Welcome to the Canada Moto Guide 2016 New Model Guide. Here we have listed all the new and modified (updated) motorcycles that we have confirmed will be available in Canada in 2016.
We have not gone to the trouble of including detailed specs (we’ll have that in the upcoming complete 2016 Buyers Guide) opting to list each model with MSRP (if available) and a description of what you can expect for each bike.
We’ve also added a link to the model’s OEM page (Link ) and added the letters TMS (The Motorcycle Show) if we know that the bike is expected at the upcoming manufacturers’ motorcycle show circuit. Just beware that not all the bikes tagged will be at all the shows (yes Moncton, you know that means you).
Aprilia focus on their racing world for 2016 with a new RSV4 that gets about as close to a legit race bike for the road that you can get.
RSV4 RF (Modified) – $22,295 – Link
The RSV4 RF joins the RR as Aprilia’s entry into the 200 hp supersport club, its 999 cc V-four claiming 201 hp.
The RF’s electronics package includes three ride modes, eight-level traction control that’s adjustable while you ride, three-level launch control, three-level wheelie control, a quick shifter (only works on the up-shift though), and switchable three-level race ABS.
Unlike the RR, the RF comes with fully adjustable Ohlins suspension. The RF is a numbered limited edition, and only 200 will be produced.
The big one for BMW is its new G310R small displacement machine. No other show stoppers – the 650 scoot gets a makeover and the RnineT gets a scrambler version.
G310R (New) – $TBA – Link
The G310R is an entirely new platform for BMW designed for the global market. Its single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine displaces 313 cc and uses a reverse head layout (exhaust port faces rearward) with a max claimed output of 34 hp.
The tubular steel frame uses an aluminum swingarm. The bike was designed in Germany but will be built by TVS Motor Company, a manufacturer of small displacement motorcycles and scooters in India.
Unfortunately, the G310R won’t likely reach Canada until late 2016.
C650GT Scooter (Modified) – $11,550 – Link – TMS
A new CVT and clutch offer quicker off-the-line acceleration, and traction control joins ABS as standard equipment. The suspension has been softened for a more comfortable ride, and BMW has added a safety feature that until now was available exclusively on cars: a blind-spot assist, incorporated into the rear-view mirrors.
RnineT Scrambler (Modified) – $TBA – Link
The R nineT Scrambler is based on the nineT retro bike, but has a taller handlebar, repositioned seat, and high-mounted mufflers. The scrambler transformation is completed with slightly longer suspension travel and cast wheels, with a 19-inch front replacing the nineT’s 17-incher.
Unfortunately, the Scrambler won’t likely reach Canada until late 2016.
CSC (California Scooter Corp) break away from scooters to bring in a couple of Chinese 250s – one a dual sport and the other an adventure bike. Pricing is in US dollars, so add about 30% for the Canadian dollar.
TT250 (New) – US$2,495 – Link
The TT 250 is a made in China dual-sport, powered by an air-cooled 230 cc carbureted single, with a claimed 16 hp and a five-speed transmission. The bike has a 21-inch front wheel and 18-inch rear, which should make it easy to find decent tires.
As with all CSC models, you buy direct from the importer (no dealers) who deliver it ready-to-ride (just add gas) in a crate. It should be available in Canada in May 2016.
RX3 Cyclone (New) – US$3,495 – Link
A quarter litre bike fully decked out for adventure? Yep, the RX3 has been a popular item of discussion on CMG with some skepticism about its Chinese origins and lack of dealer support. However, it is built by Zhongshen — a giant in Chinese motorcycles — and appears to be getting good reviews, so we’re keeping an open mind.
As for the dealers, CSC’s model is to ship direct to the buyer, delivering it ready-to-ride (just add gas) in a crate to your front door, which is an interesting concept to say the least. The bike comes equipped with hard bags and bash protection and is powered by fuel injected 250 cc liquid-cooled engine.
Ducati take the crown of most new bikes released for 2016 including Scramblers, Motards, Stradas, a new Panigale, a Monster and a totally reworked Diavel.
Scrambler Sixty2 (New) – $8,895 – Link
Ducati expects to ride on the success of the new Scrambler series by adding a smaller displacement variation to the line up.
The Sixty2 is based on the 803 cc Scrambler, sharing chassis specs but with a shorter stroke and smaller bore, displacing 399 cc, and putting it in a lower licensing price bracket. It makes 41 hp (versus 75 for the larger bike), weighs 3 kg less, but also costs just $1,000 less than the Icon, making it a bit of a tough sell.
