10. Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber & Roamer
At $8,990 the V7 II Stone is the most affordably priced model in the Moto Guzzi lineup, and winner of our HepCat TooCool Millennial Shootout. Producing only 41 horsepower and 40 lb-ft of torque from its 744cc, the V7 II is somewhat underpowered. With the announcement of a new 850cc V-Twin engine – the V9 – powering two new models, Bobber and Roamer, we’re expecting big things from the two new bikes.
The V9 engine features a new aluminum crankcase, a new oil pan design and what Guzzi calls an inertia-calibrated crankshaft. Each cylinder has two pushrod-actuated valves set at an incline to the cylinder head, a brand new ECU moderates the fuel injection system while a new exhaust system with a three-way catalytic converter and double oxygen sensors help the engine meet Euro4 emission standards. The engine is paired with a new six-speed transmission with a dry clutch, delivering power to the rear wheel via a double-jointed drive shaft. Expect an MSRP somewhere slightly above the $10k mark, but without much difference between the two models besides cosmetics and wheel sizes, they should be priced within a few hundred dollars of each other.
9. Indian Scout 60
So impressed were we with the first Indian Scout we named it our 2015 Motorcycle of the Year. For 2016, Indian is following up the success of the Scout with the more affordably priced Scout 60. What’s the difference between the two? For $2300 less ($8,999 vs $11,299) the Scout 60 comes with one less gear (five vs six) and 134 fewer cubic centimeters (999cc vs 1133cc). It doesn’t appear to us you’re sacrificing much to save $2k. “Personally, I feel like five speeds is plenty for a cruiser, really. Who wants to be shifting extra gears when they’re cruising relaxationally along feeling all Lee Marvin,” says Burns in his First Ride Review of the Indian Scout 60.
8. KTM 690 Duke
It may just be a glorified thumper, but KTM’s 690 Duke is certainly the overachiever in this list. At $8,999 the new 2016 model retains the same MSRP of the old 690 Duke it’s replacing. “The 690 Duke has truly broken new ground in the area of smoothness in single-cylinder engines, making it a bike that is desireable for more than just its impressive cornering ability,” editor Brasfield wrote in his 2016 KTM 690 Duke & 690 Duke R First Ride Review. The 2014 690 Duke was defeated by the new FZ-07 by a scant 0.2% in a six-bike shootout. With a new Duke, a new SV650 and an XSR900 emerging in 2016 we may have to recreate that shootout. Stay tuned.
7. Triumph Street Twin
It’s almost impossible for 2016 to be a bigger model year for Triumph than it already is. This year the Hinckley factory will launch two new Speed Triples, an expanded family of Explorers, three new engines powering five new Bonnevilles, and then there’s the recent spy photos of another new Bonneville. The most affordable among all of these is the new Street Twin – an $8,700 Bonneville powered by a new liquid-cooled 900cc parallel-Twin. “The OG British Superbike, circa 1965, takes on an entirely new character in the new Street Twin, a modern classic set to inspire a new generation,” says old-is-new-again editor, Burnsie, in his 2016 Triumph Street Twin First Ride Review.
6. Yamaha XSR900
The XSR900 is the third iteration utilizing Yamaha’s potent 847cc liquid-cooled DOHC inline three-cylinder. Both the FZ-09 and FJ-09 have won numerous shootouts here at MO and, since the mechanically alike XSR is largely a styling exercise, it should exhibit similar performance qualities and continue the Triple’s winning tradition. Yamaha is releasing the pricing details February 16, but knowing the 2016 FZ-09 retails for an incredibly affordable $8,190, we’d be surprised if the XSR’s price strayed far from that figure. Even Vale seems to think this is a cool new bike.
5. Ducati Scrambler Sixty2
Eight grand for an air-cooled 400cc motorcycle seems a little steep to us, but the Scrambler Sixty2 is a Ducati and it’s cool. So, maybe that’s all it needs to demand its premium asking price. It’s $7995 MSRP got it to fifth place in this Top 10, though, so the Sixty2 remains a relatively affordable new model for 2016. But don’t take our word for it. Here’s a lovely video chock full of surfing, skating, motorcycling millennials having the time of their lives with the Scrambler Sixty2.
4. Suzuki SV650
According to Suzuki, the new SV650 is returning to all the elements that made the original SV a cult classic – but with more of everything. The 645cc liquid-cooled V-Twin has been updated with more than 60 new parts, boasting more low-to-mid range horsepower and torque, as well as improved fuel economy and lower emissions. The SV’s updated chassis incorporates more than 70 new parts and components, and when combined with the new steel truss frame, equals a weight reduction of 15 pounds over the previous model.
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Like Yamaha and its XSR900, Suzuki is keeping a tight lip on the SV650’s retail price. We can, however, approximate from the $7,599 MSRP of the Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS that to remain competitive, the new SV should be priced somewhere near the Ninja. We estimate the SV will be priced around the $8,000 mark. New SVs are targeted to be available in dealers in late spring to early summer.