This handy guide includes all new or significantly updated street-legal motorcycles for the 2020 model year (plus at least one 2021!). Organized in alphabetical order by manufacturer, it includes photos and links to details or, when available, first rides and road test reviews about each bike. This guide is updated regularly as more new/updated models are announced, and when we’ve had a chance to ride them and report our impressions.
2020 BMW R 1250 R
Receiving updates similar to those that other models in the R family received for 2019, the BMW R 1250 R roadster gets a larger 1,254cc boxer twin with ShiftCam variable valve timing and valve stroke and updates to its electronics package. It also gets a mild style refresh with a TFT display, a DRL option for the halogen headlight and new color options. Although originally announced as a 2019 model, the R 1250 R didn’t make it to the U.S. in time. BMW says it will be available as a 2020 model with an MSRP starting at $14,995.
2020 BMW R 1250 RS
Receiving updates similar to those that other models in the R family received for 2019, the BMW R 1250 R roadster gets a larger 1,254cc boxer twin with ShiftCam variable valve timing and valve stroke and updates to its electronics package. The RS also gets a style refresh that drops the asymmetrical, winking look of the S 1000 RR in favor of a sporty twin-LED headlight assembly, and an LED DRL (daytime running light) is an option. Although announced as a 2019 model, the R 1250 RS didn’t make it to the U.S. in time. BMW says it will be available as a 2020 model with an MSRP starting at $15,695.
2020 BMW S 1000 RR
More power (205 hp), less weight (434 lbs), updated technology and a new up-spec Motorsport version. The 2020 BMW S 1000 RR is at the pointy end of the sportbike spear. Pricing starts at $16,995 and bikes will be in dealerships in summer 2019.
2020 Can-Am Spyder RT
BRP has updated its Can-Am Spyder RT luxury-touring lineup with new LED headlights, a completely redesigned cockpit with a new display and easier-to-use controls, extended rider footboards, heated rider and passenger seats that are at a lower height and offer more lumbar support, a new electrically adjustable windscreen with memory function and the ability to remove the top trunk for a sporty look. The RT has 177 liters of storage capacity, and two XL helmets fit side-by-side in the top trunk. LinQ technology allows owners to quickly add or remove the top trunk and install a cooler, a sport bag or other accessories. Pricing starts at $23,299. For more information, visit can-am.brp.com/on-road.
2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire
Harley-Davidson’s new LiveWire electric motorcycle is seriously sporty, shockingly fast and whisper-quiet–everything a typical Harley isn’t. And that’s just the way Milwaukee wants it. It’s propelled by a liquid-cooled electric motor that makes a claimed 105 horsepower and 86 lb-ft of torque, drawing power from a 15.5 kWh battery that offers, according to H-D, a range of 146 miles in the city and 95 miles of combined stop-and-go and highway riding. Single-speed transmission offers twist-and-go convenience, and styling, ergonomics and components are the sportiest offered on any Harley-Davidson. MSRP starts at $29,799.
2020 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S
The Softail-based Low Rider S flexes its muscles with a Milwaukee-Eight 114 that churns out 119 lb-ft of torque at 3,000 rpm (claimed), and it sports an aggressive, chopper-style look with a color-matched mini-fairing, straight bars on a tall riser and black finishes. Premium suspension and ABS are standard. It’s available in Vivid Black and Barracuda Silver (shown above), and pricing starts at $17,999.
2020 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Limited
Replacing the Road Glide Ultra model for 2020 is the new Road Glide Limited, which offers premium luxury-touring features, the Twin-Cooled Milwaukee-Eight 114, premium suspension, Reflex linked Brembo brakes with ABS, a Boom! Box GTS infotainment system, H-D Connect and dual Daymaker LED headlamps. Available with a new Black Finish Option (shown above), pricing starts at $28,299.
2020 Harley-Davidson CVO Tri Glide
Said to be the most-requested CVO model, a new addition to the lineup for 2020 is the CVO Tri Glide, the ultimate Milwaukee-built trike. It gets big power from a Milwaukee-Eight 117 V-twin, big sound from the BOOM! Box GTS infotainment system and big style courtesy of premium paint and finishes and the Kahuna collection. Many more features round out the wish list; pricing starts at $48,999.
