AIMExpo offered us some tasty hors d’oeuvres and last month’s Tokyo Show further whetted our appetites with new motorcycles from the Japanese manufacturers, but the main course is now upon us. That’s right, it’s time for the 2017 EICMA Show the largest motorcycle show on earth, where manufacturers from around the world gather in Milan, Italy, to reveal their most exciting new models. will have full, expanded coverage this year, with Sean Alexander, John Burns and Brent Jaswinski along with videographer Brett Colpitts reporting from Milan. The main press days are Nov. 7 and 8, but things will kick off Sunday, Nov. 5 with Ducati revealing several new models including its much anticipated new V4 superbike. The excitement continues on Monday, Nov. 6, with Honda and Yamaha set to introduce their latest offerings, while the rest of the floodgates open on Tuesday.

Keep checking this space for all of the latest new motorcycle reveals from the 2017 EICMA Show.

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Aprilia BMW Ducati Harley-Davidson
Honda Husqvarna Indian Kawasaki
KTM Lambretta Moto Guzzi Royal Enfield
Triumph Vespa Yamaha


Aprilia Racing Factory Works Kit Aprilia RSV4


BMW F850GS and F750GS BMW K1600 Grand America


Ducati Panigale V4
Ducati Multistrada 1260
Ducati Scrambler 1100
Ducati 959 Panigale Corse


Harley-Davidson FLSB Sport Glide


Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports Honda CB1000R
Honda NC750X Honda CB300R and CB125R
Honda CB4 Interceptor Concept


Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 Husqvarna Svartpilen 701


Indian FTR1200 Concept


Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R SE


KTM 790 Duke KTM 1290 Super Adventure S


Lambretta V-Special

Moto Guzzi

Moto Guzzi V85 Concept Moto Guzzi V7 III Carbon, Rough and Milano

Royal Enfield

Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Royal Enfield Interceptor 650


Triumph Tiger 800 Triumph Tiger 1200


Vespa Elettrica


Yamaha Tracer 900 and Tracer 900GT Yamaha MT-07
Yamaha Tracer 900 and Tracer 900GT Yamaha T茅n茅r茅 700 Concept
Yamaha FZ Line Renamed as MT Models Yamaha YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M
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    • Johnny Blue

      Ok, let me try it for you!
      “Sensational news from the largest motorcycle show on Earth! In 2018 virtually all motorcycles will have two wheels. Yamahas will look like different transformers compared to previous models, Hondas are in a middle life corporate crisis, Kawasakis will be mostly green and Suzuki is nowhere in sight. Ducatis will be red, or yellow, with poor ergonomics, unless you’re riding them on a race track, or short range to your nearest Dunkin’ Donuts, to impress the other patrons with your wealth. That leaves us with the rest of the European manufacturers, which collectively decided that major improvements are not needed since the land of the rising sun is virtually non competitive. BMW still makes the best machines on earth, saying we’d all be riding them had they not lost the war 73 years ago and apologizing for it every five minutes. KTMs are still like teenagers, raging with hormones and ready to put up a fight with anybody and for any reason, or for no reason at all. They do seem to need less frequent parental supervision than in the past. The Brits are still remembering their glory days, several hundred years ago by producing the best triples on earth, but not much else and the rest of the bikes are too exotic to be mainstream. I’m not sure ‘the motor company’ is present, but since when are we calling HDs motorcycles instead of hogs?!
      There are some newer kids on the playground, claiming that ICE is not cool anymore, but they’re like those sent by their moms to buy bread and returning home much later and without bread, having spent all money on candies to have enough energy to make it back home. After which they go in a deep sleep for several hours, to regenerate.
      Everybody will boast a few lbs reduction in weight on their newest models due to the motorcycles being delivered without tires. Tires are becoming too much of a fashion proposition and everyone is invited to pick the ones with the sipes that represent them the most. White sidewalls are not fashionable anymore. Also the chassis geometry is greatly improved by 1 mm shorter suspensions and .01 degrees steeper forks.
      As a novelty from previous editions, this year they’ll bring not only new motorcycle models, but also new rider models. One Motobot seems to believe he knows it all and he’s much better then THE GOAT. But he still can’t speak properly, and needs team support when coming to a complete stop in the pits, else he’d fall over on his inhuman face. While on track VR rides circles around him, riding backwards and in first gear.
      This pretty much covers it up. I’m out riding my old Fireblade, made on the times when Tadao Baba san showed some decent motorcycle building skills. His bike still looks better than any Yamaha of today and Suzuki of any day.
      Hopefully the human models with short skirts will still be present, to keep as all awake.”

