Motorcycling continues to grow in this relatively new millennium, and the technology grows right alongside the industry. With stricter emission standards than ever, companies have been forced to rethink how they build their bikes. But it has lent itself to some of the best R&D developments of the era—things that never would have been thought of in the past. Necessity has given way to invention.
By 2021, you can expect to see some awesome bikes hit the market. Some of them will be amalgamations of classical and modern stylings. Some will be completely futuristic machines that belong in sci-fi films. Many of the biggest motorcycle companies in the world understand that electric is the way of the future—even Harley-Davidson, who people thought would be stuck in the 20th century forever, has an all-electric bike on the rise.
EV vehicles aside, it’s a great time for motorcycles. We also have advancing technology, and many of the bikes coming out in the future will have bigger and better engines than ever before. Some of the bikes on this list are from a bygone era—as far back as the 1930s—but have been redesigned for the modern era. It’s great to see bikes like the Royal Enfield KX, the Suzuki Katana, and the Honda CBR making their way back to glory.
The 2018 EICMA ran from November 6 to 11 in Milan. The 76th edition of the event featured the latest innovations on two wheels. Dozens of bikes were unveiled for the first time. Not all of them will make it to production, but all of these definitely should. Here are 25 concept motorcycles we hope to see on the road by 2021.
25 Royal Enfield Concept KX (2020)
We’ll start with Royal Enfield’s stunning V-twin Concept KX bike, purported to have a 2020 release date. This bobber stunned the world at Milan this year as a re-imagining of a 1930s Royal Enfield, but instead of the monstrous V-twin, 1140cc engine of old, now it has a smaller, 858cc engine.
It’s a mix of classical and futuristic styling, perfectly combining modern styling cues with its swooping girder fork and integrated headlight.
It has a pancake-style exhaust, a single seat unit, and flat tank that’s faithfully taken from the original KX. All the electronics on the bike have been hidden from view, too. We could see it within the next 12 months if we’re lucky.
24 Yamaha MWT-9 Niken (2019)
Yamaha has another exciting bike that should be released before their Ténéré 700 rally bike. This interesting bike is quite novel in approach—it is a three-wheeled bike powered by two wheels in the front and one in the rear. The three-wheeler will use an 847cc triple with its conventional chain-driven rear wheel, which is the result of a decade-long quest to produce a motorcycle with what engineers describe as “unprecedented front-end grip.” The Niken is a sport-touring rider with a complicated four-fork-tube arrangement up front, allowing the bike to corner as if on rails, even over old, dirty, wet, or uneven surfaces.
23 Harley-Davidson LiveWire (2019)
Earlier this year, Harley-Davidson said they would have their first all-electric motorcycle on the market by 2021 at the latest. But now it seems like their (tentatively named) “LiveWire” bike will be ready much sooner than that. After a multi-year deliberation process, the bikemaker has declared that the LiveWire will ship to dealers early in 2019, hoping to “rocket the performance of two wheels into the future,” per their website. The LiveWire will have no clutch release, and no gears to run through. All you will do is flick your wrist and the bike takes off. It will have around 74 hp and a range of 50 miles.
22 Yamaha Ténéré 700 (2021)
One of the more exciting concept motorcycles people have been awaiting is Yamaha’s new T7, or Ténéré 700. It showed up at the 2018 EICMA show in Milan, and should be available in late 2020 as a 2021 model. The concept was first unveiled in 2016.
It’s a mid-displacement, rally-inspired adventure bike capable of tackling the desert dunes and long-distance travel.
Unfortunately, the wait time for the USA to get the bike might be a year after it’s released elsewhere. In a poll conducted by ADVMoto, more people were interested in the T7 than KTM’s 790 Adventure R.
21 KTM 790 Adventure R (2019)
People might be more excited for Yamaha’s T7, but fans of KTM will get their bike a year or two sooner. KTM was shown at last year’s EICMA, next to other rally bikes, where it could showcase its performance and agility. The bike will include a new 799cc LC8c parallel twin-tuned engine for a wide spread of power. It’ll have a 250-mile range on its low-slung fuel tank (probably a six-gallon-plus tank). Fully adjustable WP suspension has also been confirmed. KTM calls is a “midsize adventure bike” for off-roading.
