2021 may have been quite a difficult year for people all around the world, especially in the Philippines, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as shortages of raw materials and other equipment necessary to produce our day-to-day needs. The motorcycle industry, however, showed some pretty impressive numbers, in spite of the world seemingly going up in flames.
To make things even better, especially as we begin to see the light at the end of this long, arduous tunnel, motorcycle manufacturers have released a good number of models that have set expectations high for 2022. As such, a lot of motorcycle models which we have grown to love have now been made even better thanks to advancements in technology which have brought about even better performance and features. That said, here are the top 5 new bikes we’re looking forward to in 2022.
Just last week, Yamaha dropped a bombshell when it revealed the new 2022 Yamaha XSR900. Unlike the outgoing model, which first debuted in 2016, the 2022 XSR900 now sports ‘80s-inspired styling accentuated by an aggressive stance, sleek lines, and a very ‘80s boxy tail-section. The biggest improvement comes to us in the form of a revised engine and chassis. The 2022 XSR900 now rolls on the same platform as the 2021 Yamaha MT-09, so it also features a new aluminum chassis, and most importantly, the new 890cc CP3 engine, the evolution of Yamaha’s inline-three cylinder engine.
Triumph Speed Triple RR
The Triumph Speed Triple RS has proven itself as a thoroughly capable machine that turns heads both with its style and performance. It employs the same formula as its smaller sibling, the Street Triple RS. However, when Triumph unveiled the Speed Triple RR, it well and truly brought back the superbike aesthetic, albeit shod in retro-inspired attire, to the Hinckley brand. With that, we get the same 1,160cc inline three-cylinder engine which pumps out a whopping 177 horsepower, putting it well within hyper naked territory. The Speed Triple RR does, however, get a half fairing, and a beautiful round headlight, for maximum retro-modern appeal.
KTM 890 Duke R
At present, KTM’s middleweight nake bike comes to us in the form of the 790 Duke. While this bike well and truly is a capable machine, it barely holds a candle to the performance-oriented 890 Duke R. This up-spec variant of KTM’s middleweight streetfighter is expected to enter the local market soon, hopefully in the first quarter of 2022. It packs quite a punch with KTM’s updated LC8 parallel-twin motor. Now with 889cc of displacement, this liquid-cooled, fuel-injected motor has a compression ratio of 13.5:1, and produces an impressive 121 horsepower. This puts it way above the middleweight naked class in terms of performance. As for suspension and braking hardware, we get Brembo Stylema and MCS components, as well as fully adjustable WP Apex suspension.
CFMOTO 700 CL-X Sport
CFMOTO has been making a killing with the 700 CL-X Heritage which it unveiled early in 2021 in the Philippine market. Thanks to its retro styling, upmarket features, and proven reliability, the 700 CL-X became a favorite among stylish big bike riders looking for a versatile machine capable of going the distance, and looking good doing so. That being said, when CFMOTO Philippines decides to launch the 700 CL-X Sport, it’ll certainly strike a chord with the performance-oriented segment, as we do know the Sport variant will feature brembo brakes, 17-inch wheels, and a punchy 693cc parallel-twin engine pumping out 74 horsepower.
Ducati Streetfighter V2
We’ve discussed in great detail in a previous article why the Ducati Panigale V2 is an excellent intermediate track bike. Based on the Panigale V4, the V2 features a smaller, more tractable engine, which lends itself as a more versatile and approachable platform both on the track and the street. The Streetfighter V4, which is essentially a Panigale V4 without its fairings, and tuned for the street, is undoubtedly quite a handful, with more than 200 horsepower on tap. This is why the upcoming Streetfighter V2, with its 955cc, Desmodromic, L-Twin motor could very well be the ultimate street bike. Unveiled by the House of Borgo Panigale last week, expect this middleweight bruiser to enter the Philippine market sometime in 2022.