      • Alaskan18724

        Well done, good and faithful servant.

        • Johnny Blue

          Thank you, Master! :))

      • Rocky Stonepebble

        What type of oil do you recommend?

        • Johnny Blue

          Uhm… why asking?
          Anyway, it’s common knowledge that the best oil is snake oil. Viper oil for supersport bikes and python oil for HD ’cause of it’s heavier grade. Python is also great for computer programmers, or so I hear. I dunno… I’m using .NET at work.

          For cooking, definitely, positively, without a trace of doubt, the best is not to use any. We all should eat like the great doctors (Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and other great, real doctors) recommend. A solely whole plant diet with no oil.

          As for my Blade, I use either Motul 7100, or Eurol synthetic ( I do use 5W40 though, because here in the Netherlands is not that hot even in the summer and I do ride in the winter too. So the valves are less chatty and stop yelling at me much sooner after a cold start (around 32 F) if I’m using oil which is a bit more fluid at low temperature..

          • Rocky Stonepebble

            No. I meant chain lube.
            Oil, or the wax stuff? Or, is it WD40?

          • Johnny Blue

            Well, I did study mechanical engineering. I still have a diploma collecting dust somewhere… so no WD40 for me. A bike’s chain needs, imho, two types of lubrication. One is the lubrication of the pins inside the rollers. That’s done in the factory and the o-rings, or x-rings, or whatever rings they will come up with next, are supposed to seal the pins and prevent dirt from coming in and grease from coming out. Also grease is pretty good at being squeezed hard between the pin and the inner surface of the roller during hard acceleration and still maintain a lubricating film. I only have to lube well the closing link before I rivet it and close a new chain. And a good chain comes with a bit of proper grease for that. So that’s one.
            The second is the lubrication and corrosion protection between the sprockets and the exterior of the rollers. I believe that WD40 does not have the strength to protect the sprockets. The oil might do it for a bit but it collects too much dust. I can’t use oil on the chain here, in the Netherlands. It rains a lot and they have a lot of streets paved with some sort of artificial cobblestone laid on a bed of sand. When raining the tires are splashing water with sand everywhere, chain included. Oil and WD40 can’t deal with that.
            I used to have a spray with dry lube, but I didn’t like it. The chain was rusting. The waxy stuff makes too much of a mess on the chain guards and on the fairings, but it’s better. Right now I have a can of Xeramic ( I don’t know how good it is. I just bought it. I haven’t found yet a chain lube that I really like. Depending on where you live, use it often enough and clean the chain before applying it.
            Sorry, no more funny stuff. Gabe Ets-Hokin specifically forbade it.

          • Rocky Stonepebble

            You’re an earnest sort, aren’t you?

          • Johnny Blue

            I have no idea. Introspection is not my forte. I’m never able to reach a conclusion regarding my own self, in spite of the lengthy and often debates I have with myself about myself! 馃檪

          • Sayyed Bashir

            I use Motorex Fully Synthetic Off Road Chain Lube on my KTM 1190 Adventure R and Suzuki Bandit 1250S every 600 miles.

          • Johnny Blue

            If I’d lube it only every 600 miles I’d have to replace them twice as fast. I’m spraying it about every two weeks, or 300 miles. Very harsh conditions for chains here, with all the water and grit.
            I never used Motorex. I think the best I had was the Motul Racing white lube.

          • Born to Ride

            Man I鈥檇 end up buying only shaft drive bikes if I lived in chain killer county with you. How do belt drives fair? Could still get a Buell 1125cr and a BMW f800st!

          • Johnny Blue

            I never had a bike with shaft drive, or belt. I guess both would fare much better than chain, but the chain is also fine. It just needs a bit more attention. The police rides BMW F800 GSs.
            I ride sportbikes, or dual sports. None with shaft, or belt, so I don’t have that choice. 馃檪

          • Born to Ride

            The 1125 Buells are by all accounts pretty solid sport bikes with belt drive, and yeah, a belt would be silly on an enduro.

