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.
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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 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 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 the new Katana in Japan last March, but pricing and availability are TBD.
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. It will be officially unveiled at the GoPro British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Friday, August 23, 2019. Not sure if it’ll be a 2020 model or not, but a pretty safe bet. MSRP is TBD.
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 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.