The EICMA (Esposizione internazionale ciclo e motociclo) in Milan from November 8th to 13th is after the I ntermot in Cologne the second trade fair highlight for the motorcycle industry in 2016. And in the Italian metropolis, manufacturers of Italian origin in particular are setting off a very special fireworks display.
Probably the highlight of the fair should be di e Ducati 1299 Superleggera - an even more extreme version of the super sports car 1299 Panigale. Only the finest parts were used. The V2 increased by 10 to 215 hp and 149 Nm. Lots of carbon fiber laminate and aluminum noticeably reduce the weight. Chassis components, control electronics and brakes come directly from the factory superbike. The edition of the 1299 Superleggera, which costs around 80,000 euros, is limited to 500 copies. There is an extensive racetrack package for the bike that increases the power to 220 hp.
Lots of Ducati and a MV Agusta
MV Agusta also brings factory superbike technology to the road - with the MV Agusta F4 RC. Here are 205 HP and also a lot of carbon fiber laminate on two wheels. Only 250 copies of the 40,000-euro racer are built. Here, too, there is a race kit as an extra - with an output of 212 hp.
The Italo boost is supplemented by the new Monster 797, which acts as the new base model of the series with 75 hp. With the Multistrada 950, Ducati is shrinking the travel enduro concept into a new displacement and performance class. The 950 cc V2 makes 113 hp and 96 Nm. The retro range of the Scrambler series is also being expanded. New onthe EICMA: The Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled and the Scrambler Cafe Racer. As the names suggest, one goes for Enduro and the other for Cafe Racer. More power (150 PS), a new single arm and a slimmer line will adorn the Monster 1200 models in the future. There is more displacement for the Aprilia Shiver. In order to create the Euro4, the drills were increased from 750 to 900 ccm - the output remains unchanged at 90 hp. Moto Guzzi is upgrading the V7 series with four special models - Anniversario, Stone, Special and Racer. Husqvarna is revived at EICMA. The long-announced Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 and Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 were unveiled. The two single-cylinder naked bikes are based on the KTM 390 Duke, but have a completely unique look. The Vitpilen 401 Aero study was presented as an offshoot of the KTM RC 390 - a sporty single-cylinder that will come in 2018 at the earliest. The purely electrically powered Vespa is due to come as early as the second half of 2017. There was a corresponding study in Milan.
Honda shows basic blade
Triumph relies on factory customization and is showing the Bonneville Bobber in Milan - an old-school power bike par excellence. The Street Scrambler completes the newly launched Bonneville model family with a bike that should cut an excellent figure on any surface.
But Honda has also saved a lot of stars for Milan. After the SP versions of the new Fireblade, the EICMA now features the basic blade with 192 HP and 195 kg. The 25 hp single-cylinder enduro Honda CRF 250 Rally complements the brand's off-road range for the new season. The CB 650 F and CBR 650 F benefit from the new model year from 4 HP more power and revised lines. The Honda X-ADV large off-road scooter is brand new. Its 750 cc V2 with 55 hp is generally combined with a double clutch transmission. The two Honda CB 100 TR and Africa Twin Sports Concept studies are particularly tasty. While the CB is doing flat trackers, the Africa Twin seems to want to go straight to Dakar.
Yamaha is represented in Milan with the Yamaha XSR 900 Abarth. The offshoot of the XSR 900 wears a sports heritage outfit that is inCooperation with the well-known Italian tuning brand was designed. There is also the T7 study, which anticipates a new enduro with its 75 hp 700 cc twin.
Suzuki is adding two 25 hp 250 cc models to its range. The V-Strom 250 serves as an entry-level enduro, the GSX 250 R as an entry-level racer.
Kawasaki Z 900 comeback
BMW continues to rely on the R nine T series and is showing the Urban G /S at EICMA, which is reminiscent of the legendary R 80 G /S. The Urban G /S can be upgraded for use on the road or off-road. BMW has also modernized the GS 1200 and F 800 series. The HP4 Race is still a long way off - a further tightened version of the S 1000 RR.
At Kawasaki there will be another Z 900 in the future in common with the Kawa legend, but relies on a bare appearance and an in-line four-cylinder like the historical model. One size smaller is the new Z 650, which replaces the ER-6n. Your two-cylinder has 72 hp. And with the Versys 300 there is a new, small travel enduro.
KTM relies on power. The Super Duke R receives a performance upgrade, the Study 790 gives an outlook on the upcoming little Duke.
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