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Janus Gryffin 450 Scrambler Review | First Look

Janus Gryffin 450
Janus Gryffin 450

Janus Motorcycles has announced its latest model, the scrambler-styled Gryffin 450. The Janus Gryffin 450 has classic ’50s and ’60s style and hand-crafted components, and each one is made-to-order with the owner’s input and preferences. 

Janus Motorcycles is based in Goshen, Indiana, and the company’s website states that it makes “simple, beautiful machines that are a joy to own and ride.” The Gryffin 450 joins three other models in the Janus lineup: the Halcyon 450, Halcyon 250, and Gryffin 250. It will use the same enduro-inspired air-/oil-cooled 445cc Single as the Halcyon 450, with a claimed 30 hp. The scrambler version will ride on 21-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels and will feature a high exhaust, other adventure-oriented details, and a low weight of a claimed 330 lb. 

Janus Gryffin 450
Janus Gryffin 450

“The Gryffin 450 is a close sibling to our Halcyon 450, but with some key changes that really make it excel off-pavement,” said Charlie Handsen-Reed, senior design engineer for Janus Motorcycles. “The longer suspension travel, wheel size, lower seat height, and larger fuel tank will be really welcomed by our off-road riders, and trimming another 30 lb off our already feather-weight 450 chassis will be a huge bonus for trailering, van-lifers, and for any adventuresome rider’s peace of mind and confidence.” 

Part of the experience of owning a Janus is the customization offered from the made-to-order process. Like other Janus models, the Gryffin 450 will be available in a wide range of color options, pinstripe options, and other accessories. It will feature motocross footpegs, a headlight cage, pannier racks, highway bars, a skid plate, and a pillion seat. 

Janus Gryffin 450
Janus Gryffin 450

Other components included on the Gryffin 450 will be hand-formed and beaded fenders, a hand-formed and welded stainless-steel exhaust, hand-welded chassis and fork, Brembo brakes, and hand-painted graphics and pinstripes. 

Janus Motorcycles will begin taking reservations for the Gryffin 450 starting Feb. 23, 2024, and all orders placed in the first 30 days will be First Edition models with serial-numbered plates, limited-edition race plates, engraved components, and commemorative packages. 

Those interested in the manufacturing process of Janus motorcycles can check out the Janus YouTube channel, where the company documents their design and build process. 

MSRP for the Janus Gryffin 450 will be $13,495, and the fee to place a reservation is $2,995. The first Gryffin 450 bikes are expected to be finished in July 2024. 

Visit the Janus Motorcycles website for more information.

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2024 Triumph Tiger 1200 Review | First Look

2024 Triumph Tiger 1200 Rally Explorer
2024 Triumph Tiger 1200 Rally Explorer

Triumph Motorcycles has announced its 2024 Triumph Tiger 1200 GT Explorer and Tiger 1200 Rally Explorer models, which include further refinements to the engine, enhanced comfort and ergonomics, improved cornering clearance, reduced seat height with Active Preload Reduction as standard, and new colors. The GT Pro and Rally Pro models will not be available in the U.S. market for 2024.

2024 Triumph Tiger 1200 GT Explorer
2024 Triumph Tiger 1200 GT Explorer

At the unveiling of the new bikes, Triumph’s Global Product Marketing Manager James Wood said that, similar to the recent changes made to the Tiger 900 line, when it came to the 2024 Triumph Tiger 1200, the company is “constantly looking for ways to improve and refine our bikes and always looking to make them better for our riders.”

Related: 2024 Triumph Tiger 900 Review | First Ride 

The Tiger 1200 line still features the liquid-cooled, transverse inline-Triple with DOHC and 4 valves per cylinder and a T-plane crankshaft with a 1-3-2 firing order. The irregular firing sequence gives the engine the feel and tractable response of a Twin down low and the sporty character of a Triple from the midrange to redline. In our 2023 Tiger 1200 GT Pro review, the Jett Tuning dyno showed 130.2 hp at 9,100 rpm and 81.8 lb-ft of torque at 7,000 rpm to the rear wheel through the bike’s shaft final drive.

2024 Triumph Tiger 1200 Rally Explorer

When asked at the unveiling if Triumph had considered changing the engine configuration, Wood said the T-plane was a “very conscientious decision … because of the extra character it gives you and because of the extra tractability it gives you at low rpm.”

“That is absolutely something that we love about this bike and something we know that customers love about this bike too,” he said. “So it was never an option to be changed to anything else. It’s a really nice engine, especially for adventure-style riding.”

2024 Triumph Tiger 1200 Rally Explorer
2024 Triumph Tiger 1200 Rally Explorer

For the 2024 model, Triumph has made further changes to the crankshaft, alternator rotor, and balancer to increase engine inertia, plus some associated engine calibration changes, all with the goal of a smoother and more precise low-rev torque delivery. Triumph says customers will be able to feel the increased smoothness while accelerating or decelerating, especially at low speeds, and that an updated clutch design will create smoother engagement when changing into first gear.

2024 Triumph Tiger 1200 Rally Explorer
2024 Triumph Tiger 1200 Rally Explorer

Both Triumph Tiger 1200 Explorer models still feature Brembo Stylema braking components, with dual 4-piston monoblock radial front calipers clamping down on 320mm floating discs and a 1-piston rear caliper and 298mm disc. Cornering ABS is standard, as is cornering traction control. The Showa semi-active suspension system has On-Road and Off-Road damping modes, with nine settings ranging from Sport to Comfort within each mode, as well as automatic rear preload adjustment. Travel is 7.9 inches front and rear. The Tiger 1200 Rally Explorer rides on tubeless spoked wheels (21-inch front, 18-inch rear), and the GT Explorer features cast aluminum wheels (19-inch front, 18-inch rear).

2024 Triumph Tiger 1200 GT Explorer
2024 Triumph Tiger 1200 GT Explorer

The seat on both bikes has been redesigned with a flatter profile, providing more space for the rider, and the accessory low seat reduces the seat height by 0.8 inch from 33.5 inches to 32.7 inches on the GT Explorer and from 34.5 inches to 33.7 inches on the Rally Explorer. Seat height is reduced an additional 0.78 inch by the new Active Preload Reduction feature, which was revealed in August 2023 and offers the rider greater confidence by reducing the rear suspension preload as the Tiger 1200 slows to a stop simply by pressing the ‘Home’ button on the switch cube for one second.

2024 Triumph Tiger 1200 GT Explorer

Related: Triumph Announces Active Preload Reduction for Tiger 1200 Range

The cornering clearance of the Triumph Tiger 1200 GT Explorer model has been increased by lifting the footpeg position and moving them closer to the bike, and a longer clutch lever has also been introduced, providing increased space for riders’ fingers, adding further comfort especially on longer journeys.

The Tiger 1200 Explorer technology package includes the Triumph Blind Spot Radar System, 7-inch TFT instrumentation with integrated My Triumph Connectivity System, Shift Assist, heated grips and seats, tire pressure monitoring, Hill Hold, and a keyless system that includes ignition, steering lock, and fuel cap.

