The latest from EICMA
I am like a sniper tasked with the impossible shot. Each year at EICMA, my secret mission, should I choose to accept it: A photo gallery of bored models next to the latest moto hardware. So here I am in a distant land, maneuvering through a mass of foreign correspondents. I move slowly, avoiding eye [...]
Now that Husqvarna has been owned by the KTM Group for a decent chunk of time—since March, to be exact—we’re starting to see what will happen with the historically Swedish marque under Austrian ownership. At the recent EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, there were 13 new Huskys on display—seven enduros and six motocross bikes, each [...]
As expected, everywhere we looked at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy, there were scads of cool new bikes to discover and savor. At the Yamaha exhibit, one such bike was the MT-07, a new roadster that looks a lot like the new FZ-09 triple but is powered by 689cc parallel twin with a [...]
Any remaining sleepers on my packed New York-to-Milan 767 were rudely awakened by the bang of landing. My bulkhead seat did not recline, so I slept upright. Lucky me, not in my usual row 45, I was able to cruise swiftly to the taxi stand. A hundred euro delivered me to the hotel, siphoning life-giving [...]
2014 Zero SR – First Look Electric motorcycle maker Zero awards its first “R” to the most powerful bike it’s ever built.
The electric revolution continues. The new R version of the Zero S offers riders 56 percent higher torque and 24 percent more power—106 pound-feet and 67 horses—and means the Zero SR can hit 60 mph in 3.3 seconds and 102 mph, according to Zero. Which is impressive enough on paper, but even more electrifying when [...]
Milan is the best place to launch a new global motorcycle. More than half of our dealer body is outside the United States, and the Street is designed for international, as well as American, customers—folks who are looking to get into the Harley-Davidson lifestyle. We were very global early in our history. This year was [...]
Here at Cycle World, we know full well that the European and North American motorcycle markets are dramatically different, each having unique needs that are met by carefully selected model lineups. But at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy, we came across a new Euro-market Honda middleweight that looks like it would be a [...]
Benelli is living a much more positive existence than some might think. In fact, the Pesaro, Italy-based factory acts as a huge R&D department for its parent company, China’s QJ. A few models developed and validated in Italy are already on sale in China. Same goes for some markets in southern Asia. Benelli’s most advanced [...]
Newly reorganized Bimota S.A. is already showing great promise. While the press kit distributed at the EICMA show may have contained one too many overly strong statements, the buzz around the reborn make is indeed positive. Biggest news at the Bimota booth was the BB3, a from-scratch project that had been hanging around for a [...]
2014 BMW R1200RT – First Look New liquid-cooled boxer engine, improved electronics, characterize BMW’s multipurpose machine.
When Stephan Schaller, President of BMW Motorrad, took the stage at the 2013 EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy, he described the new 2014 R1200RT as a vehicle for “relaxed but dynamic riding on long-distance holidays.” With all due respect to Herr Schaller, he just as easily could have been talking about the previous R1200RT, [...]
Ever since last December, when Cycle World interviewed Hans Blesse, the man in charge at BMW Motorrad USA, we had a strong suspicion that a big naked bike from the Munich maker was in the works, possibly a K1600 sans bodywork. But, as we just learned at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, that BMW [...]
Still feeling the effects of the sharp decline in motorcycle sales following the worldwide financial crisis, the Piaggio Group—the largest motorcycle manufacturer in Europe, incorporating Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Piaggio, Scarabeo and Vespa (Derbi and Gilera are irrelevant)—has retreated behind its traditional stronghold: scooters. At EICMA, recent updates to the Aprilia RSV4 R ABS, RSV4 Factory [...]
2014 Ducati Monster 1200 and 1200 S – First Look Next-generation Monster gains liquid cooling and more power.
For 20 years, the Monster has brought home the daily bread and butter for Ducati. Originally designed by Miguel Angel Galluzzi, the sporty V-twin has been a huge success, an icon among younger riders who appreciate its fresh styling, semi-relaxed riding position, and solid performance. Through the years, the Monster has grown more powerful, peaking [...]
Kawasaki’s current Z1000 has been one of the only Japanese nakeds to truly go head-to-head with Europe’s finest over the past couple of years. The Z’s awesome all-around performance has had us smitten since the bike won Cycle World Best Standard honors in 2010, the year of its last major redesign. A stomping 1043cc inline-four, [...]