New 2011 and 2012 Motorcycles Debut

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It used to be that motorcycle manufacturers would unveil all their new motorcycles at the beginning of a model year, that being mid- to late-summer. Now some manufacturers are holding one or two models to debut during the winter months at the International Motorcycle Shows consumer trade event and using that as a platform to create mid-year buzz for their brand.

The scene at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach in December: lots of people browsing the aisles to see the 2011 motorcycles.

Several new motorcycles were introduced at the Long Beach, Calif., and New York City Progressive International Motorcycle Shows, where media days are held to give the motorcycle press a sneak peek before the general public. Here are the new models that debuted recently, as well as other 2011 introductions we think you#8217;d like to know about.

The Latest Introductions

The Blackline from Harley-Davidson is a stripped-down Softail, part of the Dark Custom line. Note the new “split drag” handlebars and retro Evolution air cleaner cover. Very low seat height at 24 inches. Comes in black or this two-tone color. Price starts at $15,499.

Old school is in at Victory. The High-Ball is an early-release 2012 custom cruiser model with a 106ci (1731cc) engine and a 25-inch seat height. Comes in this black color only. Price: $13,499.

The 2012 Monster 1100EVO from Ducati is an upgrade from its predecessor, delivering 100 air-cooled horsepower, the first Ducati to do so. A 31.9-inch seat height is manageable. New seat and higher handlebars improve comfort. Price: $11,995.
BMW at a Glance
BMWs entry-level single cylinder, the dual-purpose G 650 GS, has updated bodywork and three seat height options—stock is 30.7 inches, low is 29.5 inches, and high is 32.3 inches.

The BMW F 800 R is all new for 2011, with a new throttle valve system making it more responsive than its F 800 cousins. Naked styling gives it a “roadster” appearance. Low seat height is 30.5 inches; high is 32.5 inches. Weight is a light 390 pounds. Price: $9,950.

The 2011 R 1200 R (and R 1200 R Classic) offers an extra boost in power, with greater acceleration at the top rpm range over its predecessor. Low seat height is 29.5 inches; stock is 31.5 inches.

New from Honda

As mentioned previously on WRN, Honda is offering a new entry-level sportbike, the CBR250R, priced at $3,999. ABS version is $4,499.

The all-new 2011 CB1000R is a high-performance, naked bike with a liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder engine. Seat height is 32.5 inches. Available in black only. Price: $10,999.

A Lot Going on at Triumph

This 2011 America is an 865cc parallel twin-powered cruiser with a lower 27.1-inch seat height and improved ergonomics over last years model.

The 2011 Speedmaster (865cc) is a stripped-down, hot rod style cruiser with a more aggressive appearance, better ergonomics with forward controls, a lower seat height and wider handlebars.

The 2011 Daytona 675R is a higher race-spec version of the Daytona 675, with a full Ohlins suspension like that used on the Triumph BE1 World Supersport factory racing bikes. It also features Brembo monobloc brakes, a factory quick shifter and carbon fiber bodywork for the ultimate track day and road bike.

The new 2011 Speed Triple received many improvements, including an all-new chassis, more usable horsepower and a modern restyling of its signature twin headlights.

For the new 2011 Thunderbird Storm, Triumph started with the Thunderbird, then increased its horsepower with the factory 1700cc big bore kit, added distinct dual headlamps, aggressive drag-style handlebars and blacked out the chrome for a hard-edged look.

Designed for driving in the city and off the beaten path, the 2011 Tiger 800 has an adjustable seat that lowers to 31.9 inches, making this adventure bike accessible to more riders. An 800XC version is also available for true off-roading.

6 thoughts on New 2011 and 2012 Motorcycles Debut

  1. Has anyone test-ridden the Triumph Tiger 800 yet? How would you say it compares to the BMW G650 GS or the F 800R?I currently have a Triumph Bonneville SE, and seat height and center of gravity are key to me.

    1. We have not tested it, but I may get some seat time on it in June. Will keep you posted.

  2. Speaking of 2011s, I saw an article that said Kawasaki is selling a “W800” (larger W650). Anyone have more information?

    1. The Kawasaki W800 was released in Europe this year with a customized Cafe Racer version released only in Japanese markets. No word yet on when the W800 will make it to the U.S.

  3. I enjoy riding an automatic Honda Silver Wing. It is fun and powerful. I have ridden since the 1970s a Honda 350 with gears. I find the gears a drag. There should be more automatics available. I find there is more control and less distractions from the road. It is too busy with traffic today to have to shift. Are you considering the new automatic bike market emerging?

    1. We have run articles on automatic motorcycles in the past, the QLINK Legacy, and Ridley motorcycles. We are also be posting review articles on WRN in the near future on these automatic transmission motorcycles: the Honda VFR, and the Aprilia Mana.

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