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 [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
At last fall’s EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy, reborn OSSA revealed two fuel-injected two-stroke-powered machines—one for trials, the other an enduro. Two-stroke? Fuel-injected? Two-stroke streetbikes mostly disappeared after the mid-1980s because of their high unburned hydrocarbon emissions (UHC). The cause? With a carburetor fuel system and piston-controlled exhaust and scavenge ports, some fresh charge [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
VMaxes Over Italy! THREE TERRORS: Yamaha Europe commissions three custom VMaxes from the world’s best builders.
Hmmm, what to do with all these pesky VMaxes, Yamaha Europe asked itself in the weeks leading up to last November’s EICMA? Hey, why not give one to Ludovic Lazareth in France, another one to Marcus Walz aus Deutschland and yet another to Roland Sands in California? It’s not really a competition—or is it? A [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
2012 Honda NC700X – First Look New parallel-Twin adventure crossover announced and coming to the U.S.
How much longer could Honda ignore this category in the U.S. market? The answer is: no longer. Yes, with adventure bikes grabbing increasing sales and the category itself constantly broadening to include a wider variety of machines, Honda has finally jumped back into the stateside fray after a longtime absence. But this time around it [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Photographer : Tyrone van Hooydonk
Somewhere over the Ethernet, there’s a huge ftp site full of information about Dainese’s new D-Air Street system, but I’ll be damned if I can access it, so I’ll just give you the synopsis for now. At EICMA, we saw at least three Dainese jackets in a range of styles in which the system will [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
AKRAPOVIC MORSUS Akrapovic issues a corporate statement in carbon fiber, titanium and stainless: Morsus.
Photography by Jeff Allen When Akrapovic wanted to do something special to announce its arrival in the custom exhaust marketplace (read: Harley-Davidson), it did what it’s good at and built something special using the materials it’s known for. Thus, the Morsus is a study intitanium, stainless steel and carbon fiber. Tomaž Capuder of Dreamachine Motorcycles [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
At EICMA, Pirelli celebrated the 10th anniversary of the birth of its Diablo high-performance radial tire. The Diablo received a mighty boost in 2004 when it was selected as the spec tire for the Superbike World Championship series. Pirelli seized the opportunity and has accumulated enormous development experience as a result. Pirelli has always transferred [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Future Hondas: Twin-cylinder Integra, NC700S and NC700X, plus V-Four Crosstourer Parallel-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 Crosstourer concept unveiled last year at Intermot. Three of the four machines are powered by a 670cc parallel-Twin; the Crosstourer uses the 1237cc V-Four from the VFR1200F. Honda [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Rizoma/CR&S DUU Custom In 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, home [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
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, whose wife died a couple years ago. He [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)