When Aprilia introduced the Tuono 660 in 2021, the new naked bike owed much of its form to the RS 660 sportbike. However, the Noale, Italy, factory replaced the yoke-mounted clip-ons with handlebars, shaved down the front fairing and bodywork, and retuned the 659cc parallel-Twin for street duty. For the riders that enjoy riding the canyons as much as they like the track, the 2022 Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory pairs naked bike comfort with sportbike-worthy performance.
The base-model Tuono 660 features a KYB 41mm inverted fork and KYB shock with rebound damping and preload adjustment. The new Factory variant ups the ante with a full adjustability for the KYB fork and an oil reservoir-equipped Sachs shock. Both offer compression adjustments in addition to the rebound damping and preload settings, allowing users to adapt the Tuono 660 Factory to their riding style and current conditions.
Along with the new suspenders, Aprilia upgraded the liquid-cooled, 659cc parallel-Twin with a 16-tooth pinion gear. The shorter final drive results in a 5-horsepower boost. The Tuono 660 Factory now peaks at 100 horsepower (at 10,500 rpm). Despite the gearing change, Aprilia preserved the maximum torque of 49.4 lb-ft at 8,500 rpm. Of course, the 270-degree firing order and strong mid-range retain the parallel-Twin’s character, but the updates make the mill more versatile than ever.
The Factory trim’s revised engine also benefits from Aprilia’s weight-saving efforts. Touting a new lithium battery, the Tuono 660 Factory weighs in at just 399 pounds. The new battery saves 4.4 pounds on the standard model and further improves the naked bike’s impressive power-to-weight ratio.
Like the standard Tuono 660, the Factory is equipped with Aprilia Performance Ride Control (APRC) suite of electronic rider aids. The packed electronics suite boasts adjustable traction control, engine brake, and engine maps. Five customizable ride modes, a quickshifter, and cruise control optimize performance and efficiency while multi-map cornering ABS and Aprilia’s cornering lights enhance safety.
The 2022 Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory will be available in a single-seat configuration with Factory Dark graphics. Aprilia hasn’t announced the its availability or pricing, but we expect the MSRP to be a stone’s throw away from the standard variant’s $10,499 list price.
For more information or to find an Aprilia dealer near you, visit aprilia.com.
Yamaha knows that motorcyclists are not all the same, and one of the major dividing lines when it comes to choosing a motorcycle is styling. Some riders get excited by modern bodywork with sharp, aggressive lines, while others prefer more of a retro look, which the 2022 Yamaha XSR900 has in spades.
A couple of years after Yamaha introduced the 2014 MT-09 (originally called the FZ-09) naked sportbike, it released the XSR900. They shared an engine and chassis, but the XSR900 had throwback styling inspired by Yamaha’s ’70s-era XS750 Triple, with a round headlight, a traditional-looking fuel tank with knee cutouts, and hand-finished aluminum covers.
The 2022 Yamaha XSR900 gets the updated 890cc inline-Triple that powers the latest MT-09 and Tracer 9 GT, as well as an all-new chassis, a more advanced electronics package, and a refreshed look drawn from Yamaha’s classic 1980s-era Grand Prix racing machines.
“The new generation XSR900 borrows its high performance CP3 engine, chassis, and electronics directly from Yamaha’s extensively updated 2021 MT-09 Hyper Naked to create the lightest, most agile, most performance-driven motorcycle in its class,” said Derek Brooks, Yamaha Motorcycle Product Line Manager. “But it’s the styling that really sets this new bike apart. As someone who’s very familiar with Yamaha’s racing history, it’s exciting to see the design team’s clear nod to the iconic race designs of our past, while incorporating so much tech and premium detailing. This new XSR really cuts to the heart of why we are passionate about motorcycles.”
