EICMA 2021: Milan Motorcycle Show Coverage

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

The Mecca of Motorcycles returns

After skipping last year because of the global pandemic, the world’s largest motorcycle show is back for 2021. EICMA returns to Milan, Italy, on Nov. 23-28, and we’ll be providing full coverage on Motorcycle.com. Every year the Italian Trade Agency invites editors and distributors from around the world to attend the show so, for 2021, Ryan Adams will be reporting live from the Fiera Milano exhibition grounds.

This year’s show looks to be smaller than in years past, as some notable manufacturers decided not to attend and instead hold their own model launch announcements. BMW announced it would no longer take part in either EICMA or the biennial Intermot show in Cologne, Germany. KTM has likewise decided to skip the Milan show, which means we shouldn’t expect its sister brands Husqvarna and GasGas to be in Milan either. Perhaps the most notable absentee from this year’s show is Ducati, which usually holds an extravagant launch event just ahead of the EICMA press days but opted to skip its home show in favor of a series of online presentations.

Despite having three of the largest European motorcycle manufacturers not attending, the 2021 EICMA show will still be the largest industry event in more than a year, with several new model announcements expected.

Piaggio will release full details about the 2022 Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello at EICMA.

The Piaggio Group (which includes Aprilia, Moto Guzzi and Vespa), MV Agusta, and Bimota will be picking up the slack in their home market, with announcements expected from each brand. Triumph will also be presenting in Milan, rounding out the European contingent.

Honda, Kawasaki and Suzuki are each set to launch new models at EICMA. Yamaha, the fourth member of the Japanese “Big Four”, will have a presence on the show floor but as of this writing, it is not scheduled to make any new model announcements.

Royal Enfield and Zero Motorcycles are also scheduled to present at EICMA, but if there’s one smaller-profile brand to keep an eye, it’s CFMoto. The Chinese manufacturer has a joint venture with KTM and it may have something with a bit of Austrian DNA at the show.

CFMoto will present its SR-C21, a concept that may share technology with KTM’s upcoming 490 Twin platform.

We’ll be keeping tabs on the new model announcements throughout the show, so keeping checking this space starting at the wee hours of Tuesday, Nov. 23 for the latest updates.

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Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory
Aprilia RS660 Limited Edition


Bimota KB4
Bimota KB4RC


Honda CBR1000RR-R SP
Honda Hornet Concept
Honda ADV350


Kawasaki H2 SX SE
Kawasaki Versys 650
Kawasaki KLX230 SE

Moto Guzzi

Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello
Moto Guzzi V85 TT Guardia d’Onore

MV Agusta

MV Agusta Lucky Explorer Project 9.5
MV Agusta Lucky Explorer Project 5.5

Royal Enfield

Royal Enfield SG650 Concept


Suzuki Katana


Vespa Elettrica Red


Yamaha Ténéré 700 Raid Prototype
Yamaha MT-10 SP

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Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the Motorcycle.com team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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  • Bruce Ross Bruce Ross on Nov 23, 2021

    If both the wife and I hadn't finally bought new bikes this year I would have been first in line. The red one is beautiful and the finish of the bike looks like art. Love it!

  • Craig Hoffman Craig Hoffman on Nov 24, 2021

    Interesting, the Guzzi has finger followers on it's new DOHC valve train. Maybe, just maybe, they will be adjustable like my old '87 Ninja 750's were.

    The fingers in my old 750 had small screw and locknuts on them at the pivot rod, allowing easy for valve clearance adjustments. That engine's valve train was good to 14,000 RPM, well beyond what the rest of the engine could do. Have wondered why the adjustable finger follower design did not catch on, because it was awesome. 75K miles on that bike, it ran like a train when I sold it, valves all perfectly adjusted :)

    The Guzzi looks cool. Don't care for the black exhaust headers, but the aftermarket can fix that.