EICMA 2011: Milan Motorcycle Show

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

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 C600 Sport and C650GT

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.

Special Packages and New Cosmetics

BMW is offering HP and Dynamics packages for the K1300S, and special cosmetics for the R1200GS Rallye, K1300R and the more reasonably priced F800R.

CRP Racing

CRP Racing Energica

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 Panigale 1199

Ducati has finally taken the veil off its highly anticipated Panigale 1199 sportbike.


Honda NC700S

Honda unveiled a new mid-sized naked standard using the 670cc parallel Twin engine and second-generation dual-clutch transmission.

Honda NC700X

Alongside the Honda NC700S at EICMA comes the NC700X, a “crossover” model with better off-road capability.

Updated VFR1200F

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.


Kawasaki Versys 1000

While Kawasaki unveiled its Versys 1000 at EICMA, don’t expect to see it on American roadways any time soon.


KTM Freeride

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.

KTM 690 Duke

Almost entirely all-new from the ground up, KTM says its 690 Duke brings the company back to its street bike beginnings.


Triumph Tiger Explorer

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 Speed Triple R

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 Quarantasei Concept

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.


Yamaha TMax Scooter

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.


2012 Zero Motorcycles Lineup

Zero Motorcycles has unveiled its 2012 lineup of five electric motorcycles with ranges up to 114 miles and top speeds approaching 90 mph.


Aprilia SRV850

Piaggio is repackaging an 850cc V-Twin powered Gilera scooter and adding Aprilia RSV4-inspire styling. The result? The Aprilia SRV850 scooter

BMW Maxi-Scooters

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.

CRP Electric Streetbike

Italian electric motorcycle-maker CRP is unveiling a new street-legal version of its eCRP TTXGP and e-Power racer.

Ducati 1199 Panigale

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.

Honda Crosstourer

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.

Honda Integra

The new Honda Integra combines the amenities of a scooter with the wheels and chassis of a motorcycle.

Honda 670cc DCT Models

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 Nuda 900, 900R and a Concept

Husqvarna will display its new Nuda 900 and 900R streetbikes, but the BMW-owned brand promises another big surprise is in store.

Kawasaki Versys 1000

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 Freeride 350

KTM will display a new entry-level off-road model with a 350cc engine and weighing just 218 pounds.

KTM 690 Duke

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 V7 and V7 Special

Moto Guzzi will premiere two models using a new 750cc V-Twin engine: the Moto Guzzi V7 and V7 Special.

MV Agusta F3 675

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.

MV Agusta Brutale 675

Alongside the F3 will be the MV Agusta Brutale 675. This naked Triple will also come with MV Agusta’s MVICS electronics package.

Piaggio Beverly SportTouring

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 Tiger Explorer

Triumph will present its new flagship adventure touring model, the new Tiger Explorer featuring a 1200cc inline-Triple. Look out R1200GS.

Triumph Speed Triple R

The R version of the Speed Triple gets Ohlins suspension, Brembo monobloc calipers and the eye-catching red frame like the Daytona 675R.

Triumph Bonneville Steve McQueen Edition

The Bonneville T100 gets a new Steve McQueen-inspired special edition.

Yamaha TMax

Yamaha is unveiling a new TMax maxi-scooter at EICMA. Details are scarce, but don’t be surprised if the TMax gets a larger engine than the current model’s 499cc mill.

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