2024 Triumph Tiger 1200 GT Explorer
2024 Triumph Tiger 1200 GT Explorer

Both variants of the Triumph Tiger 1200 Explorer models will be available with new colors for 2024. The GT Explorer will be available in Carnival Red, as well as the previous options of Snowdonia White and Sapphire Black. Pricing starts at $23,795. The Rally Explorer will be available in the new Matte Sandstorm and Jet Black options, as well as the popular Matte Khaki. Pricing starts at $24,895.

For more information, visit the Triumph Motorcycles website.

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2024 Honda Africa Twin Review | First Look

2024 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES
2024 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES with manual transmission

American Honda has announced the return of its flagship Africa Twin adventure lineup, which has been updated for the new model year. The 2024 Honda Africa Twin will be available in in four variants: the off-road focused Africa Twin and the more on-road focused Adventure Sports ES, both of which will be offered in either a manual transmission or Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) model. The DCT models feature automatic shifting or the option to use paddle shifters, as well as four settings: Drive, Sport 1, Sport 2, and Sport 3.

Related: 2020 Honda Africa Twin CRF1100L Adventure Sports ES | Road Test Review

2024 Honda Africa Twin
2024 Honda Africa Twin with manual transmission
2024 Honda Africa Twin DCT
2024 Honda Africa Twin DCT

“The Africa Twin is a mainstay of Honda’s adventure lineup, and we’re happy to bring this platform update to our customers for 2024,” said Brandon Wilson, manager of Racing and Experiential Marketing at American Honda. “With the recent addition of the midsize Transalp, and now this updated Africa Twin, it’s clear that Honda is committed to the adventure category, and to delivering capable machines to fuel enthusiasts’ desire to explore.”

Both the Honda Africa Twin and Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES are powered by a liquid-cooled 1,083 Unicam SOHC parallel-Twin with 4 valves per cylinder and 270-degree crank mated to a 6-speed gearbox and chain final drive. The engine’s intake/exhaust has been redesigned, and compression has been increased to 10.5:1.

2024 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES DCT
2024 Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES DCT

Both bikes also feature cruise control and throttle-by-wire with seven levels of Honda Selectable Torque Control and four power delivery modes: Tour, Urban, Gravel, and user-programmable. The Africa Twins have a new five-position windscreen, tubeless tires, and a revised fairing design, and the Adventure Sports ES features heated grips.

2024 Honda Africa Twin DCT
2024 Honda Africa Twin DCT

Stopping power remains the same on both bikes, with dual 4-piston calipers biting 310mm front discs and a 2-piston caliper and 256mm disc in the rear. Both models have switchable cornering ABS with two modes: on-road or off-road.

For suspension, the Africa Twin still has a 45mm inverted telescopic fork and Pro-Link monoshock, but travel has been reduced to 8.0 inches in front and 8.7 in the back (down from 9.1/8.7, front/rear on the 2022 Africa Twin and Adventure Sports ES). The seat height remains at 34.3 inches for the standard position, with a low position of 33.5 inches. The Africa Twin still rides on 21-inch/18-inch front/rear wheels, and with its 5-gallon tank full, it has a wet weight of 510 lb or 535 lb for DCT.

2024 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES DCT
2024 Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES DCT

The Adventure Sports ES also has a 45mm inverted telescopic fork and Pro-Link monoshock, both now with electronic adjustment offering five suspension damper settings: hard, medium, soft, and off-road, as well as a customizable “user” setting. Travel has been reduced to 7.3 inches/7.9 inches, front/back. Seat height has also been lowered to 33.7 inches for the standard position and 32.9 inches for the low position. The Adventure Sports ES has a new 19-inch front wheel (still 18 inches in the rear), a 6.6-gallon tank, and a wet weight of 535 lb or 559 lb for DCT.

2024 Honda Africa Twin DCT
2024 Honda Africa Twin DCT

The Africa Twins feature a 6.5-inch touch-panel LCD multi-information dash with three display options and compatibility with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth.

2024 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES DCT
2024 Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES DCT

The 2024 Africa Twin will come in Grand Prix Red starting at $14,799 for the manual transmission and $15,599 for the DCT. The Adventure Sports ES will come in Pearl White starting at $17,599 for the manual transmission and $18,399 for the DCT. Both bikes will be available in May.

For more information, visit the Honda Powersports website.

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2024 Moto Guzzi Stelvio Review | First Ride

2024 Moto Guzzi Stelvio
The 2024 Moto Guzzi Stelvio puts a fresh face on a familiar name.

In continuous production since 1921, Moto Guzzi is Italy’s oldest motorcycle manufacturer. Covid forced a one-year postponement of the 100th anniversary celebrations held at its Mandello del Lario factory on the shores of Lake Como, but Guzzi is now making up for lost time.  

Last year, Moto Guzzi launched the first bike based on its newest model platform: the multifaceted V100 Mandello, which aspires to be both an urban roadster and a mile-eating sport-tourer. One year later comes another new model, the reimagined 2024 Moto Guzzi Stelvio adventure-tourer, which was designed and engineered alongside the V100 and unveiled at last November’s EICMA show in Milan. 

2024 Moto Guzzi Stelvio
The 2024 Moto Guzzi Stelvio comes in two color variants, both matte: Giallo Savana (left) or Nero Vulcano (right).

Given the current significance of the ADV segment in global market terms, it’s surprising that Guzzi’s owner, Piaggio, didn’t prioritize the Stelvio over the Mandello, but hey, better late than never. As I soon understood on an exclusive ride aboard this new model along the fabulously scenic, super grippy, and ultra-demanding mountain roads of the Ligurian Alps north of Genoa on a sunny winter’s day, this is a significant new model that moves Moto Guzzi to the forefront of everyday motorcycling.

Priced at $16,390 without the optional PFF Rider Assistance package, this new Guzzi is more costly than Suzuki’s $14,849 V-Strom 1050XT, Honda’s $14,499 Africa Twin, and Husqvarna’s $14,899 Norden 901.  

2024 Moto Guzzi Stelvio
More impressive than the claimed output (115 hp at 8,700 rpm and 77.4 lb-ft delivered at 6,750 rpm when measured at the crank) is the fact that 82% of the torque is available from just 3,500 rpm.

Named after the legendary Dolomites pass in northern Italy, which connects two valleys via 48 hairpin bends, the Moto Guzzi Stelvio is a reincarnation of the previous model bearing the same name, which debuted in 2007 but was shelved in 2016 since it was unable to meet Euro 4 compliance. Powered by Guzzi’s 1200/8V Big Block motor, the previous iteration of the Stelvio was a much larger and 66-lb heavier motorcycle than its modern counterpart, and it represented an Italian air-cooled V-Twin alternative for those who didn’t want to ride a BMW R 1200 GS.  

