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2023 KTM 790 Duke and 1290 Super Duke GT | First Look Review

2023 KTM 1290 SUPERDUKE GT
2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

KTM North America Inc. has announced the 2023 Duke and Super Duke Duke range. After a brief hiatus, the 790 Duke and 1290 Super Duke GT will be back in KTM’s lineup, and they’re joined by the returning 890 Duke R and 1290 Super Duke R Evo. The 2023 KTM Duke and Super Duke range will begin shipping to authorized KTM dealers in December 2022, but pricing has not yet been announced.

Related Story: 2022 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo | Road Test Review

2023 KTM 790 Duke

2023 KTM 790 DUKE
2023 KTM 790 Duke in new gray and black motif

Introduced in 2017, the KTM 790 Duke sold more than 29,000 units, and was later upgraded to the 890 Duke. KTM says the 2023 790 Duke is a “true mid-range motorcycle” that joins the 890 Duke R to fill the gap between the 390 Duke and the 1290 Super Duke R Evo.

Related: 2019 KTM 790 Duke | First Ride Review

Related: KTM 200 Duke, 390 Duke, 890 Duke, and 1290 Super Duke R | Comparison Review

The 790 Duke will be powered by KTM’s LC8c parallel-Twin DOHC engine with 799cc of displacement and two balancer shafts for smooth power delivery and minimum vibration.

2023 KTM 790 Duke
2023 KTM 790 Duke

The 2023 KTM 790 Duke features throttle-by-wire, a PASC slip/assist clutch, three ride modes (Rain, Street, and Sport), lean-angle- sensitive Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC), cornering ABS with Supermoto mode, a full-color 5-inch TFT display, and LED lights front and back.

Optional features include Quickshifter+, Motor Slip Regulation (MSR), cruise control, tire-pressure monitoring, and Track mode, which includes traction control slip adjuster, anti-wheelie mode, launch control, and three levels of throttle response variation. The bike has a 3.7-gal tank and a dry weight of 383.6 lb.

2023 KTM 790 Duke
2023 KTM 790 Duke

In terms of looks, the 2023 KTM 790 Duke introduces two new colorways to the mix: a traditional KTM orange scheme and an all-new gray and black motif.

2023 KTM 790 DUKE
2023 KTM 790 Duke in traditional orange scheme

2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

2023 KTM Super Duke GT
2023 KTM Super Duke GT

The KTM 1290 Super Duke GT sport-touring bike has also returned to North America for 2023. KTM says the bike was “designed to offer riders a unique Grand Touring experience but engineered to be a true Sports bike underneath the touring parts.”

Related Story: 2019 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT | First Ride Review

The 2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT has enhanced emissions control and a reworked 1,301cc LC8 V-twin engine and the same standard features of the 1290 Super Duke R Evo.

2023 KTM Super Duke GT
2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

However, the WP APEX semi-active suspension on the 1290 Super Duke GT has been geared for the long-distance tourer, enabling the rider to set the suspension according to four different riding situations: Rider, Rider & Pillion, Rider & Luggage, or Rider, Pillion & Luggage. On top of that, the anti-dive function is fitted as standard. The larger 6.1-gal tank also contributes to the touring capabilities.

The wheels are also the same as the 1290 Super Duke R Evo and boast a weight savings of 2.2 lb of unsprung mass over the old set of rims. These all-new lightweight wheels are wrapped in new Continental ContiSportAttack 4 tires, boasting a sportier and more stable riding experience while delivering on the demand for a sportier tire to match the bike’s versatility. The 1290 Super Duke GT has a dry weight of 476 lb.

2023 KTM Super Duke GT
2023 KTM Super Duke GT

A new 7-inch TFT display has a newly designed layout, and the setup is completed by the new switchgear that KTM says not only feels premium but also allows for intuitive interaction between the rider and the dash itself.

The 2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT will also debut an all-new navigation system called Turn-by-Turn Plus, which will be available via KTMconnect and further enhance the touring experience. TBT+ allows navigation instructions to be projected directly on the TFT display.

2023 KTM Super Duke GT
2023 KTM Super Duke GT

Powered by SYGIC, TBT+ can also operate offline, allowing riders to plan their journey and adventure from remote locations, with the Navigation feature using industry-standard mapping to guide riders to their destination of choice. There’s also an advanced search feature and a diverse range of POIs including gas stations, restaurants, and rest stops. Or you can select one of your pre-saved destinations directly from the TFT dash.

2023 KTM Super Duke GT
2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

The new system also allows for waypoints to be skipped without prompting a turnaround. The system will merely recalculate and find the next available route to get you back on track. Also, the last 10 destinations searched are automatically saved and available directly on the dashboard.

2023 KTM 890 Duke R

2023 KTM 890 DUKE R
2023 KTM 890 Duke R

KTM says the 790 Duke is great for introducing a new generation of riders to the world of the Duke naked bike, “and when they’re ready to take things to the next level, the 2023 KTM 890 Duke R is waiting.” The company added that the 890 Duke R is as comfortable on mountain roads as it is on the track.

Related: 2022 KTM 890 Duke R | Road Test Review

In addition to the standard features mentioned above for the 790 Duke, the 2023 KTM 890 Duke R has adjustable, track-ready WP APEX suspension, monoblock Brembo Stylema calipers grabbing 320mm front discs, and Michelin Power Cup II tires. The bike has a 3.7-gal tank and a dry weight of 377 lb.

2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo

2023 KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R EVO
2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo

Taking it up a notch, KTM’s flagship street motorcycle, the KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo, underwent its most significant update in 2020, boasting a number of tweaks and engineering improvements, including a reworked 1,301cc LC8 engine and an all-new chassis.

In 2022, the latest incarnation of “The Beast” was launched with the same LC8 engine making a claimed 180 hp and 103 lb-ft of torque. The bike was dubbed the “Evo” thanks to the evolution of the second-generation WP APEX Semi Active 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.

Related: 2022 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo | Road Test Review

2023 KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R EVO
2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke Evo

KTM says the 2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo has “the most power and torque in the family and the most advanced electronics to keep it all under control.” The bike features Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC) with cornering ABS by Bosch including Supermoto ABS, ride mode technology, and multi-stage, lean-angle sensitive Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC) using a 6 axis lean angle sensor, and cruise control. The bike has a 4.2-gal tank and a dry weight of 441 lb.

For more information, visit the KTM website.

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New and Updated 2023 Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Piaggio, and Vespa Models

Aprilia Electrica 3

At the EICMA show in Italy, the Piaggio Group introduced the new Aprilia ELECTRICa project, as well as several updated models in the company’s brand range, including the following:

  • Aprilia RS 660 Extrema
  • V7 Stone Special Edition and V9 Bobber Special Edition
  • Piaggio 1
  • Vespa GTV, Primavera Color Vibe, and 946 10° Anniversario

The Piaggio Group said its brands have “accepted the challenge of a changing world, introducing a vast offer of vehicles capable of meeting any mobility needs.” Pricing and availability dates of the new models have yet to be provided.

2023 Aprilia ELECTRICa Project

Aprilia Electrica 3

Although the Piaggio Group has been working on electric propulsion since 1975 – including releasing the first hybrid scooter in the world, the MP3 Hybrid, in 2009 – the Aprilia ELECTRICa project is a new concept for the company. Piaggio says the lightweight electric bike is the company’s response to the changing commuting needs in the world with a nod to “the thrilling riding experience that only a bike can provide.”

The electric motor on the ELECTRICa is positioned in the center and powers a chain final drive. The bike includes keyless ignition and LCD instrumentation. The aesthetics of the ELECTRICa carry the familiar Aprilia style, especially the modern interpretation of the triple headlamp cluster typical of all Aprilias.

Aprilia Electrica 3

The bike has compact dimensions and a low saddle height, and the company says the presence of both brake controls on the handlebar makes the transition from scooters easier.

Exact specifications, pricing, and availability were not available as of publication.

2023 Aprilia RS 660 Extrema

Aprilia RS 660 EXTREMA

The 2023 Aprilia RS 660 Extrema is the sportiest and lightest RS 660 in the range, with updated and new standard equipment.

Related Story: 2021 Aprilia RS 660 | Video Review

The Aprilia RS 660 has a liquid-cooled 659cc DOHC parallel-Twin making a claimed 100 hp and 49.4 lb-ft of torque at 8,500 rpm.

The 2023 RS 660 Extrema features a  lighter street-legal exhaust system by SC Project with a carbon silencer positioned on the right side (and no longer beneath the engine). Also contributing to the overall reduction in weight are the carbon front fender and the new carbon engine undercover. Wet weight is a claimed 366 lb.

