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2024 BMW R 1300 GS Trophy Competition Bike Preview

BMW R 1300 GS Trophy Competition Bike

Riders competing in the BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy 2024 Namibia event, Sept. 15-20, will do so on the BMW R 1300 GS Trophy Competition Bike, a bike based on the R 1300 Style GS Trophy with a few extras to help tackle riding in East Africa.

BMW R 1300 GS Trophy Competition Bike

Celebrating togetherness through competition, the BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy features off-road enthusiasts from 22 national teams competing in various tests, including GPS navigation exercises, off-road rides, and technical tests. A total of 60 riders will compete in Namibia in 2024.

BMW R 1300 GS Trophy Competition Bike

The BMW R 1300 GS received significant upgrades for 2024. Displacement was increased from 1,254cc to 1,300cc, peak horsepower increased from 136 to 145, and peak torque increased from 105 to 110 lb-ft. The new GS is also 26 lb lighter than the previous R 1250 GS, the previous tubular-steel space frame has been replaced with a sheet-metal main frame, and the Telelever and Paralever suspension systems have been upgraded to the next generation. More has been changed for this updated model, which you can read more about in our First Ride Review.

Related: 2024 BMW R 1300 GS Review | First Ride

BMW R 1300 GS Trophy Competition Bike
BMW R 1300 GS Trophy Competition Bike (left) and F 900 GS Trophy Marshal Bike (right)

The BMW R 1300 GS Trophy Competition Bike, which is not available for sale, is very similar to the R 1300 Style GS Trophy model with the optional Enduro Package Pro. It’s fitted with handlebar risers, an engine protection bar, a skid plate and frame guard, adjustable gear shift and brake levers, GS Vario rider footrests, enduro hand levers, a headlight protection guard, and white handguard extensions. It also features off-road tires on black cross-spoked wheels and a solo seat.

BMW R 1300 GS Trophy Competition Bike

The GS Trophy Marshals will guide riders through Namibia during the event, and they’ll also get specific bikes for the job. The BMW F 900 GS Trophy Marshal Bike is based on the BMW F 900 GS mid-sized ADV, which was also updated for 2024. Updates include the engine punched out to 895cc making 105 hp, larger forged pistons, a weight reduction of 31 lb, a new Akrapovič muffler, a lower tailsection, and more.

Related: 2024 BMW F 900 GS Review | First Ride

Find more information about the competition and all BMW motorcycles at the BMW Motorrad website.

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2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen 801 Video Review

The Husqvarna Svartpilen 801 replaces the Svartpilen 701 for 2024. The visually-striking naked is powered by the 799cc LC8c parallel-Twin that’s also found in the KTM 790 Duke and 790 Adventure.

We had a chance to give the Svartpilen 801 a good flog at a press launch Husqvarna hosted in Provence, a region in southern France, where we hustled the bike around the region’s craggy mountains.

Read our full review of the 2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen 801

2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen 801 Review

2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen 801 Specs

  • Base Price: $10,899
  • Price as Tested: $11,319 (Dynamic mode)
  • Website: Husqvarna-Motorcycles.com
  • Warranty: 2 yrs., unltd. miles
  • Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse parallel-Twin, DOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl.
  • Displacement: 799cc
  • Bore x Stroke: 88.0 x 65.7mm
  • Horsepower: 105 hp @ 9,250 rpm (factory claim)
  • Torque: 64.2 lb-ft @ 8,000 rpm (factory claim)
  • Transmission: 6-speed, cable-actuated slip/assist wet clutch
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Wheelbase: 54.6 in.
  • Rake/Trail: 24.5 degrees/3.9 in.
  • Seat Height: 32.3 in.
  • Wet Weight: 421 lb
  • Fuel Capacity: 3.7 gal.

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2024 Yamaha MT-09 Video Review

Ten years after its debut in the U.S., the Yamaha MT-09 has been updated and refined for 2024 while maintaining its wild side that we enjoyed on the first generation. Updates on this generation are extensive, including new acoustic amplifier grilles, an improved transmission, more aggressive ergonomics, a stiffer chassis, updated suspension, new Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S23 tires, a new 5-inch TFT display, new switchgear, and a complete electronics package.

We rode the MT-09 in the Santa Cruz Mountains in California during Yamaha’s press launch and then rode the bike home after the launch, testing the MT-09 on a variety of roads. We came away impressed with the bike’s refinements and happy to see how this motorcycle has evolved in the past decade.

2024 Yamaha MT-09 Video

2024 Yamaha MT-09 Specifications

  • Base Price: $10,599
  • Website: YamahaMotorsports.com
  • Warranty: 1 yr., unltd. miles
  • Engine Type: Liquid-cooled transverse inline-Triple, DOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl.
  • Displacement: 890cc
  • Bore x Stroke: 78.0 x 62.1mm
  • Horsepower: 117 hp @ 10,000 (factory claim)
  • Torque: 69 lb-ft @ 7,000 rpm (factory claim)
  • Transmission: 6-speed, multiplate slip/assist wet clutch
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Wheelbase: 56.3 in.
  • Rake/Trail: 24.7 degrees/4.3 in.
  • Seat Height: 32.5 in.
  • Wet Weight: 425 lb (factory claim)
  • Fuel Capacity: 3.7 gal.

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2025 Triumph Bonneville T120 Elvis Presley Limited Edition Preview 

2025 Triumph Bonneville T120 Elvis Presley Limited Edition

Triumph has announced a special edition motorcycle that’s sure to interest fans of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. The 2025 Triumph Bonneville T120 Elvis Presley Limited Edition is limited to only 925 units worldwide and celebrates Elvis and his Memphis Mafia group of friends who rode on Bonnevilles. 

2025 Triumph Bonneville T120 Elvis Presley Limited Edition

Inspiration for the Elvis Presley Limited Edition came from a story in 1965. The story attests that Elvis was hanging out with his “Memphis Mafia” friend group in Bel Air shortly after Jerry Schilling had bought a new Triumph T120 Bonneville. After Elvis took it for a ride, he ordered Bonnevilles for the whole group of nine buddies, who rode their new bikes late into the evening until neighbors complained about the noise. 

Triumph Motorcycles is currently in search of the Memphis Mafia Bonnevilles, and anyone who has information about these bikes is asked to email [email protected]

2025 Triumph Bonneville T120 Elvis Presley Limited Edition

The Bonneville T120 Elvis Presley Limited Edition has been crafted to honor its namesake. The Carnival Red color scheme was inspired by the J Daar custom Bonneville, which was created to raise money for the Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation in 2023. The bike also features “ELVIS” gold lettering on the tank, which Triumph intended to represent set lights. Also on the tank and side panels is Elvis’s signature. 