Motorcycles in Yamaha’s Sport Heritage lineup, which includes the V Star 250 and Bolt R-spec cruisers as well as the XSR700 (based on the MT-07 platform) and XSR900, are the models that pay homage to the tuning fork company’s seven decades of motorcycle design and engineering history. What Yamaha calls its “Faster Sons” design philosophy blends classic style with modern technology, resulting in neo-retro models that visually embrace elements of the past while delivering today’s performance and reliability.
From the reshaped fuel tank to the boxy tail section, the new XSR900’s styling leaps forward a decade from its predecessor. Premium touches include drilled fork caps, machined headlight stays, a forged brake pedal, hidden passenger pegs, blacked-out levers, darkened brake reservoirs, bar-end mirrors, an embossed aluminum rear underplate, and an aluminum XSR logo. And modern touches include full LED lighting and a new full-color 3.5-inch TFT display.
The Legend Blue colorway is a modern take on the classic French Sonauto Yamaha race colors – the striking blue, cyan, and yellow livery campaigned by legendary French Grand Prix champion Christian Sarron, an important page from Yamaha’s rich racing history.
Revised ergonomics give the new XSR900 a more aggressive profile. A lowered head pipe position, a unique subframe with lower seat height, and a lengthened swingarm are said to improve handling and give the rider a greater sense of control.
The updated 890cc CP3 engine delivers more power and torque, reduces weight, and revs more freely. The slip/assist clutch has new friction plates and a modified cam angle to reduce load on the clutch springs for a lighter feel at the lever, and an up/down quickshifter is now standard. The Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) now uses a YZF-R1-type Accelerator Position Sensor Grip (APSG), which replicates varying degrees of resistance for a traditional throttle feel.
A new compact, lightweight aluminum frame is made using Yamaha’s Controlled Filling (CF) die-cast technology. Featuring ultra-thin 1.7mm sections, the frame is lighter and its balance of longitudinal, lateral, and torsional rigidity is improved. The lower head pipe position also helps load the front for increased feel when cornering.
The chassis features a new Brembo radial front master cylinder for better feel at the lever and a new front brake lever eases adjustability and improves style. New adjustable suspension is made by KYB, with a fully adjustable 41mm inverted fork and a preload- and rebound-adjustable rear shock. Like the Tracer 9 GT (which won Rider’s 2021 Motorcycle of the Year award), the XSR900 rolls on 17-inch aluminum wheels made using Yamaha’s exclusive new spinforging process, which reduces unsprung weight, and they’re shod with Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S22 rubber.
A new 6-axis IMU enables an expanded suite of electronic rider aids, including a lean-sensitive Traction Control System, Slide Control System, front wheel Lift Control System, and Brake Control System (aka ABS). Each can be adjusted for different levels of intervention or turned off completely depending on rider preference. Cruise control is also standard.
Yamaha engineers carefully considered both intake and exhaust sound in developing the new XSR900, seeking to emphasize and enhance the unique soundtrack of the crossplane Triple. The all-new airbox incorporates differing cross-section and length air ducts tuned so induction noises resonate harmoniously at varying wavelengths. Two functional air intake vents located on either side of the fuel tank further boost the mid- and high-rpm induction sound traveling to the rider for a greater sense of acceleration. Likewise, a new 1.5-chambered exhaust features a left-right symmetrical tailpipe arrangement that directs sound pressure to both sides of the machine, adding to the feel of torque when opening the throttle. The low-slung exhaust design also centralizes mass and is significantly lighter than the previous generation.
The 2022 Yamaha XSR900 will be available in Legend Blue with gold wheels and gold fork tubes or Raven with black wheels and black fork tubes. It arrives in dealerships in April 2022 with an MSRP of $9,999.
2022 Yamaha XSR900 Specs
Base Price: $9,999 Website:yamahamotorsports.com Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse inline-Triple, DOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl. Bore x Stroke: 78.0 x 62.1mm Displacement: 890cc Transmission: 6-speed, cable-actuated slip/assist wet clutch Final Drive: Chain Wheelbase: 58.9 in. Rake/Trail: 25 degrees/4.3 in. Seat Height: 31.9 in. Wet Weight: 425 lbs. (claimed) Fuel Capacity: 3.7 gals.