Aprilia RS 660 EXTREMA

The RS 660 Extrema sport attributes are emphasized by the single-seat tail fairing (the passenger’s seat comes with the bike). Standard electronics on the RS 660 include traction control, cornering ABS, engine brake, engine map, and wheelie control – all adjustable – as well as five ride modes (Road and Track, three fixed and two customizable). The RS 660 Extrema also has software that allows the rider to set up the standard quick shift in a reverse-shift pattern without having to replace any bike components.

Aprilia RS 660 EXTREMA

Pricing and availability of the RS 660 Extrema were not available as of publication, but we expect an MSRP north of $11,599, the list price of the 2022 Aprilia RS 660.

2023 Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber Special Edition

2023 Moto Guzzi V9 BOBBER SPECIAL EDITION

Introduced as a ready-to-ride factory bobber in 2016, the Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber has an air- and oil-cooled longitudinal 853cc 90-degree V-Twin making a claimed 65 hp and 53.8 lb-ft of torque at 5,000 rpm.

Related Story: 2017 Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer and V9 Bobber | First Ride Review

The engine sits in a twin-tube steel cradle frame. Suspension is basic, with a nonadjustable 40mm fork on the front and preload adjustable rear shocks. Stopping power comes from Brembo opposed 4-piston calipers grabbing a 320mm stainless steel floating disc up front and Brembo 2-piston calipers and a 260mm floating disc in the back. The 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels are still shod in the V9 Bobber’s characteristic oversized tires (130/90 up front, 150/80 rear).

Piaggio says the 30.9-inch seat height contributes to the bobber’s “sporty, active, and extended riding position.” The V9 Bobber has a 4.0-gal fuel tank, and the bike comes in with an overall wet weight of 463 lb.

The new Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber Special Edition boasts a special Workshop twin-tone black and grey color scheme that enhances the teardrop fuel tank shape and extends to the aluminum side panels. A billet aluminum cap is a high-end touch.

2023 Moto Guzzi V9 BOBBER SPECIAL EDITION

The matte black brings out the Moto Guzzi branding milled on the aluminum cylinder head covers, and the familiar sound of the Moto Guzzi 850 twin cylinder is highlighted by the exhaust painted matte black with an aluminum bottom. Bar-end mirrors mounted at the ends of the handlebar, along with the fork seals and the short front fender, complete the equipment.

Pricing and availability on the 2023 Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber Special Edition were not available.

2023 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone Special Edition

2023 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone Special Edition

The Moto Guzzi V7 Stone was updated for 2021 with a larger air-cooled 853cc longitudinal 90-degree V-Twin making a claimed 65 hp at 6,800 rpm and 54 lb-ft of torque at 5,000 rpm. Other updates included reduced effort from the single-disc dry clutch, a stiffer frame and bigger swingarm with a new bevel gear for the cardan shaft drive, revised damping and a longer stroke for the preload-adjustable rear shocks, an updated ABS module, and more.

Related Story: 2021 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone | First Ride Review

The 2023 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone Special Edition features a new Arrow exhaust system, which the company says has led to gains in performance, bumping up to 65.7 hp at 6,700 rpm and 55.3 lb-ft of torque at 4,900 rpm.

From a visual standpoint, Moto Guzzi has swapped out the matte shades typical of the Stone version for a special Shining Black color scheme, enhanced on the tank with graphics and red details that recall the style traits of the Eagle brand’s sportiest models.

This sport attitude is also highlighted by the red shock springs and contrasting red stitching of the saddle, also specific to this model. A plate on the handlebar riser identifies its special edition status, and the equipment package also includes bar-end rearview mirrors and an anodized black billet aluminum fuel cap.

Previous V7 Stone models started at $8,990. Pricing and availability of the 2023 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone Special Edition were not available at publication.

2023 Piaggio 1

2023 Piaggio 1
2023 Piaggio 1

Piaggio has upgraded the electric motor that powers Piaggio 1 range to deliver better performance. The moped version (Piaggio 1) has a claimed 3.1 hp from its motor built into the rear wheel and has a top speed limited to 27 mph. The motorbike version (Piaggio 1 Active) reaches 4 hp and has a top speed of TK mph. Piaggio says acceleration has increased 14% on Piaggio 1 and almost 12% on Piaggio 1 Active.

The 2023 Piaggio 1 has a full technological package that includes 5.5-inch digital color instrumentation, full LED lighting, and keyless ignition. It also has an underseat storage compartment large enough to hold a full helmet.

2023 Piaggio 1
2023 Piaggio 1

The previous Piaggio 1+ model had a claimed range of approximately 62 miles in ECO mode and 42 miles in Sport mode, while the Piaggio 1 Active claimed 53 miles in ECO and 41 miles in Sport mode.

With both the versions, the battery is located beneath the seat and is easily removable and portable so it can be charged at home or in the office.

2023 Vespa GTV

2023 Vespa GTV
2023 Vespa GTV

It has been four years since the last version of a Vespa scooter was launched, but at the beginning of October, the Piaggio Group announced the release of the new 2023 Vespa GTS range, featuring a 4-stroke, liquid-cooled 300cc high-performance engine (HPE) offering a claimed 23.8 hp at 8,250 rpm.

Built on the Vespa GTS base, the Vespa GTV maintains the traits of its origins but combines them with a new technological equipment package and new finishes, which Vespa says results in “an extraordinary marriage of tradition and modernity, classicism and aggressiveness, which manifests itself in the most authentically sporty Vespa ever.”

2023 Vespa GTV
2023 Vespa GTV

The low headlamp is LED, and the new instrumentation maintains the circular shape but is entirely digital and displays maximum speed, average speed, instant and average mileage, range, and battery charge status, as well as all call, message, and music notifications if the vehicle is connected to a smartphone through the Vespa MIA system (available as a separate accessory).

The instrumentation is connected to the handlebar using a cantilevered bracket and enveloped by a small top fairing with sport inspiration. At the center of the front shield, the Vespa “neck-tie” has lateral slits and is enhanced by decorations with orange edging. A USB port comes as standard equipment, located in the storage compartment on the back of the shield.

2023 Vespa GTV
2023 Vespa GTV

The Vespa GTV has a single-seat two-tone saddle with a racing look, and the rear part is designed for a hard cover color-coded to match the body and reminiscent of the typical racing Vespa fairings.

The five-spoke design of the wheel rims is also new – painted matte black with an orange graphic on the channel. On the safety front, standard features include ASR electronic traction control and ABS.

Vespa Primavera Color Vibe

2023 Vespa Primavera Color Vibe in Arancio Impulsivo
2023 Vespa Primavera Color Vibe in Arancio Impulsivo

The Piaggio Group says the new Vespa Primavera Color Vibe is a “tribute to the colourful and carefree Vespa universe.”

The Primavera range features air-cooled i-get (Italian Green Experience Technology) 4-stroke engines available in 50cc and 150cc versions. The new Primavera Color Vibe is characterized by a special two-tone livery: the body, available in the Arancio Impulsivo and Bianco Innocente shades, is matched with a footboard in Ottanio, a shade of turquoise.

2023 Vespa Primavera Color Vibe in Bianco Innocente
2023 Vespa Primavera Color Vibe in Bianco Innocente

A contrasting color “stain” is outlined in black and runs diagonally across the entire body through the dedicated graphics on the sides of the front shield and side panels. The decorations of the steering cover on the front shield are also in Ottanio, as well as the wheel rims, which were made exclusively for this version in a special glossy metallic finish.

2023 vespa primavera color vibe in Bianco Innocente
2023 Vespa Primavera Color Vibe in Bianco Innocente

Finally, the outfitting is completed by sporty black trim for the headlamp and taillight frames, the profile that runs along the front shield, the crest on the front fender, the front suspension spring and guard, the passenger grab handle, and the muffler cover. The saddle is black with anthracite stitching.

Vespa 946 10° Anniversario

2023 vespa 946 10 anniversario

The Vespa 946 special 10° Anniversario outfit has an exclusive dedicated color that represents a modern take on the classic Vespa green shade, a color that is described as “soft and velvety, but has a hint of acidity.” The pearlescent color appears pastel at first glance, but then gains depth with illumination.

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2023 Ducati Scrambler Range | First Look Review

2023 Ducati Scrambler

Ducati has announced details for the new 2023 Ducati Scrambler family, which includes the Icon, Full Throttle, and Nightshift. The company says the Scrambler has always combined fun, technology, safety, and ease of use, and adds that the new generation continues this trend.

See all of Rider’s Ducati coverage, including other new 2023 models, here.

