The latest from EICMA
2014 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 – First Look New Italian sport-tourer is based on middleweight three-cylinder platform.
Before he unveiled the 2014 Turismo Veloce 800, Giovanni Castiglioni announced that MV Agusta has two more brand-new models up its sleeve. This is a strong sign of the good health that the company is now enjoying after so many years of financial difficulty. Those other machines will not be shown this year at EICMA, [...]
Revealed! 2014 Harley-Davidson Street 500 and Street 750 All-new Harley takes it to the streets in its quest for young urban buyers.
The night before the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan officially opened its doors to the press, Harley-Davidson took the wraps off its first all-new model in 13 years: the 2014 Street, which will be available as a 500 and a 750 when it goes on sale in the U.S. this spring, priced at $6,700 and [...]
2014 Honda CTX1300 and CTX1300 Deluxe – First Look An ST1300 gets the Comfort, Technology and eXperience treatment.
Welcome to the second installment of Honda’s Comfort Technology eXperience series (CTX), the CTX1300 and CTX1300 Deluxe. It’s safe to say nobody really saw this one coming (until the spy shots we ran last week of the bike on a commercial shoot in LA), but it actually makes a lot of sense. The ST1300 is [...]
Husqvarna Press Release: Alongside the full 2014 motocross and enduro model range Husqvarna Motorcycles will unveil a previously unreleased prototype motorcycle at the EICMA International Motorcycle Exhibition, being held in Milan, Italy. The official ‘world first’ unveiling of this exciting prototype motorcycle will take place at the Husqvarna booth during a press conference scheduled for [...]
Zero Motorcycles Press Release: Zero Motorcycles, a global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, will be announcing their all- new 2014 model line at the 2013 EICMA International Motorcycle Exhibition in Milan, Italy next month. Building upon their previous line-up, Zero Motorcycles has created the 2014 model line with a wide range of design, reliability [...]
Kawasaki Motors Press Release: Since its introduction in 2003, the Z1000 has been regarded as a benchmark “naked” sportbike. Kawasaki will unveil the next exciting iteration of the Z1000 family on Nov. 5, at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy. Reflecting a radical new design philosophy, the Z1000 is a result of Kawasaki’s unique “Sugomi” [...]
Today’s airline travel is a watered-down version of warfare, which is said to be “long periods of boredom, punctuated by moments of sheer terror.” There you sit in Row 37, knowing that after the third movie ends and the breakfast banana has been served, the plane will land in Madrid and you will have one [...]
Big motorcycle shows like EICMA always raise the big questions. It was easy to answer them at similar shows held right after WWII: People needed transportation, they needed it cheap and they needed it now, and motorcycles were the answer. Today, it’s harder. Before the present economic downturn, motorcycling had enjoyed its longest-ever boom years; [...]
Large press conferences from Honda and Ducati held right before EICMA 2012 may have stolen a bit of the thunder from Milan’s annual motorcycle show, but we still came away impressed with the variety of significant new bikes on display. Although finding the 10 motorcycles that we’d most like to ride in 2013 certainly qualifies [...]
KTM has pleasantly surprised fans of lightweight streetbikes with its announcement of the 390 Duke, a bike that promises to be the meanest little beast one can buy for less than 5000 euros ($6400 U.S. at presstime). KTM’s engineers have shoehorned a 390cc, 44-horsepower Single into the compact but strong frame of the 125/200 Duke [...]
If you have ever been to the EICMA show in Milan, you can’t help but notice the dozens of beautiful models. This year, there must have been one sitting on every bike in every booth. Some of them attract more attention than the motorcycles; others look like they would rather be somewhere else. Until you [...]
EICMA offered motorcyclists a little bit of everything. We covered the new Hondas and learned about the updated Husqvarna Baja 650 Concept. We saw Ducati launch its new liquid-cooled Hypermotard and line of touring-friendly “Strada” models, 2013 Ducatis. And the Yamaha XJR1300 that Wrenchmonkees built for the show was just one of several cool customs [...]
Husqvarna Baja 650 Concept Retro desert sled moves closer to production but not yet ready for “On Any Sunday.”
Less than a year after Husqvarna released photos of its Concept Baja, a street-legal production version of the 400 Cross-inspired 650 Single is several steps closer to reality. At this year’s EICMA show in Milan, iconic footage from “On Any Sunday” of Malcolm Smith and Steve McQueen spinning donuts on the sand in Mexico put [...]
Milan—By 1953, the motorcycle had reached the basic form it has today: telescopic fork, swingarm rear suspension, hydraulic damping and brakes on both wheels. True, things like water-cooling, disc brakes and six-speed gearboxes have been added since then, but the basics remain. Yet because we no longer need motorcycles as basic transportation, our reasons for [...]