20 Harley-Davidson Future Custom (2021)
Since the reemergence of minimalist, café-style racers, classic brands like Ducati have been unveiling stripped-down, minimalist bikes of their own. Harley-Davidson is a bit late to the party, but better late than never!
Their gorgeous Future Custom, which is expected to be released in 2021, is a stylistically refined, muscular, and aggressive bike.
It’s been promised with a beefy 1250cc engine, too. It will be a performance bike for the minimalist motorcycle rider, a step toward modernity for the old-school company.
19 Harley-Davidson Pan America (2019)
Harley-Davidson has gone all out this year, introducing a future lineup of four motorcycles that we can expect to see within the next three years. The third of those four bikes is the Pan America—the first adventure touring motorcycle from the company. It will also feature a powerful 1250cc engine and will offer riders a commanding riding position high on the bike. It will be suitable on-road or off-road and is meant to travel from coast to coast. As of yet, we’ve only seen prototype models, but what we’ve seen so far has been very promising.
18 Harley-Davidson Future Streetfighter (2020)
The last all-new Harley we have to look forward to in the coming years (though it should be released before the Future Custom), is the Future Streetfighter. This aggressively named bike looks just as aggressive as it sounds.
It is a middleweight model that is intended to expand Harley’s already-heavy middleweight line.
It will come with “unapologetic modern style with enough performance and agility to carve through city streets.” So we have the all-electric LiveWire, the minimalist café-style Future Custom, the coast-to-coast Pan America, and the street-worthy Future Streetfighter. Sounds good!
17 Ducati Zero Electric Superbike (2020)
Ducati is a company that loves to push the envelope. They’re already doing it: the Zero Electric Superbike is in the pipeline for 2020 and will be the first motorcycle to feature front and rear radar. Ducati has always been at the forefront regarding safety, and this new feature will allow the rider to interact with the jacket-integrated D|air system, paired with the ABS Cornering system. This high level of safety awareness will utilize their planned ARAS (Advanced Rider Assistance Systems), which includes sensors and radars that provide feedback on the surrounding environment. This is to help prevent possible collisions with obstacles or other vehicles by alerting the rider.
16 Honda RVF1000 V4 (2019)
Honda brought their flagship CBR bike to the EICMA in 2018, which is said to be one of the most powerful production bikes in the world, producing close to 212 bhp (right alongside the Ducati Paginale V4).
That was great news, but they also introduced a special new bike: the Honda RVF1000.
This bike has been rumored since 2016, with Honda’s all-new V4 engine and a semi-monocoque chassis. Sources from Japan cite that the bike will be available in 2019! It will be significant because it uses a state-of-the-art 1000cc V4 engine derived from their RC213V-S MotoGP bike, and it might be their WSBK bike to help them bring home the title.
15 Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR (2019)
The Honda CBR that showcased at the EICMA 2018 could be the bike’s biggest update ever. The CBR1000RR might even get the coveted V4 engine, though it’s more likely to receive the V2 engine. Honda’s flagship model last received a comprehensive update in 2017, though the updates weren’t enough to take on the competition that lies miles ahead currently. The all-new iteration of the CBR1000RR Fireblade will (purportedly) get the MotoGP-derived liter-class V4 from the RC213V, all the better to take on bigwigs from Europe. The launch will coincide with Honda’s 70th anniversary, and it’ll be a true V4 homologation.
14 Zero DS ZF7.2 (2019)
One of the most exciting upstart motorcycle companies is undoubtedly Zero Motorcycles. Known for their electric bikes and their fresh take on the industry, they’re getting endorsements and funding from all over. The company published a press release in October 2018 that announced their new 2019 lineup, including the DS ZF7.2, a bike designed for those looking for the electric dual-sport experience, but who don’t want a larger battery. This nimble model will boast 35% more horsepower and 8% higher top speed than former models. Other models, like the DS ZF14.4, leverage a bigger battery to extend range by 10%, up to 204 miles in the city and 97 on the highway.
