Fans of liter class sportbikes have got to be drooling over the prospects that 2017 holds. In fact, as this goes live, Business Class Editor Troy Siahaan is across the pond preparing to ride the revamped Honda CBR1000RR in Portugal. Next week, E-i-C Duke will be jet-lagging his way to Australia to tussle with the long-awaited Suzuki GSX-R1000. When we last gathered in the 24K gold and marble festooned MO Tower Conference Center from which we run the global MO Empire, we realized that so many examples of 1000cc sporting machinery were going to be available for the coming model year that we’d need to break them up into classes within the liter bike class. At the top, we have the exotics – sportbikes costing $20,000 or more – bikes befitting one-percenters, like ourselves. The next grouping consists of the open classers that the rest of you can afford (if you’re lucky) without requiring a lottery ticket for the down payment.

2015 Six-Pack Superbike Shootout Final Answer!

As with any discussion about a large number of motorcycles, the meeting degenerated into a debate about the relative features of each bike and our desire to decide, once and for all, which one we were most excited about riding this year.  Ever the authoritarian, Duke brought us back to order with the thump of his gavel echoing throughout the building. Sir Duke proclaimed that we would give the voice of back to the people. Today, the Most Anticipated Liter Bike Under $20,000 of 2017 would be decided by the unwas… our readers.

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2017 BMW S1000R, S1000RR And S1000XR Previews

2017 Honda CBR1000RR Revealed

2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000 And GSX-R1000R Video From AIMExpo

Returning 2017 Yamaha Models


    Oh to have had this current offering of dream bikes available thirty years ago. Wait. They’re available now. What am waiting for? That’s right. To be thirty again.

    • TheRandyGuy

      You and me both. Remember buying the new ZX1000R in 1986 – a rocket but like straddling a rhino. Bikes today are unbelievably good – I’m just too old.

      • JMDGT

        I miss my old CBR600 and VFR. If I had the dough I would by the new Honda. I could only ride it for a half hour or so but what the heck. How many motorcycles should a guy have? One more.

        • TheRandyGuy

          Bought a 600 Hurricane in 1987, but in Texas, they were hard to come by and a guy offered me more than I paid and I sold it immediately. Bought an 88 Hurricane and kept it for about 5 years – more bikes than I can mention since 1982. Today it’s a 2011 FZ1 and a 2013 FJR1300 – that’s enough.

      • Timatheo Hubear

        I’m 27 and have been extremely motivated by you and JMDGT’s comments to pull the trigger on buying one of these. I love my 07 GSXR600 but I’ve ridden the Panigale, R1, S1000RR and the 2013 zx10r and they’re amazing. The electronics and suspension/chassis development offer an incredible riding experience. Thanks guys

        • TheRandyGuy

          Good luck and remember to respect what they can do – bikes won’t think for you, and will do whatever you want them to.

        • JMDGT

          You can’t go wrong with any of these bikes. I like them all.

  • sburns2421

    What is funny is that the Aprilia is in the lead (30% to 11% for the next bike), but dealers have to discount them in order to sell.
    And not to get ahead, but with Ducati all but confirming there will soon be a V4 production superbike in the near future, what is most desirable in 2018 or 2019 is now where my head is at. This year is for saving 😉

    • roma258

      Yeah, Aprilia makes epic bikes that it can’t seem to sell. The Tuono 1100 wins every comparison test it enters and you can pick up a leftover 2016 for like $12k.

      • Born to Ride

        And I will, as soon as I sell some other bikes…

      • xenos

        I’m hoping my dealer can’t sell their ’16 (or Factory version) and offers a steep discount when the ’17s arrive. I’d love the cruise control and auto blipper, but not if there’s $4k in it. Otherwise I’m still saving my pennies and hopefully getting one next year.

  • Born to Ride

    I’m really interested to see how well Suzuki executed their VVT system. If their efforts truly produced a motor that has the midrange punch of an old literbike and the 200hp top end scream of a current one, they could have a real winner on their hands. No Vtec stepped power-band garbage please.

    • Bananapants Ficklefart

      I grew to hate that on my 2004 VFR. Just gimme the growl off the bat. It’s not like I was getting great MPG anyway (about 35 in day-to-day riding, 45 on wide open highway travels). Opening up those valves full time wouldn’t be a dealbreaker for me. It’s not the v4’s bag anyway.

      • xenos

        Not sure your depth of understanding but the difference in sound is a result of the different cam profiles down low… actually increasing power and efficiency in the low RPM range. It might lack growl but if it used the same top-end cam profile the whole time, bottom and mid range power would be much weaker.

        • Bananapants Ficklefart

          It tried too hard to be a jack of all trades, a comfy sportbike with low-rpm torque. It delivered on nothing. It wasn’t particularly comfortable, it was too snatchy down low, and yet it wasn’t all that fast either. It was also bloated and fat. And the newer ones, at something around 14K? LOL.

          I’d rather ride a slow comfortable bike fast.

