WITH the big bike launches of 2018 still fresh in our minds, there are some clear stand-outs that we’re particularly looking forward to swinging a leg over soon.
The crop of new models for next year might not be the biggest we’ve ever seen, but it’s amazingly diverse and includes several bikes that are particularly important. Whether because they’re long-overdue replacements for legendary predecessors, bold steps into new markets or simply models that have grabbed our attention thanks to interesting design, we’re hoping these will all be highlights of next year.
As ever, let us know if we’ve missed something from our list or if there’s a bike that you’re particularly keen to hear more about.
10: Kawasaki Ninja 400
At one stage, Kawasaki’s old Ninja 250 and the Ninja 300 that replaced it stood alone as twin-cylinder baby sports bikes. Now, rivals include Yamaha’s R3 and – in Asia – Honda’s CBR250RR. With the Kawasaki’s engine dating back to the 1980s, it was overdue a revamp, and the new Ninja 400 is precisely that. With 600cc supersports machines fading from popularity, there’s a clear need for a stepping stone for riders who want to take a route to superbikes, and the Ninja 400 looks like it could provide an important stage in that process. Let’s hope it lives up to that expectation.