Related: 2012 Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX | Road Test Review 

2024 Moto Guzzi Stelvio
The Stelvio features tubeless spoked wheels: 3×19 inches in the front and 4.5×17 inches in the rear.

The new Stelvio is a very different package, which, like the V100 Mandello, ticks an array of new boxes for the historic Italian brand. It’s Moto Guzzi’s first liquid-cooled ADV, its first with a DOHC valvetrain, its first to be fitted with a gear-driven counterbalancer, and its first to embrace advanced electronics, including a 6-axis Continental IMU to provide data for the throttle-by-wire, cornering ABS, and other digital amenities. It’s a second long-awaited 21st century real-world Moto Guzzi model, which Piaggio’s late boss Roberto Colaninno had promised he’d bankroll for the past decade or more. His engineers finally delivered it to the marketplace after his August 2023 passing.  

2024 Moto Guzzi Stelvio
The engine in the Stelvio was first seen in the V100 Mandello. The only things they have in common with Guzzi’s neo-vintage air-cooled OHV V-Twin predecessors are their transverse mounting in the chassis and shaft final drive.

The result is a completely modern yet totally individual motorcycle that could not have emanated from any other manufacturer. Designer Giulio Rossi Paccani sought to create a best-in-class machine, one that wouldn’t need the famous Eagle badge or the trademark “flying” V-Twin to be identified as a Guzzi. The new Stelvio has undoubted presence – it looks classy, sleek, and undeniably modern, with the DRL light strip beneath its headlamp incorporating the silhouette of the Eagle in the Moto Guzzi tank badge with its wings spread wide. That’s neat!  

2024 Moto Guzzi Stelvio
The 2024 Moto Guzzi Stelvio leaves the city behind for adventure in the hills.

Climb aboard the 32.7-inch stepped seat, which is sufficiently padded and has ample space for a passenger, and you’ll discover a great riding position thanks to the wide, tapered alloy handlebar that’s mounted on tall 3.7-inch risers and falls naturally to hand. The rubber grips are fat and thick, just right for good purchase. The new Moto Guzzi Stelvio feels more accessible than some other ADV models because the rider sits in it rather than perched up high, adding to the sense of control even in tricky conditions. This is a confidence-inspiring motorcycle that I felt at one with from the start. At 5-foot-10, I could put both feet flat on the ground at traffic lights thanks to the seat’s narrow front. Lower and taller seats are available as accessories.  

2024 Moto Guzzi Stelvio
The Michelin Anakee Adventure tires (120/70 front, 170/60 rear) provided excellent grip.

The resulting riding stance is quite upright, with the rubber-mounted footpegs positioned relatively far back but not enough to be uncomfortable or to push the rider’s knees far enough forward to make friends with the cylinders, a common problem with Guzzi’s older OHV air-cooled V-Twins. Despite the fatter cylinders and heads of this liquid-cooled DOHC 8-valve motor, my knees came nowhere near the engine thanks also to the cylinders being inclined forward 6 degrees from vertical to create extra space, having already been rotated 90 degrees so that the throttle bodies are now positioned under the fuel tank, which also helps free up space. The engine is a fully stressed member of the tubular-steel trellis frame with eight mounting points.  

2024 Moto Guzzi Stelvio
Guzzi’s PFF Rider Assistance Solution includes a Marelli 11MP control unit and a 6-axis IMU, which analyzes data and optimizes the bike’s cornering ABS and traction control.

Thumb the starter button, and the Stelvio’s V100 motor bursts immediately into life, settling to a 1,300-rpm idle without any trace of the rock ‘n’ roll from side to side delivered by traditional air-cooled Guzzis like the V85TT, which remains in production as a counterpoint to the Stelvio. Even if the throttle is blipped in neutral, there’s hardly any sway. It’s also nearly silent mechanically, with no sign of the clicks and rattles of its pushrod ancestors.   

2024 Moto Guzzi Stelvio
The KYB cantilever monoshock is adjustable for spring preload via a remote external knob and for rebound damping but not for compression.

This is a totally modern motorcycle, which also doesn’t rise and fall on the suspension when you put it in gear and ride away or when you roll on and off the throttle because of the shaft final drive’s hypoid rear drive unit. Guzzi engineers have finally delivered the best of both worlds that was always there for the taking if only they’d addressed this sooner – the convenience and cleanliness of shaft drive coupled with the neutral dynamics of a chain-drive bike. Lots of good engineering has gone into this motorcycle.  

2024 Moto Guzzi Stelvio
The long, cast aluminum single-sided swingarm on the Stelvio has been reinforced for offroad use and repositioned on the left side of the bike.

The clutch lever is a bit stiffer than the one mated to the old air-cooled motor – but working said lever in traffic-choked stretches of road didn’t tire out my left hand unduly. The 6-speed gearbox’s shift action was almost flawless, and though not fitted to the Stelvio I tested, an up/down quickshifter is available as an option.  

2024 Moto Guzzi Stelvio
The Stelvio has an oil sump isolated from the crankcase via a reed valve, which minimizes the size of the lower portion of the engine and improves ground clearance when navigating off-road challenges.

The Stelvio’s engine picks up strongly from 2,800 rpm upwards, with 3,000-6,500 rpm being the happy zone where riders will surf most of the time. It’s a wonderfully flexible motor, and 3rd gear especially is a useful ratio that you can hold for miles on end along a winding hillside road, running from as low as 2,000 revs to the 9,500 rpm soft-action limiter with zero transmission snatch and an utterly linear torque curve.  

2024 Moto Guzzi Stelvio
The shape of the electrically adjustable windscreen was designed to deflect airflow while avoiding rear air vortices, aided by the presence of the two side deflectors.

Thanks to the counterbalancer, there’s no real vibration to speak of, so you can really push the Stelvio hard, using the excellent feedback from the Sachs fork and the fine grip of the front Michelin Anakee Adventure tire to start sparking the footpegs’ hero tabs as you flick it from side to side. This is a nice-handling bike, with an unexpectedly plush ride quality, and despite its lack of a progressive-rate link, I could feel the KYB rear suspension smoothly working away beneath me. The suspension is adjustable for rebound damping and spring preload front and rear, and travel is 6.7 inches at both ends. 

The Stelvio’s five ride modes (Sport, Road, Touring, Rain, Off-Road) all deliver full power, claimed to be 115 hp at 8,700 rpm and 77.4 lb-ft delivered at 6,750 rpm when measured at the crank, but they are tailored to different conditions using three different engine maps, three levels of engine braking, four levels of traction control, and two ABS modes.

2024 Moto Guzzi Stelvio
The Stelvio uses a 46mm Sachs inverted fork that’s set at 25.6 degrees of rake with 116mm of trail, a bit less sporty than the V100’s 24.7 degrees and 104mm.

