Tearing apart the scales | The 10 heaviest motorcycles of 2022
The recent launch of BMW’s new “full dress” R 18 passenger car, the Transcontinental, which, like many motorcycles of this type, is equipped with everything right down to the kitchen sink and can therefore be measured at using the equivalent of home appliances as the value.
Heavy weight and weight are usually the enemy of the average rider, making motorcycles more lethargic and wallowing in the corners, but sometimes the big chunk is only part of the beefy performance numbers.
With motorcycles of 125cc or less so light you can almost lift and carry them yourself, this rundown takes a look at larger, “fatter” motorcycles that take pride in their curves.
With Euro5 sounding the death knell for older statesmen like the Yamaha FJR1300 and Moto Guzzi 1400 California, we think the results are interesting to read. Here is therefore, in ascending order, the Top 10 of the heaviest production motorcycles currently on sale, according to their claimed curb weight …
10. Suzuki GSX-1300R Hayabusa [Weight: 264kg]
Extremely awaited and brand new for the 2021 Suzuki 1340cc hyperbike, there’s a lot going on: with 187hp, it’s incredibly powerful and delivers a straight-line ride like nothing else.
It is also striking in appearance and now with a full suite of steering electronics and a TFT instrument panel it is also impressively equipped.
However, with a whopping 264kg of fuel and with Kawasaki ZZR1400 rival and even heavier touring version, the 1400GTR (315kg), it’s also the heaviest of the current high-tech sport touring breed …
9. Yamaha Niken GT [Weight: 267kg]
Yes, it might only be 900cc (due to its MT-09 chainstays) but due to its extra wheel and radical, inclined suspension system (plus also the small fact that the FJR1300 – 292 kg – not now), the funky, slanting three-wheeled Niken, especially in the saddlebagged and large-screen ‘GT’ form, is also currently Yamaha’s heaviest production bike, which probably explains why part why he did not win.
Yes, there are other heavy three-wheelers or tricycles including Harley’s Freewheeler and TriGlide (which weighs 564kg), but they don’t tilt and therefore aren’t really motorcycles, so they’re not included here. . Complaints on a postcard to …
8. Ego Energetic [Weight: 282kg]
These trendy electric bikes are heavy, right? Everything is due to these big heavy batteries that they have to lug around. But which is the heaviest?
This honor goes not to Livewire, which makes the headlines of Harley (which weighs 251 kg), but to the Italian brand Energica and its superbike-style Ego. The Ego can be incredibly fast, certainly in terms of 0-60 acceleration and also a decent, well-equipped driver with TFT, modes, Brembos and more.
But it’s also grueling on the back. By the way, the new, even more expensive RS version is slightly lighter – but not by much …
7. Honda VFR1200X Crosstourer DCT [Weight: 287kg]
Adventure bikes can be heavy too, right? A fully loaded R1250GSA can be more than a handful, for example, Kawasaki’s four-cylinder Versys 1000 is not light either, especially in the Grand Tourer version (it weighs 257kg), while the new Pan Harley’s America isn’t a flyweight either, ringing out at 258kg.
But the heaviest is the one that most people have forgotten. Based on Honda’s short-lived shaft-drive VFR1200F, which itself has been universally criticized for being too heavy, the “adventure style” (“because it’s not really meant to get off the road) Crosstourer is even heavier, especially in the novel, semi-automatic DCT form.
It’s not a bad bike, but its weight is one of the main reasons it’s never been as popular as we hoped …
6. Triumph Rocket 3 GT [Weight: 305kg]
Triumph’s original Rocket III three-cylinder cruiser, launched in 2004 with 2294cc and weighing 367kg, was an absolute monster, which is why the all-new version was released last year, weighing over 60kg less but still with 165 hp, impressive electronics and even more impressive handling, is almost miraculous – but it’s still a heavy bike.
A very strong. Triumph only publishes dry weight figures, with the heaviest GT version listed at 291 kg. Adding fluids usually adds around 14kg, so our figure is an estimate.
