Best bikes of 2022
published : 26 Dec 2022 at 04:30
newspaper section: Life
writer: Jedd Sreshthaputra
Life picks the top models in eight categories.
Yamaha T-Max Tech Max 560 569,800 baht
The Yamaha T-Max is the market's best premium big scooter. It's something special to have a 560cc scooter that can reach speeds of up to 190kph.
This T-max Tech Max is the latest version that comes with a totally new look, more compact size, new sporty design, new full LED design front and rear (that is cleverly done), new chassis and exterior design that work well together to make the bike stable when it comes to controlling in low and high speeds.
New features include a 7-inch TFT screen with Yamaha connected system featuring joint-stick control that creates a new step in riding connectivity with a smartphone, an electric windshield and heated grips. This is an all-in-one scooter that can be used in the city as well as for touring.
Highlights: Small engine, but top speed 190kph
Engine: 562cc liquid cooled, parallel twin cylinder, Euro 5, 4-stroke, 4-valves, DOHC
Power: 47hp, 55Nm
Dry Weight: 217kg
Suspension Front: Telescopic forks, 120mm travel.
Rear: Swingarm, 117mm travel
Seat height: 800mm
Triumph Bonneville T120 Chrome Edition 596,000 baht
The Triumph Chrome Collection, which consists of 10 limited edition models, is offered by Triumph Motorcycles for the year-end celebrations.
One of them is the Bonneville T120. In addition to the customary hand-crafted design that reflects the Triumph DNA, it comes with a new Chrome Edition accessory kit. We have included the Triumph Bonneville T120 Chrome edition in our list simply due to the retro looks and how beautifully it is done.
The Triumph team's ability to keep the original design while incorporating contemporary details is fantastic. The iconic Meriden Blue painted tank surround and flawless chrome on this 1200cc Bonneville contrast beautifully with the Jet Black mudguards, headlight bowl and side panels.
The Bonneville T120 offers a comfortable riding position and gives you power whenever you need it.
Highlights: Timeless design, Chrome Edition, Meridian Blue, smooth engine
Engine: 1,200cc, liquid cooled, 8 valve, SOHC, 270-degree crank angle, parallel twin
Power: 78.9hp, 104Nm
Dry Weight: 217kg
Suspension: 41mm cartridge forks, twin RSUs with pre-load adjustment
Seat height: 790mm
Harley-Davidson Fat Boy 114 1.178 million baht
The majority of people will say the best cruiser is a bagger. However, the Fat Boy 240 rear tyre is just too attractive to ignore.
Although the design of Harleys has been improved for ease of use, the legendary Fat Boy still has a vintage appearance and is heavily chromed, which I kind of like.
Even though it is heavy, it's still manageable. The handlebar that pulls in towards your body when you're riding makes it comfortable to control. I may not be a big fan of the look of Harley engines, but the Fat Boy does it right, which is one of the reasons that it was chosen for this list.
To keep it short -- if you want the baddest bike on the road then it's probably the Fat Boy.
Highlight: Old-school look, 245 rear tyre, lots of chromium finish, good CG and more friendly compared to older version
Engine: 1868cc Milwaukee Eight 114, V-Twin, 94hp
Dry weight: 304kg
Suspension Front: Front dual-bending valve 49 mm telescopic with aluminum fork triple clamps; dual rate spring
Rear: Hidden, free piston, coil-over monoshock 43mm stroke; toolless hydraulic preload adjustment
Seat height: 65.78mm
Ducati Panigale V4 1.019-1.66 million baht
We can't deny that the Panigale is one of the best superbikes in the market thanks to the new engine that powers all of the V4 models comprising the V4, V4S and V4 SP2.
This is a line-up of racing-oriented bikes that other brands also have, but clinching double world champion titles (WSBK and MotoGP) in the same year suddenly gave Ducati the spotlight. The double crown gave the Panigale a step above rivals like the RSV4, R1, Ninja, CBR, RC and GSXR.
The Ducati Panigale V4S is the model that we pick, considering the price tag, performance and aggressively beautiful design.
Highlights: WSBK and MotoGP world champions, design, technology
Engine: 1,103cc Desmosedici Stradale (banked 42-degree back from the horizontal), a MotoGP-derived 90-degree V4 with Desmodromic timing, one-of-akind engine featuring a counter-rotating crankshaft and Twin Pulse firing order
Power: 215.5hp, 123Nm
Dry Weight: 174.4kg
Suspension: Ducati Electronic Suspension EVO
Seat height: 865mm
BMW R 1250 GS 1.17 million baht
When it comes to the large adventure touring category, GS are always the first letters that pop up. Images of the GS Trophy began to flood our minds as we considered how this bike could traverse many seemingly impossible surfaces. Even though most of us may not have such skills as GS Trophy riders, at least we will be confident the bike is tough and easy to ride, thanks to the boxer flat twin engine offering a low centre of gravity.