13 Suzuki GSX-R1000 (2019)
Suzuki isn’t one to be left out of the action. In 2019, they will introduce their GSX-R1000 bike, a fresh bike with subtle tweaks from former models. This will mark the third generation for the GSX that was introduced in 2000 (1000cc), and the old school GSX-R of 1985 (750cc). In 2019, the base model will get the up and down quickshifter as a standard feature, and they’ve ditched the rubber brake lines for proper race-spec steel-braided units to help increase track performance. The GSX-R will run Bridgestone’s excellent RS11 racing tires and will have an adjustable swingarm pivot, giving riders a wider range of adjustment.
12 Honda CB125M SuperMoto and CB125X Adventure Concept (2020)
Honda is doing some big things in the upcoming years. By 2020, we should see two versions of their CB125 bike available, the -M SuperMoto and the -X Adventure Concept. First shown at the 2018 EICMA, these two new 125cc designs by Honda’s R&D center will feature the naked street-focused CB125M, with more than a hint of “super-motard” in its design. The futuristic lines are minimalist, as is popular today, and it has an ultra-sharp seat section that runs seamlessly into a short, high tail, plus a tiny LED headlight. The all-white CB125X is an adventure-focused X model with chiseled lines and solid surfaces.
11 Walt Siegl Motorcycles SBK (2019)
Walt Siegl is one of the most famous and sought-after designers in the industry. First, he forged the Bol d’Or design, made in collaboration with David Yurman, and then the Leggero model.
He then created a ramped-up, Dakar-inspired Hypermotard, which was followed by the adventure-ready L’Avventura.
As one of the great motorcycle builders of the US, now we have the SBK to look forward to. These two bikes differ in their cores: one with a Ducati 1098 superbike engine, the other with the two-valve Ducati 1098 with an air-cooled cylinder head grafted to its crankcase. These should be on the market sometime in 2019.
10 Vanguard Roadster S&S Cycle (2019)
Another popular startup company that has made big splashes in the industry is Vanguard, led by CEO Francois-Xavier Terny and designer/CTO Edward Jacobs. Vanguard is a manifestation of untapped potential, and they’ve gone to exquisite detail to show us their future vision of motorcycles. The Roadster, Cruiser, and Racer are bikes that will start at $29,995. Their S&S Cycle will use a 117ci, 56-degree, V-twin motor based on the X-Wedge powerplant. The engine is not only the heart of the bike but also forms the core of the monocoque design. Every piece has been perfectly mated. Already en route to the market, units will be available in 2019.
9 Essence Motorcycles E-Raw V3.1 (2020)
Increasingly, 100% electric vehicles are becoming the new norm in modern society, so it was only a matter of time before the motorcycle industry embraced the EV culture. The largest EV-bike manufacturer is Zero Motorcycles, but smaller upstarts like Essence Motorcycles have arrived.
The startup from France had a goal to change the paradigm of the EV-bike, and they introduced the E-Raw V3.1 to do so.
It doesn’t have a traditional seat, instead opting for a wooden-like swingarm, plus the 80kW machine (approximately 109-hp) at its heart creates an incredible 108Nm of torque. It will reach 62 mph in just 3.5 seconds. Best of all, it will fully charge in just 30 minutes.
8 Aero E-Racer (2019)
Aero is a company from Italy that has created an extraterrestrial-like motorcycle that looks like it belongs in a sci-fi movie. Their “E-Racer” was built in collaboration with Inmoto, an automotive magazine from Italy, and was first shown at the 2016 EICMA in Milan. Based on the Tacita T-Race Diabolika rally motorcycle, it’s a stunning compromise between liquefied, fueled streetfighter and electric commuter. Aero calls it “scrambler-motard” styling. It has a minimalistic style, except for its twin-blue, glaring LED lights, and single Kevlar carbon fiber body panel on either side of the bike. It will produce 74 hp and come with three engine mappings: Eco, Urban, and Boost.
7 Norton Superlight 650 (2019)
Norton’s super-cool Superlight 650 has dazzled people in recent days. This 650cc parallel-twin-engined bike is similar to the Norton Atlas, with a race-spec chassis. It’s built of carbon fiber bodywork, carbon wheels, and a single-sided swingarm.
The Superlight will dish out 105 bhp and 75Nm of peak torque, with the engine spinning up to 12,000 RPM.
