Looking forward to a very exciting year ahead? There are some amazing motorbikes slated for a launch in the US this year. And among these upcoming models, there are some dirt bikes as well, lurking behind those big sporty hunks.
One year down the line and we will have a lot more than a couple of new and impressive motorbikes being launched, which are significant already and could have a thunderous appeal to the targeted audience. One such motorbike could be the Honda xBlade, which has already made its way in several motor shows and is expected to get a taste of the roads soon.
This might sound like a good enough buildup to the gallery of motorbikes that are on the verge of their official launch. And if this buildup isn’t enough to get every inch of your skin thrilled, watch out for the upcoming motorbikes of 2018.
The Honda x-Blade is presently one of the most trending motorcycles from Honda on a global basis. The model has been uncovered at a few auto shows and is expected to launch in a few countries. And with such a lot of popularity to work with, chances are that it could get a big “THUMBS UP” for the States as well.
2018 Beta 300 RR
The off-road bikes from Beta have been upping their game for quite some time now. The new Beta 300 RR will be coming with a number of changes in its 2018 variant.
The Italian manufacturer has claimed that the new Beta 300 RR will be almost 10 pounds (4.5 kg) lighter than its previous variant, which could be a result of an all-new frame. Other significant changes include an updated and smoother clutch along with an all-new cylinder, which is meant to deliver smoother performance.
The new Beta would be available at a price of $8,499 in the United States.
KTM 790 Duke
The KTM 790 Duke is a largely important motorcycle in the States. However, interested customers will have to wait for it as the launch will not take place before the last part of the year. The company was considering a mid-size V-twin engine before deciding against it for a parallel twin, which is a better bet as it is less expensive on the production scale.
The upcoming KTM 790 Duke will be a beast for sure. The engine will be a smooth chunk of butter, even over the 4,000 revs per minute scale and can hit a top speed of 140 mph (225 kph).
The pricing of the motorbike is not known yet and could be ascertained after its launch in Europe. However, its price tag might come close to $11,000.
Kawasaki Ninja 400
The 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400 is probably like a complete rework of what was already on offer previously. Name any part and it has been revised. The new 150-series tires are around a pound lighter with 5-spoke alloy wheels. However, Kawasaki has only indicated the torque figure, which would be around 28 pound-feet. However, if we consider the European spec, a 44 hp engine is on the cards from the new 399 cc engine.
The most interesting part about the 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400 is that despite having a bigger engine and more power at the disposal, it is around 17 pounds (8 kg) lighter than the one it replaces, the Ninja 300.
The non-ABS model would get a base price of $4,000 while the higher ABS trim could get a $5,000 price tag.
Brace yourself for an exciting year ahead
Barring the new Honda xBlade, all the other models are sure to be launched in the US within this year. And if at all the xBlade gets the green signal, it would be getting a bigger engine to match up to the market demands, which are quite different than in most Asian countries.
The new KTM Duke, as always, would be a thriller in this part of the world, and so would be the newer Kawasaki Ninja 400.
However, the 2018 Beta 300 RR offroader dirt bike will bring a much-needed variation in this segment and would be a boon for extreme enduro races. With such a wonderful year ahead, the States is definitely heading towards something wonderful.
The year 2018 will be an exciting one for motorbike enthusiasts. Watch out for the latest motorbikes, and take yours for a spin on an adventure-packed cross-country motorcycle tour!