Scrambler Flat Track Pro (Modified) – $12,395 – Link
The Scrambler Flat Track Pro joins the rest of the 803 cc Scrambler models, and is basically a frillier Full Throttle model.
It comes only in yellow, has faux number plates, striping on the wheels, a wider handlebar, different seat material, and a couple of billet aluminum pieces, all for an additional $850.
Hypermotard 939 (Modified) – $13,595 – Link – TMS
For 2016 it gets a larger engine, displacing 937 cc and claiming 113 hp (formerly 812 cc/110 hp). Torque is also up 4 lb-ft to 72. As before, a higher-spec SP model is available with Ohlins suspension and carbon-fibre trim.
The Hyperstrada returns with the new engine, and also sports an upgraded charging system to handle electric accessories.
959 Panigale (New) – $15,995 – Link
What was once the 748, which competed against 600 cc bikes in the showroom and on the racetrack, has evolved into the 959 Panigale — now almost a litre bike — thanks to a longer stroke bumping displacement to 955 cc, producing 157 hp.
The good news is that you get a manageable powerband (as opposed to the explosive one on the 1299) for all day track riding, at $5,400 less than its big brother to boot.
Multistrada 1200 Enduro (Modified) – $22,395 – Link – TMS
Ducati has taken the ‘strada to the next level by increasing its off-pavement capability with the Multistrada 1200 Enduro. Suspension travel has been increased by 30 mm, and wire wheels replace the Multi’s cast items, with a 19-incher up front.
A skid plate, cornering LED headlight, 30-litre fuel tank, hard cases, and semi-active suspension are standard, as well as full electronics.
Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak (Modified) – $24,995 – Link
Built as an homage to the Pikes Peak Ducati race bike, it has Ohlins suspension, a carbon-fibre Termignioni exhaust, a low, black windscreen, and various carbon-fibre bits.
To distinguish it from a regular Multistrada it is adorned in racing graphics.
X-Diavel (New) – $21,495 – Link – TMS
The X-Diavel is not a variation of the Diavel but an entirely new motorcycle. Its 1,262 cc engine is the second in Ducati’s line up to use variable valve timing, and the X-Diavel is the first Ducati to use belt drive.
The engine uses internal coolant passages to eliminate external hoses, and gone are the Diavel’s side pods, cleaning up the area between headlight and gas tank. Launch control is added to its already comprehensive electronics package.
The riding position is configurable through optional handlebars and seats, and the footpegs are adjustable.
Monster 1200R (New) – $20,395 – Link
The Ducati Monster 1200R gets a variation of the Testastretta 11° engine that is boosted to 160 hp, up 15 hp from the 1200S. Ohlins suspension, monobloc Brembo calipers, forged wheels, and a wider 200 series rear tire emphasize its penchant towards performance.
Street 500/750 (Modified) – $7,999 (500) or $8,899 (750) – Link
Wiring has been rerouted, and some of the connectors have been moved out of sight, designed to amend some of the quality control issues reported on the introductory bike. Handlebar levers are also wider, and the switchgear is now at a more natural angle.
Forty-Eight (Modified) – $12,999 – Link – TMS
The shocks, too, are new and now use nitrogen-charged emulsion type dampers. It also gets cast wheels.
Road Glide Ultra (Modified) – $29,799 – Link – TMS
For 2016 you get a taller windscreen, fairing lowers, touring saddle, top case with luggage rack and passenger backrest and rear crash bar, which are above the features available on the Road Glide Special.
Fat Boy S (Modified) – $22,899 – Link
The biggest and most powerful engine made by The Motor Company, it claims 108 lb-ft of peak torque at 4,000 rpm. It rolls on 17-inch solid wheels and sports long, skirted fenders and blackout trim.
Soft Tail Slim S (Modified) – $21,499 – Link
The S models are the least expensive way to swing your legs over a new Harley with a 110-inch V-twin.
Honda tweaks its 500 range as well as the NC750X but the big news is the new Africa Twin that actually seems to be living up to the hype. Oh, and don’t forget the VFR1200X. Honda takes adventure seriously …
CB500F (Modified) – $6,599 – Link
New items include LED lighting front and rear, a throatier exhaust, an adjustable brake lever and preload adjustment on the front fork. Price is up $100 compared to last year’s ABS model (note – the non-ABS model is no longer available).
