Motorcycle companies like to return to their roots to draw inspiration. Kawasaki did it with the Ninja H2 and Ninja H2R models, BMW with the R nineT, and this year Yamaha did it with the XSR900. Well, Bimota is also looking to its past too, but unlike many other manufacturers, however, that past only goes so far as to produce a rolling chassis. With the Bimota BB3 kit, now customers can re-live Bimota’s early days.
According to Suzuki, the new 2017 SV650 returns to all the elements that made the original SV a cult classic – but with more of everything. The 645cc liquid-cooled V-Twin has been updated with more than 60 new parts, boasting more low-to-mid range horsepower and torque, as well as improved fuel economy and lower emissions.
Recently, Bimota gave us a preview of the new models and technologies it would be unveiling at EICMA 2015. Among them was a new Tesi 3D RaceCafe model utilizing the famous hub steering seen in the rest of the Tesi line. Now we finally have photos of the Tesi 3D RaceCafe to go along with the specs revealed earlier.
Honda unveiled a concept model in Milan today, the City Adventure possibly foreshadows a new development direction for Honda scooters. Besides the image above, no other information was provided regarding the City Adventure. Styling wise, it appears to be a scooter of adventurous nature with long-travel suspension, semi-knobby tires, and upswept exhaust. The windscreen is adjustable, and it appears to have ample under-seat storage.
Today, Yamaha unveiled the 2016 XSR900, the latest model based on the company’s popular FZ-09 platform. Catering towards riders who want an “authentic and honest” motorcycle, the XSR900 draws its styling inspiration from XS models of the past, with features like a hand-buffed aluminum fuel tank cover (for the Matte Gray color), single round headlight, instrument gauge, and brake light.
In addition to the new CB500F, Honda also unveiled at EICMA today the updated Metropolitan scooter. For 2016, the Metropolitan receives all-new rounded bodywork and a new Metropolitan emblem. The Honda Metropolitan features a V-matic automatic transmission and a fuel-efficient liquid-cooled 49cc four-stroke engine. Practical details include a convenient hook for holding shopping bags, and lockable underseat storage that’s large enough to hold a helmet.
Today, at EICMA, Ducati announced the 2016 Scrambler Sixty2, a bike which the company says is a new pop icon that was inspired by 1960’s influenced youth culture and art. Taking the year 1962, the year Ducati released its first Scrambler, the manufacturer has embraced the youthful optimism of the time, hoping to bring it to the fore in this millennium. The missing ingredient that Ducati wants to bring back to young riders? Fun. While only time will tell if the sales come to pass, the Scrambler Sixty2 appears to have all of the makings of a fun motorcycle.
At a special event ahead of the EICMA motorcycle show today, Honda unveiled the updated CB500F. For 2016, the revised CB500F receives a makeover with aggressive new looks and a variety of technical improvements. The CB500F will make its U.S. debut this Friday at the IMS show in Long Beach, California.
Struggling to figure out how to make inroads into the U.S. cruiser market, with the new XDiavel, Ducati has finally decided that if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. That’s not entirely true of course, because the new XDiavel retains plenty of performance. But it’s also the first Ducati ever with belt final drive, and the first ever where any Ducati official (Domenicali) has made a big deal of embracing the appeal of Low Speed Riding.
Ducati revealed a new, more adventure-ready version of the Multistrada, dubbed the Multistrada 1200 Enduro. Unveiled at EICMA, the Multistrada 1200 Enduro is designed to handle off-road terrain more rugged than the odd fire road, putting it up against the likes of the KTM 1290 Super Adventure and BMW R1200GS Adventure.