Since it first emerged from the dark corners of northern Austria, “The Beast” has steadily grown stronger and more fierce. From its humble origins in 2007 as the 990 Super Duke to the 180-horsepower 1290 Super Duke R that stomped onto the scene for 2015, KTM’s mighty streetfighter commands respect.
For 2022, “The Beast” has evolved into the 1290 Super Duke R Evo. It features new WP Semi-Active Technology (SAT) suspension, with damping adjusted in real-time based on conditions in three preset modes: Sport, Street, and Comfort. Rear spring preload can be set via the TFT display’s menu over a 20mm range in 2mm increments.
An optional Suspension Pro package adds three additional modes (Track, Advanced, and Auto) as well as automatic preload adjustment with three levels (Low, Standard, and High).
The 1290 Super Duke R Evo is powered by the same liquid-cooled, 1,301cc V-Twin with titanium inlet valves and resonator chambers on the cylinder heads that makes a claimed 180 horsepower and 103 lb-ft of torque. When we tested a 2021 1290 Super Duke R, it sent 166 horsepower at 10,100 rpm 94 lb-ft of torque at 8,300 rpm to the rear wheel on Jett Tuning’s dyno.
A ram air intake positioned in the headlight mask maximizes air flow to the combustion chambers, and top-feeder injectors and 56 mm throttle bodies provide optimal air to fuel mixture at high rpm. A PANKL 6-speed gearbox provides quick shift times and light lever modulation. An optional dealer-installed Performance Pack combines Motor Slip Regulation (MSR) and Quickshifter+.
For 2022, the throttle-by-wire system features a new 65-degree quick-turn throttle (reduced by 7 degrees) for a faster and more responsive throttle while also reducing rider wrist angle as well as elbow drop at full throttle. Ride modes include Sport, Street, Rain, and optional Track mode, which adds launch control, 9-level spin adjuster, an aggressive engine map, and anti-wheelie off function.
Optional Performance mode takes the Track mode concept and but adapts it for the street. Riders are still able to adjust throttle response, wheel slip, and anti-wheelie functions, but retain typical street functions such as cruise control and KTM MY RIDE.
Equipped with a 6-axis IMU, the 1290 Super Duke R Evo’s standard electronic rider aids include MSC (Motorcycle Stability Control) with cornering ABS by Bosch (including Supermoto mode) and multi-stage, lean-angle sensitive Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC).
As before, The Beast’s skeleton is an ultra-lightweight chrome-molybdenum steel frame that uses the engine as a stressed member. It has a light composite subframe and a single-sided swingarm positioned close to the output sprocket for more control and less squat under acceleration. Cast 17-inch wheels are shod with Bridgestone Battlax HyperSport S22 tires developed with a specific carcass on the rear that’s said to offer a more stable ride in corners, improving grip and performance.
A color TFT display provides pertinent info and easy menu navigation, and standard KTM MY RIDE allows smartphone pairing via Bluetooth to control audio playback and to accept phone calls.
The 2022 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo has more aggressive bodywork and two new colorways. Pricing and availability are TBD.
For more information or to find a KTM dealer near you, visit ktm.com.
Joining the Streetfighter V4 and Streetfighter V4 S in Ducati‘s lineup are two new models for 2022. The 2022 Ducati Streetfighter V2, powered by a 153-horsepower 955cc L-Twin (MSRP $16,995), and the 2022 Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP, powered by a 208-horsepower 1,103cc V-4 (MSRP $35,500). Both will be available in February 2022.
2022 Ducati Streetfighter V2
Take a Panigale V2, strip the fairings, swap the low clip-ons with a tall, wide handlebar and shorten the gearing with a larger rear sprocket, and you’ve got yourself a Panigale streetfighter. Or you could just walk into your local Ducati dealer and pick one up off the showroom floor, in the form of the new 2022 Streetfighter V2.
