The latest from EICMA
EICMA 2012 – Where Are The Cutaway Engines? Did anyone else miss seeing the cams, gears, pistons, rods and valves?
Milan—In the past, I have looked forward to the certain presence at motorcycle shows of many cutaway engines. I like engines, and I like to look at the details of their parts. Are there surprises in the way their connecting rods are proportioned? How do their intake ports bring the airflow to the valve seats [...]
Milan—As part of BMW’s run-up to next year’s 90th anniversary of the company’s “boxer” engine concept, Stephan Schaller, president of BMW Motorrad, had one of the original 1923 R-32s, excellently restored, ridden onto the gleaming white pavilion from which he was speaking at EICMA. At the time of this engine’s introduction, its full enclosure of [...]
EICMA 2012 – Wrenchmonkees Monkeefist No, it’s not a big knot tied to the end of a heaving line, it’s an XJR1300 commissioned by Yamaha.
Why build a bike like Monkeefist from a bunch of tired old parts, when you can start with a brand-new Yamaha XJR1300? That’s the big naked bike Yamaha never imported to the U.S. According to the guys at Wrenchmonkees, in Copenhagen, Yamaha approached them to transform an XJR into something interesting for EICMA, but not [...]
Milan—The dramatic evolution of the immortal boxer-Twin wasn’t the only novelty BMW had up its sleeve this year. At EICMA, BMW unveiled a full-dress version of the F series parallel-Twin that will replace the F800ST. A sporty yet protective fairing is the major styling addition to the F800GT, which retains the ST’s other body components, [...]
Milan—The new California 1400 represents a significant effort from Moto Guzzi to restore its fading image. The cam-in-head, four-valve V-Twin has been enlarged to 1380cc by pushing the bore to 104mm, while keeping the same 81.2mm stroke of the present 1200cc engine. Compression ratio is 10.5:1, a good value for an air/oil-cooled engine. The induction [...]
2013 Triumph Daytona 675 and 675R – First Look Titanium valves and a 14,400-rpm Triple should wipe that stiff upper lip off your face.
In an effort to keep up with the middleweight Joneses or maybe stay a step ahead, Triumph has completely overhauled its Daytona 675 and 675R, with an all-new higher-revving engine in a new frame, and a raft of improvements. Triumph says power is up by just 2 horses, to 126, and peaks earlier, at 12,600 [...]
EICMA 2012 – The New 2013 Ducatis Second-generation Hypermotard 821, Panigale R and Diavel Strada kick off the Milan show.
Milan—As per tradition, Ducati kicked off the events at EICMA. It’s a pivotal year for Italy’s most successful motorcycle maker, and although the acquisition by Audi was on people’s minds, Ducati CEO Gabriele Del Torchio didn’t elaborate on the point. Rather, Del Torchio cited the positive results Ducati has achieved during 2012, a year that [...]
MV Agusta President Giovanni Castiglioni and CEO Massimo Bordi had mentioned that there would be a highly extroverted, supermoto-inspired model in the Three line. And the new Rivale (Rival) 800 is exactly that. It’s also a smart investment for MV Agusta, in that it’s based on the engine and rolling gear of the F3 and [...]
At EICMA 2011, Bimota unveiled an impressive lineup of new models, including a two-stroke motocross bike that looked totally out of place. When asked about excessive fragmentation of his model line, owner Roberto Comini—a chemical industry tycoon with major business in Cuba and other Central and South America countries—said that all models shared the most [...]
We like surprises, and KTM just teased us with images of a new 1290cc V-Twin naked that we predict will be the new Super Duke R, a bike that hasn’t been in KTM’s lineup since 2010. This prototype 1290, which will be unveiled at the EICMA show on Tuesday, November 13, looks like a fun [...]
November 9, 2012 By Bruno dePrato
For quite a while now, Benelli has been in a rather foggy situation, solely focused on scooters and mopeds under the full control of the Chinese QJ company. But at EICMA 2012, Benelli announced a completely new 600cc inline-Four, a neat-looking naked bike featuring a solid-looking composite frame that was obviously inspired by the Aprilia [...]
Less than a week before the start of EICMA 2012, Cycle World has obtained photos and information regarding the Piaggio Group’s four scheduled introductions: the Moto Guzzi California 1400, the Vespa 946, the Aprilia Caponord and a refreshed Aprilia RSV4, in R ABS and Factory ABS forms. Moto Guzzi California 1400 Judging by this picture [...]
EICMA: Here Come The Italians! Aprilia, Ducati, Moto Guzzi, MV Agusta and Vespa set the stage for next week’s big motorcycle show in Milan.
Do you remember the gorgeous Vespa Quarantasei concept that Piaggio unveiled last year at EICMA? Well, this year, Piaggio will reveal the fully homologated production model. This machine alone will make the show worth attending for many scooter fans because the Quarantasei may well be one of the most alluring small-wheelers ever designed, no matter [...]
Piaggio’s new X10 scooter was unveiled at EICMA last November, but it was kind of overshadowed by the lovely Vespa Quarantasei retro/future concept. Too bad! After a riding preview through the most prestigious boulevards of Paris, I must humbly reckon that the X10 deserved a lot more attention by the easily distracted media people, yours truly [...]