The 2023 Ducati Scrambler Function and Form

The 2023 Ducati Scrambler range will still feature the air-cooled 803cc L-Twin with a desmodromic valve system making a claimed 73 hp and 48.1 lb-ft of torque at 7,000 rpm (compared to the 2022 Scrambler Motard’s claimed 48.5 lb-ft at 5,750 rpm) with a 6-speed gearbox (Ducati Quick Shift is standard on the Full Throttle), a slip-assist clutch, and chain final drive.  

The new engine is 5.5 lb lighter than the previous generation and has been equipped with a new eight-disc clutch, which Ducati says is softer in operation. The clutch is also more compact, which has made it possible to reduce the size of the right side cover and offer more space for the rider’s foot. The new Ducati Scrambler is also equipped with a transmission shift drum mounted on bearings.

2023 Ducati Scrambler
2023 Ducati Scrambler Icon

The 2023 Scrambler frame is still a trellis design but has also been updated and lightened, with a redesigned swingarm and a repositioned shock absorber. And for custom bike builders, the rear sub-frame is now easily removable without modifying the frame.

2023 Ducati Scrambler
2023 Ducati Scrambler Nightshift

The 2023 Ducati Scramblers now have electronic management of the Ride by Wire throttle, which Ducati says “makes the engine response ready at every throttle position, but always progressive and easy to manage at all revs.” It allows the adoption of Ducati Traction Control and two Riding Modes: Road and Wet. The standard equipment is completed by ABS Cornering.

Riding improvements also come from a slightly increased steering angle. The wheels are a completely renewed design with 18 and 17 inches respectively at the front and rear (light alloy on the Icon and Full Throttle and spoked aluminum on the Nightshift).

2023 Ducati Scrambler
2023 Ducati Scrambler Icon

All said and done, the bike has been lightened by 8.8 lb for total wet weights of 408 lb. on the Icon and Full Throttle and 421 lb. on the Nightshift.

Related Story: Video Review | 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100

Perhaps as important when it comes to the Scrambler is the style, and Ducati says the design of the 2023 Scrambler range keeps “the soul of the Ducati Scrambler family intact, preserving its distinctive elements.” The front headlight, now full LED, keeps the iconic “X” but has been redesigned with an even more recognizable style. The new taillight design is now with a semi-circular line, always full LED, along with the direction indicators.

2023 Ducati Scrambler
2023 Ducati Scrambler Full Throttle

The steel tank has been redesigned and equipped with an interchangeable cover that, along with the fenders and details on the headlamp, gives the bike its color and allows easy and quick customization. Anodized aluminum covers below the tank complete the renewed design of the front of the bike.

2023 Ducati Scrambler

New instrumentation includes the 4.3-inch color TFT and dedicated HMI. The Ducati Multimedia System is available as an accessory, allowing you to listen to music and make calls by connecting your smartphone.

2023 Ducati Scrambler
2023 Ducati Scrambler Icon

2023 Ducati Scrambler Icon

2023 Ducati Scrambler Icon
2023 Ducati Scrambler Icon

The 2023 Ducati Scrambler Icon version with the new tank design and interchangeable covers offers the three standard colors (’62 Yellow, Thrilling Black, and Ducati Red), and a further six are available as accessory kits that include tank covers, front and rear fenders, headlamp covers, and wheel tags to complete the customization.

2023 Ducati Scrambler

The Icon features a revised handlebar that is lower and closer to the rider, and the seat has been redesigned with a more tapered, streamlined shape. Completing the design of this new generation of Icon are black under-seat side panels with Ducati Scrambler graphics.

2023 Ducati Scrambler
2023 Ducati Scrambler Icon

The Ducati Scrambler Icon will arrive to the U.S. in spring 2023 starting at $10,995.

2023 Ducati Scrambler Full Throttle

2023 Ducati Scrambler Full Throttle
2023 Ducati Scrambler Full Throttle

The 2023 Ducati Scrambler Full Throttle was inspired by U.S. Flat Track competitions on dirt oval tracks. The side number plates have the number 62 in Tracker style – representing the 1962 debut year of the first Ducati Scrambler – combined with the sump guard for what Ducati says is “a decidedly grittier aesthetic for those who do not want to go unnoticed.”

The Full Throttle’s sporty character is underlined by the sport-look seat cover, a dedicated livery in GP19 Red/Dark Stealth, and the black finish of the exhaust heat shields and front side covers. A shorter front fender, a tail without a rear fender, red tags on the alloy wheels, a street-legal Termignoni silencer, Ducati Performance LED turn signals, and standard Quick Shift up/down complete the package.

2023 Ducati Scrambler
2023 Ducati Scrambler Full Throttle

The riding position is also different than the Icon thanks to a variable section handlebar, and the Rosso GP19 seat cover is available as an accessory for a single-seat look.

The Ducati Scrambler Full Throttle will arrive at U.S. dealerships in spring 2023 starting at $12,195.

2023 Ducati Scrambler Nightshift

2023 Ducati Scrambler Nightshift
2023 Ducati Scrambler Nightshift

Ducati says the 2023 Ducati Scrambler Nightshift is “the most elegant of the proposals” in the 2023 Scrambler range. Like the Full Throttle, the Nightshift features side number plates, a sporty front fender, the absence of a rear fender, and compact LED indicators.

The Nightshift has a Nebula Blue color scheme and spoked rims, now completely black, and the same flat-shaped, variable-section handlebar and bar-end mirrors in café racer style as the 2022 model.

The Ducati Scrambler Nightshift will arrive to U.S. dealers in summer 2023 starting at $12,195.

Scrambler Customization

To allow enthusiasts to express their personality in the best way possible, Scrambler offers a wide choice of accessories, including three exhaust proposals made by Termignoni. There is the street-legal silencer with black finish and contrasting ring available in yellow, red or blue. The complete steel exhaust is not street legal and is mounted in a high side position in Flat Track style, with black finish and accompanied by dedicated mapping for the ECU (not homologated for road use). The third exhaust accessory is a street-legal short silencer, also in steel, again with black finish and accompanied by dedicated map. All three choices have a contrasting ring available in yellow, red, or blue.

Other accessories include saddles, many details machined from billet – footpegs, mirrors, tank caps – and soft bags, all viewable via the online configurator.

For more information, visit the Ducati website.

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Yamaha Announces 2023 Updated and Returning Models

2023 Yamaha XMAX 5

Yamaha has announced the release of its remaining 2023 motorcycle lineup, which includes the first extensive update to the Yamaha XMAX Sport Scooter since its 2018 introduction. Additionally, the 2023 Yamaha MT-07 has received tech updates, and the Yamaha Ténéré 700 returns for 2023 with two new color/graphic options.

2023 Yamaha XMAX Sport Scooter

2023 Yamaha XMAX
2023 Yamaha XMAX in Granite Gray

The 2023 Yamaha XMAX retains the key attributes that Yamaha says make it a class leader in the Sport Scooter category. It uses a liquid-cooled 292cc Blue Core single-cylinder engine, a telescoping front fork, a 15-inch front wheel, a 14-inch rear wheel, traction control, and disc brakes front and rear.

The scooter has a two-position windscreen, adjustable handlebars, underseat storage with room for two full-face helmets, a 12-volt accessory outlet, and Smart Key keyless ignition. 

Claimed fuel economy on the 2018 XMAX was 75 mpg, which should yield more than 250 miles from the 3.4-gallon tank, and the scooter comes in at a claimed 397 pounds wet.

2023 Yamaha XMAX 5

Related Story: 2018 Yamaha XMAX Scooter | First Look Review

Going beyond the familiar, Yamaha says the 2023 XMAX represents the biggest step forward in the company’s scooter design in recent years, from a new look to new tech.

Updated Styling

Virtually every part of the XMAX’s exterior has been redesigned to create what Yamaha says is “a more compact and visually impressive machine.” New X-shaped LED headlights and taillights complement the aggressive styling, and new high-mount LED front indicators add to the streamlined look. While the seat height remains at 31.3 in, Yamaha says it has been completely redesigned for increased comfort and decreased leg reach to the ground.

2023 Yamaha XMAX 5

New Yamaha Motorcycle Connect

New for 2023, Yamaha is introducing Y-Connect smartphone connectivity allowing riders to connect their smartphone directly to their scooter, enabling a wide range of new capabilities, including phone and music control, as well as a newly available Garmin turn-by-turn navigation system.