Ducati says it focused on ergonomics with the Streetfighter V2, giving it a wider, better cushioned saddle and repositioning the footpegs for a more street-friendly riding position. Not to say this new Streetfighter is a slouch; this First Look Review is blissfully free of the word “detuned.” At the Streetfighter V2’s heart is the Panigale V2’s 955cc Superquadro twin, which Ducati says is good for 153 horsepower at 10,750 rpm and 75 lb-ft of torque at 9.000 rpm.
Brakes are nearly identical to the Panigale V2: Brembo M4-32 monoblock radial calipers with 320mm front discs. Only the brake pads are different; Ducati says they offer a less aggressive bite and are ideal for street use. Suspension is a 43mm Showa Big Piston Fork up front and a Sachs shock in the back, both of which are adjustable.
The Streetfighter V2 also inherits the Panigale V2’s electronics, which includes a 6-axis IMU with ABS Cornering EVO with “slide by brake,” Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO 2, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO, Ducati Quick Shift up/down (DQS) EVO 2, and Engine Brake Control (EBC) EVO. There are three ride modes (Sport, Road, and Wet), and the Streetfighter V2 is compatible with the Ducati Data Analyzer (DDA + GPS) and Ducati Multimedia System.
The 2022 Ducati Streetfighter V2 will be available in Ducati Red starting in February 2022, for $16,995.
2022 Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP
If only the very best will do, for 2022 Ducati is also introducing the top-of-the-line, individually numbered Streetfighter V4 SP, which it calls “the most adrenaline-pumping sports-naked bike to ever roll…off the production line in Borno Panigale.” The Streetfighter V4 SP, dressed in an understated “Winter Test” livery inspired by Ducati Corse pre-season MotoGP and SBK test bikes, features premium equipment derived from the even more superlative Superleggera V4.
Carbon rims are 3 pounds lighter than the forged aluminum rims on the Streetfighter V4 S, reducing inertia by a claimed 26% at the front and 46% at the rear and resulting in a quicker, more agile ride. Brakes are Brembo, with the exclusive Stylema R front calipers, and suspension is the Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 with event-based variable damping.
The beating heart of the Streetfighter V4 SP, of course, is the 208 (claimed) horsepower 1,103cc Desmosedici Stradale, fitted with the STM-EVO SBK dry clutch for the best performance when pushing to its limits on-track. In fact, Ducati makes it clear this Streetfighter belongs on the track, with features like an open carbon clutch cover and an easily removed and capped license plate holder.
The 2022 Streetfighter V4 SP will be available in single-seat configuration only in the “Winter Test” livery in February 2022, for a starting price of $35,500.
For more information or to find your nearest Ducati dealer, visit ducati.com.
Triumph has an early holiday present for fans of Britain’s custom-classic and road racing culture, in the form of four limited-release Special Edition models, each available for one year only: the Street Twin EC1, Thruxton RS Ton Up, Rocket 3 GT 221, and Rocket 3 R 221.
2022 Triumph Street Twin EC1 Special Edition
Triumph’s best-selling modern classic model, the Street Twin, gets a makeover inspired by the vibrant custom scene of London’s East End – particularly the historic streets of the EC1 district that gives the Street Twin EC1 Special Edition its name. The EC1 is set apart as a Special Edition with a unique Matte Aluminum Silver and Matte Silver Ice paint scheme with special EC1 graphics on the tank and side panels, as well as a matching fly screen.
The spunky Street Twin is unchanged otherwise, with its liquid-cooled 900cc parallel-Twin engine, Brembo 4-piston front brake caliper, ABS, Road and Rain ride modes, traction control, torque-assist clutch, and USB charging socket, all standard. The Street Twin EC1 Special Edition will be available starting in January 2022, for an MSRP of $10,350.
