The consequences of the financial crisis the world faces are clearly tangible at INTERMOT 2010 in Cologne, where there is almost a “local fair” feeling to the proceedings. All major manufacturers from around the world are here, but we can count on the fingers of a single hand those who came to Germany to unveil really new products since most companies have drastically reduced their R&D investments as they wait for a better economic climate. Even with this, there are still some bright lights shining. Foremost is the new BMW super-tourer in its two forms, the K1600GT and K1600GTL. These bikes appear as a pinnacle of trust in the future, in addition to being the most spectacular and indisputably new models at the show.
Of the four large Japanese manufacturers, Kawasaki and Suzuki introduced meaningfully new models, Kawasaki with its ZX-10R, Ninja 1000, the Z750S, Vulcans and W800 retro-bike, and Suzuki with its GSX-R600, GSX-R750 and GSR750. Honda and Yamaha displayed new color schemes applied to their basically unchanged 2010 models.
Triumph released the updated Speed Triple with new styling, lighter weight and more power, plus a special version of the Thunderbird cruiser called the Storm with moody black paint and an upsized 1700cc engine.
Of the Italians, only Ducati and the Piaggio Group are here, both introducing updated versions of their respective superbikes: Ducati its 1198 and Aprilia with a special RSV4. We’ve already done a full test on the 848 EVO, and shown the Aprilia Dorsoduro and Moto Guzzi V7 Racer. There is no doubt that the Italian companies in particular are holding back their real novelties and concept bikes (Ducati Mega Monster, anyone?) to make a bigger splash at next month’s EICMA show in Milan, where also Honda and Yamaha might choose to have something special on display.
In the meantime, check out the new-for-2011 stuff from INTERMOT below, plus other related new product for the forthcoming model year.
2011 Husqvarna Motorcycles at INTERMOT 2010 – First Look
2011 Triumph Motorcycles Unveiled at INTERMOT 2010…
2011 KTM Motorcycles at INTERMOT 2010 – First Look
2011 Ducati Motorcycles at INTERMOT 2010 – First Look
2011 Suzuki Motorcycles at INTERMOT 2010 – First Look
2011 Honda CBR1000RR and CBR600RR – First Look
BMW K1600GT and K1600GTL – First Look
2011 Suzuki Motorcycles Unveiled in Las Vegas…
2011 Ducati 848 EVO – World Exclusive First Test
2011 KTM 125 Duke at INTERMOT 2010 – Video
Triumph Speed Triple at INTERMOT 2010 – Video
2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 at INTERMOT 2010 – Video
2011 Suzuki GSX-R750 at INTERMOT 2010 – Video
BMW K1600GT and K1600GTL – Video
2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R – Video
2011 Ducati 848 EVO: World Exclusive First Test – Video