That said, it’s actually impressively light when you consider the unique performance, presence and experience it brings …
5. Honda GL1800 Gold Wing DCT [Weight: 390kg]
Yes of course the Gold Wing is on this list. Honda’s big flat four, and later the flat six tourer, has always been a heavyweight, especially in the latest version of the GL1500, which was so successful that it dominated its class.
Instead, the real surprise is how far the latest version goes down the rankings – and it’s all due to the massive weight reduction achieved with the current example when it was introduced in 2018.
Switching to a lightweight aluminum double-spar chassis, high-tech suspension and electronics and more not only updated the big Wing bang, it reduced a whopping 48kg.
The latest version remains a phenomenal tourer with a space age specification, but the highest of all (and therefore heaviest) is the Gold Wing Tour DCT with a full luggage bag and semi-automatic transmission. It’s not cheap either, at over £ 30,000 …
4. BMW R 18 Transcontinentale [Weight: 398kg]
American-style monster BMW R 18 Transcontinental is a new entry at number 4
In truth, the new R 18 Transcontinental is impressive in so many ways: the R 18 cruiser it is based on has already impressed for its 1800cc air / oil cooled boxer engine and heritage / cruiser style and finish. /
Its sister bike, the R 18 B impresses with its bagging screen and hard cases, 10.5-inch TFT dashboard, Marshall speakers and more. , fairing lowers, heel-toe change, works.
This, too, of course, adds to its weight, which is why its fourth on our list – significantly more than BMW’s six-cylinder K1600GT (which weighs 348kg).
3. Indian Roadmaster Limited [Weight: 412kg]
It’s fair to say that the revived American brand Indian has done a decent job of competing with Harley-Davidson since, under new ownership of Polaris, it released its first brand-new bikes in 2014, but much of its definition of to be “better” has gone so far as to be “bigger”.
Based on the massive 1811cc “Thunderstroke” V-twin, Indian’s big twins include the Chief cruiser, the Chieftain bagger and, the largest of the lot, the Roadmaster full-dresser. And, my boy, it’s big! There’s a lot to like – lavish comfort, plenty of luggage space, grunt bags, and an integrated, dash-controlled TFT infotainment system.
But it all costs too in terms of price (the most basic version starts at over £ 26,000) and weight, too, with the top-spec Limited weighing well over 400 kilograms …
2. Harley-Davidson CVO Limited [Weight: 428kg]
Yes, a “big old” Harley chest of drawers is vying for the heaviest bike of all – but it’s not the one you might expect.
So while the latest version of the classic ElectraGlide, the now £ 27,000, 1,868cc UltraLimited with a TFT weighs 416kg, that’s not the end of the story. You can also go for the latest Road Glide Limited, with a larger frame-mounted fairing, larger front wheel, and more. which is even heavier at 423 kg.
While the heaviest of the lot is also the most expensive, the premium, handcrafted and luxuriously equipped CVO Limited, which packs all the perks HD can think of, special paint, backrests, a more powerful engine, etc. 428 kg and a price of £ 37,495. Sip.
Think about it, it’s almost as heavy (and £ 15,000 cheaper) as a Caterham 7 170 car (which also has almost the same horsepower and top speed). Add a passenger and it’s actually heavier!
1. Boss Hoss V8 [Weight: 500+kg]
And finally… last but not least (depending on how you look at it) comes the heaviest and probably the most controversial of all. The Corvette V8-powered Boss Hoss is arguably the heaviest bike in production (and possibly the dumbest and ugliest too).
The disputed part is “in production”. A quintessentially American eccentric first produced in 1993 with a power output of 355bhp, the Boss Hoss is not officially introduced in the UK and would likely fall under a million regulations if it were.
But as of this writing it is still produced in Tennessee (both as a bicycle and as a tricycle) it is possible to import one into the UK (although surely you have better do with your money. ) and there are examples used on the road around here.
Our advice, however, is: don’t