          • Johnny Blue

            I haven’t seen any Buell in these parts of the world. I do tend to like them, but I don’t recall seeing one ‘in the flesh’. Not even when I was living in Canada.

          • Gabriel Owens

            Its wa s one of the reasons I wanted that bike

          • Born to Ride

            You want lube on the outside of the rollers too to keep the oxidation reduction gremlins away and prevent premature pitting and galling. I use PJ1 to great effect.

          • Johnny Blue

            I do that, but that particular dry lube didn’t help much in the winter weather, with all the antifreeze fluid they spray on the roads. I even had to change my caliper bolts with stainless steel ones, because the were so rusty.

          • We’re watching you!

          • Johnny Blue

            And I thought it’s my shadow!!!
            Hm… must be pretty cold watching me from the car outside. Step in, I’ll make you a hot coffee. 馃檪

          • Born to Ride

            I watched one of my technicians just squirt synthetic gear oil on his chain with the rear end lifted on a floorjack. Claims he gets 30k miles per chain this way. I think he’s full of shit.

      • Hey! Stop writing funny stuff for free!

        • Johnny Blue

          Yes boss! Sorry boss! Please don’t ban me from this site. It’s the only home I have left… in the virtual world.

          • Sayyed Bashir

            You are putting regular moto writers out of business.

          • Johnny Blue

            Not possible. I still need to learn proper English. It’s my second language and I started learning it late. I seem to have a delayed start with everything I do in my life.
            And even if I could I wouldn’t do it. As my little kid says: Not funny, not nice… 馃檪

          • Vinnie

            For English being your second language, you mastery has far exceeded that of the average university graduate in the USA.

          • Johnny Blue

            Vinnie, for the sake of USA and the future of its people I wholeheartedly hope you’re wrong, because I know how limited my English is. I’ve been in the USA many times and in many places and I’ve met many good people. They deserve a better future than what your estimation warrants for.

          • Vinnie

            I can only base my assessment on the experience I’ve had living in 6 different metropolitan areas between TX and NY. While there are a good many well spoken and intelligent people, the grand majority have no language skills (or critical thinking skills) because Americans do not read. On this forum in particular we tend to have excellent discussions, but I think that’s probably just because Motorcyclists are a little more evolved than everyone else 馃檪

          • Johnny Blue

            I think this is worldwide spread “disease”. Fewer and fewer people still read. And the social media seems to aggravate this, by programming people to have short attention span and read nothing longer than a few sentences.

          • Vinnie

            I certainly cannot argue with that.

  • kenneth_moore

    Gratuitous photographs of beautiful women posed on and around new motorcycles are an insult to your readership’s intelligence and good taste. So insult me already.

    • Alaskan18724

      Call me Lucille and make me write bad checks….

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  • Ted

    I can’t believe it, I actually enjoyed reading this comment section. I can sense moto-journalist all over America plotting to take out poor Johnny(as soon as they can figure out where the Netherlands is).

    • Johnny Blue

      LOL… I’m going to employ a bodyguard to protect me. I’m still waiting for the “gratuitous photographs of beautiful women” from EICMA to see which one to hire. :))
      But in fact I have to admit my envy. I wish I had a tenth of John Burns’ eloquence and skill with words. I read almost everything these people at write. I only skip the strongly American biased content, because it’s irrelevant to me. I’ve been following them for a long time. I’ve even been a paying subscriber when they were asking for a monthly fee, long time ago. They are all good, but the way John writes and what he says, resonates more with me.

      • Sayyed Bashir

        Strong praise for JB from across the pond! Is it because both of you have the same initials? John Burns. Johnny Blue.

  • gjw1992

    I’m assuming that on Monday itself – today – all the industry and journo guests get locked into the show with no external comms. And it’ll all come out on Tuesday? Because apart from Ducati’s Sunday reveal and some 2018 Moto Morini news elsewhere (woo!), it’s been silent.

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  • Tim

    Attention all motorcycle manufacturers; here is what the entire millennial population wants from you: lightweight, mid-displacement, retro-styled street legal enduro bikes that kick ass on trail. (Hint: Ducati Desert Sled) Easy! GO DO IT NOW

  • Viet Nam Vet

    This commentary has been far more entertaining than all of the political BS I’ve read in the past year.