2022 TriumphThruxton RS Ton Up Special Edition
The legendary Ton Up boys of the 1950s and ‘60s – the original café racers – and the first ever production 100mph lap of the Isle of Man TT, achieved by Malcolm Uphill in 1969, are celebrated by the new Thruxton RS Ton Up Special Edition. With its Aegean Blue gas tank, Fusion White seat cowl and front fender, and Carnival Red accents and graphics, the Ton Up will stand out in a crowd. Also included are unique “100” and “Ton Up” graphics and an accessory Aegean Blue fairing to complete the café racer look.
Otherwise the Thruxton RS retains all of its standard features, including a character-filled liquid-cooled 1,200cc parallel-Twin, twin 310mm Brembo floating front brake discs squeezed by Brembo M50 radial monoblock calipers; fully adjustable Öhlins shocks and Showa 43mm fork; Metzeler Racetec RR tires; throttle-by-wire with Road, Rain, and Sport ride modes; ABS; traction control; torque-assist clutch; and a USB charging socket. The Thruxton RS Ton Up Special Edition will be available starting in January 2022, for an MSRP of $17,300.
2022 TriumphRocket 3 GT and Rocket 3 R 221 Special Editions
The Rocket 3 GT and Rocket 3 R 221 Special Editions seek to remind the world of one thing: their superlative 221 Newton meters of torque (or 163 lb-ft for us Yanks), the highest claimed torque of any production motorcycle in the world. The 221s get their message across with a rich Red Hopper paint scheme incorporating the Rocket 3’s performance numbers emblazed on the tank: horsepower, torque, engine size, bore, and stroke.
Backing it up, of course, is the massive 2,458cc inline-Triple producing all that torque and a claimed 167 horsepower, along with a fully adjustable Showa shock, adjustable 47mm Showa fork, Brembo Stylema 4-piston radial monoblock calipers, TFT instrumentation, IMU-based ABS and traction control, four ride modes (Road, Rain, Sport and Rider-configurable), hill hold control, cruise control, keyless ignition, heated grips (GT only), and a USB charging socket.
The Rocket 3 GT 221 Special Edition will be available starting in January 2022, for an MSRP of $24,600. The Rocket 3 R 221 Special Edition will be available starting in January 2022, for an MSRP of $23,900.
Kawasaki has spiced up the Z900 mix with a new SE model, which adds upgraded brakes and suspension.
The Z900 SE’s styling draws from Kawasaki’s “Sugomi” design concept, which makes the bike look in motion even when standing still. It has aggressive angular detailing, an exposed subframe, and a sharply contoured belly pan. For those who prefer more classic styling, check out the 2022 Kawasaki Z900RS SE.
At the heart of the Z900 SE is the liquid-cooled 948cc inline-Four, which made 113 horsepower at 9,800 rpm and 66 lb-ft of torque at 8,100 rpm at the rear wheel in our 2020 test. As we reported at the time, this lightweight and compact engine spools up quickly and delivers solid and smooth performance when pushed but is versatile enough to be ridden in traffic with ease. Standard electronics include power modes, traction control, and integrated riding modes (Sport, Road, Rain, and Rider [manual]).
The Z900 SE’s upgraded suspension includes a fully adjustable 41mm inverted fork and a fully adjustable Öhlins S46 rear shock with a remote preload adjuster. The new setup promises improved customization and handling.
The SE version also benefits from a new radial monoblock Brembo M4.32 4-piston front calipers squeezing 300mm petal discs and Nissin radial-pump master cylinder. At the rear, there is a 250mm petal disc with 2-piston caliper. ABS and steel-braided brake lines are standard.
The Z900 SE’s cast aluminum, five-spoke wheels are fitted with Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tires. Although the turnsignals are still the old bulb type, all the other lights on the Z900 SE are LEDs. A large 4.3-inch color TFT dash with a selectable background color (black or white) and screen brightness automatically switches between three rider-set levels to suit available light. Bluetooth connectivity is compatible with smartphone devices and Kawasaki’s Rideology App.
A full range of Kawasaki Genuine Accessories are available and options for the Z900 SE include crankcase protectors, a meter cover, and an Akrapovic slip-on exhaust. The 2022 Kawasaki Z900 SE is available in Metallic Spark Black/Candy Lime Green with an MSRP of $10,699.
