As we enter the new year, INFO MOTO has rounded up some of the best new bikes that are currently on their way to Australian showrooms. These are the new motorcycles that we look forward to riding in 2022.
The following new models have been confirmed for the Australian market and are placed in order of expected arrival time.
2022 Triumph Tiger Sport 660
Triumph’s new Tiger Sport 660 will be offered exclusively in LAMS configuration when it hits local showrooms in the first quarter of this year, priced from $14,690 rideaway.
Billed as an ‘adventure tourer’, the new Triumph Tiger Sport 660 distinguishes itself from the platform-sharing Trident 660 naked bike ($12,840) with all-new bodywork, touring ergonomics, and specification adjustments better suited for long-distance riding.
Notably, the Tiger Sport gets a 17-litre fuel tank compared to the 14L capacity of the Trident, and gains a twin seat with pillion grab handles, a height-adjustable windscreen, dual headlights, and pannier mounts to accommodate luggage accessories.
Like the Trident, the new Tiger Sport 660 uses a restricted version of Triumph’s 660cc triple-cylinder engine to meet LAMS restrictions in Australia, in this case generating 35kW at 8750rpm and 59Nm at 5250rpm.
This translates to a slight drop in peak outputs compared to its naked bike stablemate, as the Trident manages 39.8kW at 8750rpm and 59Nm at 5000rpm.
2022 Harley-Davidson Sportster S
Following a launch event last month, Harley-Davidson has released its all-new Sportster S, which is now available from $26,495 rideaway.
The Sportster S, which was previewed by the Custom 1250 prototype, is the second model following the Pan America 1250 built on its new Revolution Max 1252cc V-twin platform, in this case outputting 90kW and 125Nm.
That’s significantly down on the adventure bike’s 112kW/127Nm figures, however, the Sportster S is much slimmer at 228 kilograms (wet) and delivers its power significantly lower in the rev-range.
With the new platform comes a modern electronics suite that brings cornering ABS and traction control, adjustable rider modes and cruise control, while data is displayed on a 4.0-inch TFT display with smartphone connectivity and turn-by-turn navigation.
The new Sportster carries over much from the original concept bike, including its low-slung stance, high-mounted exhaust and fat tyres on 17- and 16-inch cast wheels (front-to-rear).
2022 CFMOTO 800MT
CFMOTO Australia will release its new 800MT adventure bike this month with two variants, Sport and Touring, priced rideaway from $12,990 and $13,990, respectively.
The base CFMOTO 800MT Sport will be exclusively finished with a Starlight Black livery, while the slightly higher spec Touring is distinguished by an Ocean Blue colour scheme.
The CFMOTO 800MT will be the brand’s second non-LAMS model to be released Down Under, following the 700CL-X naked bike, as part of its joint venture with Austrian bikemaker KTM.
Motivating the new adventure bike is a KTM-sourced 799cc parallel twin, tuned to produce 70kW and 77Nm, and backed up by a slipper clutch, ride-by-wire system and three rider modes: rain, off-road and road.
Standard kit on both 800MT Sport and 800MT Touring is a 19-litre fuel tank, fully adjustable KYB suspension, crash bars, an adjustable windscreen and J.Juan brakes.
While the 800MT Sport uses cast wheels measuring 19- and 17-inches front-to-rear, the 800MT touring benefits from wire-spoked tubeless wheels.
Also unique to the 800MT Touring is standard tyre-pressuring monitoring, an up/down quickshifter, handguards, bash plate, steering damper as well as a keyless ignition.
2022 Ducati Multistrada V2
Ducati Australia will release its new Multistrada V2 in the first quarter of 2022, priced from $22,539 rideaway in base form, or $25,190 for the range-topping V2 S.
This means that pricing for the Multistrada V2 is up slightly compared to the outgoing Multistrada 950 and 950 S ($21,500, $24,000), but remains well in contention with the likes of the Yamaha Tracer 9 GT ($23,299) and BMW’s F 900 XR ($19,835).