2025 Triumph Bonneville T120 Elvis Presley Limited Edition

A more subtle detail for Elvis fans is the “Taking Care of Business in a Flash” emblem on the front fender. The line was said to be a personal mantra of Elvis and the design featured on the necklace presented to each of his Memphis Mafia friends. 

Other details include tank stripes in Aluminum Silver, hand-painted gold line detailing, and a chrome finish on selected parts, including the sweeping exhaust with peashooter silencers. Only 925 of these special edition bikes will be made, and each one will feature a numbered handlebar clamp with Elvis Presley’s signature laser-etched onto it. The three-bar tank badge and machined engine fins recreate the look from the iconic 1959 Bonneville. 

2025 Triumph Bonneville T120 Elvis Presley Limited Edition

Each Elvis Presley Limited Edition bike will come with a Sony gold disc in an exclusive Elvis Presley and Triumph Motorcycles record sleeve, along with a certificate of authenticity signed by Triumph CEO Nick Bloor and Jamie Salter, founder, chairman, and CEO of ABG, Elvis Presley Enterprises.  

The 2025 Triumph Bonneville T120 Elvis Presley Limited Edition will be available starting at $15,495 and will arrive in dealerships starting in September 2024. Customers can reserve bikes now at their local Triumph dealer. 

2025 Triumph Bonneville T120 Elvis Presley Limited Edition

For more information, visit the Triumph website

Check out more new bikes in Rider’s 2024 Motorcycle Buyers Guide 

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2025 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm Video Review

The Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R and GT muscle bikes receive upgrades for 2025, including even more power from their massive 2,458cc inline-Triple, lighter wheels, blacked-out styling, and dark color schemes. New tuning bumps horsepower up 15 from the previous Rocket 3 to a total of 180 hp, and torque is 166 lb-ft.

We headed to France for Triumph’s press launch to find out if these unique motorcycles are worth their $25K MSRP. Once in the saddle, we experienced a ride unlike anything offered by any other production motorcycle.

Read our full review of the 2025 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm

2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm GT

2025 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R (GT) Specifications 

  • Base Price: $24,995 ($25,795) 
  • Website: TriumphMotorcycles.com   
  • Warranty: 2 yr., unltd. miles   
  • Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, longitudinal inline-Triple, DOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl.   
  • Displacement: 2,458cc   
  • Bore x Stroke: 110.2 x 85.9mm   
  • Horsepower: 180 @ 7,000 rpm (factory claim)   
  • Torque: 166 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm (factory claim)   
  • Transmission: 6-speed, hydraulic-actuated slip/assist wet clutch   
  • Final Drive: Shaft  
  • Wheelbase: 66.0 in.   
  • Rake/Trail: 27.9 degrees/5.3 in.   
  • Seat Height: 30.4 in. (29.5 in.)   
  • Wet Weight: 699 lb (705 lb) (factory claim)   
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.76 gal.  

GEAR UP

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Returning 2025 Suzuki Motorcycles 

2025 Suzuki GSX-R1000RZ
2025 Suzuki GSX-R1000RZ in Pearl Brilliant White and Metallic Triton Blue

The first wave of 2025 Suzuki motorcycles has been announced and includes sportbikes in the GSX-R family, Boulevard cruisers, the Burgman scooter, RM-Z motocross bikes, and youth dirtbikes. Although there are no significant upgrades in this first announcement for 2025, many of these returning Suzuki models get new colors and graphic options. 

2025 Suzuki GSX-R1000R and GSX-R1000 

2025 Suzuki GSX-R1000R Metallic Matte Sword Silver
2025 Suzuki GSX-R1000R in Metallic Matte Sword Silver

The GSX-R1000R and GSX-R1000 are powered by a 999cc inline-Four with variable valve timing fitted into a race-proven aluminum-framed chassis. The two models include the Suzuki Clutch Assist System, a quickshifter, TFT instrument panel, and stacked LED headlights. 

The GSX-R1000R includes high-spec Showa BFF and BFRC-Life suspension components, stainless-steel brake lines, and radially mounted Brembo monoblock calipers paired with 320mm Brembo T-drive floating rotors. 

2025 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Candy Daring Red
2025 Suzuki GSX-R1000 in Candy Daring Red

The Suzuki GSX-R1000R is available in Candy Daring Red / Glass Black or Metallic Matte Sword Silver with an MSRP of $18,649. The GSX-R1000RZ is available in race-inspired Pearl Brilliant White and Metallic Triton Blue with an MSRP of $18,649. The Suzuki GSX-R1000 is available in Candy Daring Red or Glass Matte Sword Silver with an MSRP of $16,499. 

2025 Suzuki GSX-R750 

2025 Suzuki GSX-R600Z
2025 Suzuki GSX-R600Z in Pearl Brilliant White / Metallic Triton Blue

Powered by a 750cc four-cylinder engine, the GSX-R750 has been one of the most popular sportbikes on the market since its introduction in 1986. It has a lightweight, twin-spar aluminum frame, a Showa BPF, a remote reservoir rear shock absorber, Suzuki Drive Mode Selector, a track-ready instrument cluster with built-in lap timer, and lightweight bodywork. 

2025 Suzuki GSX-R750 Pearl Brilliant White
2025 Suzuki GSX-R750 in Pearl Brilliant White and Metallic Matte Stellar Blue

The Suzuki GSX-R750 is available in Pearl Brilliant White and Metallic Matte Stellar Blue or Solid Iron Gray and Glass Sparkle Black with an MSRP of $13,149. The GSX-R750Z retails for the same price and is available in Pearl Brilliant White / Metallic Triton Blue. 

2025 Suzuki GSX-R600 

2025 Suzuki GSX-R600 Solid Gray
2025 Suzuki GSX-R600 in Solid Gray and Glass Sparkle Black

The GSX-R600 is powered by a 599cc four-cylinder engine and shares many features with the GSX-R750 in a slightly smaller package. It has a twin-spar aluminum frame, radially mounted Brembo monoblock front brakes, a Showa BPF, a remote reservoir rear shock absorber, Suzuki Drive Mode Selector, a track-ready instrument cluster, and lightweight bodywork. 