2023 Yamaha XMAX 5

The 2023 XMAX comes equipped with a new 4.2-inch color TFT infotainment display  located below the 3.2-inch LCD speedometer , as well as a new handlebar-mounted switchgear to enable connectivity control. Y-Connect and the Y-Connect app are free and provide the following functionality for the new XMAX: 

  • Onboard navigation through the installation of the Garmin StreetCross navigation app on the user’s smartphone. 
  • Call, text, and email notifications through pairing with a Bluetooth headset, as well as weather forecasts, time, phone battery level, and connection status information on the TFT display.
  • Music capability. 
  • Vehicle running information such as engine speed, average fuel consumption, coolant temperature, battery voltage, and ambient temperature. Vehicle data can also be collected within the app for viewing information such as service interval recommendations or the last known location of the vehicle on the user’s smartphone. 
  • Riding log and a ranking function that compares things like a rider’s mileage or fuel economy with other Yamaha riders within the U.S. or around the world.

The 2023 Yamaha XMAX will be offered in Granite Gray and will be available from dealers beginning January 2023 for an MSRP of $6,099.  

2023 Yamaha MT-07 

2023 Yamaha MT-07 in Cyan Storm
2023 Yamaha MT-07 in Cyan Storm

The 2023 Yamaha MT-07 includes key upgrades that enhance the overall package while remaining true to the hypernaked bike’s basic concept.

The MT-07 still features a liquid-cooled 689cc DOHC parallel-Twin. In our First Ride Review of the 2021 model, the dyno testing reported 68 hp and 46.5 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheel. Yamaha says on its website that the CP2 engine “provides both outstanding low- to mid-range torque and strong high-rpm pulling power.” Our reviewer put it as “all the thrill the combustion forces working below can exert but with none of the hairiness.”

2023 Yamaha MT-07 in Team Yamaha Blue
2023 Yamaha MT-07 in Team Yamaha Blue

The MT-07 has a steel frame with the engine as a stressed member of the chassis, lightweight 10-spoke cast aluminum wheels with Michelin Road 5 tires, and a 3.7-gal. fuel tank, all of which combine for a claimed wet weight of 406 lb.

The MT-07’s front suspension features a 41mm KYB fork with 5.1 inches of travel and a link-type KYB rear shock that’s adjustable for both rebound damping and spring preload. With 5.1 inches of rear travel, the shock is positioned below the seat with an almost horizontal alignment to help make the chassis even more compact. Stopping power comes from 298mm front brake discs with four-piston calipers and a 245mm rear disc. ABS comes standard.

One of the most significant additions for the 2023 Yamaha MT-07 is the installation of a new 5-inch full-color TFT display that provides a choice of two different screen modes. The “Street” mode is a more modern layout with a bar-type tachometer, digital speedo, and gear-selection readouts. The “Touring” mode features a more conventional circular analog-style tachometer on the right of the screen and digital speedometer on the left.

2023 Yamaha MT-07

The 2023 MT-07 also now features Yamaha Motorcycle Connect smartphone connectivity, which works in conjunction with the free Y-Connect app (available for iOS and Android) to enable a direct connection between motorcycle and smartphone. See above in the XMAX section for all the Y-Connect capabilities.

Finally,  the new MT-07 is pre-wired with the necessary electronics for installation of a quickshifter, making it  easy to install Yamaha’s Quick Shift System, which is available through the Yamaha Genuine Accessory catalog.

2023 Yamaha MT-07 in Matte Raven Black
2023 Yamaha MT-07 in Matte Raven Black

The 2023 Yamaha MT-07 will be offered in three color options: Cyan Storm, Team Yamaha Blue and Matte Raven Black. It will be available from dealers beginning April 2023 for an MSRP of $8,199.

Other Updates and Returning Models

The Yamaha Ténéré 700 returns for 2023 with two new color/graphic options: Team Yamaha Blue and Shadow Gray.

2023 Yamaha Tenere 700 in Team Yamaha Blue
2023 Yamaha Tenere 700 in Team Yamaha Blue
2023 Yamaha Tenere 700 in Shadow Gray
2023 Yamaha Tenere 700 in Shadow Gray

Yamaha’s remaining 2023 models – including the Yamaha MT-03, MT-09, MT-09 SP, MT-10, MT-10 SP, XSR700, XSR900, Bolt R-Spec, Super Ténéré ES, FJR1300ES and Zuma 125 – all return unchanged.

See all of Rider’s Yamaha coverage here.

2023 Yamaha

No model-year 2023 Tracer 9 GT has been announced for the U.S. market at this time. Please contact your local Yamaha dealer for availability and price on any of these models.  

For more information related to all Yamaha products, visit the Yamaha Motorsports website

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2023 BMW R 1250 RS | First Look Review

2023 BMW R 1250 RS
The 2023 BMW R 1250 RS in standard Light White

In BMW nomenclature, the “RS” in “R 1250 RS” stands for “Boxer-powered sport touring.” For 2023, the BMW R 1250 RS gets several new standard features and optional extras to spice up both the “sport” and “touring” goals of the RS model. 

As before, the R 1250 RS runs on a 2-cylinder Boxer engine with 1,254cc of displacement, reported to generate 136 hp and 105 lb-ft of torque. Also returning is BMW’s ShiftCam technology for varying valve timing, allowing the engine to be more powerful across its operating range along with better fuel economy. 

Related Story: 2021 BMW R 1250 GS | Road Test Review

2023 BMW R 1250 RS Standard Features 

The 2023 R 1250 RS will add a new standard ride mode: Eco. Also available on the 2023 R 1250 R, the Eco ride mode joins existing Rain and Road modes. With a soft throttle map and moderate engine torque limitation, Eco mode encourages riders to ride as fuel-efficiently as possible. While in Eco mode, the TFT display provides an efficiency rating so riders know just how much fuel they’re using at a given moment. 

Related Story: 2023 BMW R 1250 R | First Look Review

2023 BMW R 1250 RS
The 2023 BMW R 1250 RS in optional Sport Style

Dynamic Traction Control, ABS Pro, and Dynamic Brake Control are now standard. Additional new standard features include the redesigned LED turnsignals and a second USB socket with a 5-volt power supply.  

2023 BMW R 1250 RS
A new secondary USB port with a 5-volt power supply has been added.

The model also gets a new colorway with two optional style designs. Light White with a black frame is standard. Optional Sport Style gets you the Light White with Racing Blue and Racing Red paint, a Light White frame, gold front and rear brake calipers, and a blue front spoiler. The Triple Black Style option comes with Black Storm paint, an Agate Grey frame, gold front and rear brake calipers, and a stainless-steel engine spoiler. 

2023 BMW R 1250 RS
The 2023 BMW R 1250 RS in optional Triple Black Style

Optional Features 

BMW is also offering a number of optional extras for those wanting a little more than standard. 

The Premium package comes with Riding Modes Pro, which provides additional, individually configurable riding modes. The Engine Drag Torque Control, included with the Premium package, can be used to safely avoid unstable riding conditions that can occur while coasting or downshifting due to excessive slip at the rear tire.

Related Story: 2019 BMW R 1250 GS/GSA/RT | First Ride Review 

Tubular handlebars are also now available as an option. They are slightly wider and higher than standard for a more relaxed and upright seating position. 

2023 BMW R 1250 RS
The optional tubular handlebars are slightly wider and higher than standard for a more relaxed and upright seating position.

If you’re wanting to lean into the sporty look of the R 1250 RS, a new optional solo seat is now available. The passenger seat is replaced with a painted plastic cover while the passenger footpegs and grab handles are removed. 

2023 BMW R 1250 RS
A new solo seat is available as an option, replacing the passenger seat with a plastic cover and removing the passenger foot pegs.

2023 BMW R 1250 RS Availability Price 

Even with several new updates, BMW hasn’t increased the price from model year 2022. The 2023 BMW R 1250 RS still sits at $15,695 and is expected to arrive in America in the Spring of 2023. Prices for optional features and styles were not available at press time. 

For more information, visit BMW’s website.

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2023 Honda Rebel 1100T DCT and Returning Models | First Look Review

2023 Honda Rebel 1100T DCT
The 2023 Honda “bagger” Rebel 1100T DCT ($11,299) in Bordeaux Red Metallic

The 2023 Honda lineup is in, including 11 returning models from five categories and the new “bagger” Rebel 1100 trim level. 

In 2023, we’ll see the return of sportbikes like the CBR1000RR, the touring-focused NC750X, the classic Shadow Aero and Shadow Phantom, miniMOTOs like the Super Cub and Monkey, and more. 

The highlight of Honda’s 2023 lineup is the “bagger” Rebel, the 2023 Rebel 1100T DCT. With a dual-clutch transmission, wind protection, and extra cargo space offered in the new hard-shell saddlebags, this model puts a different spin on Honda’s new-school cruiser platform.

And for those who love the Rebel just as it is, the Rebel 1100 will still be available in its non-bagger form, in both manual and dual-clutch transmission versions. 