2022 Kawasaki Z900 SE Specs
Base Price: $10,699 Website:kawasaki.com Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse inline-Four, DOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl. Displacement: 948cc Bore x Stroke: 73.4 x 56.0 mm Horsepower: 113 @ 8,500 rpm (2020 Z900, rear-wheel dyno) Torque: 66 lb-ft @ 6,700 rpm (2020 Z900, rear-wheel dyno) Transmission: 6-speed, cable-actuated slip/assist wet clutch Final Drive: Chain Wheelbase: 57.3 in. Rake/Trail: 25 degrees/4.3 in. Seat Height: 31.5 in. Wet Weight: 470 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 4.5 gals.
Buell Motorcycle Co. has announced that the Hammerhead 1190 sportbike will soon go into production. The company will begin reservations on November 1, 2021, on its Buellvana online system.
“When we said Buell is Back, we meant it,” said Bill Melvin, CEO of Buell Motorcycle Co. “We have former executives from Buell, General Motors, Lotus Engineering, Toyota, and Bombardier Recreational Products ensuring we are manufacturing and developing the highest quality products. Now we are putting the finishing touches on our factory and kicking off production of the best American superbike on November 1, the Buell Hammerhead 1190.”
Although the company still bears his name, Erik Buell is not involved.
The Buell Hammerhead 1190 will be built in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and it will be powered by a 72-degree V-Twin engine that makes a claimed 185 horsepower and 102 lb-ft of torque. As with previous Buells and EBR models, the Hammerhead will feature an aluminum fuel-in-frame chassis and the unique single perimeter front braking system. Buell claims the Hammerhead weighs 419 pounds without fuel.
Buell’s new online reservation and delivery system, Buellvana, allows customers to reserve a production slot for $25. Reservations will begin online on Monday, November 1, 2021.
“When we announced that our future models will include variants for dirt, touring, and cruisers, while expanding our engine lineup, we were blown away at the rider response,” said Steve Laham, Chief Products, Development & Strategy Officer at Buell Motorcycle Co. “I knew Buell was a beloved brand, and now riders are pulling for us! With the Hammerhead going into production, innovative technology and products in our pipeline, and our online reservation system changing the industry, we’re lean, mean and on the move!”
Available specs are provided below; anticipated delivery date of production bikes has not been announced.
2022 Buell Hammerhead 1190 Specs
Base Price: $18,995 Website:buellmotorcycle.com Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse 72-degree V-Twin Displacement: 1,190cc Bore x Stroke: 106 x 67.5mm Compression Ratio: 13.4:1 Fuel Delivery: EFI w/ 2 port injectors & 2 showerhead injectors Horsepower: 185 hp @ 10,600 rpm (claimed, at the crank) Torque: 101.6 lb-ft @ 8,200 rpm (claimed, at the crank) Final Drive: Chain Transmission: 6-speed, hydraulically actuated slipper wet clutch Frame: Cast aluminum perimeter, fuel-in-frame w/ cast aluminum swingarm Suspension, Front: Showa inverted Big Piston Fork Rear: Showa shock, no linkage Brakes, Front: Single 386mm perimeter disc, 8-piston inside-out caliper Rear: Single 220mm disc, 2-piston caliper Wheels, Front: Cast aluminum, 3.5 x 17 in. Rear: Cast aluminum, 6.0 x 17 in. Seat Height: 32.5 in. Weight: 419 lbs. (claimed, wet w/o fuel) Load Capacity: 375 lbs.
Ducati’s 800cc Scrambler lineup for 2022 includes the classic Scrambler Icon, the dark Scrambler Nightshift, the off-road-ready Scrambler Desert Sled, and the all-new Scrambler Urban Motard.
Inspired by the concrete jungle, the Urban Motard two-tone Star White Silk and Ducati GP ’19 Red livery with street-art style tank graphics.