Road and Touring modes are very similar in response – whereas Sport is notably crisper and more exciting to use – but they all make the Stelvio easy and responsive to ride, and it’s very easy to switch between them on the go via a button on the right switchblock. Cruise control is also standard. The fact that most of the bike’s development was accomplished in the Aprilia R&D Center in Noale, Italy, is surely one reason the Stelvio’s electronics are so excellent.  

2024 Moto Guzzi Stelvio
Although I rode in the Ligurian Alps, the Stelvio is named after the famous Alpine pass on the Italian/Swiss border that connects two valleys through 48 legendary hairpin bends.

Although the bike I tested was not so equipped, the Stelvio will be the first model available with Moto Guzzi’s PFF Rider Assistance Solution as a factory-installed option. It uses 4D Imaging Radar technology to enable several safety-related features, including Following Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Information System, and Lane Change Assist. Pricing for this option has not yet been announced. 

2024 Moto Guzzi Stelvio
The 5-inch color TFT is easy to navigate, but its location on the bike is somewhat obtrusive.

The Stelvio has crisp, neutral steering and is surprisingly agile, with its wide handlebar allowing you to easily lever the bike from side to side through a series of twisting turns leading into yet another 2nd-gear hairpin while remaining super stable when needed, especially under hard braking. Indeed, slowing for such turns via the excellent Brembo brakes, with good initial bite from the radial monoblock front calipers, is always effective, and I could trail-brake into the apex without the Guzzi wanting to stand up and understeer.   

2024 Moto Guzzi Stelvio
The Stelvio’s 32.7-inch seat height, roomy footpeg placement, and wide aluminum handlebar contributes to a comfortable upright seating position.

The bike’s steering geometry (25.6-degree rake and 4.6 inches of trail), rational 59.8-inch wheelbase, and 170/60-17 rear tire all contribute to sweet, intuitive steering without having to give a discernible tug to the handlebar to make it change direction quickly. The 19-inch front tire suits the bike’s likely use: I didn’t get the chance to ride it off-road, but this is what the Italians call a moto strade bianche – a motorcycle that tackles the country’s network of white gravel roads with aplomb. But Guzzi insiders dismiss any thoughts of a 21-inch front wheel for more serious off-roading: “It’s not in our plans,” says Piaggio PR Manager Fabio Gilardenghi.   

One reason for the sweet steering is the Stelvio’s balance – it’s not just a pretty face, but a rational real-world ride too, with well-chosen stock suspension settings so that it doesn’t pitch back and forth unduly during hard braking and acceleration. The wind tunnel-developed electrically adjustable windscreen adds comfort on long, fast stretches thanks to its 2.8-inch range of height adjustment, as well as the effectiveness of the small side flaps that deflected the breeze off my shoulders. In the lowest position, airflow over the screen came at my helmet’s chin, but there was no buffeting. With the screen fully raised, protection was impressive, delivering a calm bubble of mostly still air.  

2024 Moto Guzzi Stelvio
Braking on the Stelvio is identical to the Mandello and comes courtesy of Brembo, with metal braided hoses and twin 320mm floating front discs gripped by 4-piston monoblock radial calipers, with a 280mm rear disc and 2-piston caliper.

However, the Stelvio’s 5-inch color TFT dash is parked obtrusively in your line of sight, and while you eventually get used to the location, it looks rather unsightly and impacts visibility unless you sit fully upright in the seat. Having said that, the dash is both packed with data and super legible – the central digital speedo and the gear indicator to its right are very easy to see, as is the set of menus for configuring ride modes, controlling amenities, and linking to a smartphone. Navigating the menu system is both simple and intuitive.   

2024 Moto Guzzi Stelvio
The Stelvio has a full LED lighting system with Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) and cornering lights.

My day’s ride around Liguria on the new Stelvio was certainly fun but frustratingly short, as it was just a brief taster of what may very well be the best Moto Guzzi roadbike yet made – one which will appeal to conquest customers from rival brands, as well as diehard guzzisti. If you think I’m overstating the case, go and book a test ride at an event or your local Moto Guzzi dealer and then tell me I’m wrong. Piaggio’s marketing team knows they need to make the bike available for potential purchasers to try out to have any chance of convincing them of the Stelvio’s excellence. Even more than the Mandello, this is a well-engineered step forward into a brave new world for Moto Guzzi, which has achieved modernity without sacrificing its traditional qualities and intrinsic customer appeal that were derived from its neo-vintage range of previous models.   

The build quality is very high, just as the prices are. And this is just the beginning, for after the Mandello and the Stelvio, there’s apparently a whole series of variants using the same platform already lined up to be launched at the rate of one new model every year for the next few years. After decades of riding Moto Guzzi models that never troubled the competition in a direct shootout but whose deficiencies you were prepared to excuse on the grounds of “character” or “tradition,” it’s good to see Piaggio has finally come up with the goods by underwriting the development of a potentially class-leading contender in the midsize ADV sector, one of the most competitive segments of today’s two-wheeled marketplace.

2024 Moto Guzzi Stelvio

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2024 Moto Guzzi Stelvio Specs

  • Base Price: $16,390 
  • Website: MotoGuzzi.com 
  • Warranty: 2 yrs., unltd. miles 
  • Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, longitudinal V-Twin, DOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl. 
  • Displacement: 1,042cc 
  • Bore x Stroke: 96 x 72mm 
  • Horsepower: 115 hp @ 8,700 rpm (factory claim) 
  • Torque: 77.4 lb-ft @ 6,750 rpm (factory claim) 
  • Transmission: 6-speed, hydraulically actuated slip/assist wet clutch 
  • Final Drive: Shaft 
  • Wheelbase: 59.8 in. 
  • Rake/Trail: 25.6 degrees/4.6 in. 
  • Seat Height: 32.7 in. 
  • Wet Weight: 542 lb (90% fuel) 
  • Fuel Capacity: 5.5 gal. 

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2025 Moto Morini X-Cape 1200 Review | First Look 

2025 Moto Morini X-Cape 1200
2025 Moto Morini X-Cape 1200

Moto Morini, the Italian motorcycle brand purchased in 2018 by Zhongneng Vehicle Group, just unveiled its 2025 Moto Morini X-Cape 1200 adventure bike at the 2024 AIMExpo in Las Vegas. The company says it is going for a balance between performance, agility, power, comfort, and the Italian style that is a central thread that inspired the designers at Moto Morini. 

Related: Moto Morini: A History of Motorcycling’s Best-Kept Secret 

2025 Moto Morini X-Cape 1200

The Moto Morini X-Cape 1200 is powered by the new 1,187cc V2 Corsa Corta EVO engine, an 87-degree V-Twin designed and engineered in Italy and making a claimed 122 hp. The bike is equipped with rider assistance features such as cruise control, a quickshifter, traction control, and blind-spot radar, as well as four different ride modes. 

Stopping power is provided by Brembo monoblock front calipers and dual 320mm discs, with a fixed caliper for the 280mm rear disc. The bike features cornering ABS that can be disabled for experienced riders who wish to aggressively tackle unpaved roads. A fully adjustable fork and progressive link shock provide 6.7 inches of travel in the front and 6.3 inches in the back. 

