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Top 10 New Motorcycles We’re Dying To Ride In 2018||

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These Are The Top 10 New Motorcycles We’re Dying To Ride In 2018

1. 2019 KTM 790 Duke

2018 KTM 790 Duke

Courtesy of KTM

Sean MacDonald: For me the 790 Duke is one of the most exciting bikes from the show, and also one of the biggest disappointments as it won’t be available until the fall of 2018 as a 2019 model. KTM claims the best power-to-weight ratio in the class, but the Triumph Street Triple RS makes a claimed 22 hp more and weighs around the same (but these are manufacturer-claimed dry weights). At the end of the day, I often lean toward a twin over a triple, but this really will be a bike that we just have to wait and see if it’s really all it’s cracked up to be.

Joe Gustafson: When you hear a motorcycle enthusiast speak, a common bike is spoken of that doesn’t exist. One that is fast, but not superbike fast, with the reflexes of a supermoto, that you can take on the highway, and one that looks awesome but not retro or like anything out on the road. In other words, the perfect standard motorcycle that can pull commuting and track duty while still turning heads. The 790 Duke on paper seems to suit that build. The only question for me is the price. Because high service intervals and an affordable price matter. It will certainly not be cheap, but a riding impression should seal the deal if the final product is worth it.

Read more about the 2019 KTM 790 Duke here.

2. 2018 Ducati Panigale V4

2018 Ducati Panigale V4

Courtesy of Ducati

Sean: Panigales have always had issues, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to see what 226 hp in a bike that weighs 430 pounds feels like. The Aprilia RSV4’s mill is likely my favorite of any superbike, and I’m insanely curious to see what Ducati’s will feel and sound like. Sure, the previous Panigales (and the Superleggera) had some instabilities in the chassis, but that doesn’t mean I’m not excited to throw myself down a racetrack at 150-plus mph on this to see if it does as well.

Joe: It will be fast, it will sound like a MotoGP bike, and it will be piloted by people who wear exclusively AGV and Dainese. I couldn’t care less. Namely because I don’t have a fifth of the ability to ride this thing at the limit. I’m ultra stoked that it exists and the superbike envelope is being pushed ever further, but it’s also pricing out most people and driving the premier literbike experience to ever higher tax brackets. Looking forward to seeing it at Starbucks. Color me more salty than actually critical of this bike.

Read more about the 2018 Ducati Panigale V4 here.

3. 2018 Indian FTR1200 Custom

2018 Indian FTR1200 Custom

Couresy of Indian

Sean: Between the opportunities I’ve had to ride Indian Scouts with tracker mods from Roland Sands to my recent first experience with flat-track racing, the Indian FTR1200 could not have come at a better time. Add in the fact that this isn’t just mid-controls and bar risers but an actual chrome-moly frame and proper suspension make this thing incredibly attractive. It’s a full 20 percent lighter (100 pounds) than a stock Indian Scout, which makes that 100 hp seem a lot more lively. This could be the closest Indian come to replicating the performance of Aaron Colton’s Victory Octane “Octane 93” custom bike, and I need to ride it.

Morgan Gales: Of course I’m excited to ride the FTR1200 Custom; who wouldn’t be?! The chrome-moly frame, Öhlins suspension, Lyndall brakes—these are all the components of a custom racebike, not a production bike, so this thing is going to go, stop, and handle like a banshee. I hope Indian releases it for whatever ungodly price it wants and don’t change a damn thing. I want to ride this one, not a dumbed-down production version of it.

Joe: I’ll be excited to ride it if it ever exists. Fool me once with Project 156 shame on me, fool me twice with a Scout-powered flat-tracker for the street and I won’t get fooled

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