The most popular sport bikes, street bikes and cruisers in 2021
Publish- March 09, 2021, 10:40 AM
Ezra Gideon - Contributor
Update- March 09, 2021, 11:35 AM
Top Motor Bikes 2021
Some may argue that feeling the wind on an open road is far more of an exhilarating experience than being cooped up in a moving box. Thrillseekers at heart would rather opt for a motorcycle than a car for this reason alone. Of course, benefits like affordability, lifestyle, and fashion may be just convincing enough for you to opt for one instead of a car. If you’re thinking about investing in one now, here are the best motorbikes in the World in 2021.
Best Sports Bikes
In movies and music videos, the sports bike is often considered the “coolest” type among the lot and is the perfect choice for you if you’re looking to make a statement.
This year, the BMW S1000RR has taken one of the top spots in the motorcycle world and has stayed relevant despite its latest iteration releasing back in 2019. Rocking an Inline Four VVT engine at 999cc, this bike’s top speed is at a whopping 298km/h. If you want premium quality, BMW never disappoints.
Honda Fireblade SP
The Honda Fireblade SP is an alternative option that showcases the best of Japanese engineering. With its 1000CC capacity, this motorcycle can also push up to 298km/h at top speed with its Inline Four engine. The model came out in 2020 and its updated bodywork and TFT dash makes this model stand out beautifully when compared to its predecessor.
Yamaha is renowned in the motorcycle industry and has one of the most reliable and versatile brands out there and the Yamaha YZF-R1 is a testament to the sentiment. With models dating back to 1998, this 2020 version remains consistent in demonstrating stellar performance through its signature ultra-lightweight body. Like other superbikes, Yamaha’s advanced electronic systems have been upgraded and serve as one of the best in the market this year. Like the Honda Fireblade, this model uses an Inline Four engine at 998CC and caps at 298km/h.
Best Street Bikes
Street bikes are versatile all-rounders that are usually the optimal choice for multi-purpose occasions and one of the most popular archetypes around.
BMW’s smallest motorcycle makes it on this list - a true representation of the old adage “size isn’t everything”. The BMW G310R boasts the maximum torque of 21 lb-ft at 7,500 rpm which is impressive, regardless of size. While it isn’t known for its staggering amounts of CC, this street bike’s affordability and ability to hit more than 140km/h makes it a worthy starting point for those interested in entering the motorcycle scene with one of the best brands right off the bat.
The KTM Duke has been one of the most sought after models for entry level motorcyclists for its ability to marry versatility and affordability. At 373cc, the bike sports a 26.5lb-ft of torque at 7000rpm which is respectable.This model uses a liquid cooled, single-cylinder engine and has an Evaporative Emission Control System (EVA) that prevents fuel evaporation. Aesthetically, the KTM Duke has more of an offroad vibe rather than urban sleek and suits those who prefer rugged masculine.
Another popular brand that wraps Japanese geniuses in an attractive package, the Kawasaki Z650. Its contemporary design with aerodynamic qualities on the front balances out its bulk while still holding its own in the power department. At maximum power, the engine can output torque up to 49 lb-ft at 649CC. Although not as affordable as the rest on this list, this model was designed to amplify the quality of its versatility in every possible situation riders would want to use this motorcycle for.
You don’t have to be a speed freak to appreciate the thrill of the ride and no better motorcycle archetype does that better than a cruiser. Instead of speed, cruisers are more about indulging in comfort when going for long rides on the open road.
Harley-Davidson Softail Slim
Harley Davidson is probably the most well known for this style of riding and the Harley-Davidson Softail Slim is one of the best representations of this. Although part of Harley’s branding success comes from its rich tapestry of historical milestones, the Softail Slim offers contemporary components but retains its classic appeal.
Another American brand, Indian is another cruiser-dominant brand that flourishes in its craft within the market. The Indian Scout’s heft is complemented by its power; boasting a 1133CC V-twin engine and 6-speed transmission. Its top-of-the-line leather seats, Pirelli tires, and USB charging port are quality of life advantages that showcases Indian’s capability of providing riders with more than just power. It is an aesthetic marvel that you could rock if comfort and style supersede speed and sportiness.
Triumph Rocket 3
A monster of a machine, the Triumph Rocket 3 was introduced in 2020 and is classified as a “Muscle Roadster”. Looks are everything for this model: its intimidating aesthetic is backed up with its 2458CC engine and 163ft-lb of torque. The Rocket 3 deviates from the standard cruiser archetype a tad bit and serves more of a contemporary hot rod. Despite its glossy cylinders and modern body, the bike still has a place in the community that prioritizes power over touring.