2025 Suzuki GSX-R600Z
2025 Suzuki GSX-R600Z in Pearl Brilliant White / Metallic Triton Blue

The Suzuki GSX-R600 is available in Pearl Brilliant White and Metallic Matte Stellar Blue or Solid Iron Gray and Glass Sparkle Black with an MSRP of $11,999. The GSX-R600Z is available in Pearl Brilliant White / Metallic Triton Blue with an MSRP of $11,999. 

2025 Suzuki DR650S 

2025 Suzuki DR650S Solid Black and Iron Gray
2025 Suzuki DR650S in Solid Black and Iron Gray

Th DR650S dual-sport returns for 2025, powered by a dependable 644cc Single mounted in a semi-double-cradle steel frame. It features electric starting and the ability to lower the seat height via the suspension. The Suzuki DR650S is available in Solid Black and Iron Gray or Solid Special White #2 with an MSRP of $7,199. 

2025 Suzuki Boulevard M109R 

2025 Suzuki Boulevard M109R
2025 Suzuki Boulevard M109R in Glass Sparkle Black

This Suzuki performance cruiser features a 1,783cc, 54-degree V-Twin, large-diameter mufflers, shaft drive, a drag-style handlebar, a 5.2-gallon teardrop fuel tank, and dual front disc brakes with radially mounted caiipers. The Suzuki Boulevard M109R is available in Glass Sparkle Black with an MSRP of $15,799. 

2025 Suzuki Boulevard C50T Special 

2025 Suzuki Boulevard C50T Special
2025 Suzuki Boulevard C50T Special in Pearl Brilliant White

The Boulevard C50T Special features traditional styling and is ready for cruising around town or long-distance touring. It’s powered by an 805cc, 45-degree V-Twin and comes with a Fast Idle System, a plush studded seat, a windshield, forward-mounted footboards, a classically-style 4.1-gallon tank, spoked wheels, and a hidden linkage-type shock. Studded saddlebags that match the seat are available as accessories. 

The Boulevard C50T Special is available in Pearl Brilliant White with an MSRP of $9,799. 

2025 Suzuki Boulevard C50 

2025 Suzuki Boulevard C50
2025 Suzuki Boulevard C50 in Solid Iron Gray

The Boulevard C50 is a more modern take on the C50T Special with a kicked-out fork, understated tank graphics, the Auto Fast Idle System, a wide handlebar, and forward-mounted footboards. The Suzuki Boulevard C50 is available in Solid Iron Gray with an MSRP of $9,299. 

2025 Suzuki Burgman 400 

2025 Suzuki Burgman 400
2025 Suzuki Burgman 400 in Metallic Matte Black No. 2

The Burgman 400 scooter is powered by a 400cc Single with a CVT automatic transmission and features Easy Start, Traction Control, LED lighting, a 15-inch front wheel, under-seat storage, two front storage compartments with a DC power outlet, and ABS. The Suzuki Burman 400 is available in Metallic Matte Black No. 2 with an MSRP of $8,799. 

2025 Suzuki RM-Z450 

2025 Suzuki RM-Z450
2025 Suzuki RM-Z450 in Champion Yellow No. 2

The RM-Z450 motocross bike is powered by a 449cc 4-stroke Single nestled in an aluminum frame with a beam-style swingarm. It also features a fully adjustable Showa Balance Free fork and shock, Suzuki’s MX-Tuner 2.0 system to adjust fuel injection and ignition settings through a smartphone app, and Suzuki Holeshot Assist Control. 

The RM-Z450 is eligible for the RM Army Edition program for 2025, which includes components to upgrade the bike like the Pro Circuit RM Army Edition T-6 exhaust ($1,100), Throttle Syndicate RM Army Edition Graphics kit ($149.99), and a QR code to purchase discounted matching number-plate graphics that can be customized with the rider’s name and number. 

The RM-Z450 is available in Champion Yellow No. 2 with an MSRP of $9,299. 

2025 Suzuki RM-Z250 

2025 Suzuki RM-Z250
2025 Suzuki RM-Z250 i Champion Yellow No. 2

The RM-Z250 is powered by a 249cc 4-stroke Single in an aluminum frame with an aluminum swingarm. KYB adjustable suspension with a coil spring fork and a rear shock with four-way damping adjustment is included, along with Suzuki’s smartphone-based MX-Tuner 2.0 for quick tuning and Suzuki Holeshot Assist Control. 

The RM-Z250 is eligible for the RM Army Edition program for 2025, which includes components to upgrade the bike like the Pro Circuit RM Army Edition T-6 exhaust ($1,100), Throttle Syndicate RM Army Edition Graphics kit ($149.99), and a QR code to purchase discounted matching number plate graphics that can be customized with the rider’s name and number. 

The RM-Z250 is available in Champion Yellow No. 2 with an MSRP of $8,199. 

2025 Suzuki DR-Z125L  

2025 Suzuki DR-Z125L Championship Yellow
Suzuki DR-Z125L in Championship Yellow

Designed for young and smaller riders, this dirtbike is powered by a compact air-cooled 124cc Single with a Mikuni VM20SS carburetor and features a 5-speed transmission, 19-inch front and 16-inch rear wheels, a steel-tube frame with rear beam-style swingarm, spoked wheels with aluminum rims, and a 32-inch seat height. 

The Suzuki DR-Z125L is available in Championship Yellow with an MSRP of $3,619. 

2025 Suzuki DR-Z50 

2025 Suzuki DR-Z50 Championship Yellow
Suzuki DR-Z50 in Championship Yellow

Ideal for young or new riders, the DR-Z50 is powered by a 49cc engine, and peak power can be adjusted via a throttle limiter to allow adults to control engine output to suit younger riders. It also features an automatic clutch, a 3-speed transmission, a steel frame and swingarm, 3.8 inches of front wheel travel, an electric starter, and a low 22-inch seat height. 

The Suzuki DR-Z50 is available in Championship Yellow with an MSRP of $2,599. 

For more information, visit the Suzuki website

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2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen 801 Review | First Ride

2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen 801 Review
Replacing the Svartpilen 701, the 2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen 801 has a larger, twin-cylinder engine, new electronics, fresh styling, and more. (Photos by Marco Campelli & Sebas Romero)

Known for decades as a dirtbike brand, Husqvarna expanded its lineup to include streetbikes following its acquisition by KTM in 2013. Its most visually striking models are the Svartpilen (“Black Arrow” in Swedish) and Vitpilen (“White Arrow”), which were available in 401 and 701 versions and used single-cylinder engines adapted from the KTM 390 Duke (373cc) and 690 Duke (693cc). Vitpilens had modern cafe racer styling, while the Svartpilens leaned into the street tracker look.

