EICMA 2012: Milan Motorcycle Show
Coverage of the world's most important motorcycle show begins Nov. 12
The worldwide motorcycle industry turns its eyes to Milan, Italy, next week for the 70th edition of the EICMA motorcycle show. Motorcycle.com will cover all the big news coming out of Milan starting Nov. 12.
The show season has already started with last month’s Intermot show in Cologne, Germany, with a number of world premieres such as the 2013 BMW R1200GS, the KTM 1190 Adventure, the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 concept and Yamaha’s Crossplane Triple sculpture.
As big as Intermot was, EICMA will be even bigger, with several significant new announcements from Italian firms Ducati, MV Agusta and Piaggio. BMW devoted its Intermot presentation to the new GS but held other big news for EICMA. And then there’s Honda which is expected to unveil a number of new models in Milan.
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Aprilia introduces its new semi-active suspension system wth the new Caponord 1200.
ABS, a larger fuel tank and a couple more horses highlight the updates to the RSV4 R.
Italy's first mass production electric sportsbike.
Husqvarna presented an updated version of the Baja concept, itself inspired by Steve McQueen's Husqvarna Cross 400.
The Moto Guzzi California 1400's engine is the largest ever European production V-Twin.
The California 1400 will be available in both Custom and Touring versions.
Italian company Over presented this new rugged-looking utility motorcycle. Production is scheduled to begin in the spring.
Triumph's supersport gets a new three-cylinder engine and updated styling.
The R version adds Öhlins suspension, Brembo monoblocs and a quickshifter.
The production version of the Vespa was unveiled a year after the futuristic concept was revealed at EICMA 2011.
We hoped Aprilia will unveil its new Caponord 1200 adventure-tourer at Intermot but instead got an ABS-equipped RSV4 that includes a more powerful V-4 engine. We should have figured the Piaggio Group would save the Caponord for its home show in Milan.
The company may be owned by China’s Qianjiang Group, but Benelli is still an Italian manufacturer and will be making a splash with three new models: the single-cylinder C250 and C150 and four-cylinder BN600.
The new R1200GS will obviously be displayed at EICMA, but we expect it to be joined by a number of other models. BMW has already confirmed it will present a 30th anniversary edition K1300S, as well as a new “mid-range” model, expected to be the new F800GT tourer. Spy photographers have spotted BMW working on a naked version of the S1000RR and a new roadster, so we hope to see those at EICMA as well.
Italian electric motorcycle maker CRP will display a running prototype of its first ever production model, the Energica, claiming 134 hp and 118 ft-lb and a top speed of more than 135 mph. A large-capacity 11.7-KwH battery promises a range of nearly 100 miles.
Ducati traditionally holds its big reveal on the night before EICMA’s official press days, and this year will be no different. At Intermot, Ducati showed its updated Multistrada 1200 as well as a special edition 848 EVO Corse and 20th anniversary edition Monster, but much bigger news should be coming from Milan in the form of three new models powered by a revised version of the 848’s liquid-cooled engine.
Honda will join Ducati in presenting its EICMA offerings on Nov. 12, the day before the official press day. We know from American Honda’s teaser campaign it will introduce six new models to the U.S., but we’re not sure what they will be yet. At least one of them will be from a new 500cc series of bikes which includes the CBR500, CB500R and CB500X available in world markets. We hope another will be the retro-styled CB1100 Honda showed at Intermot. Honda has also been quiet on the status of the CBR600RR which has yet to be confirmed as a returning model. Hopefully we’ll hear some news on the supersport front from Honda at EICMA.
BMW-owned Husqvarna has had a big year, introducing a number of new streetbikes and rapidly increasing its production and sales figures. Though it was founded by Swedes and is now owned by Germans, Husqvarna’s factory is in Italy. Over the last couple of years, Husqvarna has used EICMA to showcase new concepts, such as the Mille 3 pictured here, and we wouldn’t be surprised if it does so again this year.
KTM is expected to reveal a new member of its small-displacement Duke line. Reports out of India has KTM set to reveal a 375cc version to be called the 390 Duke, which we hope will be joined by a new 1190 Super Duke, using the same RC8R-derived engine as the 1190 Adventure.
Piaggio is expecting big things from its Moto Guzzi brand this year. Last year, Moto Guzzi revamped its V7 lineup with a new engine, and now the manufacturer will do the same with its California. Piaggio has been showing off the new Moto Guzzi California 1400 in prototype form, but the final production version will appear at EICMA. The base California 1400 will likely be joined by a couple of variants including a touring version pictured above.
Exotic Italian motorcycle manufacturer MV Agusta has a number of models debuting in Milan. In the weeks leading up to the show, MV Agusta has already announced an updated four-cylinder Brutale 1090 lineup and a new three-cylinder Brutale 800. The 800’s engine will also appear in a motard-style model, the MV Agusta Rivale.
Vespa showed a bold concept of the future of the brand at the 2011 EICMA show with its Quarantasei concept. That future is now, with Vespa expected to reveal the production version of the Quarantasei, which parent company Piaggio now refers to as the 946.
Yamaha surprised many visitors at Intermot by announcing the development of a new three-cylinder engine. It may be too much to expect much more on the new Triple beyond the artsy display shown in Cologne. Yamaha has long been rumored to be developing a small-displacement model to compete against the Kawasaki Ninja 300, Honda CBR250R and Suzuki Inazuma in developed markets, and EICMA would be a good time for the fourth member of the Japanese Big Four to announce an entry-level model.
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