Related: 2023 Moto Morini Seiemmezzo SCR and STR Review | First Ride 

2025 Moto Morini X-Cape 1200

The Moto Morini X-Cape 1200 has a tubular trellis frame. The seat height is 33.8 inches, and the company says the ergonomics of the seat have been designed to allow an active and comfortable setup for riders. Additionally, the design of the bodywork directs hot air away from the rider for improved comfort and prolonged saddle time. 

The spoked, tubeless wheels (3.5×19-inch front, 5.0×17-inch rear) are shod with Pirelli Scorpion Trail tires. Tire pressure monitoring is standard. 

The bike has full LED lighting and a 7-inch TFT screen that includes an integrated navigation system. 

2025 Moto Morini X-Cape 1200

An aluminum luggage rack is included as standard equipment, and accessories will include luggage with integrated attachments. 

Pricing for the 2025 Moto Morini X-Cape 1200 has not yet been announced.

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21 Cool New Motorcycles at AIMExpo 2024

We’re at the 2024 American International Motorcycle Exposition (AIMExpo) in Las Vegas, where nearly 200 vendors from around the world are displaying the latest motorcycles and products to dealers, media, and other industry insiders. Here are 21 cool new motorcycles we’ve seen at the show.

New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2025 CFMOTO 450CL-C
2025 CFMOTO 450CL-C

2025 CFMOTO 450CL-C Review | First Look


New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2025 CFMOTO Ibex 450
2025 CFMOTO Ibex 450

2025 CFMOTO Ibex 450 Review | First Look


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New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 Kawasaki Ninja 7 Hybrid ABS
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New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 KTM 890 SMT
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New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo
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New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 Moto Guzzi Stelvio
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New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 Moto Morini Calibro
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New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2025 Moto Morini Corsaro Sport
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New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 MV Agusta LXP Orioli
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New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 MV Agusta Rush 1000
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New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 MV Agusta Superveloce 98
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New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 Suzuki GSX-8R
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New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 Suzuki GSX-S1000GX+
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New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 Suzuki Hayabusa 25th Anniversary Edition
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New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 Triumph Scrambler 400 X
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New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 Triumph Speed 400
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New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 Triumph TF 250-X
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New Motorcycles AIMExpo Yamaha Tricera Concept
Yamaha Tricera Concept

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2025 CFMOTO Ibex 450 Review | First Look

2025 CFMOTO Ibex 450
2025 CFMOTO Ibex 450 in Zephyr Blue

When the 2024 CFMOTO lineup was announced last October, notably absent was the 650 ADVentura middleweight street-adventure bike. However, added to the company’s lineup were two new naked sportbikes, one of which is based on its 450 platform, and at the annual AIMExpo in Las Vegas, the company announced two new bikes based on that same platform: the 2025 CFMOTO Ibex 450 adventure bike and the 450CL-C cruiser.     

2025 CFMOTO Ibex 450
2025 CFMOTO Ibex 450 in Tundra Grey

The Ibex 450 features a liquid-cooled 449cc parallel-Twin with DOHC, a 270-degree crank, and dual counterbalancers all working together for a claimed 44 hp at 8,500 rpm and 32.5 lb-ft of torque at 6,250 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox with a slip/assist clutch. 

When we tested the 650 ADVentura in the summer of 2022, one of the things we noted was the lack of traction control. This has been added on the Ibex 450, as well as the ability to turn it off at the rear wheel. The Ibex 450 has a fully adjustable KYB inverted fork and a central-aligned, multi-link rear monoshock with adjustable damping and preload and an external gas reservoir for steady damping and enhanced heat dissipation. Suspension travel is 8 inches front and rear.  

2025 CFMOTO Ibex 450

In addition to the Standard ride mode, the Ibex 450 also features an Off-Road mode and switchable rear-wheel ABS, two features we would’ve liked on the Ibex 800 T. Otherwise, stopping power comes from J.Juan components, with a 4-piston caliper biting a single 320mm disc up front and single-piston caliper and 240mm disc in the back. 

Related: 2023 CFMOTO Ibex 800 T | Road Test Review 

The Ibex 450 has a chromoly steel frame, tool-less windscreen adjustment, foldable mirrors, an adjustable handlebar, an aluminum alloy skid plate, and a 4.6-gallon tank. The 32.3-inch seat height/ride height can be lowered to 31.5 inches via an integrated lowering link, it has 8.7 inches of ground clearance, and it rides on tubeless, cross-spoke rims (21-inch front, 18-inch rear). The bike has a dry weight of 386 lb.   

The Ibex 450 features full LED lighting, a 5-inch curved TFT with Bluetooth and CFMOTO Ride app connectivity, and a USB type-C charging port. 

2025 CFMOTO Ibex 450

The 2025 CFMOTO Ibex 450 will come in Zephyr Blue or Tundra Grey and start at $6,499. 

For more information, visit the CFMOTO website

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Returning 2024 Honda Motorcycles | First Look 

2024 Honda CBR600RR Grand Prix Red
The CBR600RR in Grand Prix Red joins the list of returning 2024 Honda motorcycles in the company’s latest announcement.

Joining an already growing list of 2024 Honda motorcycles are 11 returning models. Included in Honda’s latest announcement are color options, pricing, and availability. 

This announcement adds to the list of new, updated, and returning models for 2024, including the new 2024 Honda Transalp middleweight adventure bike, which we tested in November, and the updated 2024 Shadow Phantom bobber-style cruiser, which we tested in September. See the previous Honda announcement for news on other returning models, including the Gold Wing family, the Rebel family, the NC750X, the Fury, and others. 

Related: 2024 Honda Transalp Review | Video 

Related: 2024 Honda Shadow Phantom Review | First Ride 

CBR1000RR | 2024 Honda Motorcycles 

2024 Honda CBR1000RR Grand Prix Red
2024 Honda CBR1000RR in Grand Prix Red

The 2024 Honda CBR1000RR sportbike is powered by a 998cc inline 4-cylinder engine with dual-stage fuel injection. The RR also boasts a TFT display, full LED lighting, and your choice of ABS or conventional brakes. 

The 2024 Honda CBR1000RR will be available in Grand Prix Red for $16,699 without ABS and $16,999 with ABS, and it’ll arrive in dealerships in March. 

CBR600RR | 2024 Honda Motorcycles  

2024 Honda CBR600RR Grand Prix Red
2024 Honda CBR600RR in Grand Prix Red

With eight World Supersport titles under its belt, the Honda CBR600RR returns for 2024, ready to take on the racetrack or your favorite canyon roads with its high-revving inline four-cylinder engine and high-performance Showa suspension. 

The 2024 Honda CBR600RR will be available in Grand Prix Red for $12,199 without ABS and $13,199 with ABS, and it’ll arrive in dealerships in March. 