Husqvarna Svartpilen 801 | Bigger is Better

For 2024, the lineup has been pared down to three models: Svartpilen 401, Svartpilen 801, and Vitpilen 401. The evolution of the Svartpilen 701 to 801 comes with a new engine platform – the 799cc LC8c parallel-Twin that’s also found in the KTM 790 Duke and 790 Adventure.

2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen 801 Review
Look familiar? The Svartpilen 801’s 799cc parallel-Twin is also found in the KTM 790 Duke and 790 Adventure.

Though it doesn’t have as strong of a scrambler aesthetic as the Svartpilen 401, which has spoked wheels shod with knobby tires, the 801 nonetheless looks ready for a bare-knuckled brawl. It has a dark color palette: blacked-out engine, chassis, and wheels and a matte-black tank cover, which has sharp edges and flat sides – a common design element on all ’Pilens. There are a few bright spots of silver, such as the sharply upswept exhaust pipe, vestigial skid plate, and brushed-aluminum radiator shrouds, but no pops of color.

One of the most visually and functionally interesting parts of the 801 is the subframe. Rather than a tubular-steel trellis or some other framework covered with plastic bodywork, the Svartpilen’s tailsection is a cast-aluminum monocoque with integrated air intakes, and the airbox is housed inside.

2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen 801 Review
The Svartpilen 801’s cast-aluminum subframe is a work of art.

We had a chance to give the Svartpilen 801 a good flog at a press launch Husqvarna hosted in Provence, a region in southern France known for its wine, lavender, and olives. The region’s topography is like a scrunched-up carpet, with craggy mountains crisscrossed with narrow, ridiculously twisty roads. Part of the Tour de France goes through Provence, so it was a common occurrence to rip around a blind corner and come upon a mini-peloton of cyclists hogging the road. Excusez-moi, mes amis!

2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen 801 Review
Beep! Beep! Coming through!

Riding a new motorcycle on some of the best roads in Europe is always fun, and it helps make up for the dismal pay here in the motojournalism salt mines. But our test ride on the Svartpilen 801 really hit the redline on the old Fun-o-meter because we were a small, tight-knit group of American guys who knew each other well. It was like being on a hair-on-fire Sunday ride with a few mates – a fast-moving pack, like a school of barracuda. We were all there to do our jobs, but it didn’t feel like work.

Anyway, back to the bike.

I love it! The End. j/k

2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen 801 Review
A fun bike on fun roads.

Husqvarna Svartpilen 801 | More Power, Less Filling

Adding an extra cylinder has transformed the larger Svartpilen. Claimed horsepower has increased from 75 to 105 (at 9,250 rpm), and torque has gone up from 53.1 lb-ft to 64.2 (at 8,000 rpm). Wet weight has gone up too, from 355 lb to 421, but the pounds each horsepower needs to push around has dropped from 4.73 to 4.0. The 801’s Twin spins up eagerly, its exhaust note is spicy, and its throttle-by-wire delivers immediate response.

2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen 801 Review
Not surprisingly, the Black Arrow has a dark color palette.

Ye Olde Blacke Arrowe has an upright motocross-style tapered aluminum handlebar with a cross-brace and a seating position that’s part supermoto, part sport standard, and all fun, just right for attacking corners as if they were a hot plate of French fries. The footpegs are positioned high enough to offer good cornering clearance but low enough for reasonable all-day comfort. Same goes for the wide, flat seat, which is perched at an agreeable 32.3 inches and covered with a grippy material that includes ribs for your pleasure (or, according to Husqvarna, “heat-stamped ribs providing additional comfort and improved traction in wet conditions”).

2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen 801 Review
The Svartpilen 801’s round headlight and flat-sided gas tank are common design elements on other ‘Pilens.

Above the Svartpilen’s big, round LED headlight – a design element also found on other ’Pilens as well as the Norden 901 adventure models – is a wee windscreen that’s more stylish than functional. Behind the screen is a de rigueur 5-inch color TFT with vivid graphics, easy-to-use menus for customizing the bike’s electronics, and smartphone connectivity (navigation, calls, and music). Take your pick from several ride modes (Sport, Street, and Rain), and cornering ABS with rear-off Supermoto mode, lean-sensitive traction control, and an up/down quickshifter are all part of the deal. For an extra $419.99, you can add Dynamic mode, which includes an on-the-fly rear-wheel slip adjuster, wheelie control, and motor slip regulation. Cruise control will set you back another $288.99.

Related: Husqvarna Norden 901 Expedition Review

2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen 801 Review
Ribbed for your pleasure.

Husqvarna Svartpilen 801 | Riding Impressions

Our test ride started on a cold, damp morning, and I was a little hesitant to push the Svartpilen, especially with its semi-knobby Pirelli MT 60 RS tires. The front wheel is now 17 inches in diameter, which gives the 801 a nimbler feel than with the 18-incher on the 701. At our jackrabbit pace through hairpins, quick back-and-forth transitions, and varying camber and road surface, the Svartpilen was unflappable, its steering damper quelling any twitchiness and the Pirellis holding firm to the tarmac.

2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen 801 Review
The Svartpilen 801 is an agile machine that loves to lean.

Contributing to the Svarpilen’s coolness under pressure is WP Apex suspension, which has impressed us on other Husqvarna and KTM models. The 43mm inverted fork is adjustable for compression and rebound via fork-top five-position clickers, the single shock is adjustable for rebound and spring preload, and there’s 5.5/5.9 inches of front/rear travel. Damping is well-controlled and strikes a balance between sportiness and comfort like an El Camino strikes a balance between a car and a pickup.  

2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen 801 Review
Look, wildflowers! Wait – don’t look – it’s a long way down.

Rounding hundreds of curves while going up and down mountains and around lakes, all while dodging les cyclistes en spandex, we were constantly on and off the gas, on and off the brakes. Our bikes weren’t equipped with cruise control, but even if they were, we wouldn’t have had an opportunity to use it. The Svartpilen’s J.Juan brakes, with a pair of 4-piston radial front calipers squeezing 300mm discs, a 2-piston rear caliper pinching a 240mm discs, and steel-braided hydraulic lines, performed admirably, scrubbing off speed in fine increments and delivering as much stopping power as I needed when I needed it.