2023 Honda Rebel 1100
The 2023 Honda Rebel 1100 ($9,499) in Green Metallic

“This announcement covers nearly every category of on-road motorcycle, which is a testament to how deep our product offering is,” says Brandon Wilson, Manager of Sports and Experiential at American Honda. “Whether it’s for the first-time rider or the weekend warrior, we’re committed to delivering the best possible ownership and riding experiences to all of our passionate two-wheel customers.” 

Honda also announced in September that it would be continuing the Gold Wing family for model year 2023. Click here for more information on the 2023 Gold Wings. 

2023 Honda Rebel 1100 

2023 Honda Rebel 1100
The 2023 Honda Rebel 1100 ($9,499) in Iridium Gray Metallic

Watch Rider‘s video review of the 2021 Honda Rebel 1100

Honda introduced the Rebel 1100 two years ago, a bigger-displacement cruiser modeled after the successful Rebel 300 and 500. It’s a capable and comfortable all-around cruiser featuring a liquid-cooled, 1083cc, parallel-Twin engine available with either a manual transmission or DCT (dual-clutch transmission).

The new “T” trim marks the beginning of the “bagger” Rebel, only available with DCT. The Rebel 1100T DCT comes standard with a windscreen and hard-shell saddlebags with a combined 35 liters of space, making it even more practical for longer rides.

2023 Honda Rebel 1100T DCT
The 2023 Honda “bagger” Rebel 1100T DCT ($11,299) in Metallic Black

The 2023 Honda Rebel 1100T DCT will come in Metallic Black or Bordeaux Red Metallic starting at $11,299. The Rebel 1100 DCT will come in Iridium Gray Metallic or Green Metallic starting at $10,099. And the Rebel 1100 will start at $9,499 for Iridium Gray Metallic or Green Metallic. 

2023 Honda Rebel 1100T DCT Front
2023 Honda Rebel 1100R DCT Cockpit

2023 Honda Rebel 500 & Rebel 300 

2023 Honda Rebel 500
The 2023 Honda Rebel 500 ($6,449) in Candy Blue

The Rebel 500 and 300 return as Honda’s most approachable and affordable entry-level cruiser models. The 500 comes with a 471cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-Twin engine, while the 300 has a 286cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine. These models provide a relaxed riding position with a classic-meets-modern aesthetic.

2023 Honda Rebel 500
The 2023 Honda Rebel 500 ABS SE ($6,949) in Titanium Metallic

Related Story: 2020 Honda Rebel 500 ABS | Road Test Review

Both models are available in standard and ABS versions, and the Rebel 500 ABS SE includes numerous add-ons like a diamond-stitched seat and a headlight cowl. Both models also feature a peanut fuel tank, LED lighting, and blacked-out engine components.  

2023 Honda Rebel 300
The 2023 Honda Rebel 300 ($4,749) in Candy Diesel Red
2023 Honda Rebel 300
The 2023 Honda Rebel 300 ($4,749) in Matte Black Metallic

The 2023 Honda Rebel 500 ABS SE will come in Titanium Metallic starting at $6,949. The Rebel 500 ABS will be available for $6,749, while the 500 without ABS will be available for $6,499, both in Matte Black Metallic or Candy Blue. The Rebel 300 ABS will come in at $5,049, and the 300 without ABS will be $4,649, both in Matte Black Metallic and Candy Diesel Red.

2023 Honda Shadow Aero 

2023 Honda Shadow Aero
The 2023 Honda Shadow Aero ($7,799) in Ultra Blue Metallic

The Shadow Aero returns with its large front fender, chrome headlights, a low-slung seat, spoked wheels, swept-back twin exhausts, and a 745cc V-Twin engine. The Aero has a retro look but comes with modern technology like fuel injection and ABS. It will be available in February 2023. 

Related Story: 2013 Honda Shadow Aero – Review

The 2023 Honda Shadow Aero will be available for $7,799 in Ultra Blue Metallic.

2023 Honda Shadow Phantom 

2023 Honda Shadow Phantom
The 2023 Honda Shadow Phantom ($7,999) in Adventure Green

This bobber-inspired cruiser has a blacked-out engine, short fenders, and black wheels with spokes. The Shadow Phantom is designed for a comfortable riding experience and features the same 745cc V-Twin engine as the Shadow Aero. 

2023 Honda Shadow Phantom
The 2023 Honda Shadow Phantom ($7,999) in Matte Black Metallic

The 2023 Honda Shadow Phantom will be available for $7,999 in Adventure Green or Matte Black Metallic. 

2023 Honda CBR1000RR

2023 Honda CBR1000RR
The 2023 Honda CBR1000RR ($16,599) in Grand Prix Red

The CBR1000RR sportbike is built to perform, featuring a light 432-lb curb weight and a powerful 998cc inline 4-cylinder engine with dual-stage fuel injection. The RR also boasts a TFT display, a full LED lighting package, and your choice of ABS or conventional brakes.  

Related Story: 2021 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP | Road Test Review 

The 2023 Honda CBR1000RR will be available in Grand Prix Red with ABS for $16,899 or without ABS for $16,599. 

2023 Honda CBR600RR 

2023 Honda CBR600RR
The 2023 Honda CBR600RR ($12,099) in Grand Prix Red

With eight World Supersport titles, the CBR600RR is a tried-and-true supersport. Two sets of injectors per cylinder ensure both low- and high-rpm performance, while the Honda Electronic Steering Damper detects vehicle speed and adjusts damping to stable handling. The 4.8-gallon fuel tank is centered and low in the frame, allowing for a compact design and making the bike more responsive to rider input. 

Related Story: 2013 Honda CBR600RR | First Ride Review

The 2023 Honda CBR600RR will be available in Grand Prix Red for $13,099 with ABS or $12,099 without ABS.

2023 Honda CBR300R ABS

2023 Honda CB300R
The 2023 Honda CB300R ABS ($5,049) in Pearl Dusk Yellow

This entry-level sport-naked bike features a friendly 286cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine designed for use in real-world riding situations. The CBR300R is light weight at 316 lb wet and features standard ABS, blacked-out engine components, and a cafe style. New for 2023 is a gear-position indicator on the LED instrument panel.

2023 Honda CB300R
The 2023 Honda CB300R ABS ($5,049) in Matte Black Metallic

Related Story: 2019 Honda CB300R | First Ride Review 

The 2023 Honda CBR300R ABS will be available for $5,049 in Pearl Dusk Yellow or Matte Black Metallic.

2023 Honda NC750X 

2023 Honda NC750
The 2023 Honda NC750X ($9,399) in Matte Nightshade Blue

Honda built the NC750X to create a motorcycle that can “do it all and do it well.” This commuter bike features a liquid-cooled, SOHC 8-valve parallel-Twin engine, a large front storage compartment big enough to store most helmets, an upright riding position, and a dual-clutch transmission. It also features the Honda Selectable Torque Control, allowing riders to choose between some rear-wheel spin for gravel and dirt or reduced spin for slippery roads. 

Related Story: 2019 Honda NC750X | Long-Term Report

The 2023 Honda NC750X will be available for $9,399 in Matte Nightshade Blue.

2023 Honda Super Cub C125 ABS

2023 Honda Super Cub
The 2023 Super Cub C125 ($3,849) in Pearl Gray

The original Cub sold 100 million units worldwide since 1958, and this reimagined Cub is powered by a 124cc four-stroke engine that zips around town while sipping fuel. The Super Cub features modern technology like fuel injection, front-wheel ABS, and an electric starter, offering convenience for everyday riding. 

Related Story: 2019 Honda Super Cub C125 ABS | First Ride Review 

The 2023 Honda Super Cub C125 ABS will be available for $3,849 in Pearl Gray.

2023 Honda Monkey ABS

2023 Honda Monkey
The 2023 Honda Monkey ($4,249) in Banana Yellow

Related Story: Honda Monkey: Super-Spreader of Happiness 

Since its development in 1961, the Monkey has retained its vintage-inspired styling while evolving into a practical and fun pint-sized machine. It features the same 124cc air-cooled engine as the Honda Grom with a five-speed transmission and standard ABS. With a claimed 169 mpg, a wet weight of 231 lb, 12-inch wheels, and chunky tires, the Monkey is built for urban riding. 

2023 Honda Monkey
The 2023 Honda Monkey ($4,249) in Pearl Nebula Red

The 2023 Honda Monkey ABS will be available for $4,249 in Pearl Nebula Red and Banana Yellow.

2023 Honda ADV150

2023 Honda ADV150
The 2023 Honda ADV150 ($4,349) in Candy Rose Red

The ADV150 is a mix of adventure and urban riding. This “Africa Twin of the scooter world” features a 149cc, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke engine in a steel frame.