CB1000R | 2024 Honda Motorcycles 

2024 Honda CB1000R Black
2024 Honda CB1000R in Black

The CB1000R naked streetfighter is a versatile machine with the power and torque of a liter bike and an open, upright riding position. It’s powered by a 998cc inline four-cylinder engine and has a blacked-out design. 

Related: Honda CB1000R | Road Test Review 

The 2024 CB1000R will be available in Black for $12,999, and it’ll arrive in dealerships in March. 

SCL500 | 2024 Honda Motorcycles 

2024 Honda SCL500 Candy Orange
2024 Honda SCL500 in Candy Orange

Released last year, the scrambler-style SCL500 is built for fun and features the same 500cc parallel-Twin from the Rebel 500, an upright riding position, a flat seat, and a high-mounted exhaust. The SCL500 also lends itself to personalization through Honda’s range of SCL500-tailored accessories. 

Related: 2023 Honda SCL500 Review | First Ride 

2024 Honda SCL500 Matte Black Metallic
2024 Honda SCL500 in Matte Black Metallic

The 2024 Honda SCL500 will be available in Candy Orange, Matte Laurel Green Metallic, or Matte Black Metallic (new color for 2024) for $6,799, and it’ll arrive in dealerships in April. 

2024 Honda SCL500 Matte Laurel Green Metallic
2024 Honda SCL500 in Matte Laurel Green Metallic

PCX | 2024 Honda Motorcycles 

2024 Honda PCX Matte Brown Metallic
2024 Honda PCX i Matte Brown Metallic

Designed for urban environments, the Honda PCX scooter features a liquid-cooled 157cc Single, convenient underseat storage, and standard front-wheel ABS. 

The 2024 Honda PCX will be available in Matte Brown Metallic with an MSRP of $4,249, and it’ll arrive in dealerships in April. 

CRF300L | 2024 Honda Motorcycles 

2024 Honda CRF300L Red
2024 Honda CRF300L in Red

The Honda CRF300L is an approachable dual-sport that provides an entry point for riders new to off-road riding. It’s powered by a liquid-cooled 286cc Single, and it’s available with or without ABS, as well as a low-seat ABS version. 

Related: Honda CRF300L and CRF300L Rally | First Ride Review 

2024 Honda CRF300LS Swift Gray
2024 Honda CRF300LS in Swift Gray

The 2024 Honda CRF300L will be available in Red with an MSRP of $5,749 with ABS and $5,449 without ABS. The CRF300LS low-seat version will be available in Swift Gray with an MSRP of $5,749. These models will arrive at dealerships in April. 

CRF300L Rally | 2024 Honda Motorcycles 

2024 Honda CRF300L Rally Red
2024 Honda CRF300L Rally in Red

The Rally version of the CRF300L dual-sport features comfort-focused enhancements like a windscreen, handguards, and larger fuel tank. Like the CRF300L, the Rally also comes with the option of ABS. 

Related: Honda CRF300L and CRF300L Rally | First Ride Review 

The 2024 Honda CRF300L Rally will be available in Red with an MSRP of $6,499 with ABS or $6,199 without ABS, and it’ll arrive in dealerships in April. 

XR650L | 2024 Honda Motorcycles 

2024 Honda XR650L White
2024 Honda XR650L in White

Introduced in 1993, the Honda XR650L dual-sport features a simple design with a focus on reliability. It’s powered by an air-cooled 644cc Single and features a rugged steel frame and long-travel suspension, built to perform in the dirt while being street-legal for around-town transportation. 

The 2024 Honda XR650L will be available in White with an MSRP of $6,999, and it’ll arrive in dealerships in March. 

XR150L | 2024 Honda Motorcycles 

2024 Honda XR150L Black
2024 Honda XR150L in Black

For a more affordable dual-sport option, the XR150L features an air-cooled 149cc Single, an approachable and accessible design, and a convenient rear cargo rack, ideal for around-town commuting or transportation around the campground. 

2024 Honda XR150L White
2024 Honda XR150L in White

The 2024 Honda XR150L will be available in Black or White with an MSRP of $3,099, and it’ll arrive in dealerships in February. 

Trail125 | 2024 Honda Motorcycles 

2024 Honda Trail125 Turmeric Yellow
2024 Honda Trail125 in Turmeric Yellow

The Trail125 minimoto nods to Trail models of the 1960s with a classic design, but its current version includes convenient modern features like fuel injection, an electric starter, and front-wheel ABS. 

The 2024 Trail125 will be available in Turmeric Yellow with an MSRP of $4,099, and it’ll arrive in dealerships in March. 

Montesa | 2024 Honda Motorcycles 

2024 Honda Montesa Cota 4RT301RR White
2024 Honda Montesa Cota 4RT301RR in White

The Montesa Cota 4RT trials bike has been tested and proven to perform, capturing an FIM World Trials Championship Crown in the hands of Toni Bou. It features top-shelf Showa suspension, programmed fuel injection, and a dual-map ECU. The Montesa comes in the competition-ready 4RT301RR version and the standard 4RT260R. 

2024 Honda Montesa Cota 4RT260R Red
2024 Honda Montesa Cota 4RT260R in Red

The 2024 Honda Montesa Cota 4RT301RR will be available in White or Red with an MSRP of $11,899, and the Montesa Cota 4RT260R will be available in Red with an MSRP of $9,299. These two models will arrive in dealerships in February. 

For more information, visit the Honda website

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2024 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Lineup Review | First Look

2024 Harley-Davison CVO Road Glide ST
2024 Harley-Davison CVO Road Glide ST in Golden White Pearl

Under the banner “Dawn of a New Era,” the Motor Company made a global announcement today about new models added to the 2024 Harley-Davidson lineup. This year marks the 25th anniversary of H-D’s Custom Vehicle Operations division, and in addition to the CVO Street Glide and CVO Road Glide announced last June, the Motor Company will offer a CVO Road Glide ST and a CVO Pan America adventure bike. Harley-Davidson’s popular Street Glide and Road Glide baggers have also been updated.

Related: 2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide and Road Glide Review | First Ride

2024 Harley-Davison CVO Pan America
2024 Harley-Davison CVO Pan America

Street Glide and Road Glide | 2024 Harley-Davidson

2024 Harley-Davison Road Glide
2024 Harley-Davison Road Glide

Two of Harley-Davidson’s best-selling bagger models – the Street Glide and the Road Glide – now feature more streamlined bodywork first seen on their CVO counterparts. Both are powered by a Milwaukee-Eight 117 V-Twins with a revised cooling system, and new for 2024 are selectable ride modes: Road, Sport, Rain, and Custom.

2024 Harley-Davison Street Glide
2024 Harley-Davison Street Glide

Convenience and comfort have also been improved with an upgraded infotainment available through a new 12.3-inch TFT color display, additional rear suspension travel, and a revised seat.