The R 1250 GS has a powerful engine and is packed with cutting-edge technology. Lots of equipment is useless if the ride isn't magical -- and the R 1250 GS is indeed magical. There's a variety of riding positions that can accommodate both short and tall riders, and it is easy to lift the bike, which weighs nearly 300kg with bags and fuel, and push it around while attempting to park.
On the road, the GS provides a lovely, stress-free driving experience thanks to all of the safety features offered.
Highlights: Most friendly in class, boxer twin engine, GS Trophy family
Engine: 1,254cc, 4-stroke flat twin
Power: 136hp, 143Nm
Dry Weight: 216kg
Suspension: BMW Motorrad Telelever 37mm, central spring strut
Seat height: 850/870mm
Offroad Adventure Touring
Ducati Desert X 639,000 baht
This is a tough decision to make even though there are only a few key players. While the KTM 790 Adventure and BMW F850 GS Adventure are awesome bikes that come full of off-road technology to help riders, particularly in during the rainy season, it's the Ducati Desert X that emerges as the winner.
The 21in front and 18in rear wheel layout in the Desert X is a first from Ducati. The 937cc, Desmodromic 11-degree Testastretta engine matched with a lightweight body creates more than enough power with six riding modes. There are three different seat height adjustments (863mm, 873mm and 893mm). Lowered suspension (10mm) is also offered as an option for shorter riders.
Ducati nailed it with the Desert X which comes with a fantastic design, combining the heritage of Dakar racers with modern elements. The Desert X is a beautiful off-road adventure bike that is ready to get dirty and comes at a reasonable price.
Highlights: Design, 21in front wheel, 250mm ground clearance
Engine: 937cc, Desmodromic, Testastretta
Power: 110hp, 92Nm
Dry Weight: 202kg
Suspension Front: Kayaba 46mm upside down, 230mm travel.
Rear: Kayaba Monoshock 220mm travel
Seat height: 875mm (845-890mm seat accessory and suspension kit available)
KTM 350 EXC-F Six Days 539,800 baht
KTM's 350 EXC-F, a true one-size-fits-all machine, blew the doors off the enduro world 10 years ago. And KTM finally made it available in Thailand 10 years later.
The International Six Days Enduro, formerly known as the International Six Days Trial, is the oldest "off-road" motorcycle event on the FIM calendar, and it is still going on today. The Six Days event is commonly referred to as the "Olympics of Motorcycling" with trophies for best four-rider national teams.
The 350 EXC-F comes with full enduro technology with a lightweight design and high ground clearance. The WP suspension package is the best factory setup from KTM and this bike is basically race-ready, with financing being offered for the first time.
There's nothing much to say about this bike -- you won't be disappointed.
Highlights: Light weight, best factory suspension, finance available
Engine: 350cc air-liquid cooled, single cylinder, 4-stroke
Dry Weight: 104.3kg
Suspension Front: WP XPLOR-USD 48mm, 300mm travel
Rear: WP Xplor PDS shock absorber, 310mm travel
Seat height: 960mm
Royal Enfield Hunter 350 Dapper 129,000-132,900 baht
The Royal Enfield Hunter 350 Dapper series was introduced in Bangkok earlier this year. The single-cylinder 350cc engine has been well-developed, and the long-stroke operation is smooth with pure feelings and a nice roaring sound.
The Hunter offers a totally new design with an entry price comparable to automatic scooters. Because it is 18kg lighter than the Classic, it's easier to control in city traffic. The Hunter 350 is perfect for city driving, but its power may not be sufficient to pass other vehicles on the highway with much confidence.
With a good design and frame, smooth engine, involving ride, cheap spare parts and affordable pricing, the Hunter is a great bike for novice riders to start with.
Highlights: Design, best handling for city, friendly, best for beginner, price
Engine: 349cc, air-oil cooled, single cylinder, 4-stroke
Power: 20.2hp, 26Nm
Dry Weight: 177kg
Suspension Front: Telescopic 41mm forks, 130mm travel
Rear: Twin tube with 6-step adjustable preload, 102mm travel
Seat height: 790mm