CB500X (Modified) – $6,999 – Link
Honda’s smallest adventure bike receives the same updates as the CB500F (LED lighting front and rear, a throatier exhaust, an adjustable brake lever and preload adjustment on the front fork), including revised styling and new graphics.
Accessory availability has not yet been confirmed, but the 2015 CB500X had numerous available accessories, including panniers, a taller windscreen, heated grips, auxiliary lights and crash bars.
CBR500R (Modified) – $6,499 – Link
A non-ABS model is still available. Although all 500s boast increased fuel capacity for 2016, the increase is a negligible 0.2 litres.
NC750X (Modified) – $8,999 – Link
Honda’s mid-displacement adventure tourer gets several revisions for 2016. Styling is revised, and the forward mounted cargo compartment has grown by one litre, now reportedly capable of containing most full face helmets.
A new LCD instrument panel is customisable with different background colours, which can be programmed to change with engine rpm or gear shifts. There’s a new windscreen, new muffler, and LED taillight. It’s still available with a manual or dual clutch gearbox.
Africa Twin (New) – $13,999 – Link – TMS
The Africa Twin uses a 998 cc parallel twin and features Dakar-esque styling. But its off-road capability is enhanced by long-travel suspension, and a 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheel, the only bike in the segment using this combination, which offers a wider selection of serious off-road tires than conventional ADV bike wheels.
Off-road ABS and traction control are standard. A manual transmission model and a Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) model are available, and the starting price is surprisingly affordable.
VFR1200X (New) – $17,999 – Link – TMS
Honda has spawned a new motorcycle using the VFR1200F engine. The VFR1200X adventure tourer uses the same 1,237 cc V-four, which is detuned to 127 hp, and is available with either a manual gearbox or auto/semi-auto DTC.
It has been available in Europe for a couple of years already, and it gets a few mild upgrades, including an improved version of the DTC and an adjustable windscreen.
It rolls on a 19-inch/17-inch front/rear spoke wheel combination, and features selectable ride modes and linked ABS.
Someone lit a fire under Husqvarna recently as the resurgent brand starts to establish itself with a couple of 690s – one for dual sporting and the other for hooning around the roads supermoto style.
701 Enduro (New) – $TBA – Link
The 701 Enduro is built around the existing KTM 690 platform; the 690 cc SOHC single has dual-spark ignition, ride-by-wire throttle, three selectable engine maps, slipper clutch, 67 hp, and can go 10,000 km between valve adjustments.
The frame is made from chrome-moly steel with WP front and rear suspension (4CS cartridge forks up front and fully adjustable shock), offering 275 mm of travel.
The bike will come with Continental TKC80s, a 21-incher up front and an 18-incher in back, along with switchable off-road ABS, and should prove to be a serious weapon in the trails.
701 Supermoto (New) – $TBA – Link
Based on the 701 Enduro, the Supermoto gets the obligatory 17-inch wheels with reduced suspension travel, tweaked geometry, and a larger front disc and four-piston Brembo caliper over the Enduro’s two-piston setup, and disengageable ABS.
It also comes with the Enduro’s ride-by-wire throttle, three selectable engine maps and slipper clutch.
Indian continues to establish itself as Harley’s worst nightmare with a new entry-level Scout to take on the Sportsters, and a blacked out Chief.
Scout Sixty (New) – $10,999 – Link – TMS
If you rode more than half a century ago, you might remember the intense rivalry between Indian and Harley. Indian wants to rekindle that feud by introducing an affordable Sportster foe, available at the same price as the 883 cc Iron.
The Scout Sixty is the least expensive bike in Indian’s line up, but offers more performance than the Iron. Its liquid-cooled 999 cc V-twin is a sleeved-down version of the Scout’s 1,133 cc mill, and claims 78 hp – more than Harley’s 1203 cc Sportster engine.
Chief Dark Horse (New) – $20,999 – Link – TMS
However, as the name suggests, it is all blacked out and with a solo seat and cast wheels, saving 13Kg in the process.
Not much from Kawasaki this year except for an updated ZX-10R which gets the mods it needs to stay relevant.
ZX10R (Modified) – $17,199 – Link
Kawasaki has revamped the ZX-10R, and although the engine and frame are retained with some modifications, the big changes are in the suspension and electronics, which are heavily inspired by Kawasaki’s WSBK racers.
New electronics include a five-mode, predictive-feedback traction control system and a quick shifter that works on up and down shifts. The revised suspension includes a Balance Free Front Fork, identifiable by its external compression chambers, a first on a production bike. Available with and without ABS.
