The last few days have been the press days for EICMA in Milan. This is one of the biggest moto shows of the year where all the big reveals happen. Here is what stuck out to me.
Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 Aero Concept:
Just a fancy faired version of the standard Vitpilen 701. I love the idea of a hardcore single cylinder sportbike. Husky comes out with these types of showbikes every year and typically release a production version the following year. It will inspire customs at the very least. 50/50 chance of production.
Aprillia RS660 Concept:
Aprillia basically just cut the RSV4's engine in half to give it a parallel twin. While I don’t usually relate parallel twins to hardcore performance, Aprillia would be the one to pull it off. Mostly this is just a good indication of companies moving into and investing in the midsize markets(the best market!) Almost certainly will see production.
Royal Enfield Concept KX:
Royal Enfield has really been shaking up their image the last few years with major product updates and the introduction of the Himalayan. Now they come out with this 838cc cruiser and it is fabulous. High chance of production but would definitely be toned down.
While I’m not a big fan, this is a massive step up from Kymco who normally make low displacement bikes and scooters. 155 MPH top speed and 0-60 in 3.0 seconds. Will almost certainly see production.
MV Agusta Superveloce 800 Concept:
A new favorite(h/t to Peter Black) of the show. Based on the current F3. I absolutely love a good triple and this looks fantastic. MV never fails to impress. Not sure about the split exhaust though.
The production models:
Panigale V4 R:
Ducati’s new big boy! Actually gets a big displacement drop (1203cc down to 998cc) to comply with new SBK regulations, but gets a power bump to 234 HP with the optional Akrapovič exhaust.
Ducati Hypermotard 950/SP:
More my style with a few upgrades over the previous 939. Hopefully they will be introducing a Hyperstrada version as well.
MV Agusta Brutale Serie Oro:
A 208 HP, 186 MPH naked limited to 300 units. Bonkers!
Harley-Davidson FDXR 114:
As much as I hate Harley, this thing looks fantastic and should move pretty good with its 114 CI engine. Costs $26,499 before options though!
Yamaha Ténéré 700:
By far the bike I’m most excited about, a proper midsize adv bike. Powered by a 689cc parallel twin and looking almost exactly like the concept that spawned it. However, it won’t arrive until 2020. What the fuck is wrong with you Yamaha? You’ve been dangling this bike in front of us for years and now KTM has beat you to the punch.
Yamaha Niken GT:
A touring version of Yamaha’s radical tilting trike. I’m not that interested in it but would like to try it out.
KTM 790 Adventure/R:
People have been wanting a real middlewight adventure bike and KTM is the first to actually deliver. Uses the parallel twin from the standard duke.
Husqvarna Svartpilen 701:
The production Svartpilen 701 using the same frame and engine from the rest of the 701 lineup. Should be a lot of fun.
Kawasaki W800 Cafe:
Kawasaki’s re-released retro standard finally in the US. Uses a 773cc air cooled parallel twin.
Just a retro Grom, but awesome.
The return of the street legal Honda 450 dirtbike.
Honda Super Cub C125:
Returning to the US after 40 years absent and with over 100 million sold worldwide. Hopefully they sell a ton.
Look at that exhaust!
Powered by a 754cc parallel twin, most likely won’t ever come to the US.
It’s a little bit lighter, little more powerful, and a little more symmetrical. While the new front looks very good and much like some sort of pissed off animal, I prefer the older asymmetrical look.
Rare (399 units first year), Expensive ($117,000), and all electric. Completely irrelevant to your average rider. Also only a top speed of 124 MPH, so meh. They’ll sell every one.
So to sum it up, middlewights for everyone!!!