Thanks to the super lightweight carbon fiber bodywork, it will weigh just 348 lbs. An optional titanium race pipe sheds an extra 13 pounds and bumps horsepower to 111. It’s not homologated for road use. We can expect to see the Superlight 650 in 2019.
6 Curtiss Zeus (2020)
We’ve only gotten a first taste of the Curtiss Zeus, a café and bobber electric concept, but it should be ready by 2020. The bike concepts are variants from the prototype Zeus unveiled in February 2018. Curtiss Design Director Jordan Cornille said to Motorcycle News: “Our original Zeus concept prototype featured obsolete battery and motor technology that was as graceful as a cinder block. With our Advanced Technology division, we are developing new battery, motor, and control system technologies that enable to deliver on our clear, modern aesthetic vision… [we] aim to deliver a range of 280 imles, 145ft-lb of torque, and a 0-60 mph time of 2.1 seconds, all with a 140Kw motor.” Wow!
5 Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 (2019)
Late in November, Husqvarna revealed the price of their Svartpilen 701, which will cost £8,899, or about $11,400. The bike was revealed at EICMA 2018 in Milan as a design to tap into the raw experience of riding older bikes but with modern design and technology. It’s powered by a 74-hp, four-stroke, single-cylinder engine and sprung on WP suspension. The impressive bike will debut in 2019, and it follows a similar format to the existing Husqvarna Vitpilen 701, which was launched earlier this year to much fanfare.
4 MV Agusta Superveloce 800 (2019)
The MV Agusta Superveloce 800 concept bike is a GT concept that was introduced at EICMA 2018. It’s an F3 based on the 1970 GP racing bikes. MV started with an F3 800's chassis, engine, and brakes, but then they completely remapped the engine to fatten up the midrange.
MV says there’s plenty more top-end potential on the Superveloce.
MV worked with SC Projects to create an asymmetrical 3-into-1-into-3 exhaust, reminiscent of MV’s racers from years past. It was built with all-new fairing package out of carbon fiber, with two circular LED lighting units in front and rear, and a full-color TFT dash. It will appear in the latter half of 2019.
3 Arc Vector (2021)
Arc is a company from Britain that took part in the unveilings at EICMA 2018 hoping to create an all-new electric bike that could change the way we ride bikes forever. With this stunning machine, all the ride info comes through a heads-up display in the helmet, which also acts as the ignition key. Riding feedback comes through electronics in your jacket. The Arc Vector will weigh just 485 lbs and develop 133 horsepower and 292 ft-lb of torque. It’ll go from 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds. Reportedly, the Vector has an urban range of 362 miles, and its fast charge completes in just 45 minutes! Unfortunately, this superbike will cost £90,000—which is almost $115,000!
2 Kymco SuperNEX (2021)
One of the most stunning introductions at EICMA this year was Kymco’s SuperNEX bike (which may or may not come out by 2021). This next-gen electric superbike will reportedly acquiesce to tightening emissions standards, and it will have something odd for an electric bike: a gearbox.
Kymco knows that one of the joys of motorcycle riding is changing gears, so the SuperNEX has a six-speed gearbox and slipper clutch—the equivalent of a quickshifter and auto-blipper in electric land.
The gearbox will also mean the SuperNEX will avoid the usual electric bike power fade. It’ll reach 0-60 mph in just 2.9 seconds, and run in four modes: Poised, Assertive, Bold, and Extreme.
1 Suzuki Katana (2019)
The Suzuki Katana was first born in 1981. It became an instant legend due to its iconic styling and outstanding performance. No following Suzuki model ever conquered the hearts of enthusiasts like the Katana did. Now, Suzuki has brought us a new Katana. It’s not a strict replica of the original but draws inspirational touches from the 1981 icon. It’s beautifully styled, semi-dressed, and a top-class roadster that mixes a sporty profile and touring riding position (thanks to its 32.5-inch-high seat and nicely shaped touring handlebar). It will deliver 150 hp at 10,000 rpm with its 999cc, liquid-cooled, inline-four engine.
Sources: Motorcycle News, Ultimate Motorcycling, Cycle World, and Cycle News.