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New Bikes for 2015 – What’s on your list for the New Year?
Finally recovered from the Christmas parties and New Year’s celebrations? As we say goodbye to the holiday season and make our way back to our regular lives and work, Devitt would like to take the opportunity to wish everyone a happy and prosperous 2015.
Since the start of a new year is often a popular time for riders to upgrade their machine, we’ve put together a list of some of the bikes that are set to hit the market in the next 12 months. Of course, you will need proper motorbike insurance whichever vehicle you choose, so give Devitt a call – we have been experts at looking after motorcyclists since 1936.
Kawasaki Ninja HR2
This is a track only bike as it lacks features like the number plate, indicators and headlamps for riding legally within the UK. However, Kawasaki enthusiasts are studying this bike thoroughly to get a sense of what could be expected from the upcoming H2 Ninja model.
A bike with a 9988cc supercharged inline-four engine, this new model is as good as it gets performance wise. Those familiar with this machine claims this bike can break the 200mph barrier thanks to its aerodynamic bodywork and its supercharged engine.
This track-only model will set you back a whopping £50,000, but its sibling suitable for road-use will definitely be far more affordable.
Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT
Affordable fun is the key selling point of this Suzuki. Whether you are looking for a global adventure or an easy commute, this bike promises to deliver great riding experience. With its 68bhp 645cc engine and optional hard luggage, this bike is a complete steal at around £7,000.
KTM Freeride E-SM
Not every bike is suitable for zipping around busy city streets, but this one certainly is. It has an upright riding position which gives you a good view of the road, a well-balanced chassis which allows you to meander this way and that around heavy traffic, and it also has great acceleration to enable an easy getaway from the lights. An all-electric bike, it features a 300V battery that powers a 16kW brushless motor. The best thing is that there aren’t even any gears – you simply twist and go! Priced at around £11,000, this baby isn’t exactly cheap. But its ease of use and the quick charging battery will have riders lusting after this machine for sure.
One for the trendy inner city rider, Ducati is set to release its new Scrambler, which is a modern take on Ducati’s 1960s dirt bike. This retro looking machine is powered by an 803cc air-cooled engine like the one from the Ducati Monster. But unlike that particular model, the Scrambler is all about good looks. It has a single front lamp with the latest LED technology and a full LCD unit that gives the rider speed and vehicle information readouts. At £7,000, this machine will inspire the many to join the riding scene.
Last but not least, BMW is set to release a new S1000RR sports bike this year and it will feature the latest electronic technology, such as an Automatic Stability Control and a lean angle sensor, which adjusts braking force according to the angle of the motorcycle. Sound impressive? It will set you back around £13,000 and you can choose from three different driving modes – Rain, Sport and Race.