Determining the best motorbike is often a matter of taste and preference. However, we do strive for greatness here, so we’ve decided to narrow things down a bit. For this list, we’ll be looking at motorbikes that have turned quite a few heads in 2020. Let’s begin!
The undisputed king of bikes in 2020 is the Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade. It’s what you get when you combine a civilized superbike with raw power. It can deliver up to 214.56bhp at 14,500rpm. There is also the SP version, which we would consider an upgrade of sorts. The bike has a lot in common with MotoGP, which isn’t surprising. The internal dimensions of the bike are shared with the RC213V. Furthermore, we can thank Yuzuru Ishikawa for putting the bike together as the Large Project Leader. So, if you have £24k to spare, you know what your next purchase is likely going to be.
Ducati Streetfighter V4
The Streetfighter barely missed out on the no. 1 spot for 2020. It has the 1103cc Desmosedici Stradale engine and can supposedly produce 208hp at 12,750rpm. It can be compared with Panigale V4. The engines are about the same, but it’s the gears that allow for more power on the road than the Panigale. One of the reasons it is no. 2 on our list, among others, is that its stats, while impressive, are yet to be certified. So far, we’ve only got Ducati’s words for it. However, in terms of value for money, it is still a strong contender. The S version with higher specs costs about £20k, at the time of writing.
Triumph Rocket 3
Another marvel at about £20k is the Triumph Rocket. The GT is slightly more pricey than the R version, but it more than makes up for it in power and comfort. It’s lighter than its predecessor in the series and can produce 165bhp. It’s perfect when you want to have a passenger to show off to.
Kawasaki Z H2
This beauty is one of the so-called naked motorbikes, like the Ducati Streetfighter. The Z H2 uses the same engine as the H2 SX SE and a lot of it comes from its predecessor. What’s the difference, then? There is the semi-active electronic suspension, a must for a smooth ride, for one. It dishes out 197 bhp of power and can reach speeds of up to 185 mph. The Kawasaki Z H2 goes for about £15k.
KTM 890 DUKE R
The descendant of the famous Scalpel, the KTM 890 DUKE R is both slightly stronger and lighter than the 790 DUKE. With the power output of 119bhp, cornering ABS, the Bosch 9.1 MP IMU-equipped braking controller, and the adjustable WP suspension, you’d think it would cost more than about £10.5k. If you want an awesome 2020 bike, but are reluctant to splurge, this is the motorbike for you.