Related Story: 2021 Honda ADV150 | First Ride Review 

At 134 mpg, this scooter is practical for getting around town while also being able to handle scenic dirt roads. It also features an automatic transmission, an adjustable windscreen, and under-seat storage. 

The 2023 Honda ADV150 will be available for $4,349 in Candy Rose Red.

Find out more at Powersports.Honda.com 

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2023 Suzuki GSX-8S | First Look Review

2023 Suzuki GSX-8S
2023 Suzuki GSX-8S in Pearl Tech White

At the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, Suzuki unveiled an all-new 776cc DOHC parallel-Twin engine that will power two new models – the 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE (and Adventure variant) and the 2023 Suzuki GSX-8S.

Related Story: 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE | First Look Review

2023 Suzuki GSX-8S
2023 Suzuki GSX-8S in Pearl Cosmic Blue

Suzuki says the 2023 GSX-8S is a “brand-new naked middleweight streetfighter with a robust engine, an agile chassis, a suite of electronic rider aids, plus stunning looks.”

The compact 776cc parallel-twin engine is mounted in a new rugged steel frame design, uses a 270-degree firing order for strong torque production, and is equipped with Suzuki’s exclusive Cross Balancer system to minimize vibration. The bike also features the ride-by-wire electronic throttle control system, Suzuki Clutch Assist System (SCAS), and the Bi-directional Quick Shift system.

2023 Suzuki GSX-8S

The 2023 Suzuki GSX-8S also comes with Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S.) with a three-mode Suzuki Drive Mode Selector, the four-mode Advanced Traction Control System, ABS, and Suzuki’s Easy Start and Low RPM Assist systems.

Related Story: 2022 Motorcycle of the Year (Hint: It’s a Suzuki)

New exposed seat rails are engineered to support the rider and, when combined with the 3.69-gal fuel tank with a narrow rear section that flows into the seat, contribute to the GSX-8S’ slim appearance and stripped-down look.

2023 Suzuki GSX-8S

Suspension is provided by a KYB inverted fork with a 130mm stroke with stable damping characteristics in the front that make the bike suitable for both sports riding and long-distance rides and dedicated link-type mono-shock KYB suspension with mechanical preload adjuster in the rear.

2023 Suzuki GSX-8S

Stopping power comes from Nissin radial-mount 4-piston front brake calipers mated with 310mm outer diameter floating-mount dual discs. The rear brake has a 240mm outer diameter disc and uses a single-piston pin-slide caliper.

The cast-aluminum wheels feature a new lightweight design and are shod with a new generation of Dunlop RoadSport 2 radial tires (120/70ZR17 in the front; 180/55ZR17 in the rear), and Suzuki says the tapered aluminum handlebars provide a “sporty yet comfortable upright riding position and feature a wide enough grip to contribute to positive control when steering.” And at a height of 31.9 inches, the seat has been designed for solid support for the rider toward its rear edge.

2023 Suzuki GSX-8S

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The bike has a 5-inch color TFT LCD multi-function instrument panel, vertically stacked LED headlights in hexagonal housings topped by an LED position light, and LED turnsignals and taillight.

2023 Suzuki GSX-8S

All combined, the GSX-8S comes in at a curb weight of 445 lb and offers styling that Suzuki says creates “an appealing new mass-forward, aggressive look that is slim, compact, well-balanced, and ready for action.”

2023 Suzuki GSX-8S

The 2023 Suzuki GSX-8S comes in three colorways, each featuring unique logos and graphics that help identify the sport’s newest performance motorcycle and that first appeared on the 2022 GSX-S1000.

Related Story: 2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000 | Road Test Review

Buyers can select from Suzuki’s Pearl Cosmic Blue, Pearl Tech White, or Metallic Matte Black No. 2 / Glass Sparkle Black paint scheme. Pricing and availability hasn’t been announced as of publication.

2023 Suzuki GSX-8S
2023 Suzuki GSX-8S in Metallic Matte Black No. 2 Glass Sparkle Black

For more information or to find a Suzuki dealer near you, visit SuzukiCycles.com.

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2024 Triumph Street Triple 765 Range | First Look Review

2024 Triumph Street Triple 765 range
L-R: 2024 Triumph Street Triple 765 Moto2 Edition, Street Triple 765 RS, and Street Triple R

Triumph Motorcycles has announced the new 2024 Triumph Street Triple 765 range, featuring a significantly updated Street Triple R, a new Street Triple RS, and an exclusive limited-run Street Triple 765 Moto2 Edition, which Triumph says is “the closest you can get to a Moto2 race bike for the road.” Only 765 of the Moto2 Edition bikes will be made.

At the Oct. 18 virtual press conference unveiling the new bikes, Triumph’s head of brand management, Miles Perkins, said the Street Triple, which was originally developed from the company’s race-winning Daytona 675, has had distinctive character ever since its introduction in 2007.

2024 Triumph Street Triple 765 RS
2024 Triumph Street Triple 765 RS

“From the start, the bike played a part in redefining what a middleweight sports bike should be about,” Perkins said. “Over the years, there have been a number of significant updates from Triumph, all of which have been about making the bike better, faster, more powerful, and lighter. And I think I wouldn’t be too demonstrative to say there are not many bikes in the world of motorcycling that have gotten better, lighter, more powerful – particularly names as well-regarded as the Street Triple.”

All three models in the new 2024 Street Triple 765 range will still feature a liquid-cooled 765cc inline-Triple, which was bumped up from 675cc with the 2017 Street Triple lineup, but Triumph says engine upgrades derived directly from the Moto2 race engine program have resulted in a significant step up in performance on the range.

Related Story: 2017 Triumph Street Triple RS | First Ride Review

Triumph’s most powerful Street Triple range to date, the 2024 Street Triple R engine makes a claimed 118 hp (up from 116 hp) and 59 lb-ft of torque at 9,500 rpm (up from 57 lb-ft at 9,400 rpm). The Street Triple RS and Moto2 take it up another notch, making 128 hp.

Other lessons from the Moto2 race engine program that have been applied to the 2024 Street Triple range include a compression ratio that has been raised from 12.65:1 to 13.25:1 – an increase of 4.7%. Additionally, new pistons, con-rods and gudgeon pins are matched to new, optimized combustion chambers for an increased cylinder pressure limit and ultimately, more power, and the new valves and camshafts are said to give increased valve lift for improved intake, combustion, and exhaust efficiency. The gearbox has also been revised to include shorter gear ratios for faster acceleration.

2024 Triumph Street Triple 765 Range: ‘The Perfect Performance Naked Bike Set-up’

2024 Triumph Street Triple 765 RS
2024 Triumph Street Triple 765 RS in Carnival Red with Carbon Black and Aluminum Silver graphics

In the media statement announcing the new Street Triple range, Triumph said that new technology and high-specification components, combined with an updated chassis, make the range “the best handling ever and the perfect performance naked bike set-up.”

At the press conference, Triumph’s global product marketing manager, James Wood, said the specifications of the chassis and suspension have “always been about agility, precision, and having a bike that you really connect with intuitively … and give the best possible ride for each of these three models, with the R being more road focused, the RS adding even more advanced performance and track-focused capability, and the Moto2 Edition, which has the most track-focused capability ever for a Street Triple.”

2024 Triumph Street Triple 765

The 2024 Street Triple 765 R and RS both benefit from the new generation’s more focused and commanding riding position, the result of a new handlebar that is 0.47 inch wider. The race-inspired Moto2 Edition goes one step further with clip-on handlebars that are 3.15 inches lower and 1.97 inches farther forward than the R and RS. This change, combined with the bike’s unique high-specification Öhlins fork, is said to deliver even more race bike poise and front end feel. Both the RS and the Moto2 Edition also feature revised geometry with a steeper rake and a raised back end for nimble, faster turning.

2024 Triumph Street Triple 765 Moto2
2024 Triumph Street Triple 765 Moto2 in Triumph Racing Yellow with an Aluminum Silver rear subframe

Seat height is 32.52 inches on the Street Triple R, 32.91 inches on the Street Triple RS, and 33.03 inches for the Moto2 Edition, and a new accessory low seat option with 3D net technology for enhanced comfort can be fitted to further reduce the height by 1.1 inches on all models. For the Street Triple RS and Moto2 Edition, Triumph dealers can additionally lower the seat by 0.39 inch if required through the implementation of a dedicated rear suspension linkage adaption, which when delivered in combination with the accessory low seat provides a very accessible height of 31.42 inches on the RS and 31.54 inches on the Moto2 Edition. 