As the “Motard” part of its name implies, the Urban Motard rolls on 17-inch spoked wheels shod with sticky Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tires, and it has a high front fender, a flat seat, and side number plates.
As with other Ducati Scrambler models, the Urban Motard has a front LED DRL headlight and an LED taillight. The entire Scrambler 800 range comes standard with cornering ABS, a USB socket under the seat, and the Ducati Multimedia System (DMS), which enables a smartphone to be connected to the bike via Bluetooth.
The Ducati Scrambler Urban Motard has a claimed wet weight of 432 pounds, and it’s powered by an air-cooled 803cc L-Twin with a desmodromic valve system. The engine delivers 73 horsepower at 8,250 rpm and 48.5 lb-ft of torque at 5,750 rpm (claimed, at the crank).
The engine is carried in a black tubular-steel trellis frame, and the suspension is by Kayaba suspension, with a non-adjustable 41mm inverted fork and a preload-adjustable rear shock. Triple-disc brakes include 4-piston radial front calipers with 330mm discs and a 1-piston caliper with a 245mm disc. Seat height is 31.7 inches. LCD instrumentation includes gear and fuel level indicators and an interchangeable aluminum frame.
2022 Ducati Scrambler Urban Motard Specs
Base Price: $11,695 Website:ducati.com Engine Type: Air-cooled, transverse L-Twin, desmodromic SOHC w/ 2 valves per cyl. Displacement: 803cc Bore x Stroke: 88.0 x 66.0mm Horsepower: 73 @ 8,250 rpm (claimed, at the crank) Torque: 48.5 lb-ft @ 5,750 rpm (claimed, at the crank) Transmission: 6-speed, hydraulically actuated slip/assist wet clutch Final Drive: Chain Wheelbase: 56.5 in. Rake/Trail: 24 degrees/3.7 in. Seat Height: 31.7 in. Wet Weight: 432 lbs. (claimed) Fuel Capacity: 3.6 gals.
Kawasaki has announced a new “SE” version of its retro-styled Z900RS for 2022, which features upgraded suspension and brakes. Up front are new radial-mount monoblock Brembo M4.32 calipers and new settings for the fully adjustable inverted fork, which now sports gold legs. Out back is a new fully adjustable Öhlins S46 rear shock with a remote preload adjuster.
Also new on the 2022 Kawasaki Z900RS is a new “Yellow Ball” color scheme, with Metallic Diablo Black paint, yellow highlights on the teardrop tank and rear fender, and fetching gold wheels.
At the heart of the Z900RS SE is a liquid-cooled, 948cc, 16-valve, inline-Four, which made 100 horsepower at 8,500 rpm and 67.5 lb-ft of torque at 6,700 rpm at the rear wheel in our 2020 comparison test. This lightweight and compact engine spools up quickly and delivers solid and smooth performance when pushed but is versatile enough to be ridden in traffic with ease. The high-tensile steel trellis frame has received revisions at the swingarm pivot point, which is now stronger.
A fully adjustable 41mm inverted fork offers 10 clicks of compression adjustment, 12 clicks of rebound adjustment, and a stepless preload adjuster. At the rear, the RS is fitted with a horizontal backlink Öhlins S46 shock with a remote preload adjuster. The shock is linked to an extruded lightweight aluminum swingarm to maximize handling, with the linkage placed atop the swingarm helps to centralize the weight.
Braking is provided by a pair of radial-mount monoblock Brembo 4-piston M4.32 front calipers squeezing 300mm petal discs with a Nissin radial-pump master cylinder. Out back, a 2-piston caliper squeezes a 250mm petal disc. ABS and stainless-steel braided lines are standard.
In keeping with the classic styling, the Z900RS SE is equipped with cast flat spoke wheels, finished in gold, to resemble traditional wire-spoked wheels. Dunlop GPR-300 tires further add to the retro credentials.
