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Are you looking for the perfect motorbike for you, for 2023? Whether you are a beginner or a pro, find the perfect road motorcycle for you, to become the greatest companion on all of your adventures, no matter your needs or budget.

SM Sport, your dealership in the Quebec area, presents the top 14 of the best 2023 road motorcycles.

Suzuki GSX-S750

  • Engine: 4 stroke, 749 cc
  • Power: 112 horsepower
  • Transmission : 6 speeds
  • Weight : 213 kg

For the GSX-S750 model, Suzuki borrows a powertrain that was used on another legendary model from the same brand: the GSX-R K5, built for performance. This road bike relies on a 749 cc, four-stroke engine with 112 horsepower.

Quick and precise, this motorcycle is equipped with a Suzuki traction control system that includes 3 antiskid modes, allowing you to adapt to any road condition.

This motorbike offers a sporty design and the choice between 5 body colors: Metallic Matte Black, Metallic Triton Blue, Shadow Grey, Brilliant White Pearl and Champion Yellow.

Suzuki GSX-S750 motorcycle

Suzuki VStrom 650

  • Engine: 4 stroke, 645 cc
  • Power: 71 horsepower
  • Transmission : 6 speeds
  • Curb weight : 216 kg

With the same traction system as the GSX, the VStrom offers just as much stability and control. It also has a 19- inch front wheel and 17- inch rear wheel, with custom made Bridgestone tires. If you are looking for the perfect road bike for all of your adventures, one that is versatile and adapts easily to different types of road conditions, the Suzuki is made for you!

It has a 645 cc V- shaped twin-cylinder engine in which 60 components have been improved, in order to offer greater performance and lower consumption numbers.

Suzuki VStrom 650 motorcycle

Yamaha MT-03

  • Engine: 4 stroke, 321 cc
  • Power: 42 hp/49.6 Nm
  • Transmission: 6-speed
  • Weight: 168 kg

If you are looking for thrills at a reasonable price, this naked MT-03 sports bike is the one for you. You will be seduced by its sporty style and piercing gaze, which is true to the dynamic nature of MT bikes.

Light and agile (it weighs 168 kg), it is just as well suited for city driving as it is for your weekend adventures. In fact, you will find yourself very comfortable, even for extended periods of time, thanks to its raised handlebar and lowered seat, which is only 780 mm off the ground.

Yamaha MT-03 motorcycle

Yamaha Tracer 9 GT

  • Engine: 4 stroke, 889 cc
  • Power: 119 hp/93 Nm
  • Transmission : 6 speeds
  • Weight : 220 kg

When it comes to Yamaha road motorbikes, you will also find the Tracer 9 GT touring motorcycle, the perfect companion for all of your adventures! It has 889 cc and 68.6 lb-ft. maximum torque, giving you the power you need to sprint forward without looking back –even more so thanks to its 350km range, and more.

Adaptive LED headlights light your way, allowing you to drive in full confidence, even at night. The heated handlebar also keeps you warm and comfortable. The lateral storage compartments allow you to carry with you whatever you need.

Yamaha Tracer 9 GT motorcycle

KTM Duke 890

  • Engine: 4 stroke, 889 cc
  • Power: 115 horsepower/92 Nm
  • Transmission : 6 speeds
  • Curb weight : 169 kg

This naked road motorcycle is nicknamed the “scalpel” by KTM. It is agile and precise, with a light and dynamic frame that literally cuts through the air. Its gas WP Suspension is specially made for outstanding comfort on the road, especially thanks to the new Factory settings.

The Duke or the Duke R 890 are truly impressive, the latter offering extra power: its twin-cylinder engine allows for 115 horsepower and a 92 Nm torque.

KTM Duke 890 motorcycle

KTM Super Adventure S 1290

  • Engine: 4-stroke, 1 301 cc
  • Power: 160 hp/138 Nm
  • Transmission : 6 speeds
  • Curb weight : 220 kg

160 horsepower and 138 Nm… No, you are not dreaming; this is truly what this touring road motorbike offers in terms of power! Reliable and fuel efficient, it also requires less maintenance, allowing for 15,000 km of adventure between check-ups.

On top of performance and easy handling, it is also built for an outstanding driving experience, thanks to its adjustable handlebar and new TFT anti-scratch 7- inch screen that allows you to:

  • Connect to your phone
  • Access navigation
  • Listen to music
  • Answer calls.
KTM Super Adventure S 1290 motorcycle

Husqvarna Vitpilen 401

  • Engine: 4 stroke, 373 cc
  • Power: 43.5 hp/37 Nm
  • Transmission: 6 speeds
  • Curb weight: 151 kg

The Vitpilen 701’s little sister, the 401 is a more affordable and streamlined road motorcycle. Extremely light (only 148 kg), it is reactive and dynamic and is perfect for beginner and advanced motorcyclists alike.

If you like combing retro and modern styles, this motorcycle will definitely seduce you with its rounded headlights and mirrors, and copper elements found throughout.

Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 motorcycle

Aprilia Tuono 660

  • Engine: 4 stroke, 659 cc
  • Power: 100 horsepower/67 Nm
  • Transmission: 6 speeds
  • Weight (including fluids): 183 kg

A very performant road motorcycle, it also offers easy handling for beginners. The Tuono 660 is a new model, which combines the Tuono V4 with the RS 660.

With a vibrant red color mixed in with black, iridium grey or acid gold, you will definitely be turning heads everywhere you go. Its double fairing with aerodynamic appendage, inherited from the RS 660, makes it even more dynamic.

Aprilia Tuono 660 motorcycle

Aprilia RSV4

  • Engine: 4-stroke, 1,100 cc
  • Power: 217 hp/125 Nm
  • Transmission : 6 speeds
  • Curb weight : 177 kg

Taking its inspiration from competition bikes, the Aprilia RSV4 sports motorcycle is worth the detour: it is equipped with a 1,100 cc narrow V-shaped 4- cylinder engine with 217 horsepower and 125 Nm at 10,500 turns per minute! With top speeds of 305 km/hr, you’ll come close to understanding what feels like to fly!

A Factory version is also available, and adds forged aluminum rims, an Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 suspension and Brembo brake calipers.

Aprilia RSV4 motorcycle

Suzuki GSX-8S

  • Engine: 4 stroke, 776 cc
  • Power: 83 hp/78 Nm
  • Transmission: 6 speed
  • Curb weight : 202 kg

Sporty and fun to ride, the Suzuki GSX-8S features aggressive, eye-catching styling. It also features Suzuki’s Intelligent Ride System to adapt the ride to the road conditions. The engine is compact and powerful, and the chassis provides outstanding handling. It’s a new engine with a balancing system that reduces vibrations for even more flexibility.

lateral view of a Suzuki GSX-8S bike motorcycle

Suzuki V-STROM 800

  • Engine: 4 stroke, 776 cc
  • Power: 84 hp/78 Nm
  • Transmission: 6 speeds
  • Curb weight: 230 kg

New engine, new robust frame and the highest ground clearance for a V-Strom model: that’s what the V-Strom 800 promises in a few words, focused on the pleasure of riding. Thanks to the Suzuki riding mode selector and traction control system with gravel mode, the bike is ready to go wherever you want by adapting the ride to your preferences!

lateral view of a Suzuki V-STROM 800 motorcycle


  • Engine: 4 stroke, 692 cc
  • Power: 75 hp/68 Nm
  • Transmission: 6 speeds
  • Curb weight: 196 kg (Heritage), 205 kg (Sport, Nebula)

Whether you’re looking for a sporty, sophisticated look or a vintage feel, the CF Moto 700CL has it all with its Heritage, Sport and Nebula models and their unique design. With Brembo brakes and ECO and Sport riding modes, the bike is ready to take you on the road with energy.

lateral view of a CF MOTO 700CL motorcycle

The best value road bikes

New road bikes can sometimes seem out of reach for those on a tighter budget. On the other hand, you don’t want to buy a low-quality model. If this sounds like you, check out our suggestions for the best value road bikes!

CF MOTO 650 Adventura

  • Engine: 4 stroke, 649 cc
  • Power: 61 hp/56 Nm
  • Transmission: 6 speeds
  • Curb weight: 218 kg

Coming to market in 2022, the new Adventura motorcycle offers an affordable and attractive alternative with a modern design. Well equipped for its price, it offers a dynamic ride and includes a large seat for comfort. It’s the perfect bike for beginners or for those on a budget who don’t want to compromise on style!

lateral view of a CF MOTO 650 Adventura motorcycle


  • Engine: 4 stroke, 799 cc
  • Power: 77 kW
  • Transmission: 6 speed
  • Curb weight: 169 kg

With its compact, efficient engine and equally light frame, the KTM Duke 790 is a nimble and pleasant bike to ride, especially in corners. Its WP APEC suspension gives it excellent handling. It offers you both solid performance and reasonable fuel consumption, all at an equally attractive price!

lateral view of a KTM DUKE 790 motorcycle

Getting to know the world of motorcycles with a road motorbike

When choosing your very first road motorcycle, the first –and most important- thing to do is to ensure that it is adapted to your apprentice license. For example, a 6A license allows you to drive any motorcycle of your choosing; but with a class 6B license, you will be limited to 400 cc or less.

While you are still in your first motorcycle adventures and building experience, it is recommended to opt for models that are not too sporty for you, or that have lower cc. A road motorcycle can be an excellent option for a beginner. Do not hesitate to ask your dealership to help you select the perfect model for you and your level of experience.

first person view sitting behind a motorcycle's handlebar

License plates on road motorbikes

Just like cars, motorcycles must be registered, and fees must be paid every year. Registration fees are fixed, but insurance premiums will change according to the type of motorcycle you have and if:

  • It is 125cc or less
  • It is between 126cc and 400cc
  • It is 401cc or more
  • It is a high risk motorcycle.

Ask our team of experts in Quebec, or take a look at our new motorcycles, available at SM sport. We are looking forward to guiding you in your decision!

rear view of a motorcycle with a man sitting on top