2023 is well and truly here, and as much as we hate to admit it, time flies faster than some of the motorcycles on this list. That being said, a new year means a new you, right? What better way to start the year than with a shiny new motorcycle in your garage. Now, 2022 was full of exciting new launches from nearly all manufacturers slated for the 2023 model-year. If you’ve been following the articles we’ve been churning out for you on a near-daily basis, chances are you’re well-acquainted with what to expect for 2023.
Having said all that, there’s no better time to get a brand new motorcycle than now. With your 13th month pay and Christmas bonuses still intact (hopefully), chances are you’re in the market for a brand new bike. Without further ado, here are our top 5 picks for motorcycles you ought to check out in 2023.
The everyday commuter: Honda ADV 160
Let’s start things off with a scooter—but not just any scooter. Honda’s ADV 160—the successor to the massively popular ADV 150—is by far one of the most capable scooters when looked at in the context of Metro Manila roads. Equipped with a more rugged setup consisting of dual-sport tires and long-travel suspension, it goes without saying that the ADV 160 is the SUV of the small-displacement scooter world, and will undeniably make minced meat out of Manila’s less-than-perfect roads.
The 2023 model-year ushers in a slightly bigger engine with a power gain of around three ponies, a bump that translates to a bit more get-up and go, as well as improved efficiency across the rev range. Prices for the ADV 160 start at P164,900.
The go-anywhere big bike: Yamaha XSR700 Legacy Edition
Big bikes are all about fun, performance, and style. The brand new Yamaha XSR700 Legacy Edition is the perfect embodiment of all three. While the new Legacy Edition has yet to officially launch in the local market, it is based on the tried and tested XSR700, a stylish neo-retro naked bike that can do it all.
From city commuting, to touring, and even slicing up your favorite twisty road, the XSR700 can practically go anywhere. The Legacy Edition takes this a step further with dual-purpose rubber, meaning it’s more than willing to take on the occasional gravel road. Although pricing has yet to be announced, the standard XSR700 retails for P519,00.
The big-time adventurer: BMW R 1250 GS
Although carried over from the previous model year, the BMW R 1250 GS is by no means an outdated machine. For 2023, updates consist of new colorways—with the GS Trophy motif being particularly striking. Apart from that, the R 1250 GS is a bike that needs no introduction. Loved by both die-hard adventurers and casual riders alike, the R 1250 GS is the definition of the phrase “it’s better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it.”
All jokes aside, the BMW R 1250 GS is the defacto king of all adventure bikes for a reason, and you can find out what that reason is first hand in exchange for the measly sum of P1,575,000.
The sporty commuter: Yamaha YZF-R15M
In recent years, Yamaha has pretty much cemented itself as the top dog among the Japanese big four. Thanks to its smart formula of utilizing the same engine across a variety of models, Yamaha has been able to offer an extensive range of motorcycles across all sorts of categories, catering to all sorts of riders. The new Yamaha YZF-R15M may be a small bike, but it’s miles ahead of the competition when it comes to tech and features.
The Yamaha YZF-R15M is packing a class-leading engine, high-tech features such as a quick-shifter, and of course, unmistakable styling from the bigger bikes in the YZF-R model lineup. Best of all, it’s the perfect sportbike for both track-riding enthusiasts and sporty commuters alike. Yours for just P189,500.
The refined streetfighter: Triumph Street Triple 765
The last bike on our list is the most niche and performance-focused machine of the lot, and it comes from the iconic Hinckley manufacturer, Triumph. Now, the Triumph Street Triple has long set the benchmark for middleweight naked sportbike performance. However, with the release of the 2023 models, it’s clear that Triumph wants to dominate the competition. Even without the fancy electronics, previous iterations of the Street Triple RS have proven to be worthy rivals against the likes of the KTM 890 Duke R and Ducati Monster.
Now that Triumph has slapped on an up and down quickshifter, as well as a six-axis IMU, the Moto2 engine-equipped naked sportbike could very well pull ahead of the competition this year. Triumph Philippines has yet to announce pricing for the new Street Triple range, however, you can bet your bottom dollar that the local launch is just around the corner. Nevertheless, if cutting-edge electronics aren’t your cup of tea, you can snag the 2022 Street Triple RS for P795,000.