The ever-popular CVO Street Glide (starting at $40,539) and CVO Limited (starting at $44,039) return with new paint, finishes and features for 2020.
2020 Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin
The extensively updated Honda Africa Twin gets a larger 1,084cc engine for more power, a lighter, redesigned frame, subframe and swingarm, an IMU and new electronics (including wheelie control, cornering ABS, rear-lift control and, on models so equipped, DCT cornering detection), cruise control and a new 6.5-inch TFT color touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay. It also has a shorter windscreen and more aggressive styling. Available in Matte Black Metallic, MSRP is $14,399 with a 6-speed manual transmission and $15,199 with an automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). Available in March 2020.
2020 Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES
Receiving the same updates listed above for the standard Africa Twin, the more touring oriented Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES also features Showa Electronically Equipped Adjustment Suspension (EERA), cornering lights, tubeless spoked wheels/tires, heated grips and a lower seat (compared to the 2019 Adventure Sports). Standard equipment includes a 6.5-gallon tank, a larger adjustable windscreen, a larger skid plate, a rear rack and a 12V charging outlet. Available in Pearl Glare White/Blue, MSRP is $17,199 with a 6-speed manual transmission and $17,999 with an automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). Available in March 2020.
2020 Indian Roadmaster Dark Horse
Upgrades to much of Indian’s heavyweight lineup include a larger Thunder Stroke 116 V-twin (up 5 cubic inches) on most models that belts out a claimed 126 lb-ft of torque and, on touring models with fairings, an updated Ride Command infotainment system with Connected Services. A new addition to the family for 2020 is the Roadmaster Dark Horse, a darker version of Indian’s luxury tourer with the Thunder Stroke 116, a streamlined fairing, slammed saddlebags, a 19-inch front wheel with an open fender, an extended-reach rogue gunfighter seat, a blacked-out engine and matte paint color schemes. Pricing for the 2020 Roadmaster Dark Horse starts at $28,999, and it will be available in Thunder Black Smoke, White Smoke and Ruby Smoke (shown).
2020 Indian Scout 100th Anniversary
Taking styling cues from the original Scout introduced in 1920, the special anniversary edition is painted Indian Motorcycle Red with Anniversary Gold trim and includes a color-matched Scout 100th Anniversary badge. Finishing touches include a Desert Tan genuine leather floating solo saddle, black wire wheels with gold pinstripes, beach bars, a luggage rack and extra chrome detailing. Only 750 units will be built, and pricing starts at $15,999 and includes ABS.
2020 Indian Scout Bobber Twenty
The new Scout Bobber Twenty has old-school bobber styling with what Indian says are improved ergonomics. It has wire wheels, a floating solo saddle, a mix of chrome and blacked-out finishes and 10-inch ape hanger handlebars. Like all 2020 Scouts, it also has upgraded brakes. Available in three colors—Thunder Black, Sagebrush Smoke and Burnished Metallic—pricing starts at $11,999 for non-ABS (Thunder Black only) and $12,899 for ABS.
2020 Kawasaki Ninja 650
For 2020, Kawasaki’s middleweight sportbike gets an aggressive new restyle that brings it inline with its Ninja 400 and ZX-6R/10R cousins, a 4.3-inch full-color TFT display, Bluetooth connectivity via Rideology The App and more. It’s available in Pearl Blizzard White, Metallic Spark Black and a special KRT Edition livery, starting at $7,399 for non-ABS and $7,799 for ABS.
2020 Suzuki Katana
The 2020 Suzuki Katana features styling cues that pay direct homage to the 1981 original, and it’s built around the potent GSX-S1000 999cc inline-four. It features ABS, traction control, Easy Start and Low RPM Assist, as well as a twin-spar aluminum frame, braced superbike-style swingarm, KYB suspension, dual front Brembo monoblock four-piston calipers, 310mm floating rotors and a model-specific LCD panel. We got a chance to ride and review the new Katana in Japan last March. It will be available in Metallic Mystic Silver or Solid Black, MSRP is $13,499 and it will be in dealerships in November.