KTM are focusing on their sporty bikes this year with an updated Duke 690 and a touring version of the Super Duke 1290.
690 Duke (Modified) – $9,999 – Link
Weighing in at a scant 150 kg, the revised Duke now puts out 73 hp and 55 ft-lb of torque, due to extensive motor updates (it has a 1,000 rpm higher rev limit, and there’s less vibration, thanks to a balancer shaft in place of one of the cams).
There is an R version with fully-adjustable suspension, an advanced traction control system (that factors in your motorcycle’s lean angle), ride modes and cornering ABS but it will not be coming to Canada this year.
2017 1290 Super Duke GT (New) – $TBA
It also comes with as complete electronic rider aid package including corning ABS, four mode traction control, slip control, stability control, hill-decent mode, cruise control, a quick-shifter and semi-active WP suspension. The motor is the same 173 hp, 1301 cc v-twin unit found in the Super Duke.
Since it’s officially a 2017 model, it may not immediately be available in dealers until later in the year.
Moto Guzzi has added a new line of V9s to offer a power boost for the V7 buyer looking for a little bit more. Talking of which, the V7 line gets a scrambler in the shape of the Stornello, and let’s not forget the new MGX21 – a mean California.
Built around Guzzi’s existing V7 II platform, the Stornello takes the reliable motor and chassis and adds high pipes.
Factory standard equipment includes several tasty bits like an Arrow exhaust, aluminum fender, and wire wheels.
2017 V9 Roamer (New) – $TBA
The Roamer is a classic standard bike complete with splashings of chrome, a flat seat and 19 inch front wheel with an oddly sized 16-inch at the rear. V9 models come with ABS and adjustable traction control. Models should be in dealerships in May.
2017 V9 Bobber (New) – $TBA
The Bobber is based on the same platform as the Roamer but has 16 inch wheels with a very fat 130 section front tire. It features shorty fenders, a flat drag-style handlebar, and an all-black look with matte paint.
As is the trend with other manufacturers that have introduced stylish retro bikes recently, the V9 models are accompanied by a wide array of accessories to allow customer (or dealer) customisation. Models should be in dealerships in May.
2017 MGX21 – (New) – $TBA
ABS and traction control is standard but we don’t have much other information. Since it’s a 2017 model, don’t expect it to be available in dealers until August.
MV Agusta seem to be taking some time off this year with just an updated Brutale 800 and a modified Dragster – The Lewis Hamilton edition.
Brutale 800 ABS (Modified) – $14,995 – Link
2016 has seen the motorcycle industry struggle to meet new Euro4 emission standards. The new Brutale 800 is a good example which sees peak horsepower drop from 125 hp to 116 hp and a rise in weight of 8 kg.
However, it’s not all bad news; max torque has risen from 59 ft-lb to 61 ft-lb, the Brutale will have a hydraulic slipper clutch for next year, as well as an electronic quick shifter.
Dragster 800 RR Lewis Hamilton Edition (Modified) – $29,995 – Link
This machine has no mechanical differences from the standard edition Dragster RR. It’s simply a styling change, with the name of the Formula 1 champion tacked on, along with some trick alloy bodywork mixed with carbon-fibre flash, and red-and-white livery.
Only 244 machines will be made and at an extra $10k over the standard model, it must take the prize for the most expensive paint job on a motorcycle.
Not much from Suzuki except promises of what is to come with a new SV650 that’s slated as a 2017, and a GSXR1000RR that is technically in prototype form and so not included here.
2017 SV650A (New) – $TBA – Link
That changes for 2016, with an entirely new SV based on the Gladius, with a steel frame. The engine includes 60 new parts and now produces 75 hp. The bike’s midsection has been narrowed significantly and the bike has lost 7.7 kilos.
Suzuki lists the bike as a 2017 model so it’s expected sometime later in 2016.
A big year for Triumph with a new line of liquid-cooled Bonnevilles to flaunt. But they don’t stop there, with updates to the Speed Triple and the 1200 Explorers.
Street Twin (New) – $9,900 – Link – TMS
The Street Twin uses a 900 cc, five-speed version of the new engine, tuned for high torque, using a single throttle body, which also improves fuel economy significantly (18% better). Price at under $10k is good too!
All Bonnevilles now have standard traction control and ABS, and there’s a USB port under the seat.
