Toronto, February 26, 2016 – The world’s top motorcycle manufacturers were in Toronto last week to showcase hundreds of new 2016 motorcycles, scooters and ATVs. The Motorcycle Show Toronto 2016 is Ontario’s biggest motorcycle manufacturers’ event of the year, and much like its four-wheeled automotive equivalent, this is the first opportunity for bike fans to see the new 2016 motorcycle, ATV, side-by-side and scooter models that will be on sale at dealerships when the spring riding season rolls around.
In addition to the 500+ bikes on display, there were a wide range of new and exciting features, plus the latest in apparel, accessories and touring destinations. This was all under one roof, in a space equal to three and a half football fields.
We had a chance to drop by the Enercare Centre and check out the hottest motorcycles for 2016. Last year (or the year before) we dedicated our post to sport/super bikes. This year, we made a list of our 5 Most Stylish Street/Cruising Bikes of 2016:
#5 Ducati – 2016 XDiavel & XDiavel S $N/A
2016 Ducati XDiavel: Long, low, muscular, with modern shapes and technologically cutting-edge components. But above all, sexy. This is how Ducati designers envisaged the XDiavel when they started work on the initial sketches. A bike that combines absolute style with cutting-edge technology. A bike that projects the concept of Cruiser into modern times, towards the future, a true “Technocruiser” and our pick at number five.
#4 Triumph – 2016 Bonneville Thruxton R $N/A
2016 Bonneville Thruxton R: The legendary character of the Thruxton comes to life through the all new 1200cc high power 8 valve, parallel twin engine. The low-inertia, high-performance six-speed engine features a lighter crank and airbox unique to the Thruxton & Thruxton R. With the pin-point accuracy and instant throttle response of Triumph’s next generation ride-by-wire fuel-injection, fed by authentic twin throttle bodies, the Thruxton spec engine delivers a massive peak torque figure of 112Nm at a low 4950 rpm – an amazing 62% more than previous generation Thruxton. A beautiful mix of retro design meets modern technology.
#3 Moto Guzzi – 2016 Eldorado $15,790
2016 Moto Guzzi Eldorado: If Roman gods had ridden motorcycles, the Moto Guzzi Eldorado would have been chosen by Bacchus. This was how Cycle World magazine concluded their test of the luxurious Italian bike, the latest evolution of the 90° V-twin with cardan final drive introduced in the States in the late sixties by the importer Berliner Group. The flashback effect comes out in the details: the spoke wheels, the fuel tank with chromium sides, the oversize saddle, the rear mudguard with the gem-shaped taillight, the bullhorn handlebar, the passenger grab handle. Moto Guzzi has preserved the personality of its ancestor, flawless combining elements from the past with technological evolution and stylistic continuity. The flash forward effect is distinguished by the complex (polyelliptical) headlight shape equipped with LED daylight running light (DRL) a unique piece of design that is a work of art itself. The instrument panel is equally striking, contained in a 150 mm diameter circular panel with the analogue rev counter scale finding its place along the external circumference and a multifunction full-matrix suspended display at the centre, all packaged neatly, like a luxury watch, in a bright chromed housing.
#2 Harley-Davidson – 2016 Low Rider S $19,499 & CVO Pro Street Breakout $29,799
2016 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S: In 1977, when the first Harley-Davidson Low Rider rolled off the line, it pushed the limits of factory custom design to a place they’d never been. Now, the Low Rider S is taking the genre to a raw and powerful new edge. HD has mounted their Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110™ engine in a nimble Dyna chassis and installed a heavy breather intake. They’ve added tall bars, mid-mount controls and a new seat that position arms up and out and feet square, along with premium front and rear suspension, giving the rider everything required to put the massive power to good use. Love how they’ve stripped down and blacked-out the rest with gold accents like the tank badge and pinstripe and matching split five-spoke cast aluminum wheels. Get behind the fixed speed screen and hang on.
2016 Harley-Davidson CVO Pro Street Breakout: The CVO™ Pro Street Breakout is all about dark style and massive torque. It features cutting-edge finishes with show-stopping paint and styling details fender to fender. The Aggressor wheel mounts to a 240mm rear tire. The forward controls, new race-inspired seat and handlebar create a riding position perfect for prowling. And a Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110B™ engine with heavy breather intake, inverted forks and new dual-disc front brakes mean the performance matches the power of its style. It’s HD’s top-of-the-line take on long, dark American muscle.
#1 Indian Motorcycles – 2016 Chief Dark Horse $20,999, Chief Vintage $26,199 & Scout $13,999
2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse: It maintains the legendary Indian Chief style but with an unpolished and raw approach that we love. With the Dark Horse’s distinctive Thunder Stroke 111 V-Twin engine, announcing your presence comes with the territory. Where that territory lies, is up to you.
2016 Indian Chief Vintage: A look that takes signature pieces of Indian Motorcycle’s storied past and brings them forward in all the right ways. Desert Tan Genuine Leather saddlebags, chrome front end and an air-cooled Thunder Stroke 111 Engine look like they’re straight out of an old photo. Even though the Chief Vintage borrows a few iconic styling cues from history, every ride is brand new.
2016 Indian Scout: One look at that leaned-forward tank, and you know this is a bike that got all of the details right. The same masterful balance that conquered the Wall of Death, carried the Wrecking Crew to victory and made the world’s fastest Indian. It’s been years in the making, but the Indian Scout is here.