The 2017 model year will be remembered as one of the most exciting in motorcycle history. Sneak peeks of 2017 models started in late 2015 and continued steadily throughout 2016, with at least 100 all-new or significantly updatedmotorcycles announced by 13 different manufacturers—everything from state-of-the-art, high-tech sportbikes to retro-styled bobbers, café racers and scramblers, in all shapes, sizes and horsepower ratings, here are the 10 Best Motorcycles for 2017.
1. KTM 1290 Super Duke R
The KTM 1290 Super Duke GT is amotorcycle of the Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM . The fully enclosed Sport Tourer is based on the Power-naked bike KTM 1290 Super Duke R and was modified in favor of a better travel and long-distance comfort. Power grows from 170 horsepower to 177, thanks to an updated 1,301cc LC8 V-Twin engine. To refine the ride, KTM have shortened the velocity stacks 10 mm to broaden the powerband. New resonator chambers on the cylinder heads help make low rpm power smoother and new, flat designed titanium inlet valves with a chromium nitride coating allow for a compression bump to 13.6:1.
2. Victory Octane
Victory Motorcycles is an Americanmotorcycle manufacturer with its final assembly facility in Spirit Lake, Dickinson County, northern Iowa, United States. It began production of its vehicles in 1998. The Octane is a completely new Victory design. At its heart, the Octane has a new, 1,179cc V-twin that’s very closely related on the inside to the 1,133cc powerplant of the Indian Scout. It has a 2mm-larger bore, its own camshafts and tuning, and new cosmetics on its cylinder, cylinder-head, and engine-cover castings. Redline is up at 8,300 rpm, and peak torque is claimed to be 76 pound-feet, 4 more than the Scout. Wrapped around the engine is a chassis that stretches out to a 61.6-inch wheelbase. The front tire is a beefy 130/70-18, while the rear is a relatively sporty 160/70-17. A single disc brake is used at the front. The steering head rakes out at 29 degrees and works with 5.1 inches of trail, standard figures for a cruiser where good handling is moreimportant than an extreme raked-out appearance. The fork allows 5.1 inches of wheel travel, while the twin rear shocks permit only 3.0 inches of rear-wheel movement—again, not an unusual number for a cruiser where seat height concerns and “low” style can trump rider comfort on a bad road.
3. Triumph Bonneville Bobber
Inspired by the American-born bobbers that grew to popularity in the 1930s-on, the 2017 Bobber has a low stance, stripped back, and seat that’s actually adjustable between two positions—low and back, and high and forward.
Bobbers have always been aboutlight weight (that’s the reason for ditching the fenders and unnecessary body panels) and big power, so Triumph has updated the power delivery on the Bobber, too. Its 1200cc high-torque engine is the same specs-wise, but electronic updates and a new dual airbox/filter design enables it to produce more torque and power down low, when compared to the T120.
4. Moto Guzzi V7 III Anniversario
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of its V7 line, Moto Guzzi will build just 750 units of the limited-edition V7 III Anniversario. Featuring all of the third-generation updates found on the V7 III Racer, Special and Stone, the Anniversario stands apart with its chrome gas tank, brown leather saddle, billet fuel cap and steering yoke risers (with laser-etched serial number), brushed aluminum fenders, chrome passenger grab handle, fork protectors and spoked wheels with polished rims and gray hubs.
5. Ducati 1299 Superleggera
Ducati 1299 Superleggera is one of the most powerful twin-cylinder productionbike, ever produced. They have presented the Superleggera at EICMA. This bike is features a carbon fiber frame, swingarm, subframe, wheels and bodywork, an uprated engine with an output of 215 horsepower, and a new electronics package. Only 500 examples of the bike will be produced, and each will be supplied with a track kit that includes an all-titanium Akrapovic exhaust system (that adds a further five horsepower) and other accessories for racetrack use.