2024 Harley-Davison Street Glide
2024 Harley-Davison Street Glide
2024 Harley-Davison Road Glide
2024 Harley-Davison Road Glide

CVO Road Glide ST | 2024 Harley-Davidson

Harley-Davidson says the new CVO Road Glide ST is the company’s “quickest, fastest, and most sophisticated performance bagger.” The West Coast-style bagger is powered by the Milwaukee-Eight 121 High Output V-Twin, an engine exclusive to this model that churns out 127 hp and 145 lb-ft of asphalt-buckling torque. Selectable ride modes include Road, Sport, Track, Track Plus, Rain, and multiple Custom modes.

2024 Harley-Davison CVO Road Glide ST
2024 Harley-Davison CVO Road Glide ST in Raven Metallic

Lightweight materials, including mufflers with titanium shells, an oil pan made of composite, and forged carbon fiber used in the muffler end caps, front fender, seat cowl, and tank console, along with revised wheels and wave-style front brake rotors, help keep dry weight to 800 lb, 25 lb less than the CVO Road Glide.

The CVO Road Glide ST is equipped with fully adjustable Showa suspension, with an inverted 47mm 1×1 fork and dual rear shocks with remote reservoirs, and Brembo braking components.

A full suite of infotainment is powered by Skyline OS, and a large color touchscreen replaces all analog instrumentation and most switches. Premium audio includes a 500-watt amplifier and Rockford Fosgate Stage II 6.5-inch fairing speakers.

The CVO Road Glide ST will be available in two paint schemes: Golden White Pearl or Raven Metallic. In addition to CVO 25th Anniversary graphics, a Screamin’ Eagle graphic on the fairing sides and fuel tank is inspired by the Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson Factory motorcycles raced in the MotoAmerica King Of The Baggers series.

CVO Pan America | 2024 Harley-Davidson

2024 Harley-Davison CVO Pan America
2024 Harley-Davison CVO Pan America

Harley-Davidson’s Pan America has been one of the best-selling adventure bikes in the U.S. since its debut in 2021. The new CVO Pan America retains all the features of the Pan America 1250 Special, including the Revolution Max 1250 engine with multiple ride modes, semi-active suspension, and more.

Related: Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 Special Review | First Ride

The CVO Pan America model is outfitted with adventure-ready accessories including Adaptive Ride Height suspension, aluminum top and side cases, a Screamin’ Eagle quickshifter, tubeless laced wheels, auxiliary LED forward lighting, and an aluminum skid plate. It also comes in a unique black, red, and white paint scheme with a Harley-Davidson “1” logo on the tank.

Find more details at the Harley-Davidson website.

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2024 Kawasaki Ninja 500, Z500, KLX230 S, and KLX230SM Review | First Look 

2024 Kawasaki Ninja 500
2024 Kawasaki Ninja 500 KRT Edition in Lime Green / Ebony

Kawasaki updates its 2024 lineup with a new Ninja 500 sportbike and Z500 naked bike using the 451cc parallel-Twin found in the sport-cruiser Kawasaki Eliminator. It has also updated the Kawasaki KLX230 S dual-sport and KLX230SM supermoto. 

Related: 2024 Kawasaki Eliminator Review | First Ride 

2024 Kawasaki Ninja 500 and Z500 

2024 Kawasaki Z500 ABS
2024 Kawasaki Z500 ABS in Candy Lime Green / Metallic Flat Spark Black / Metallic Graphite Gray

Kawasaki adds to its Ninja family of motorcycles with the 2024 Kawasaki Ninja 500 and the Z500 naked version. These two new motorcycles come in standard as well as SE versions with special features, and they both include a 451cc parallel-Twin, new styling, a new LCD instrument panel, and a new seat shape. 

Engine | 2024 Kawasaki Ninja 500 and Z500 

2024 Kawasaki Ninja 500
2024 Kawasaki Ninja 500 SE ABS in Passion Red / Metallic Flat Spark Black / Metallic Matte Dark Gray

The Ninja 500 and Z500 are powered by the liquid-cooled 451cc parallel-Twin found in the Kawasaki Eliminator sport-cruiser introduced last year. Adapted from the same engine found in the Ninja 400, this engine adds 52cc of displacement for better acceleration and performance at high rpm due to a lengthened stroke of 6.8mm. Also new to the 500s are a new crankshaft, connecting rods, and pistons suitable for the larger displacement. Additionally, the top ring land of the aluminum pistons now features a hard alumite treatment suitable for higher pressure. 

2024 Kawasaki Ninja 500
The 451cc parallel-Twin powering the Ninja 500 and Z500 is adopted from the Kawasaki Eliminator sport-cruiser.

Chassis | 2024 Kawasaki Ninja 500 and Z500 

The Ninja 500 and Z500 feature a trellis frame with the engine as a stressed member and with a supersport-style short-wheelbase/long-swingarm configuration. The wheelbase is 54.1 inches, and seat heigh is 30.9 inches. The Ninja 500 weighs 377 lb, while the Z500 with less bodywork comes in at 368 lb. Fuel capacity is 3.7 gallons. 

2024 Kawasaki Ninja 500
2024 Kawasaki Ninja 500 in Metallic Spark Black / Metallic Flat Raw Graystone

Both bikes feature a nonadjustable 41mm telescopic front fork. In the rear is a bottom-link Uni-Trak suspension unit with five-step preload adjustability using an included tool kit. Braking power comes in the form of a single 310mm front disc gripped by a 2-piston caliper and a single 220mm rear disc with a 2-piston caliper. The star-pattern 5-spoke wheels help keep weight low. 

2024 Kawasaki Z500 ABS
2024 Kawasaki Z500 SE ABS in Candy Persimmon Red/Metallic Flat Spark Black / Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray

The Ninja 500 features an elevated position of its clip-on handlebars along with a slightly foot-forward footpeg placement for a relaxed rider triangle. The handlebar on the Z500 is taller and wider for a more upright riding position. Kawasaki claims the ergonomics on both bikes is intended to provide a balance between comfort and a sporty attitude to satisfy a wide range of rider needs. 

2024 Kawasaki Ninja 500

Technology | 2024 Kawasaki Ninja 500 and Z500 

Also new for the 500s is a high-contrast LCD instrument panel that displays odometer, gear position indicator, fuel gauge, dual trip meters, remaining range, current and average fuel consumption, coolant temperature, clock, connected device notification, service indicator, and the economical riding indicator. This last feature appears on the LCD screen to signal favorable fuel consumption conditions so that riders can optimize fuel efficiency. 

2024 Kawasaki Ninja 500

Through Rideology the App, riders can access vehicle info, a riding log, smartphone notifications, a maintenance log, and the ability to share location and riding logs with other app users. 

Styling | 2024 Kawasaki Ninja 500 and Z500 

Styling is where the Ninja 500 and the Z500 diverge. The Ninja 500 features a redesigned front end and large-volume bodywork inherited from larger-displacement Ninjas, along with compact LED headlights, built-in front turnsignals, and an LED taillight with a new design. 

