2021 was definitely an excellent year in the world of bikes. We saw new and exciting bikes make their global debuts, as well as some truly impressive machines enter the local market. With the new year just around the corner, all we can do is wait and see what 2022 has in store for us bike nuts. The recently concluded EICMA 2021 certainly gave us a good idea of what we can expect next year. On top of that, several other manufacturers have dropped hints and teasers, as well as made some amazing reveals for their 2022 model lineups. That being said, here are 5 bikes we can’t wait to see in the metal come 2022.
Let’s kick things off with the XSR900. This bike, in its previous form, was and continues to be loved by many motorcycle enthusiasts all over the world. It’s essentially an MT-09, except dressed up in retro attire. With the MT-09 getting a thorough refresh last year, Yamaha certainly gets a lot of hearts racing with the new and improved XSR900. It features all the same updates we find in the MT-09, including a bigger, more powerful engine. It now sports an 890cc inline-three cylinder engine that pumps out upwards of 117 horsepower. Additionally, the updated aluminum frame, revised electronics package, and updated suspension system are sure to make the new XSR900 one of the most potent neo-retro bikes out there.
Kawasaki Versys 650
For 2022, the most popular adventure-touring bike in the local market gets a thorough design overhaul. The Versys 650 is loved by many thanks to its affordable price tag, impressive performance, and incredible versatility. Ever since its refresh in the 2015 model-year, however, the bike saw little to no updates, other than the addition of ABS and new colorways. For 2022, Kawasaki has decided to give it an aesthetic makeover, as it now shares the same aggressive styling as its bigger sibling, the Versys 1000. Additionally, the new Versys 650 gets even better with the addition of full LED lights and a full-color TFT instrument panel.
First introduced as a concept bike in 2019, it was widely thought that the Ducati DesertX was going to be based on Ducati’s popular Scrambler platform. In Ducati’s World Premiere Series, it revealed that this wasn’t the case, and that the DesertX was to be a whole new platform. Making use of Ducati’s potent 937cc, liquid-cooled, Testastretta L-twin engine, it’s sure to pack quite the punch. From a styling perspective, the DesertX looks like a retro-inspired rally bike that’s ready to tackle the grueling Paris Dakar Rally. Suffice it to say that we can’t wait to see this bike in person.
Suzuki GSX-S1000 GT
The Suzuki GSX-S1000 GT is a sport-touring bike based on the highly successful GSX-S1000 naked street bike. Despite not making it to the local market just yet, the GSX-S1000 has enjoyed impressive sales performance across Europe. Needless to say, both bikes represent a significant step forward for the GSX-S1000 range, as it had not seen a major update since its debut in 2016. The new GSX-S1000 GT will certainly bring the game to industry-leading sport-tourers such as the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 SX, and the BMW S 1000 XR.
Now, this is certainly a long shot, but we already know about the BMW CE-04. This all-electric scooter is BMW’s vision of the future of personal mobility. It’s expected to hit the U.S. and European markets in 2022. Who knows? Maybe BMW will bring this scooter into the local market in limited quantities to gauge its reception. It could certainly be an excellent way of kick-starting the adoption of electric two-wheelers in the Philippines. Apart from this, the BMW CE-04 certainly paves the way for future all-electric models from the iconic Bavarian manufacturer.