The Ducati Multistrada V2 will sit below the larger-capacity Multistrada V4 ($28,990), V4 S ($33,490) and V4 Sport ($36,790) in the brand’s adventure touring line-up.
While it carries over much from its predecessor, the new Multistrada V2 is distinguished by a number of equipment upgrades and ergonomic changes to make it more accessible to a wider range of riders.
Motivating the Ducati Multistrada V2 is an 84kW/96Nm 937cc V-twin, which is the same engine used in the brand’s latest Monster, SuperSport and Hypermotard models, though it has been given a number of internal upgrades including new connecting rods, clutch and gearbox tweaks.
2022 Ducati Panigale V4
Ducati will release its updated 2022 Panigale V4 and V4 S in February, priced rideaway from $34,000 and $43,600, respectively.
The new Ducati Panigale V4, as well as its higher-spec V4 S sibling, have both received significant enhancements for 2022, with power-boosting engine upgrades, chassis and brake revisions, refreshed styling and aerodynamics, and new technology features.
Motivating the Italian supersports model is a familiar 1103cc V4 engine, however, a new lubrication system and exhaust has bumped peak outputs to 158.5kW and 123.6Nm, up 1kW compared to the outgoing model.
2022 Ducati Streetfighter V2
Alongside its flagship Panigale supersports model, Ducati will release its updated Streetfighter V2 middleweight naked bike, which is set to go on sale in Australia in February, priced from $22,500 rideaway.
The Italian bikemaker has also revealed a high-spec Streetfighter V4 SP variant to top its naked bike line-up, which will be released locally in May, priced from $48,400.
The new Ducati Streetfighter V2 makes use of the Panigale V2’s 955cc V-twin engine generating 112kW and 101.5Nm, while its chassis has been tuned to suit the naked configuration with wider bars and a more upright seating position.
2022 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT
KTM will release an updated version of its 1290 Super Duke GT sports tourer in February, with the 2022 model benefiting from a number of enhancements as it moves over to Euro5 emissions standards.
Power outputs remain unchanged from the 1290 Super Duke GT’s 1301cc V-twin engine, which makes 130kW and 141Nm, although the 2022 bike has dropped one kilogram of unsprung weight thanks to new wheels borrowed from its Super Duke R hyper naked sibling.
The bike also benefitts from optimised WP Apex semi-active suspension, which is specifically tuned to accommodate pillions and luggage with a range of suspension modes.
New is a 7.0-inch TFT dash and revised switchgear, giving access to smartphone connectivity, various rider mode parameters and an all-new turn-by-turn navigation system that can be purchased as an option.
2022 Suzuki Katana
Suzuki has revealed an updated version of its Katana modern retro which adopts the performance and technology upgrades that this year debuted on the platform-sharing GSX-S1000 naked bike.
The new Suzuki Katana is now powered by the brand’s Euro5 999cc inline four-cylinder, in this case tuned to produce 111kW of power.
2022 Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak
Ducati’s new adventure bike flagship, the Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak, is set to hit Australian showrooms in the second quarter, priced from $44,500 rideaway.
The new Pikes Peak variant will sit above the standard Multistrada V4 and V4 S ($28,990, $35,990), distinguished by a number of upgrades to make it better suited to fast road and track riding.
Dubbed the ‘sportiest Multistrada ever’ by the Italian bikemaker, the new Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak stands out with a smaller front wheel, measuring 17-inches, a single-sided swingarm, sporty road tyres, Ohlins semi-active suspension and a new ‘Race’ rider mode.
The flagship adventure bike also features its own riding position and MotoGP-inspired livery, and is four kilograms lighter than the V4 S thanks in part to new Marchesini forged aluminium wheels.
Also distinguishing the Pikes Peak is an Akrapovic titanium exhuast system, a darkened windscreen, a two-tone rear saddle and minor aesthetic details like ‘Ducati Corse’ badging on the fairing.
Changes have also been made to the bike’s monocoque frame, with trail and wheelbase adjustments said to better suit spirited road riding.