2020 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT Adventure
Replacing the V-Strom 650XT Touring for 2020 is the V-Strom 650XT Adventure, which is equipped with tubeless spoked wheels, aluminum panniers, an accessory bar, a handlebar cross-brace, mirror extensions and a centerstand. Powered by a 645cc 90-degree V-twin, it is mechanically unchanged from the 2018 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT we last tested. It will be available in Pearl Vigor Blue and base MSRP is $10,399.
2020 Triumph Daytona Moto2 765 Limited Edition
Triumph, exclusive engine supplier to the FIM Moto2 World Championship, has announced a forthcoming limited-production model, the Daytona Moto2 765 Limited Edition. Powered by a Moto2-derived 765cc in-line triple with an Arrow titanium race-style exhaust that makes a claimed 128 horsepower, it has a full electronics package, Öhlins suspension, Brembo brakes, carbon fiber bodywork and more. It will be available in March 2020; MSRP is TBD.
2020 Triumph Street Triple RS
Ready for the track or street, Triumph’s updated Street Triple RS is powered by a Moto2-derived 765cc in-line triple that makes a claimed 121 horsepower (7 shy of the Daytona above, likely because it doesn’t have the same Arrow race-style exhaust). Five riding modes, an up/down quickshifter, an assist-and-slipper clutch, Brembo M50 front calipers, fully adjustable Öhlins suspension, Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP V3 tires, a TFT display with Bluetooth and GoPro integration and more aggressive styling make this nekkid middleweight one mean machine. Pricing and availability are TBD.
2020 Yamaha MT-03
The latest addition to Yamaha’s Hyper Naked family, which includes the MT-07, MT-09 and MT-10, is the MT-03, a naked version of its YZF-R3 sportbike that’s powered by a liquid-cooled 321cc parallel-twin. The light, compact bike features aggressive styling with LED position lights, headlight and turn signals, standard ABS, a 3.7-gallon tank and a 30.7-inch seat height. It will be available in Ice Fluo (shown) and Matte Raven Black for $4,599 starting in February 2020.
2021 Yamaha Ténéré 700
Announced in the fall of 2018, we’re still waiting to see the new Ténéré 700 (T7, for short) in the flesh–Yamaha says it will be coming to the U.S. in the second half of 2020 as a 2021 model. We know it will be powered by the 689cc CP2 parallel twin used in the MT-07, housed in a new tubular steel double-cradle frame. Other details include a 62.6-inch wheelbase, 9.5 inches of ground clearance, a fully adjustable USD 43mm fork with 8.3 inches of travel and a remote preload-adjustable rear shock with 7.9 inches of travel.
2020 Yamaha YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M
Yamaha has updated its flagship sportbikes, the YZF-R1 and the track-ready YZF-R1M, for 2020, with both featuring refinements to their CP4 crossplane crankshaft engines, an augmented electronic rider aids package, enhanced suspension and redesigned bodywork. MSRP is $17,300 for the YZF-R1 and $26,099 for the YZF-R1M (the latter is available in limited quantities through Yamaha’s online reservation system).
2020 Zero DSR Black Forest
After its successful debut in Europe, Zero is bringing its DSR Black Forest to the U.S. With a 14.4 kWh battery pack, the all-black Black Forest is ready for adventure with lockable Givi panniers and top trunk, accessory (aka, crash) bars fitted with auxiliary lights, hand guards and a protective headlight cover. Like all 2020 Zero electric motorcycles, the DSR Black Forest gets the Cypher II/III operating system and a Next Gen App for customizing ride modes and getting charging status, diagnostics and updates. MSRP is $18,995. For more information, visit zeromotorcycles.com.
2020 Zero SR/F
The first new model from Zero Motorcycles since 2016, the 2020 SR/F’s streetfighter look and steel trellis frame blur the styling lines between gas and electric motorcycles. Powered by a new ZF75-10 IPM (Interior Permanent Magnet) motor and ZF14.4 lithium-ion battery, it delivers a claimed 140 lb-ft of torque and 110 horsepower. It also features Bosch’s Motorcycle Stability Control System and Zero’s new Cypher III operating system. Pricing starts at $18,995.