Check out more of Rider‘s Triumph coverage here

Braking is linked on the new Street Triples, with the Street Triple R featuring Brembo M4.32 4-piston radial monoblock calipers at the front and a Brembo single piston sliding caliper at the rear. The Street Triple 765 RS and Moto2 Edition are fitted with Brembo Stylema 4-piston radial monobloc front calipers with twin 310mm floating discs. A matching Brembo MCS span and ratio adjustable lever reportedly gives even more control and finesse, and a Brembo single piston sliding caliper keeps things in check at the rear.  

2024 Triumph Street Triple 765 RS

As far as suspension, components from Showa and Öhlins are fully adjustable for preload, compression, and rebound.

The Street Triple 765 R comes fitted with a Showa 41mm inverted, separate-function Big Piston fork and a Showa piggyback reservoir rear monoshock. The Street Triple RS is equipped with a Showa 41mm inverted Big Piston fork and an Öhlins piggyback reservoir rear shock, and the Moto2 Edition reflects its track-ready capability with a 43mm inverted Öhlins front fork and an Öhlins piggyback reservoir rear shock. Front wheel travel on all models is 4.53 inches, with 5.17-in rear wheel travel on the RS and Moto2 Edition, and 5.26 inches on the Street Triple R.

2024 Triumph Street Triple 765

The Street Triple R is shod with Continental ContiRoad tires, and the RS and Moto2 Edition get Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP V3 tires.

Triumph said the Street Triple’s gullwing swingarm has been developed for “excellent torsional stiffness with lateral flexibility, maximizing stability at higher speeds for enhanced rider confidence while the pivot position provides natural resistance to compressing the rear shock absorber under hard acceleration.”

2024 Triumph Street Triple 765 R
2024 Triumph Street Triple 765 R

The company said this translates into tight corner exits and precise, predictable chassis behavior, and results in class-defining performance when combined with the bike’s lightweight chassis and incredible power-to-weight ratio.

The Street Triple R has a wet weight of 417 lb, with the RS and Moto2 Edition coming in at 414 lb. Wood said the power-to-weight ratio has “always been key.”

“The attributes that make this such a great, precise bike for the track also make it an easy and intuitive bike to ride on the road, for any rider and any skill level.”

Read the 2015 Rider interview with Stuart Wood here.

2024 Triumph Street Triple 765 Technology 

2024 Triumph Street Triple 765 Moto2
2024 Triumph Street Triple 765 Moto2 in Crystal White with Triumph Racing Yellow rear subframe

The new Street Triple 765 range features the latest generation of optimized cornering ABS on all three new models. The system features a new ABS modulator with an integrated IMU for more refined ABS control. Tailored settings integrated into each of the riding modes alter the level of ABS intervention, while a track-focused tune is also present for riders seeking minimal ABS intervention.

Optimized cornering traction control supported by an IMU that continuously calculates the lean angle to ensure the optimum slip rate and torque control is also now standard on all three Street Triple 765 models. Four independently adjustable levels of intervention can be selected to suit riding styles and road conditions, including a track-focused tune with minimal intervention as well as the ability to turn it off altogether for experienced riders in high-grip racetrack situations.

2024 Triumph Street Triple 765

The new Street Triple 765 R features four ride modes – Road, Rain, Sport and Rider-configurable – while the RS and Moto2 Edition have an additional Track mode designed to be as unintrusive as possible while still providing the reassurance that the electronic systems are there to help in unexpected situations.

The Road, Sport, and Track modes have new, more dynamic throttle maps that Triumph says provide an even more responsive feel. Rain mode restricts the engine power to 98.6 hp while increasing the level of ABS and traction control intervention for better feel and control in wet conditions. 

2024 Triumph Street Triple 765 RS
2024 Triumph Street Triple 765 RS in Cosmic Yellow with Carbon Black and Aluminum Silver graphics

The new Street Triple 756 RS and Moto2 Edition feature 5-inch full-color TFT instrumentation with ergonomically optimized switch cubes and a five-way joystick. The MyTriumph connectivity system is pre-enabled and provides turn-by-turn navigation, phone control, and music operation via the accessory-fit Bluetooth module and free My Triumph app. A lap timer is included on the RS and Moto2 Edition for track use.

2024 Triumph Street Triple 765 RS

The 2024 Street Triple 765 range also features the latest generation of Triumph Shift Assist. Upshifts can be made without closing the throttle, and downshifts can be made without the use of the clutch or the need to blip the throttle to match the gear and engine speeds. A slip/assist clutch and front wheel lift control are also standard on all three models.  

2024 Triumph Street Triple 765 Styling

2024 Triumph Street Triple 765 RS
2024 Triumph Street Triple 765 RS in Silver Ice with Baja Orange and Storm Grey graphics

The 2024 Street Triple generation features new racing-derived ‘765’ sporty graphics and all new bodywork.

The new 3.96-gal. fuel tank has integrated side panels with an angular design that aligns with the sharper radiator cowls, further complemented by a new headlight finisher that also incorporates the air intake. Additionally, there’s a new color-coded belly pan for the RS, which is available as an accessory option for the R.

The rear end of the new Street Triple has a sporty, upswept design lending to a focused, nose-down attitude. The RS features a color-coded seat cowl with an interchangeable passenger seat. The new silencer shape adds to the Street Triple’s aggressive stance.  

2024 Triumph Street Triple 765 RS

The Moto2 Edition features lightweight carbon fiber bodywork, including the front fender, side panels, headlight finisher, and belly pan, and each of these limited-edition motorcycles has a machined top yoke with its number etched onto it.

2024 Triumph Street Triple 765 Moto2
2024 Triumph Street Triple 765 Moto2 in Triumph Racing Yellow with an Aluminum Silver rear sub-frame

The Street Triple 765 R will be available in two colorways: Silver Ice with Storm Grey and Yellow graphics or Crystal White with Storm Grey and Lithium Flame graphics. The Street Triple 765 RS will have three schemes: Silver Ice with Baja Orange and Storm Grey graphics, Carnival Red with Carbon Black and Aluminum Silver graphics, or Cosmic Yellow with Carbon Black and Aluminum Silver graphics.

2024 Triumph Street Triple 765 R
2024 Triumph Street Triple 765 R in Silver Ice with Storm Grey and Yellow graphics

Finally, the Moto2 Edition comes in two race-derived liveries: Triumph Racing Yellow with an Aluminum Silver rear sub-frame or Crystal White with Triumph Racing Yellow rear subframe. The official Moto2 branding will appear on the tank, wheel, tail unit, and silencer.

2024 Triumph Street Triple 765 R
2024 Triumph Street Triple 765 R in Crystal White with Storm Grey and Lithium Flame graphics

The 2024 Street Triple 765 R and RS are expected to arrive in U.S. dealerships in April 2023 and will be priced starting at $9,995 and $12,595, respectively. The Moto2 Edition is expected to arrive in June 2023 starting at $15,395.

For more information, visit the Triumph Motorcycles website.

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2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4, V4 S, V4 SP2 | First Look Review

2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP2
2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP2 in Winter Test

Adding another notch to the company’s proverbial belt of 2023 bikes, Ducati announced the continued evolution of its “Fight Formula” with the 2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 and V4 S models, as well as an exclusive Streetfighter V4 SP2.

Unveiled in 2019 for the 2020 model year, the Streetfighter V4, with aggressive and minimalist aesthetic and characterized by a front inspired by the Joker from the comic series, was hailed as setting new performance benchmarks in the supersport naked segment.

2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP2

Ducati says the 2023 Streetfighter V4 models push the concepts of the “Fight Formula” even further, the key elements of which are the Panigale V4 stripped of its fairing, high and wide handlebars, a 392-lb dry weight, a 1,103cc Desmosedici Stradale making a claimed 208 hp at 13,000 rpm (with revised calibration to match the larger diameter of the silencer outlet), biplane wings, and the latest generation electronic package.

But the removal of the bodywork isn’t the only area where the new Streetfighter V4 aligns with the 2023 Panigale V4.

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2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 Electronics

The new Streetfighter implements the Power Modes logic already developed in the Ducati Panigale V4 and V4 S with calibrations dedicated to the Desmosedici Stradale engine in the Streetfighter configuration. In addition to the previous High and Medium power modes, which have been revised for 2023, two new power modes have been developed: Full and Low.

For the High and Medium power modes, a new throttle-by-wire map management system has been developed with a dedicated calibration for each of the six gears for optimal acceleration. The new Full power mode allows the engine to have its full potential torque without electronic intervention, except in 1st gear, and the Low Power Mode has been designed for riding on low-grip surfaces, limiting the maximum power of the bike to 165 hp and offering a softer and more manageable throttle response.