2024 Kawasaki Ninja 500
2024 Kawasaki Ninja 500 SE 40th Anniversary Edition ABS in Lime Green / Pearl Crystal White / Blue

The Z500 features less bodywork, as well as a triple LED headlight configuration that acts as a styling focal point. The two upper headlights serve as low beams while the lower headlight acts as the high beam. The Z500 also features a new LED taillight. 

2024 Kawasaki Z500 ABS
The 2024 Kawasaki Z500 ABS features a triple LED headlight.

The SE versions of the Ninja 500 and Z500 add a variety of upgrades. The SE versions of both bikes feature a full color TFT display, a USB-C outlet, a radiator screen, frame sliders, a pillion seat cover, a tank pad, and knee-grip pads. Also included on the Ninja 500 SE is a large clear windscreen and Kawasaki’s Intelligent Proximity Activation Start System, which uses a key fob to allow riders to remotely release the bike’s steering lock and main switch. The Z500 SE comes with a smoke-colored meter cover. 

Pricing | 2024 Kawasaki Ninja 500 and Z500 

The 2024 Kawasaki Ninja 500 comes standard in Metallic Spark Black / Metallic Flat Raw Graystone for $5,299. The KRT Edition adds $200. The ABS version is available in Metallic Spark Black / Metallic Flat Raw Graystone, White Silver / Metallic Moondust Gray, or Passion Red / Metallic Flat Spark Black / Metallic Matte Dark Gray from $5,699-5,899. The SE ABS and KRT SE ABS versions come in Passion Red / Metallic Flat Spark Black / Metallic Matte Dark Gray for $6,399. The SE 40th Anniversary Edition ABS comes in Lime Green / Pearl Crystal White / Blue for $6,599. 

2024 Kawasaki Ninja 500
2024 Kawasaki Ninja 500 ABS in White Silver / Metallic Moondust Gray

The 2024 Kawasaki Z500 ABS comes in Candy Lime Green / Metallic Flat Spark Black / Metallic Graphite Gray for $5,599, and the SE ABS version comes in Candy Persimmon Red / Metallic Flat Spark Black / Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray for $6,299. 

All Kawasaki Ninja 500 and Z500 variations are available now. Visit the Kawasaki website for more information. 


2024 Kawasaki KLX230 S and KLX230SM 

2024 Kawasaki KLX230 S
2024 Kawasaki KLX230 S in Lime Green

The Kawasaki KLX230 S dual-sport and KLX230SM supermoto models, first introduced in 2020, also receive updates for 2024. The most notable updates for these two models are found in the chassis and the revised rear subframe, along with some other updates to the ABS system, styling, seat, and added smartphone connectivity. 

Related: 2024 Kawasaki KLX300 and KLX300SM | First Look Review 

Engine | 2024 Kawasaki KLX230 S and KLX230SM 

2024 Kawasaki KLX230SM
The 2024 Kawasaki KLX230 S and KLX230SM are powered by an air-cooled 232cc Single.

Powering the KLX230 S and KLX230SM is an air-cooled 233cc Single with a bore and stroke of 67.0mm x 66.0mm. The long stroke offers good low-to-mid-range torque. The intake port is 4mm narrower for 2024 (now measuring 33mm) to help contribute to low-to-mid-range performance. These bikes use a 6-speed transmission with a 45/14 final gear ratio selected for a balance of road and trail riding. 

Chassis | 2024 Kawasaki KLX230 S and KLX230SM 

Both models ride on a high-tensile steel perimeter frame, and for 2024, the rear subframe has been redesigned to trace a lower line on the machine, allowing for longer wheel travel while maintaining good ground reach. Both bikes have a 53.7-inch wheelbase. Ground clearance on the KLX230 S is 9.5 inches, while on the KLX230SM it’s 8.7 inches. 

2024 Kawasaki KLX230SM
2024 Kawasaki KLX230SM in Battle Gray

On the KLX230 S, a 37mm telescopic fork provides 7.9 inches of travel. A new Uni-Trak rear linkage shock allows 8.9 inches of travel and is preload adjustable. Additionally, a new aluminum swingarm is 2.6 lb lighter than the previous swingarm. The new chassis design has allowed for a lower seat height of 33.3 inches, and the sidestand has also been shortened to match the lower seat height. 

2024 Kawasaki KLX230 S
2024 Kawasaki KLX230 S in Battle Gray

The KLX230 SM, designed more for on-road use than its KLX230 S brethren, uses a 37mm inverted fork up front with 7.4 inches of front wheel travel. Like the KLX230 S, the SM adds the Uni-Trak rear linkage shock with preload adjustability. For 2024, suspension settings were revised to create a more forward-leaning posture and increase rear wheel travel to 8.8 inches. To accommodate on-road riding, the SM comes with stiffer spring settings, and the off-road footpegs from the 230S are replaced with standard footpegs with rubber pads on the SM. The SM’s seat height is 33.1 inches. 

2024 Kawasaki KLX230SM
The 2024 Kawasaki KLX230SM and KLX230 S feature a new compact LED headlight.

The 2024 Kawaski KLX230 S rides on aluminum wheels, measuring 21 inches in the front and 18 inches in the rear compared to the Kawasaki KLX230SM’s 17-inch front and rear wheels that are wider than the KLX230 S wheels. The dual-sport KLX230 S comes with a 240mm front petal disc gripped by a 2-piston caliper, while the supermoto KLX230SM uses a 300mm front petal disc and 2-piston caliper. Both bikes feature the same 220mm rear disc with single-piston caliper. 

Technology | 2024 Kawasaki KLX230 S and KLX230SM 

The KLX230 S dual-sport comes standard without ABS, and an ABS version is available, while the KLX230SM supermoto comes standard with ABS. The ABS unit has been updated for 2024 with a switch on the left side of the handlebar that can be used to disable both front and rear ABS. When the bike is turned off and back on, ABS returns to default. 

2024 Kawasaki KLX230SM

Both bikes feature a new compact LED headlight and a redesigned two-toned seat with a flatter silhouette that allows more freedom of movement. Additionally, the bodywork has been smoothed over to eliminate some protruding parts. The 2-gallon fuel tank has also been redesigned.  

2024 Kawasaki KLX230SM
The LCD display offers additional functionality through Rideology the App.

Also new for 2024 is smartphone connectivity through Rideology the App. The app gives riders access to vehicle information, a GPS-informed riding log, smartphone notifications on the LCD display screen, a maintenance log, and communication sharing with other app users. 

Pricing | 2024 Kawasaki KLX230 S and KLX230SM 

2024 Kawasaki KLX230 S
2024 Kawasaki KLX230 S in Lime Green

The 2024 Kawasaki KLX230 S comes in Lime Green / Battle Gray for $4,999 without ABS or $5,299 with ABS. The 2024 Kawasaki KLX230SM supermoto variant comes in Battle Gray for $5,599. Both bikes are available now. 

Visit the Kawasaki website for more information. 

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