Halloween is fun, Thanksgiving’s nice and it’s like Christmas every day when you ride motorcycles. But what keeps us two-wheel enthusiasts awake in our footie pajamas, filled with expectations, and kicks off our holiday season every November is the annual pilgrimage to EICMA—the Esposizione Internazionale del Ciclo e Motociclo! That’s the International Exposition of Bicycles and Motorcycles, if you don’t parlay the Italian. At the Milan Show 2011, We’ve got some known knowns like the new Ducati 1199 Panigale and Triumph Tiger Explorer, and some unknown knowns like a new big liquid-cooled BMW GS. But what always keeps EICMA exciting are the unknown unknowns, the cool, unexpected motorcycles and accessories nobody saw coming. Not to mention the crowd, the chills, spills and thrills that go with hanging out in Milano just long enough to get over the jet lag and hightail it homeward as the espresso rush wears off. For now, though, our little hearts beat hummingbirdishly in anticipation. Tune in to see what’s new from all the big players, and we hope to bring you all the rest that’s fit to print in the days following. Ciao, bella, for now!
Seeing the 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale in the flesh for the first time was worth driving two hours through packed traffic in downtown Milan. Indeed, the 1199 is a monument to ultimate motorcycle engineering and styling. Finally, an heir to the legendary 916! For a 1.2-liter road- and track-burner, the 1199 is very compact, very [...]
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Two years ago, Bimota disappeared from EICMA. That was a bad sign for the small but highly respected Rimini-based chassis specialist. For lesser companies, even family events can rock the boat to the point of almost tipping it over. This was the case with owner Roberto Comini [...]
At BMW’s stylish EICMA display, hopes were dashed with the non-introduction of a liquid-cooled big GS we thought might appear. Instead, there’s a cosmetic upgrade to the existing R1200GS—the Rallye. [...]
Future Hondas: Twin-cylinder Integra, NC700S and NC700X, plus V-Four CrossoverParallel-Twin powers three new Honda motorcycles.
Honda is exploring new and more efficient ways to deal with urban traffic. At EICMA, it showed the Integra, NC700S, NC700X and a production version of the Crossover concept unveiled last year at Intermot. Three of the four machines are powered by a 670cc parallel-Twin; the Crossover uses the 1237cc V-Four [...]
Too bad Steve McQueen couldn’t be around to see his image invoked over not one but two new motorcycles at EICMA. As we reported two weeks ago, Triumph has announced the retro-styled Steve McQueen Bonneville for 2012 in honor of the actor’s famous fence-jumping scene in “The Great Escape.” [...]
So, we’re all standing there next to the velvet rope, waiting for the stringbean Italian models to pull the cover off the new ZX-14R, and when they finally do, what instead has been lurking underneath is an all-new model, the Versys 1000. I thought those mirrors were sticking up rather far. [...]
KTM’s Duke family is growing fast. Last year, there were just two models, one at each end of the displacement range: 125 Duke and 990 SuperDuke R. Now, the gap has been partly filled with the introduction of the new 200 Duke and 690 Duke. [...]
Austrian manufacturer KTM has developed a very acute sixth sense when it comes to smelling the changing mood of the motorcycle market. Take the lovely little European-market Duke 125, for example. Its introduction instantly revitalized the barely breathing European 125cc market, thanks [...]
Moto Guzzi was expected to unveil its new heavy gun, the California V 1400, at the EICMA show inMilan, but CEO Roberto Colaninno spurred his men to do better than what was previewed last year. So, the V7 carried the flag once again! [...]
Five days prior to the official opening of EICMA, MV Agusta lifted the curtain and released official pictures and facts about its new F3 middleweight. It promises to be the Manny Pacquiao of sportbikes: light, quick and agile, but with a punch that could KO a heavyweight. The 675cc engine is claimed [...]
Compact, lightweight and powerful describe Piaggio’s new 350 scooter engine more precisely than you might think. In fact, this little Single proved so incredibly efficient during my recent test ride that it became the “main character” of the event, making the Beverly Sport Touring model that it powers [...]
Rizoma/CR&S DUU CustomIn Milano, “Duu” means two—as in two cylinders, two wheels and two cultures in one motorcycle.
When Rizoma needed somebody to build a custom bike to show off its array of Italian moto jewelry, it didn’t need to venture far from its headquarters in Ferno, Italy. CR&S Motorcycles, builders of one of the most seriously cool framers we’ve seen in a long time, is located in the heart of Milano [...]
It’s a fun war to be involved in these days, fought not with bombs and bullets but with charts and statistics. In the morning, BMW’s Hendrik von Kuenheim went on about how the company was up 12.3 percent in 2010, is set to have an even better ’11 and aiming for an all-time high in a terrible market. [...]
Quarantasei means 46 in Italian, and if the name of this sleek new scooter were written numerically, someone might be led to believe that Piaggio was trying to snatch legendary MotoGP racer Valentino Rossi away from Ducati. Not so! [...]
The crew at Zero Motorcycles has been hard at work. From the 2010 to 2011 model year, Zero largely engineered new electric motorcycles under its existing designs, creating essentially all-new machines that resembled their predecessors. In 2012, they’ve done it again, designing new machines that are [...]