The Z900RS SE features a large-diameter round LED headlight with a convex lens and chrome ring, adding to the retro look without compromising on lighting. LEDs have replaced all the lights except for the turnsignals. A dual-dial analog instrument cluster is coupled with a multi-function LCD screen for retro-style with modern functionality. The LCD features white letters on a black background and includes a gear position indicator.
Much like the sporty bikes of the ’70s, the Z900RS SE has a relaxed, upright riding position. A wide flat handlebar means the grips are 30mm wider, 65mm higher, and 35mm closer to the rider compared to the sportier Z900, partly thanks to the raised upper-triple clamp. The footpegs are also 20mm lower and 20mm farther forward, enhancing the relaxed riding position. Rubber-mounted bar ends help dampen vibrations in the bars, and both the clutch and brake levers are 5-way adjustable to help accommodate a wide variety of hand sizes.
The slim fuel tank is narrow at the rear, which allows for easy knee gripping. A low seat height, combined with a slim design, adds to the rider’s ability to place both feet on the ground when stopped.
A full range of Kawasaki accessories is available to give owners the option to add to the motorcycle’s iconic, old-school feel, including a tank emblem set, black, gold, or silver oil filler caps, front axle slider, tank pad, frame slider set, center stand, passenger grab bar and more.
2022 Kawasaki Z900RS SE Specs
Base Price: $13,449 Website:kawasaki.com Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse inline-Four, DOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl. Displacement: 948cc Bore x Stroke: 73.4 x 56.0 mm Horsepower: 100 @ 8,500 rpm (2020 Z900, rear-wheel dyno) Torque: 67.5 lb-ft @ 6,700 rpm (2020 Z900, rear-wheel dyno) Transmission: 6-speed, cable-actuated slip/assist wet clutch Final Drive: Chain Wheelbase: 57.9 in. Rake/Trail: 25 degrees/3.9 in. Seat Height: 32.9 in. Wet Weight: 474 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 4.5 gals.
Fifty years ago, Ducati introduced its first air-cooled twin-cylinder engine, on the 1971 Ducati 750 GT. The new 2022 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro pays homage to this milestone with special livery and a 1,079cc air-cooled L-Twin that makes a claimed 86 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and 66.5 lb-ft of torque at 4,750 rpm.
The Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro wears striking “Giallo Ocra” yellow paint, which was used on the 1972 450 Desmo Mono and 750 Sport. The sides of the fuel tank feature the iconic 1970s-era Ducati logo that was designed by Giugiaro, and the same font is used to spell “Scrambler” on the top of the tank. Other styling details include black spoked wheels, round mirrors, and a brown seat with special stitching.
Though honoring the past, the Tribute edition has the modern features found in Ducati’s Scrambler 1100 Pro line, including three riding modes, multi-level traction control, cornering ABS, a headlight with a distinctive LED ring, and the Ducati Multimedia System. There’s a USB socket for mobile phone charging under the seat.
The 2022 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro has a steel trellis frame, an aluminum subframe, a cast aluminum swingarm, and spoked wheels (18-inch front, 17-inch rear) shod with Pirelli MT60 RS tires. Suspension includes a fully adjustable 45mm inverted Marzocchi fork and an adjustable Kayaba shock with a progressive linkage. The front brakes are radial-mount monoblock Brembo M4.32 calipers squeezing 320mm discs.
Pricing starts at $13,995.
2022 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro
Base Price: $13,995 Website:ducati.com Engine Type: Air/oil-cooled, transverse 90-degree L-Twin, desmodromic DOHC w/ 2 valves per cyl. Displacement: 1,079cc Bore x Stroke: 98.0 x 71.0mm Horsepower: 86 horsepower @ 7,500 rpm Torque: 66.5 lb-ft @ 4,750 rpm Transmission: 6-speed, hydraulically actuated slip/assist wet clutch Final Drive: Chain Wheelbase: 59.6 in. Rake/Trail: 24.5 degrees/4.4 in. Seat Height: 31.9 in. Wet Weight: 465 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 4.0 gals.