2022 Husqvarna Norden 901
Husqvarna’s all-new Norden 901 is expected to hit showrooms in March. The new middleweight adventure model is specified with an off-road bias, putting it in contention with the likes of the Triumph Tiger 900 Rally ($22,390 rideaway) and Honda CRF1100 Africa Twin ($20,999 +ORC).
Motivating the Husqvarna Norden 901 is an 889cc parallel twin engine that generates 78kW and 100Nm, while the latest Honda Africa Twin manages 75kW/105Nm from its 1084cc motor.
Critically, the Husqvarna adventure bike features tubeless spoked wheels with Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres, measuring 21- and 18-inches front-to-rear.
The bike’s off-road prowess should be bolstered by its WP Apex suspension that offers 220mm of travel at both ends, while a strong electronics suite sees the standard inclusion of lean-angle sensitive traction control and cornering ABS that can be tailored with up to four rider modes.
2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT
Suzuki’s new GSX-S1000GT sports touring model will hit local showrooms in February/March alongside its naked bike sibling, priced from $19,090 rideaway.
At this price, the new sports tourer will rival the likes of the Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX, which is currently sold from $16,999 plus on-road costs, as well as other segment heavyweights like the BMW R 1250 RS ($24,995) and KTM 1290 Super Duke GT ($31,695).
The Suzuki GSX-S1000GT is based on the brand’s recently updated GSX-S1000 naked bike platform, but adds a large fairing and windscreen, long-haul ergonomics and an array of touring-friendly features.
Distinguishing the GSX-S1000GT from its stablemates is a quirky twin LED front end with a tall touring windscreen and sharply styled bodywork.
Towards the rear, the GT gets a new rider and pillion seat complete with grab rails and luggage mounts, and tall-and-wide bars are equipped for a more neutral riding position.
The GT retains the same 112kW/106Nm 999cc inline four-cylinder engine as the GSX-S1000 upon which it is based, and also carries over the naked bike’s KYB suspension and Brembo braking systems.
2022 Triumph Tiger 1200
Triumph’s all-new Tiger 1200 adventure bike range is expected to hit local showrooms in the second quarter.
The new Triumph Tiger 1200 is significantly lighter, faster and better equipped than its predecessor, as the English bikemaker looks to dominate the full-size adventure bike segment occupied by the likes of the BMW R 1250 GS, KTM 1290 Super Adventure and Ducati Multistrada V4.
For 2022, the Triumph Tiger 1200 will be available in Australia in four full-time variants, GT Pro, GT Explorer, Rally Pro and Rally Explorer.
2022 Honda NT1100
Honda’s newest model built on its Africa Twin adventure bike platform, the NT1100 sports tourer, is expected to arrive in Australian showrooms in the second quarter of this year.
While local pricing has yet to be locked in, Honda has confirmed it will offer the NT1100 in two colour schemes, and with the choice of a conventional six-speed manual gearbox, or a dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT).
The Honda NT1100 will go on sale around the same time as the new Suzuki GSX-S1000GT sports tourer, that will be offered from $19,090 in March, with both positioned to rival the likes of the Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX, and more premium models like the BMW R 1250 RS and KTM 1290 Super Duke GT.
2022 KTM 390 Adventure
KTM will release a refreshed version of its 390 Adventure LAMS dual-sport model that debuts new features better suited to off-road riding.
The bike’s 373cc single-cylinder engine now generates 32kW and 37Nm, which translates to a 5Nm boost compared to the outgoing model.
Also new is an enhanced electronics suite with an OFFROAD rider mode that allows for more rear-wheel slip, while more robust wheels go from six- to five- spokes to increase stiffness.
The 2022 KTM 390 Adventure range is also distinguished by new graphics options.
2022 Kawasaki Versys 650
Kawasaki’s popular mid-weight adventure tourer, the Versys 650, has received a number of key updates for 2022.
