The 2017 Toronto Motorcycle Show kicks off tomorrow, at Toronto’s Enercare Centre. So, what bikes should you check out while you’re there?
Here are a few of the more interesting new-for-2017 models, ranging from slick superbikes to fun scramblers, that we think you might be interested in seeing in the flesh, so to speak.
Admission for the show is $19 for adults ($15+), $14 for seniors (65+), $11 for juniors (6-14), and children under 6 get in for free. More details on admission and an exhibitor list are available at the show’s website here.
Honda CBR1000RR: Honda’s finally updated its litrebike, with a bit more horsepower than the outgoing model, upgraded Showa suspension, and an electronics package with such treats as nine-level traction control, wheelie control, leaning ABS, and more. You can see our review of the bike here, and you can check it out in the flesh at the Toronto show.
KTM 1290 Super Adventure R: Now with 160 hp and 103 ft-lb of torque, the 1290 Super Adventure is truly an impressive ADV machine. It’s also not cheap, at $22,499. But maybe, that’s the price of fun? A 21-inch front wheel and 18-inch rear wheel mean it should be good in the dirt, but it’s not as street-oriented as the S model.
Kawasaki Versys-X 300: For years, people have said Kawasaki needed to put its parallel twin from the Baby Ninja into an adventure bike chassis. Now, we see the result; Kawasaki’s Versys-X 300 isn’t really mini-KLR many people claimed to want, but it is pretty true to the current design principles of adventure bikes. It’s aimed at gravel road and pavement use, not hard-core off-roading, although some suspension upgrades might make it a bit more dirt-worthy.
Suzuki Van Van: This funky little runabout makes its North American debut this year. The 125 cc version was a long-running standard in Japanese and Euro markets, and this version made its debut at EICMA in 2015. It’s not high-powered — the engine is the same basic air-cooled single that’s worked in the DR200 duallie since the ’80s, but with EFI and an oil cooler. And of course, it has those big balloon tires. Base price is $4,599, meaning it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to bomb around in retro style.
Yamaha YZF-R6: Are supersport 600s dead? Not according to Yamaha, who released the new R6 this year, with six-level traction control, and other electronic trickery, along with KYB suspension and optional quickshifter. Bodywork is very similar to its big brother, the R1.
BMW R NineT Racer: BMW has taken its R NineT platform (powered by an air/oil-cooled 1170 cc flat twin) and used it to build a rather fetching cafe racer. It has conventional telescopic forks, which keeps the price down a bit (a reasonable $14,150). Like the other R nineT models, it has a modular steel frame, designed for easy customization. ABS is standard, traction control is optional.