage model is powered by a 348cc long-stroke single rated at 20.7 horsepower and 22 lb-t of torque paired with a five-speed transmission. The CB350 is available in two trim levels, Deluxe (DLX) and Deluxe Pro (DLX Pro). The base model comes with Honda’s Selectable Torque Control (HTSC), LED lighting, assist and slipper clutch, and a hazard function. The DLX Pro replaces the three solid colors with three two-tone liveries and adds Bluetooth connectivity to the list.
The guys at Bikes and Beards got their hands on the most expensive dual-sport bike you can buy from Amazon. To see just how well it performs, they put it on the trails alongside an old Honda 250R.
Ultimately, even an old Honda is a far better deal and easily demonstrated its superiority—provided you don't mind buying used. If you'd rather buy new, then the Hawk isn't a terrible pick.
It feels like we've been talking about a Suzuki Hayabusa update for eons. The legendary superbike is in dire need of an upgrade and over the past year or two, every new rumor that surfaced about what we should expect the 'Busa to become has been consistently upping the ante, from power increase to forced induction.
It seems, however, that what Suzuki is actually working on is far more underwhelming than everything we documented. The only real update the model could be about to receive is its Euro 5-compliance tweak. Sad trombone. The model is virtually unchanged since 2007 and we're ready to see a new generation introduced. 2021 might not be the year for it, however.
Things aren't looking great for Royal Enfield at the moment. Amid declining sales, the popular Indian brand lost its place in the spotlight when Honda introduced the new CB350 H'ness, forcing Enfield to reschedule the launch of the new and highly anticipated Meteor 350. According to the Indian media, the model won't debut before the Diwali holiday, an important time of the year for motorcycle manufacturers.
Now, there are also reports that Enfield's plan to introduce a smaller 250cc model has been axed and that the manufacturer plans to focus on its 350 instead. Trouble in paradise?
After weeks of teasing, Honda has finally introduced the all-new Forza 750 maxi-scooter flagship. The scooter receives a slew of technologies, including keyless ignition and smartphone connectivity. It runs on the same 745cc parallel-twin as the X-ADV and the NX750X, however, Honda confirmed that the new powertrain is now Euro 5 compliant.
What would happen if Ducati and Italjet teamed up to make a Panigale-inspired Dragster scooter? You might answer with a question that goes something like "Why would you do that?", to which we would answer with "Why not?".
At least, that's how we imagine this conversation with conceptual artist Kar Design to go. The artist shared a render of the Pani and Dragster's imaginary lovechild on his social media and the result is surprisingly... sexy.
If you have a preference for all-things three-wheels (with a handlebar rather than a steering wheel), then Can-Am probably has something for you.
The Canadian manufacturer introduced its 2021 lineup that includes the original Spyder—offered in different trim level—and the Ryker, added to the lineup two years ago.
While we wait for Kawasaki's big November 23 event where it will unveil six new and/or updated models, Kawasaki Europe fed us a little appetizer with the introduction of the new Versys 1000 S.
The new trim level is equipped with a generous list of features that includes smartphone connectivity, heated grips, cruise control, Kawasaki Traction Control, cornering auxiliary lights, riding modes, Kawasaki Quick Shifter, and even the company’s self-healing paint. The new S slots in below the SE flagship.