2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 S
2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 S

The 2023 Streetfighter V4 also sees the introduction of the new “Wet” ride mode to make riding even safer on low-grip surfaces. The standard equipment is upgraded by a lithium-ion battery for the S and the SP2 version (which is 3.7 lb lighter than the previous one and already equipped on the Streetfighter V4 SP).

The dashboard of the 2023 Streetfighter V4 also follows the evolution followed by the Panigale V4. The graphics are revised in all views, which Ducati says makes the information more straightforward and allows the rider to make calibration adjustments easier.

As on the Panigale V4, the gear indicator is displayed via an external green LED signal. The dashboard offers the “Track Evo” display mode, which replicates the layout used on the MotoGP Desmosedici and provides an immediate view of the most important information and the intervention of the electronic controls.

2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4

The 2023 Streetfighter V4 also features the new Engine Brake Control (EBC) EVO 2 software, which is said to improves stability, precision, and directionality in the braking and corner entry phases. This software features a different gear-by-gear calibration on each of the three selectable levels. The new strategy was developed to optimize the amount of the engine brake based on the load on the rear end. In the first braking phase, when there is little load on the rear tire, the EBC EVO 2 provides less engine brake, increasing braking as the rider approaches the center of the corner. This upgrade provides additional control using the engine braking in all riding conditions and reduces locking up of the rear wheel in the most demanding braking sections.

2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 S
2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 S

The 2023 Streetfighter V4 also implements a new strategy for the Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) that improves the fluidity of shifting at every throttle opening, having dedicated strategies with the two situations for when the throttle is partially or fully open.

In partial throttle shifting, the strategy acts both through an injection cut and a reduction of ignition advance, making shifting smoother on roads. In full throttle shifting, typical of track use, the DQS strategy is refined with an evolution of the torque return phase that reportedly gives more stability to the bike and more consistency, therefore reducing lap times.

Finally, the cooling fan control strategy sees an update that now offers better operating temperature management and greater thermal comfort for the rider at typical road use speeds.

2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 Chassis and Ergonomics

2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4
2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 S in Grey/Nero

On the new Streetfighter V4, the chassis also follows the evolution of the Panigale V4 family to offer enthusiasts stability improvements, front-end feeling, and riding safety. The chassis includes a Front Frame and a single-sided swingarm, both in aluminum, with an NIX30 inverted 43mm fork and mechanically adjustable TTX36 shock absorber.

2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4

The Streetfighter V4 S semi-active Öhlins suspension also features SmartEC 2.0 interface for versatility and improved effectiveness and set-up time. In addition, the V4 S version features Marchesini forged aluminum wheels that reduce unsprung weight versus the standard V4 model.

As on the Panigale V4, the swingarm pivot of the 2023 Streetfighter V4 is positioned 0.16 inch (4mm) higher, increasing the anti-squat action for greater stability, precision, and the ability to maintain the trajectory in all acceleration situations.

The weight distribution also moves toward the front, loading it more and thus increasing accuracy and speed in corner entry. Finally, the ergonomics benefit from the new layout of the fuel tank, which is the same shape of the 2022 Panigale V4 and offers greater support to the rider during braking and cornering. The wet weight of the 2022 Streetfighter V4 S stands at 435.4 lb (197.5 kg).

The new “Front Frame” and the Desmosedici Stradale are left uncovered as much as possible, with minimal bodywork and streamlined lines for what Ducati says is a “clean, essential combination.”

2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4
2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 S in Ducati Red

The Streetfighter V4 and V4 S models will be available in the U.S. and Canadian dealerships starting in spring 2023. The U.S. pricing for the Streetfighter V4 will start at $22,095 for the Streetfighter V4 in Ducati Red color, with the Streetfighter V4 S starting at $27,595 in Ducati Red and $27,795 for the new Grey/Nero color.

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2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP2

To push the performance of the 2023 Streetfighter V4 even further, Ducati is also presenting its top-of-the-range Streetfighter V4 SP2 model in a numbered version that’s ready to hit the track.

2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP2
2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP2 in Winter Test

On the Streetfighter V4 SP2, the Desmosedici Stradale is equipped with the STM-EVO SBK dry clutch, which Ducati says provides an improved slipper function, even in the most aggressive situations, and more fluidity in all “off-throttle” phases, essential to be effective on the track when riding at the limit.

2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP2

The Öhlins suspension has seen an update with springs and hydraulics identical to those of the Panigale V4. The bike features a carbon front fender and adjustable, machined aluminum foot-pegs that increase the lean angle and allow the rider to find the optimal position while riding, as well as a carbon clutch cover and block-off covers for removing the license plate holder and mirrors for strictly closed-course circuit riding.

2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP2

The Streetfighter V4 SP2 is equipped with five-split-spoke carbon rims, 3.1 lb (1.4 kg) lighter than the forged aluminum ones mounted on the Streetfighter V4 S, which contributes to a reduction in the moment of inertia by 26% at the front and 46% at the rear, impacting the feel of the bike when changing direction. The Brembo Stylema R front brake calipers give high braking power and consistent performance even in the case of extended use on the track.

2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP2

The Streetfighter V4 SP2 will also be available in spring 2023 in the Winter Test livery, designed by the Centro Stile Ducati taking inspiration from the Ducati Corse bikes used during the preseason tests of the MotoGP and WorldSBK Championships. The matte black of the bodywork, combined with the matte carbon finish of the rims and wings, contrasts with the bright red accents and exposed brushed aluminum tank and side covers of the radiators. The progressive number of the bike is lasered on the handlebar. The 2023 Streetfighter V4 SP2 starts at $37,995.

More information available at the Ducati website.

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2023 KTM RC 8C | First Look Review

2023 KTM RC 8C

Following the success of the competition-only KTM RC 8C, which was released just two years ago, KTM has announced that it has “reset the dials” for 2023, overhauling the new model for what is said to be an even sharper ‘Ready to Race’ profile.

2023 KTM RC 8C

The 2023 KTM RC 8C boasts an evolved 889cc LC8c DOHC parallel-Twin molded specifically for the circuit, upgraded electronic features, more weight-saving solutions, and several high-end components aimed toward ensuring the bike’s competitiveness.

In a press statement announcing the new model, KTM cited “performance, durability and all-out capability” as the central priorities for the KTM R&D crew for the 2023 KTM RC 8C. The reported increases to maximum power and torque and the 12,000rpm rev ceiling were achieved by mods like the installation of new, lighter titanium valves and conrods, as well as two piston rings (to refine the oscillating masses), higher compression ratios, a bigger throttle body, and bolstered fuel pump/pressure.

2023 KTM RC 8C

KTM says that increasing the clutch preload, removing the top balancer, and adjusting the crankcase balancer shaft have delivered durability gains, and an additional Pankl oil cooler helps with thermal stability.

The 2023 KTM RC 8C’s dry weight has been optimized to 313 lb (142 kg) with the agility of a chrome-moly steel frame. Additional measures such as the new titanium Akrapovic exhaust system have helped the slimming, and the latest configurations of WP Pro Components suspension has enhanced the ultra-light feel. The WP Apex Pro fork and shock are now softer, contributing to increased comfort, contact, and confidence.

2023 KTM RC 8C

KTM said that regardless of whether a rider is the next Brad Binder seeking training mileage or the next Red Bull MotoGP rookie on the path to Grand Prix stardom, the refined electronics on the 2023 KTM RC 8C can match any setting of traction control, mapping, and engine braking with the rider’s level of ability (or ambition). The race bike can be primed in a number of ways, including the adjustable steering head, the offset of the CNC-machine triple clamps, the throttle response, and degree of bite from the Brembo Stylema calipers and RCS19 Corsa Corta master cylinder.

2023 KTM RC 8C

The bike also features a revamped dashboard with GPS data-logger that displays lap-record attempts, the Quickshifter+, and the use of winglets and updates to aerodynamics derived from the KTM RC16.

2023 KTM RC 8C

Only 200 editions of the 2023 KTM RC 8C will be made. Each model will come in KTM’s distinctive orange frame with razor black graphics and a special serial number stamped onto the triple clamp. Pricing starts at $39,995, and orders can be made only through the dedicated page on the KTM website.

2023 KTM RC 8C

To launch the 2023 KTM RC 8C, the company will host an “ultra-special track day” for 30 customers at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain, on April 26, 2023. Select first-come, first-served places can be secured, with former Grand Prix riders offering track tuition and a full KTM and WP Suspension technical crew on hand to dial-in the configuration of the new bike to the 14-corner Grand Prix venue. Once in Spain, accommodation, food, and bike transportation logistics from Austria to Spain and then to local dealers is all taken care of. KTM calls it “the full factory racer experience!” For more details click HERE.

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