EICMA 2011: Milan Motorcycle Show
EICMA, the Intentional Bicycle and Motorcycle Exhibition, returns for its 69th show, Nov. 8-13, in Milan, Italy.
The biggest motorcycle show in the world, EICMA is where many manufacturers reveal their biggest new models for the upcoming year, as well as concepts for years to come.
Perhaps the most anticipated bike of this year’s show is the Ducati 1199 Panigale, the Bologna manufacturer’s next superbike. As Ducati usually does, it will unveil its new big ticket model the evening before the show, Nov. 7.
Not to be outdone is the Piaggio Group which will look to make a big splash in this, its home show, with new models from Moto Guzzi, Vespa and Aprilia.
In the weeks leading up to the show, it seems the biggest theme for EICMA 2011 will be the maxi-scooter. This year’s show will see at least four large-displacement scooters (or perhaps four and a half, if you count Honda’s Integra motorcycle/scooter crossover). Aprilia and Yamaha will present new maxi-scooters while BMW will enter the segment with not one but two new scoots.
We’ll have all this, and more including some big surprises, when EICMA opens its doors. Keep checking back over the next week for more news and unveilings.
BMW enters the lucrative scooter segment with a pair of twin-cylinder maxi-scoots claimed to combine the agility and comfort of a scooter with the riding qualities of a motorcycle.
BMW is offering HP and Dynamics packages for the K1300S, and special cosmetics for the R1200GS Rallye, K1300R and the more reasonably priced F800R.
What happens then when an entire motorcycle makes the transition from race bike to street bike? The answer is the Energica, an all-electric sportbike from Italian manufacturer CRP Racing.
Ducati has finally taken the veil off its highly anticipated Panigale 1199 sportbike.
Honda unveiled a new mid-sized naked standard using the 670cc parallel Twin engine and second-generation dual-clutch transmission.
Alongside the Honda NC700S at EICMA comes the NC700X, a “crossover” model with better off-road capability.
Honda is bringing the VFR back for 2012 with some subtle but significant changes to it. The most important addition to the VFR is the implementation of Honda Traction Control.
While Kawasaki unveiled its Versys 1000 at EICMA, don’t expect to see it on American roadways any time soon.
It was only a matter of time before a major manufacturer took the plunge and developed its own electric motorcycle. Well, that time is now.
Almost entirely all-new from the ground up, KTM says its 690 Duke brings the company back to its street bike beginnings.
Powered by an all-new 1215cc three-cylinder engine producing a class-leading 135bhp with 89lb-ft. of torque, the Tiger Explorer sports a high specification that will see it set a new benchmark in the adventure touring class.
Triumph’s legendary Speed Triple receives the ‘R’ treatment for 2012, which means it comes equipped with top-shelf parts like Öhlins suspension and Pirelli Supercorsa SP rubber.
Vespa has built a reputation for classic, retro-styled scooters, trading on its iconic styling. The Quarantasei concept unveiled at EICMA however is a look toward ahead, and possibly the most futuristic looking Vespa ever.
Not one to rest on its laurels, Yamaha’s sportbike/scooter hybrid, the TMax, was unveiled at EICMA with a few important upgrades to keep it ahead of the competition.
Zero Motorcycles has unveiled its 2012 lineup of five electric motorcycles with ranges up to 114 miles and top speeds approaching 90 mph.
Piaggio is repackaging an 850cc V-Twin powered Gilera scooter and adding Aprilia RSV4-inspire styling. The result? The Aprilia SRV850 scooter
BMW’s Concept C scooter was one of the highlights of last year's EICMA show. This year, the German manufacturer will premiere two new models developed from the Concept C.
Italian electric motorcycle-maker CRP is unveiling a new street-legal version of its eCRP TTXGP and e-Power racer.
The successor to the 1198, Ducati’s new superbike features an all-new engine and semi-monocoque chassis, and was developed with the help of WSBK legend Troy Bayliss.
Unveiled at last year’s show in concept form, the Honda Crosstourer will appear in production trim at the 2011 EICMA show, featuring a version of the VFR1200F’s V4 engine and dual-clutch transmission.
The new Honda Integra combines the amenities of a scooter with the wheels and chassis of a motorcycle.
Honda promises two new models using the Integra’s engine and DCT. Expect one to be a CB700 and the other an adventure tourer.
Husqvarna will display its new Nuda 900 and 900R streetbikes, but the BMW-owned brand promises another big surprise is in store.
French spy photographers captured these images of a new 1000cc Kawasaki Versys. The Japanese manufacturer has not confirmed the bike is real; but hasn't denied it either. We think Kawi will show the Z1000-based Versys at Milan.
KTM will display a new entry-level off-road model with a 350cc engine and weighing just 218 pounds.
It's probably not coming to North America but European riders can look forward to an updated KTM 690 Duke featuring what KTM calls the world's most powerful Single.
Moto Guzzi will premiere two models using a new 750cc V-Twin engine: the Moto Guzzi V7 and V7 Special.
MV Agusta is making a bold claim calling the F3 the world’s most sophisticated supersport. With traction control, ride-by-wire, 126 hp and just 381 pounds, it might just be right.
Alongside the F3 will be the MV Agusta Brutale 675. This naked Triple will also come with MV Agusta’s MVICS electronics package.
Piaggio will present its new 350cc Beverly SportTouring. This 33hp scooter will be the first production scoot to come equipped with ABS and ASR traction control.
Triumph will present its new flagship adventure touring model, the new Tiger Explorer featuring a 1200cc inline-Triple. Look out R1200GS.
The R version of the Speed Triple gets Ohlins suspension, Brembo monobloc calipers and the eye-catching red frame like the Daytona 675R.
The Bonneville T100 gets a new Steve McQueen-inspired special edition.
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