2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen 801 Review
Happiness is a road full of curves but empty of traffic.

Husqvarna Svartpilen 801 | Final Thoughts

Husqvarna has carved out an interesting niche in the streetbike world. Its Svartpilen and Vitpilen naked bikes and Norden adventure bikes have unique styling that stands well apart from the competition, they’re powered by proven KTM engines, and they’re equipped with high-quality components and features.

2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen 801 Review
Testing Dynamic mode.

All that’s well and good, but it’s the magic mix of 11 herbs and spices that really matters. We don’t ride spec sheets, and we can’t look at a bike when we’re riding it. How does it make us feel? Excited? Heroic? Twenty years younger?

The Svartpilen 801 is fun to ride. It quickened my pulse, tingled my nerves, and made me wish I could just keep riding it rather than fly home, sit at my desk, and write 1,200 words about it. It may be called the Black Arrow, but it warmed my heart.

Check out more new bikes in Rider’s 2024 Motorcycle Buyers Guide

2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen 801 Review
The 2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen 801 delivers the goods for $10,899.

2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen 801 Specs

  • Base Price: $10,899
  • Price as Tested: $11,319 (Dynamic mode)
  • Website: Husqvarna-Motorcycles.com
  • Warranty: 2 yrs., unltd. miles
  • Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse parallel-Twin, DOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl.
  • Displacement: 799cc
  • Bore x Stroke: 88.0 x 65.7mm
  • Horsepower: 105 hp @ 9,250 rpm (factory claim)
  • Torque: 64.2 lb-ft @ 8,000 rpm (factory claim)
  • Transmission: 6-speed, cable-actuated slip/assist wet clutch
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Wheelbase: 54.6 in.
  • Rake/Trail: 24.5 degrees/3.9 in.
  • Seat Height: 32.3 in.
  • Wet Weight: 421 lb
  • Fuel Capacity: 3.7 gal.

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2024 BMW R 12 nineT Review | First Ride

2024 BMW R 12 nineT
The BMW R 12 nineT merges classic flash with modern dash.

The 2024 BMW R 12 nineT is the latest addition to BMW’s storied lineup of heritage motorcycles, blending classic design elements with modern technology and performance. This classically styled roadster helps celebrate the 100th anniversary of BMW Motorrad. 

The horizontally opposed twin-cylinder engine is as synonymous with BMW as V-Twins are with Harley-Davidsons. The boxer is a BMW hallmark, long known for its distinctive aesthetic and linear power delivery. A 1,170cc air/oil-cooled boxer is proudly on display in the R 12 nineT.  

2024 BMW R 12 nineT
The R 12 nineT looks stunning, especially in its San Remo Green Metallic colorway, a $325 option over the standard Black Storm Metallic. The sculpted aluminum front fender mount is a nice touch.

The R nineT was introduced in 2013, capturing the attention of riders who wanted the appearance of a vintage cafe racer but with modern performance and capabilities. More than 110,000 have been shuffled out of BMW dealers. 

Related: 2023 BMW R nineT 100 Years Edition Review 

For 2024, the model has changed names to include a displacement reference, the “12” added to this R 12 nineT. With a new exhaust and different tuning, the low-slung boxer produces 107 hp and is fitted into a new one-piece frame. The chassis is shared with the new R 12 cruiser ($12,345), which is detuned to 95 hp to satisfy European A2 license requirements. Both engines have identical torque curves below 6,000 rpm.  

2024 BMW R 12 nineT
The R 12 nineT’s exhaust system has new header pipes with a crossover tube pumping burned gases to a chamber below the engine that houses the catalytic converter, now with a lambda sensor after the cat to help meet Euro 5 regulations.

GEAR UP

BMW R 12 nineT | Equipment 

The R 12 nineT starts at $16,990 including its $695 destination fee. Adding optional equipment can quickly vault MSRP. The Select Package adds $1,524 to the price and includes an up/down quickshifter, cruise control, heated grips, Hill Start Assist Pro, and Connected Ride Control with a Bluetooth interface.  

2024 BMW R 12 nineT
A new steel-trellis frame replaces the previous two-piece frame, eliminating some fasteners and slightly reducing its weight, also resulting in a cleaner appearance. The subframe is detachable to enable customization.

Forking over another $2,275 accesses the delectable Option 719 package. It features a red frame and is capped off brilliantly by a brushed finish on the aluminum fuel tank, windscreen, rear fender, and a tail hump (a $1,020 option on its own). It also features a slathering of machined billet-aluminum components, including cylinder head covers, adjustable hand and foot controls, bar-end mirrors, and expansion-tank cover, plus a different seat and exhaust system. 

2024 BMW R 12 nineT
The optional aluminum tailpiece helps create one of the nicest butts on a production motorcycle. The turnsignal lamps serve double duty as taillights to keep the rear end tidy.

But wait, there’s more! A minimalist 3.5-inch TFT instrument panel can be added for $145, but BMW wanted to give buyers the choice to opt for the newly designed twin round analog gauges, which are perhaps more appropriate for the retro-inspired nineT. Tubeless wire-spoke wheels are a $695 option to replace the standard cast-aluminum hoops, if that’s the look you prefer. 

All versions of the nineT include keyless ignition, an IMU to inform traction control and cornering ABS, ride modes (Dynamic, Road, and Rain), full LED lighting, a USB-C charging port, and a 12-volt outlet.  

2024 BMW R 12 nineT
The R 12 nineT has a minimalist TFT instrument panel.

BMW R 12 nineT | Test Ride  

The assemblage of nineTs sitting in front of our Spanish hotel looked marvelous, especially with the aluminum tail humps blending with the fuel tank’s bare aluminum sides. The bikes look both classy and classic. 

2024 BMW R 12 nineT
The controls might appear befuddling, but BMW’s system is fairly easy to defuddle.

With a 31.3-inch seat height, the nineT is fairly easy to straddle and hold its 485-lb curb weight upright. Its 4.2-gallon tank is 1.2 inches shorter and is also narrower between the knees than it was previously to position the rider closer to the handlebar. The riding position is sporty but not punishing, a good compromise for a cafe racer such as this. The digital instrument panel fitted to our bikes is tiny but usable.

2024 BMW R 12 nineT
The R 12 nineT presents a shape unique in motorcycling. The stacked pair of mufflers with conical end caps is a new feature for the 2024 model.