Bonneville T120 (New) – $TBA – Link – TMS
The classically styled Bonneville T120 also uses a 1200 cc liquid-cooled twin, but in slightly detuned form than the engine in the Thruxton; it is tuned for lots of low-end torque (77 lb-ft at just 3,100 rpm).
Two ride modes, traction control and ABS come as standard equipment, as do heated handgrips. A T120 Black model is also available, and as its name suggests, it is devoid of chrome.
Thruxton (New) – $TBA – Link – TMS
The Thruxton is probably the most desirable new Bonneville, as hinted by early orders for the machine. It is powered by a “high-power” 1200 cc version of the new liquid-cooled parallel twin with six speeds. The chassis has been significantly upgraded, and it rolls on 17-inch supersport-wide spoke wheels.
The Thruxton has a conventional, non-adjustable fork and preload-adjustable shocks, while the higher-spec Thruxton R uses a Showa USD fork and Ohlins shocks, with full adjustability at both ends. It also uses Brembo monobloc front calipers and race-spec Pirelli rubber.
Speed Triple (Modified) – $TBA – Link – TMS
The venerable Speed Triple gets revamped for 2016 with a reworked engine seeing an increase in power to 140 hp, and more fuel efficiency. There’s also a new ride-by-wire throttle allowing for five riding modes, including Road, Track, Sport, Rain, and a mode for the rider to configure themselves.
ABS and traction control are both configurable by the rider; presumably, that allows riders to dial in their preferred settings for their custom riding mode. Other changes include re-designed bodywork, seat, and headlights (which still lack the appeal of the big, googly-eyed lamps the original Speed Triple came with). The R version gets upgraded bodywork and suspension, as well as tasty billet bits.
Tiger Explorer XC (Modified) – $TBA – Link
Triumph has updated its 1215 cc inline triple adventure bikes for 2016 with two base models; the XC and the XR. The XC signifies the more off-road orientated Tiger that comes with wire wheels and is available in XC, XCx, XCa variants.
The base XC comes with ride modes, an electrically adjustable screen, and switchable ABS and traction control. The x adds crash protection, cruise control, semi-active suspension, and cornering traction control/ABS. The top of the line a model comes with even more extras including heated seats and “Hill Hold”, which will prevent the bike from rolling backwards during a hill start.
Tiger Explorer XR (Modified) – $TBA – Link
Triumph has updated its 1215 cc inline triple adventure bikes for 2016 with two base models; the XC and the XR. The XR signifies the more road orientated Tiger that comes with cast wheels and is available in XR, XRx, XRt variants.
The base XR comes with ride modes, an electrically adjustable screen and switchable ABS and traction control. The x gets upgraded with cruise control, heated grips, semi-active suspension, and cornering traction control/ABS. The top of the line t model comes with even more stuff, including heated seats and “Hill Hold”, which will prevent the bike from rolling backwards during a hill start.
Yamaha go into update mode this year with a new (but really a restyled FZ-09) XSR900, a less fancy R1 (the R1S) and a reworked FJR 1300. The biggest news is the MT-10, a naked R1, though Yamaha are not saying if it is coming – we know it is.
XSR900 (New) -$10,699 – Link
Somehow, these mods have added 7 kilos to the wet weight. If you want to get the added Kenny Roberts classic touch, opt for the yellow and black Bumblebee paint job for $300 more.
MT-10 (New) – $ NOT CONFIRMED FOR CANADA
The latest R1, naked. The 998 cc crossplane motor does get retuned for linear torque in the low-to-mid-range (which means that you’re not going to get the same top end horsepower as the R1), but then who needs all those horse when you don’t have a fairing?
The MT-10 comes with an assist/slipper clutch, cruise control, three-mode traction control and three engine running modes.
RIS (Modified) – $16,699 – Link
Yamaha’s latest R1 emphasized leading-edge electronics and has proven a popular choice among track day riders. For 2016 the company has added another model, the R1S, as a more affordable option for litre bike riders.
For a $2,300 reduction in price, riders get a few cost-cutting components, including aluminum wheels and engine covers instead of magnesium, steel connecting rods instead of titanium and stainless steel headers instead of titanium, resulting in four additional kilos, which seems like a fair trade. Electronics and suspension components remain unchanged.
FJR1300 (Modified) -$18,099 – Link
For 2016 the mighty FJR gets all new gear ratios, an Assist and Slipper type clutch, and LED lighting front and back, with the ES (electronic suspension) model becoming the first Yamaha to incorporate active cornering lighting.