As before, the Kawasaki Versys will be offered exclusively in LAMS configuration for Australia, with 2022 units set to hit local showrooms in the first quarter.
While pricing has yet to be locked in, the outgoing model is priced from $10,959 plus on-road costs, alongside the smaller-capacity Versys-X 300 ($6999), and full-sized Versys 1000 S ($19,999).
Updates for 2022 include a new front-end design with a revised adjustable windscreen, as well as technology updates like a new 4.3-inch TFT dash with smartphone connectivity, LED lighting and a more advanced traction control system.
2022 Yamaha XSR900
Yamaha’s 2022 XSR900 naked bike brings new retro styling features and adopts key performance and technology updates that debuted this year on the mechanically related MT-09.
Motivating the new Yamaha XSR900 is the brand’s latest 889cc three-cylinder engine generating 87.5kW and 93Nm. That translates to to a 3kW boost to power and a 5.5Nm increase in torque compared to that of the outgoing model’s 847cc powerplant.
The updated bike is also two kilograms lighter than its predecessor at 193 kilograms (wet), thanks in part to a revised chassis with a longer swingarm.
Like the platform sharing MT-09 naked bike, the new XSR900 features a six-axis electronics suite for the first time to offer more advanced traction control and cornering ABS. Rider modes can be toggled using a full colour TFT dash unit.
Other notable technology features include an up/down quickshifter as standard and cruise control.
2022 Aprilia Tuareg 660
Aprilia will release its new Tuareg 660 middleweight adventure bike in mid-2022, with the full-power version to go on sale in May/June, followed by the LAMS-approved 660 L variant in July.
In standard guise, the Aprilia Tuareg 660 makes 59kW and 70Nm from its 659cc parallel-twin engine, while the learner-approved version generates 35kW/61Nm to meet LAMS restrictions.
As it is positioned as a dirt-focussed model, the Aprilia Tuareg 660 L features 21- and 18-inch wire-spoked wheels matched with long-travel Kayaba suspension.
Also bolstering its adventure credentials is an 18-litre fuel tank – up two litres compared to its Yamaha Tenere 700 rival – as well as a healthy weight of 204 kilograms (wet).
A strong electronics package includes advanced traction control, engine braking and fuel mappings that can be toggled via four rider modes: Urban, Explore, Off-Road and Individual.
2022 Ducati DesertX
Ducati will release its all-new DesertX adventure bike in the third quarter of 2022, priced from $24,200 rideaway.
The new Ducati DesertX draws power from the brand’s 82kW/92Nm 937cc V-twin engine, the same unit that motivates the recently released Monster naked bike and Multistrada V2 adventure tourer, although it features shorter gear ratios to match its off-road bias.
As it is positioned as a more dirt-focussed model compared to its Multistrada V2 stablemate, with 21- and 18-inch wire-spoked wheels, stripped back bodywork and long-travel suspension, the new Ducati DesertX will rival the likes of the KTM 890 Adventure R ($24,470) and Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro ($24,790).
2022 Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello
Moto Guzzi will release its V100 Mandello sports tourer sometime this year. Local pricing and availability has yet to be confirmed, although INFO MOTO anticipates a mid-2022 arrival.
The V100 Mandello draws power from a 1042cc twin-cylinder engine that generates 84kW and 104Nm, sending drive to the rear wheel via a single-sided swingarm.
The Italian sports tourer also features a six-axis IMU to provide advanced traction control and cornering ABS that can be tailored via four rider modes, Travel, Sport, Rain and Road.
Notably, the Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello debuts a new active aerodynamics system that sees wind deflectors on either side of the 17.5-litre tank adjust automatically to optimise wind protection.
INFO MOTO will update this story as it confirms timing and availability for more new models in 2022.
Spencer has a keen eye for hard news, and does some of his best living on deadline day. He loves more than anything to travel on his motorcycle, and is adamant that Melbourne Bitter is a world-class lager. He also knows how to operate the big computery thing in the office. By night, Spencer plays guitar with Melbourne punk outfit LOJO LOUTS.