Firing up the engine is accompanied by the customary opposed-Twin twinge that rocks the bike to the right, with the new exhaust system emitting the traditional boxer blat. It’s not mellifluous but sounds somewhat authoritative.  

The linear powerband avails its rider with good grunt regardless of engine speed, and it really comes alive in the midrange. Max torque of 85 lb-ft hits at 6,500 rpm, and its 107 hp peak arrives at 7,000 revs with another 1,500 rpm of rev-ability before hitting the redline at 8,500 rpm. Owners will want to burn premium-grade fuel, as I heard hints of preignition pinging when applying large throttle inputs in taller gears.  

2024 BMW R 12 nineT
A traditional-looking round headlight adds retro charm but holds a modern LED lamp with integrated LED running lights.

The nineT continues to use a single-plate dry clutch, which can be overwhelmed if a rider slips it excessively, and it demands a fairly heavy pull despite its hydraulic actuation. Gearbox action feels vintage compared to most modern transmissions, requiring considerable lever travel to engage the next gear. BMW’s Shift Assist Pro is available for the first time on a nineT, but it swaps gears with lurches unbecoming of a premium roadster like this. For smoothest gearchanges, I did them manually.  

2024 BMW R 12 nineT
A new fuel tank allows a rider to snuggle up closer to the handlebar for improved front-end feedback.

A wide handlebar supplies decent leverage to overcome a lazy 27.7-degree rake angle with 4.4 inches of trail and a long 59.5-inch wheelbase. As sporty as the nineT is, it’s not exceptionally agile, which made me wonder if the standard steering damper is necessary. Adding input through your feet is somewhat thwarted by slippery footpegs. 

Suspension action from the fully adjustable 45mm inverted fork is excellent. The rear damper – also with 4.7 inches of travel – was reangled to perform better without a linkage and uses travel-dependent damping. The shaft-drive arrangement adds weight compared to a chain, which makes the rear end less responsive when absorbing bumps. A hydraulic preload adjuster knob is conveniently located near the rider’s right knee, while the adjustable rebound damping screw is on the shock.  

2024 BMW R 12 nineT
Whether hunting for apexes or cappuccinos, the R 12 nineT will get you there in style.

When riding a debonair bike like the nineT, a rider wants to look smooth, but throttle reapplication from a closed throttle can be abrupt, and I experienced an excessive amount of engine braking during deceleration. On the plus side, the radially mounted 4-piston monoblock calipers and twin 310mm floating rotors do a fine job of shedding the levels of speed the nineT is capable of achieving.   

BMW R 12 nineT | Back to the Barn 

I felt conflicted about the R 12 nineT while riding it back to the hotel. It’s a special machine, no doubt, and it harks back to classic motorcycle designs with its minimalist and elegant lines. I sincerely appreciate its form factor and could imagine it sparkling in my personal garage.  

2024 BMW R 12 nineT
The R 12 nineT glowing at golden hour, presenting an alluring profile for Beemerphiles.

On the other hand, its powertrain feels anachronistic, which came into sharp relief by riding the scintillating M 1000 XR on the same day. The nineT feels decidedly old-school, and it makes this reviewer want to paint it with the same brush as when reviewing older Moto Guzzis, highlighting the bike’s character-rich personality and overlooking its flaws. 

Related: 2024 BMW M 1000 XR Review 

The R 12 nineT stands out as a beautifully crafted motorcycle that pays homage to BMW’s rich heritage while incorporating modern technology. With its blend of classic aesthetics and advanced features, the nineT offers both character and capability. It won’t be the most cost-effective bike in your garage, but it might be your favorite.  

2024 BMW R 12 nineT
Under the seat is a redesigned airbox that leads to the cylinders via a channel covered by drilled aluminum shields. This bike has the optional wire-spoke wheels fitted.

2024 BMW R 12 nineT Specifications 

  • Base Price: $16,990  
  • Price As Tested: $20,554  
  • Warranty: 2 yrs., unltd. miles   
  • Website:BMWmotorcycles.com  

ENGINE   

  • Type: Air/oil-cooled, longitudinal opposed-Twin, DOHC , 4 valves per cyl.   
  • Displacement: 1,170cc   
  • Bore x Stroke: 101 x 73.0mm   
  • Horsepower: 107 @ 7,000 rpm (factory claim)  
  • Torque: 85 lb-ft @ 6,500 rpm (factory claim)  
  • Compression Ratio: 12.0:1   
  • Valve Insp. Interval: 6,000 miles   
  • Fuel Delivery: EFI w/ throttle-by-wire, twin throttle bodies   
  • Transmission: 6-speed, hydraulically actuated single-plate dry clutch   
  • Final Drive: Paralever shaft  

CHASSIS  

  • Frame: Tubular steel   
  • Wheelbase: 58.5 in.   
  • Rake/Trail: 27.7 degrees/4.4 in.   
  • Seat Height: 31.3 in.   
  • Suspension, Front: 46mm inverted fork, fully adjustable, 4.7 in. travel  
  • Rear: Single shock, adj. rebound damping and preload, 4.7 in. travel   
  • Brakes, Front: Dual 310mm discs w/ 4-piston radial calipers & cornering ABS   
  • Rear: Single 265mm disc w/ 2-piston caliper & cornering ABS   
  • Wheels, Front: Tubeless wire-spoke, 3.5 x 17 (as tested)  
  • Rear: Tubeless wire-spoke, 5.5 x 17 (as tested)  
  • Tires, Front: 120/70-ZR17  
  • Rear: 180/55-ZR17    
  • Wet Weight: 485 lb (factory claim)  
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.2 gal.   

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2025 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm Review | First Ride

2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm GT
The Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R and GT are cruising into 2025 with 180 hp on tap.

Riding a motorcycle automatically makes you stand out in a crowd of vehicles. And when you want to set yourself apart from that condensed crowd, no other production machine does it better or bolder than the Triumph Rocket 3.  

“It’s a bucket-list bike,” said Triumph’s senior design engineer, Alistair Fisher, at the launch of the 2025 Rocket 3 Storms, available in R and GT versions.  

It all starts with the gargantuan 3-cylinder engine, which outguns the powerplant in my Honda family car, with 2,458cc to my Accord’s 2,354cc. My car keeps up with traffic quite well, with 177 hp pulling around roughly 3,300 lb.  

