As the year 2023 winds down with relatively few new motorcycle models launched, it appears that the motorcycle industry is gearing up for a significant wave of innovations in 2024.
Manufacturers worldwide are set to release new versions of existing models and entirely new bikes, promising exciting prospects for motorcycle enthusiasts.
Below, we introduce you to five bikes to look out for in 2024, all poised to make a significant impact on the market.
1. BMW R 1300 GS
BMW is set to redefine the adventure motorcycle segment with the all-new BMW R 1300 GS. Despite initial expectations that the boxer-twin engine had reached its limits with the R 1250 GS, BMW engineers have completely overhauled the engine.
Although the displacement has only increased by a modest 46cc, to a true 1,300cc, it now delivers an impressive 145 horsepower. More importantly, the bike has shed 12kg in weight, showcasing a departure from the trend of ever-bulky adventure motorcycles.
The R 1300 GS boasts an extensive electronics package and innovative self-lowering suspension, offering peerless performance, practicality, and durability across a variety of road surfaces.
2. Aprilia RS 457
Aprilia enters the small-capacity motorcycle market with the Aprilia RS 457, a sleek and nimble bike powered by a liquid-cooled DOHC twin-cylinder engine producing 47 horsepower.
The RS 457 bears a striking resemblance to the iconic RSV4, featuring an aluminum frame and a commendable weight of just 175kg. This model brings advanced technology down to smaller bikes, including ride-by-wire throttle with three riding modes, dual-channel ABS, a full-color TFT dashboard, and a comfortable riding position. With its Aprilia DNA, the RS 457 promises an enjoyable ride on both roads and tracks.
3. Triumph Speed 400
Triumph introduces the Speed 400 as part of its new 400cc lineup, designed as a ‘sporting roadster.’ Mechanically identical to the Scrambler 400 X, the Speed 400 is built in India through Triumph’s partnership with Bajaj.
This model boasts ride-by-wire throttle for traction control, a six-speed gearbox with a slip and assist clutch, Showa suspension, and a user-friendly analog speedometer with a digital display. LED lighting and exceptional Triumph build quality further enhance its appeal, resembling the larger Speed Twin 1200 from a distance.
4. Triumph Scrambler 400 X
Triumph’s Scrambler 400 X represents a milestone for the company, as it’s their first single-cylinder engine in over five decades. Equipped with a fuel-injected DOHC unit generating 40 horsepower and 37Nm of torque, the Scrambler 400 X blends a ‘street scrambler’ style with off-road capabilities.
Metzeler Karoo Street tires facilitate off-road adventures, while the bike’s 19-inch front and 17-inch rear tire sizes allow for various street rubber options. With a total weight of 179kg and Triumph’s renowned build quality, this model is expected to be a resounding success.
5. BMW F 900 GS
BMW enters the middleweight adventure bike category with the F 900 GS, poised to compete with Triumph and KTM.
Replacing the F 850 GS, this model boasts an 895cc, eight-valve parallel twin engine delivering a smooth 103hp.
The overall weight has been reduced by 14kg, and the design leans slightly more towards an off-road aesthetic. Meanwhile, the F 900 GS Adventure replaces the 14.5L tank with a 23L.
Offering a range of upgraded electronics and an optional Dynamic electronic suspension, this model aims to cater to a diverse range of riders.
With these five bikes set to hit the market in 2024, motorcycle enthusiasts can look forward to an exciting year filled with innovation, advanced technology, and exceptional performance. Stay tuned for further updates.