• Top 10 Motorcycles from the 2016 EICMA

    EICMA has become the show for world debuts and the 102nd edition did not disappoint.
    • EICMA 2016

    It makes sense that the world’s largest and most significant motorcycle show is hosted in Milan. It is a city that embraces two-wheel transportation wholeheartedly. Unlike North Americans who often enjoy traveling on two wheels as a hobby, most people in Italy ride motorcycles and scooters out of necessity. Streets are narrow and congested, parking is non-existent and fuel is wildly expensive. Italy is also home to Ducati, Aprilia, MV Agusta and Moto Guzzi who not only help drive the national economy—but are a sense of great pride for a country renowned for their passion, creativity and craftsmanship.

    EICMA (Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori)—which means International Bicycle Motorcycle and Accessory Exhibition for those of you who don’t parlare Italiano—is an inconceivably large exposition regardless of how you quantify it. The congress centre is over a kilometre in length from end to end, features hundreds of exhibitors, is attended by over 7,000 registered media and over half a million show attendees. Needless to say, if you plan on attending you should wear comfortable shoes.

    EICMA has become the show for world debuts and the 102nd edition did not disappoint. Manufacturers pull out all the stops and bring out the big guns, with many not only unveiling just one model, but but taking their time in the spotlight to showcase several previously unreleased motorcycles and prototypes. Here are some of the highlights from this year’s show. (Click view list on the main image)

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    • BMW K1600b

    BMW K1600b

    BMW pulled the covers off a K1600GT-based bagger that features a new lower rear section that offers a more stretched out look. The K1600b offers a shorter windscreen and more electronics than you can shake a stick at, including with three riding modes (Rain, Road, and Dynamic), Dynamic Traction Control, and Dynamic ESA with “Road” and “Cruise” damping modes. It also features Shift Assist Pro, reverse assist, hill start control and adaptive turning lights.
    • KTM 390 Duke

    KTM 390 Duke

    The biggest changes to the 390 Duke were cosmetic, with the 2017 model receiving styling updates inspired by the Super Duke. The 2017 KTM 390 Duke now gets ride-by-wire, a TFT instrument panel, standard ABS and a LED split headlamp.
    • Honda CRF250L Rally

    Honda CRF250L Rally

    The CRF250L Rally incorporates styling inspiration from the Team HRC CRF450 Rally race machine. The fairing and radiator shrouds provide wind protection, with the rest of the machine showing off the minimal MX style—aside from the asymmetric LED headlights and turn signals. The larger fuel tank allows for more range, while the new digital dash includes a fuel gauge and tach. Bottom-end torque and top-end power have been increased thanks to updates made to the original CRF250L, including a revised PGM-FI and throttle body, airbox and lightweight exhaust.
    • BMW G310GS

    BMW G310GS

    Just as speculated, BMW unveiled the new G310GS during the EICMA show. Featuring a tubular steel frame, the 313cc liquid-cooled single is mated to a six-speed gearbox and chain final drive. The inverted 41mm front forks are not adjustable but the rear monoshock allows for adjustable preload. ABS is standard, along with an LCD dash and there is a wide selection of options, including 12V power sockets, heated grips, seat height options (820mm or 850mm), luggage, a centre stand and navigation.
    • Honda CBR1000RR

    Honda CBR1000RR

    Available in both standard and ABS versions, the CBR1000RR received updates to 68 percent of its components, with much of the technology being derived from the RC213V-S. A reduction in weight and increase of 10hp result in a 14 percent better power-to-weight ratio. Notable modifications include revised valve lift and cam timing, magnesium head covers, a titanium muffler and a redesigned slipper clutch. The new electronic system utilizes a five-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) complimented by the Honda Selectable Torque System (HSTC) to monitor and manage rear-wheel traction. Selectable Engine Brake, Riding Mode Select System and Power Selector are all standard equipment.
    • scrambler cafe racer

    Ducati Scrambler Café Racer

    So is it a Scrambler or a Café Racer? Well, somehow it is both. Confusingly, after Ducati created the Scrambler, it appears they are looking to create a separate sub-brand under this moniker. Confused? Me too. Powered by both an air- and liquid-cooled twin-cylinder Desmodue engine taken from the Icon, café racer-inspired styling includes handlebar-end mounted mirrors, a pillion seat cover and nose fairing. Scrambler-inspired elements include the steel teardrop fuel tank with interchangeable side panels and stubby mudguard. Offered in Black Coffee with a black frame and gold wheels, you may wonder where the number 54 highlighted on the lateral number holders derives from. You have likely seen the now iconic image of Bruno Spaggiari with both wheels of his #54 single-cylinder Desmo 250 off the ground at the Cesenatico circuit at the "Mototemporada romagnola" in 1968.
    • Triumph scrambler

    Triumph Street Scrambler

    Joining the new Street Cup in the Street Twin line up for 2017, the all-new Street Scrambler features longer rear shocks, wider handlebars, a 19-inch front wheel, dual-purpose Metzeler Tourance tires, uprated brakes, an interchangeable rear seat, aluminium rear rack, adventure-style pegs and a bash plate. Featuring the Street Twin 900cc Bonneville engine and new high level Scrambler exhaust, rider-focused technology includes ride-by-wire, switchable ABS unique to the Street Scrambler and switchable traction control.
    • Vitpilen 401 AERO Concept

    Vitpilen 401 AERO Concept

    Husqvarna unveiled the Aero Concept to demonstrate their vision for 21st century street motorcycles and to help launch the new range of ‘Real Street’ motorcycles. Featuring a “retro-futuristic” design, the racer is fitted with the same 375cc powerplant as the Vitpilen 401 and the Svartpilen 401 also shown. Their Swedish names translate into White Arrow and Black Arrow, a tribute to the Silverpilen (Silver Arrow) off-road bike which started production in the mid-1950s.
    • ktm 790

    KTM 790 Duke Prototype

    Powered by an all-new parallel-twin engine of ‘around 800cc’, this Duke concept features ride-by-wire, multiple custom rider modes, multi-level traction control and integrated KTM ‘My Ride’ connectivity. Red Bull KTM rider Brad Binder pulled the wraps off the exciting new prototype referred to as ‘The Scalpel.’ He was then encouraged to start it up, which sounded like the world coming to an end. In a good way.
  • Ducati 1299 Superleggera

    The belle of the ball, Ducati unveiled the all-new 1299 Superleggera—the first factory bike to be equipped with a carbon-fibre frame, swingarm, subframe and wheels. Other production bikes may have featured some of these independently, but not all together. Amongst all of that carbon fibre resides the most powerful factory twin-cylinder ever built according to Ducati. The highest-performing version of the Superquadro, the 215hp Desmodromic engine incorporates a new electronics package, which uses a 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (6D IMU). Only 500 units will be built, each of which is already spoken for. While some may wish to keep such a beautiful bike under glass, Ducati is prepping purchasers for the track. Along with the bike, those fortunate enough to get their hands on one also get a track kit, featuring a Akrapovič titanium racing exhaust, a racing screen, plate holder removal kit, kickstand removal kit, mirror replacement plugs, front and rear paddock stands and a bike cover.