For 2025, Triumph’s motor gets a boost to 180 hp, and the bike weighs a relatively paltry 700 lb – that’s just 3.9 lb/hp to the Accord’s 18.6, which translates into a speed-bending rocket. The Rocket also outpaces the Honda in terms of torque, with 166 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm compared to 161 lb-ft at 4,300. Triumph’s Triple is a beast and unlike anything else on the market. 

2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R
A Storm is on the horizon…

Triumph Rocket 3 Storm | Rocket Roots 

The first Hinckley-based Rocket III entered production in 2004 and remained in the lineup for a decade in various model trims. Then, in 2019, a completely new aluminum-framed Rocket 3 (note the absence of a Roman numeral) burst onto the moto scene, about 90 lb lighter and with finish detailing that shamed the original’s uninspired appearance. Despite its outsized proportions and premium prices, more than 18,000 second-gen Rockets have been sold. 

Related: 2023 Triumph Rocket 3 R Review 

2004 Triumph Rocket III
The first generation of Hinckley-based Triumph’s Rocket III made a big splash when it debuted in 2004. The second-gen Rocket 3s are far superior in performance and beauty. 

Heartened by the model’s success and its unique place in the market, Triumph has added the “Storm” nomenclature and has updated the two versions. The R is intended for sportier riders, while the GT has more of a cruiser ergonomic layout along with a small windscreen and a passenger backrest.  

Accompanying the new Storm monicker is a slathering of black-anodized finishes to give the bike a darker, moodier appearance, including the fork, hand and foot controls, and aluminum subframe. It still rolls on cartoonishly fat tires (150/80-17 front, 240/50-16 rear), but new wheels trim about 1 lb from each end for a reduction in unsprung weight.

2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R
The Rocket 3 Storms are bold and bodacious, “the ultimate muscle roadster,” according to Triumph. Note the exposed rear wheel, now 1 lb lighter than previous, and Triumph’s signature dual round headlights. 

The Storm’s headlining update is to its massive motor, which receives its newfound extra power not from lumpier cams or intake mods but simply from electronic tuning. Engineers told me the throttle valves of the previous engine didn’t open completely, limiting power to ensure adequate durability.  

Over the years, Triumph discovered the engine could be pushed harder without sacrificing dependability, so we now have a fully unrestricted powerplant that delivers 180 hp at 7,000 rpm, up 15 ponies, as well as a 500-rpm higher rev limit. Torque gets a 3 lb-ft nudge to 166 lb-ft. 

2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm GT
The Rocket 3 Storms have high-quality black finishes throughout, which are optional extras on most Harleys and Indians. 

Triumph Rocket 3 Storm | The Cannes Can 

The Cannes Film Festival is world-famous, but a few weeks earlier, the French city hosted the launch for the Rocket 3 Storms. We tested the R and GT variants on the variety of hilly roads near the Mediterranean coast. 

The Rockets look imposing in the flesh, for both their enormous size and their new black finishes. If Darth Vader could ride a motorcycle around the Death Star, he’d probably choose a Rocket 3 Storm. The finish detailing is exceptional, from the black powdercoated intake cover to the hydro-formed exhaust headers.  

Several brushed-aluminum components provide classy accents, including the fuel cap, oil cap, and coolant cap, as well as the tank strap running the length of the 4.76-gallon fuel cell. Lovely aluminum caps finish off the handlebar ends and serve as mounting locations for the mirrors. I also must give a shout-out to the innovative pillion footrests that fold into themselves to nearly disappear.  

2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R and GT
While not as colorful as some high-end instrument panels, the tiltable TFT screen on the Rockets supplies a wealth of information. It includes a power port, augmented with a USB outlet under the seat.  

Facing the rider is a color TFT instrument panel with a mount that allows it to be tilted to suit different rider sizes. Hands are greeted by adjustable levers and quality-feeling switches that are conveniently backlit. A joystick on the left switch housing makes navigating the electronics relatively simple. Riders have their choice of two information layouts, and self-indulgent ones can personalize the start-up screen message with their name.  

The Storms are equipped with three ride modes (Road, Sport, and Rain), and a custom map configurable to a rider’s specific preferences. They alter the throttle map and the traction-control settings, as well as the cornering ABS, all informed by an IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit). Hill Hold prevents the bike rolling backward when stopped by applying the rear brake until the rider re-engages the clutch.  

Triumph Rocket 3 Storm GT: Giant Tremendous  

I first climbed aboard the Rocket 3 Storm GT, happy to enjoy the warmth from its standard heated grips (optional on the Storm R) and the modest wind protection provided by its windscreen. The GT’s nicely stitched seat is placed at 29.5 inches to allow most legs to reach the ground flat-footed, and its footpegs are placed more forward than the R’s. Triumph engineered the GT’s foot controls to be adjustable to three positions over a 2-inch horizontal range – a nice feature.

2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm GT
The Storm GT is fitted with a larger windscreen than the R’s, and it has cruiser-style ergonomics.  

I stuck the bike’s remote fob into my pocket and enjoyed the convenience of keyless ignition. The engine ignites quickly and twising the throttle gently rocks the bike sideways as the big crankshaft rotates below. It’s an easy reach to the handlebar, which is 4.9 inches closer to the rider than the R’s.  

Considering the immense size of the powerplant, it’s startling how little effort is required to work the Torque Assist clutch. Not that the burly engine requires much clutch work, as it has the deepest well of power in motorcycling. The gearbox is smooth but notchy, and it’s a bit surprising that a quickshifter is not standard equipment on a bike that retails for $25,795 (one is available as an option).  

2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm GT
The GT has a wider rider saddle and a more generously padded pillion seat.  

Riding the Storms made me think of the way skilled but overweight dancers can move on a dance floor. This big ballerina weighs 705 lb and has a rangy 66-inch wheelbase, but it handles like a more diminutive machine. The motor’s low longitudinal crankshaft orientation plays a role, as do the lighter wheels.  

2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm GT
Passengers on Storm GTs will enjoy the security of an adjustable-height backrest. Just above the shaft-drive swingarm are passenger pegs neatly folded away thanks to a clever pivoting mechanism.  

GEAR UP

Both Storms share the same suspension package. Up front is a beefy 47mm Showa inverted fork with tunable damping in both directions and fixed preload, with 4.7 inches of travel. The Showa shock has 4.2 inches of stroke and is fully adjustable, including a hand-twistable spring preload adjustment. The bike proved to be plusher over bumps than expected, especially considering how much area the wide tires are covering with every rotation.  