          Now, if Honda wants to bring back the V4 Magna, well then, i’ll be VERY interested in that.

          • Junker

            I’ve had a ’14 VFR for about 1.5 years. I can’t remember when during that time that I really quit noticing the VTEC. I think you just got to learn to use it the way it was intended, which I apparently did without even trying. Not knocking you–we’ve all heard that original implementation was not great.

            I don’t think it tried too hard to be a jack-of-all-trades. I just think there are few people these days who want this type of bike. The hope that this could be the one-perfect-bike is not realistic for this or any, including the latest challengers in the Adventure class. But for a 50+ year old who just rides the mountains a little and takes weekend trips, it is a good choice.

            Writing about it makes me want to go ride it…LOL

  • Auphliam

    While I always seem to have a soft spot for the underdog, I’m interested in the EBR…but I don’t know if things have changed for them in 2017. Are there anticipated updates in the works?

    Given that, I have to agree with BtR and choose the Zook.

    • Brett Lewis

      EBR has one of the least informative websites, no advertising, so it’s hard to tell unless they do a press release or something. Do they even have a public relations department?

      • Auphliam

        As small an operation as they are currently, I doubt they employ a PR department. Maybe a couple PR people at most. I think it probably consists of the guy that’s been doing the Facebook Live videos at the IMS shows that makes Erik uncomfortable by interrupting him while he’s talking to people, sticking the camera in his face and saying “say something to all your followers on Facebook”.

        • DickRuble

          Was this a recent video or dating from before EBR went into receivership?

          • Auphliam

            Yeah, they’re from this year’s IMS shows. EBR has done a Facebook live stream at each of the shows they’ve attended, showing their booth, the bikes and the people checking things out. Erik is always there talking with people, whether they be a random attendee or a rep from another manufacturer…and the guy running the camera always seems to interrupt him in the midst of some in depth explanation of some sorts. It really is kind of humorous.

    • Timatheo Hubear

      EBR is making massive changes such as stopping production and closing down.

  • Walter

    While the only new bikes I’m considering buying are the V4 Tuono and 1290 Superduke (now that they have IMUs); intellectually I’m most interested in seeing how the new CBR, GSX-R, and EBR stack up against the rest.

    For most of us (probably over 95%- though almost everyoe who read this will think they’re in the 5% bracket lol) the fastest around a track is probably more of an academic exercise than a meaningful piece of information. However, what probably is most important is the way in which the bikes work with the rider to make fast lapping easier/friendlier.

    Know what would be instructive? Getting a retired high level racer with no particular allegiance to any of the manufacturers to take them around a track to see what they’re really capable of; as well as providing something of a benchmark for all the 95% wannabees (and article writers lol).

    Anyway, should be another interesting motorcycling year.

  • Old MOron

    Since all of these things are rocket ships, and since no matter which one I ride, there will always be people who are faster than I am, I guess I’d take the one that is the most comfortable, docile, pleasing to the touch, best looking, most likely to win me points with the babes. I won’t know which one that is until I read the MOronic shootout.

    • John B.

      My criteria are similar to yours:

      1. Comfort (but not a cruiser)
      2. Subjective Beauty (my eyes)
      3. Jammed with technology
      4. Likable/Honest/Competent/Convenient Local Dealer.

      All these bikes have potential that far exceeds my riding skills. Though not in this group, the Ducati Supersport S is the bike I’m most excited about for 2017.

      I got married when I was very poor, so “Babes” pose an existential threat to my comfort and wellbeing. Lol!

      • Old MOron

        I was being a little too glib. I should have mentioned the dealer support. That played a large role in my recent purchase.

    • John B.

      Hey OM, I just read BMW issued a suspension-related recall on the S1000R, among others.

  • DickRuble

    A litter bike survey includes a 1190 and a 1299cc? Why not the Super Duke then? The Honda and the Suzuki are the only new ones. Including the others in the survey is just BS.

    • SerSamsquamsh

      “Liter bike” is just marketing talk for something you can drive into the side of a merging truck at 150mph.

      • Auphliam

        I thought that’s what the “hyperbike” label was for…this is so confusing

  • Classax

    The trouble with the APE is its so hard to find a good dealer and it DOES need dealer support. The EBR is a great bike for the money even though you will find you basically become your own mechanic if you own one. I have to admit with another v4 option coming I see a ducati in my 2019 plans….

  • Fivespeed 302

    I’d rather have the EBR. It’s the cheapest bike in the group and probably as rare as the MV. Should be a beast to ride as well. In any color other than yellow.

  • Timatheo Hubear

    I’d say the R1 or the BMW

  • John Garzaniti

    Why no love for Motus Motorcycles? Should be including the American Made V 4 Engine powered MST from Motus 180 horsepower, 126 ft-lb of torque. Ride-by-wire. Lightweight aluminum.Low maintenance, self-adjusting valve train, liquid and oil cooled. mall-block architecture. Proven durability.