Naturally, the engine is the bike’s dominant component, pulling strongly from low revs and then building to a walloping whoosh as the big Triple gains revs. The engine is coarse but lovable, sounding like a mix of a Porsche flat-Six’s howl and a voracious vacuum cleaner.  

Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R: Ridiculous 

2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R
The R version of the Storms places its rider in a more active stance that encourages riding it like a sportbike.  

Switching over to the Storm R provided a sportier riding position, with a much lower handlebar and mid-mount foot controls vertically adjustable to two positions 0.6 inch apart. The seat is narrower than the GT’s and a bit higher at 30.4 inches. It’s priced $800 less than the GT and does without heated grips unless they’re ordered as an accessory. Curb weight is stated at 699 lb.  

2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R
The Storm R puts riders in a streetfighter-esque posture. Note the fat tires, the edges of which never get scrubbed due to limited cornering clearance. 

The GT is quite capable when unwinding canyon roads, but the R’s more active riding position encourages sportier behavior, and its footpegs drag a degree or so later. The bike is more agile than you’d expect, but its sporting prowess is limited by an understeer condition felt when leaned over. Despite peg-grinding lean angles, the shoulders of the 150mm-section Metzeler Cruisetec front tire remained entirely unscuffed.   

2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R
A Rocket 3 Storm GT fitted with some of Triumph’s accessory items. 

Velocities build quickly with 180 horses champing at the bit, so it’s reassuring to see Triumph fit top-shelf Brembos for the braking system. Up front is a pair of radial-mount Brembo Stylema monoblock 4-piston calipers biting on 320mm discs. They don’t feel as potent as usual here, so maximum deceleration is achieved with a stomp on the rear Brembo M4.32 4-piston monoblock caliper and its 300mm rear rotor, a diameter bigger than the front brake setup on some bikes.  

Triumph Rocket 3 Storm | Storming Home 

As our group descended the mountain roads onto a local highway, I set the standard cruise control and reflected on my day in the saddle of the Rockets.  

I shouldn’t like this bike. It’s too big and bulky for my tastes. I don’t like bikes with long wheelbases and extra-fat tires, and I certainly don’t need a motorcycle with a 2.5-liter engine. I’m not a fan of giant motorcycles, and the Rocket 3 is like a caricature.  

2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R
Despite its considerable size, the Rocket 3 can dance in the corners. It’s in a class of its own. 

And yet I can’t deny how much the Rockets impressed me. I was spellbound by the engine’s omnipresent grunt, and I was endlessly pleased with the careful attention to detail lavished on the bike from tip to tail. This is a machine that can hold its head high at any rider hangout, standing apart from anything else in motorcycledom.  

A Rocket 3 might not be the ideal choice for a single-bike garage, but it would be a brilliant addition to sit alongside a more practical bike. It’s truly unique, which is one thing. But it’s also excellent, which puts the Rocket 3 in an exclusive class of one.   

Check out more new bikes in Rider’s 2024 Motorcycle Buyers Guide

2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R and GT
The Storms are available in three two-tone color options: Carnival Red with Sapphire Black, Satin Pacific Blue with Matt Sapphire Black, or Sapphire Black with Granite seen here. The GT (left) uses the same colorways but with the color split of the tank reversed.  

2025 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R (GT) Specifications 

  • Base Price: $24,995 ($25,795) 
  • Website: TriumphMotorcycles.com   
  • Warranty: 2 yr., unltd. miles   
  • Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, longitudinal inline-Triple, DOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl.   
  • Displacement: 2,458cc   
  • Bore x Stroke: 110.2 x 85.9mm   
  • Horsepower: 180 @ 7,000 rpm (factory claim)   
  • Torque: 166 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm (factory claim)   
  • Transmission: 6-speed, hydraulic-actuated slip/assist wet clutch   
  • Final Drive: Shaft  
  • Wheelbase: 66.0 in.   
  • Rake/Trail: 27.9 degrees/5.3 in.   
  • Seat Height: 30.4 in. (29.5 in.)   
  • Wet Weight: 699 lb (705 lb) (factory claim)   
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.76 gal.  

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2025 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Breitling Limited Edition Preview

2025 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Breitling Limited Edition

Triumph has unveiled a limited-edition Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR, which will be made in collaboration with the Swiss luxury watchmaker Breitling. The 2025 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Breitling Limited Edition will be limited to only 270 units, and Breitling will also launch a special Triumph watch in conjunction with the motorcycle. 

2025 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Breitling Limited Edition

This special-edition motorcycle is a top-of-the-range model with high-end components. It will feature a bespoke paint scheme with premium gold hand-painted detailing, a leather seat with French stitching, a high-spec Akrapovič silencer, and lightweight carbon fiber parts. It will also include a custom Breitling start screen, the Breitling logo laser-etched onto the machined rear wheel finisher, and a gold Breitling badge on the tank. 

2025 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Breitling Limited Edition

These special parts are in addition to the Speed Triple 1200 RR’s standard quality components, including Öhlins semi-active suspension, Brembo brakes, 5-inch TFT instrumentation, and signature single rounded headlight. 

Learn more about the Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR 

2025 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Breitling Limited Edition

“Teaming up with Breitling, we’ve united two worlds, delivering our shared passions for precision, speed, and impeccable style,” said Nick Bloor, Triumph CEO. 

2025 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Breitling Limited Edition

Together with Triumph’s launch of this limited-edition model, Breitling will launch the Chronomat B01 42 Triumph watch, which is made of titanium and 18k red gold with an anthracite dial and a perforated brown leather strap. Those who purchase the Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Breitling Limited Edition will also have the option of purchasing the made-to-order Chronomat B01 42 Triumph Owners Exclusive watch, which uses a carbon dial and has a brown alligator strap, in addition to the motorcycle’s unique model number engraved on the caseback. 

2025 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Breitling Limited Edition

“The Chronomat and the Speed Triple 1200 RR exemplify our joint devotion to the highest standards of design and performance,” said Georges Kern, CEO of Breitling. “With Triumph, we share a rugged spirit that combines artistry with adventure.” 

2025 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Breitling Limited Edition

The 2025 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Breitling Limited Edition will be available starting in June 2024 with an MSRP of $25,995. The Breitling Chronomat B01 42 Triumph watch will be available for $10,900, and the made-to-order Chronomat B01 42 Triumph Owners Exclusive will be available for $11,900. 

Find more information on Triumph’s website

Check out more new bikes in Rider’s 2024 Motorcycle Buyers Guide 

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