The EICMA 2013 concludes today and our correspondent and friend Akis Temperidis was at Milan to bring us a roundup of the event that could be rightly termed as the Milano motorcycle fashion week.
TEXT & IMAGES: Akis Temperidis
This year’s Milan Motorshow was impressive for more reasons. Economic contraction for the motorcycle industry in Europe and record low sales numbers haven’t discouraged the manufacturers, instead they injected creativity, flexibility and a bit of out of the box thinking in their R&D departments. This was a motorshow of extremes and contrasts.
Downsizing was the norm for many manufacturers. Yamaha presented a simple everyday – 2 cylinder bike, the MT07 and the Concept Tricity, its first three wheel scooter that will be available in 2014. Kawasaki relied on Kymco to present its own first mega scooter, the J300. KTM launched the RC range of small supersport bikes departing at 125 cc. Harley Davidson presented a custom model for younger masses, the Street 750 and 500.
Piaggio relaunched its small Vespa Primavera. Honda reintroduced the small CBR with 300 cc and a smaller CTX, the 700, that adds to the well accepted range of medium bikes, the likes of NC and Integra. Even MV Agusta compromised its philosophy with the Turismo Veloce, its first all around bike.
On the other hand, there were premieres of extreme bikes like no other. Ducati played it high profile launching its bigger ever Monster, the 1200S and its more advance bike, the hi-tech-low-weight (155 kg!!!) 1199 Superleggera. Honda didn’t present the well awaited road version of its MotoGP RCV bike but launched the SP version of the Fireblade with full Ohlins suspension.
A historic and pretty forgotten name from GB, Brough Superior, relaunched itself and a new bike for a handful of enthusiasts, the SS100. All manufacturers show a special interest to customizing, from Yamaha to Triumph to BMW. Funny thing is that Germans gave us this year the most genuine, the most essential and possibly the most beautiful naked bike, the R NineT, celebrating its 90 years.
So here we go in a mini-tour of the EICMA 2013.
Bimota BB3 was launched as a real star and was accepted enthusiastically by the press. The Italian Superbike uses the 4cylinder BMW engine from S1000RR with 193 hp. The size of the bike is like a Moto2 racing machine!
MV Agusta F3 Ago
This “tricolore” version of the MV Agusta F3 is dedicated to Italian GP legend Giacomo Agostini who was the one who uncovered the brand new Turismo Veloce during a stylish presentation at Ermenegildo Zegna’s showroom in Milano, one day before the motortshow opening.
Yamaha Yard Built SR400
In the custom section of the Yamaha stand, we adored this Yard Built SR 400 Gibbon Slap, designed by Wrenchmonkees of Denmark. The model celebrates the 35 years from the first SR400, a model that was relaunched in the Milan motorshow.
Yamaha XVS1300A was launched in a new version CFD equipped with fairing and side boxes. But let’s be honest, a cruiser like this the more simple it is the better it feels.
Brough Superior SS100
In the midst of the European economic crisis, the Brough Superior comeback seems like a crazy idea. Mark Upham has invested 4 million euros on the revival of the SS100 model. The new one, that comes 90 years after the first bike, features a V2, 997 cc engine capable of 100-140 hp and a trellis frame made of steel and titanium. The SS100 will be built in 20 units in 2014 and will be priced roughly below 100 thousand euros. Sick?
Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade
The Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade has a new cylinder head and injection mapping that give her 3 more hp and better drivability.
Yamaha XT1200ZE Super Tenere’
The Yamaha XT1200ZE Super Tenere’ has an improved engine, standard cruise and traction control and for the first time electronically controlled suspension with 12 set up levels (4 steps of spring preload and 3 steps of damping)
The Suzuki MotoGP machine for 2015 was presented in Milan but the same was seen in different tests this year.
The nostalgic scooter Peugeot Django, with a style purely inspired by ‘50s dominated the stand of the French manufacturer in different color options.
The supernaked, brand new Kawasaki Z1000 in a dressed SX version with half fairing and side boxes.
The popular supernaked Kawasaki was completely redesigned and launched in Milan Motorshow with a too much – predator like – design and colour schemes, to be honest.
SYM MaxSym 600
Maxsym, the extra large SYM scooter adopted a 600 cc engine and standard ABS. Available in two versions, Classic and Sporty.
Piaggio Liberty 125 & 150 3V
BMW R1200 RT
Brand new design and adoption of the liquid cooled boxer engine from R1200GS keeps the R1200RT where it always belonged – at the top of its GT class.
Triumph Tiger 800 XC Special Edition
“Volcanic black” and red painted frame give to the Tiger a distinct look. The black paint reflects different colors, depending on the light and environment. One more reason to take this Triumph and travel to more places possible.
KTM 1190 Adventure
Kawasaki purists might feel disappointed but times are hard worldwide and not easy for No4 Japanese manufacturer. J300 is a single cylinder maxi scooter of 300 cc aiming more than anything the success gf Yamaha T-Max in a more affordable way. Under the aggressive looks you will find most parts from Kymco Xciting 400.
45 years ago, when ’69 flower power generation was fighting to change the world, Vespa Primavera was launched. It was definitely the ideal scooter for the hippy generation and it was an immediate success. Hippies are over 60 today by Vespa Primavera rewrites its history starting from this year’s Milan Motorshow. The brand new Primavera will be available with a completely new design and four engines, 50cc 2T, 50cc 4T, 125cc 3V and 150cc 3V.
Caterham Carbon E-bike
Beside the Brutus 750, a 2 wheel ATV, and the Classic E-Bike, Caterham presented the Carbon E-Bike in the official launch of its motorcycle division. The British company, well known in F1 and previously for the manufacturing of the Lotus Super Seven, enters motorcycle field with extreme designs – by Italian Alessandro Tartarini – and extended use of carbon and aluminum, that transfer F1 feel and technology to every day gadgets on wheels. For few rich people of course…
Husqvarna Concept 701
This is a prototype of a future enduro bike with the 690 cc KTM engine. It will get in the market in two years time. A real statement for traditional enduro design!
Triumph Thunderbird Commander & LT
The large British cruiser was launched deeply redesigned in Milan, with a new tubular frame, revised long stroke 1.699 cc engine capable of 94 hp, better ergonomics and more comfortable seat. Triumph is US oriented more than ever.
ΒMW R nineT
NineT, which means Ninety, is a special bike created thanks to the collaboration with LA based design guru Roland Sands. Maybe the most beautiful one in this year’s Milan Motorshow. NineT celebrates the 90 years of BMW Motorrad and recalls in a futuristic translation the design elements of the first Boxer BMW, the R32. Technically, R NineT uses the previous air/oil cooled 1200 boxer engine with 110 hp on a modular frame with a rear subframe that can be deducted from few screws. Suspension scheme is weird: Paralever is used on the back but a conventional upside down fork was preferred on the front. At 15.500 euros in Europe, this is a bike any purist would dream!
Take a look at this fantastic Soulful video for R NineT
In comparison to the S1000RR, the naked version has lost an R, some hp (has only email@example.com rpm) and the full body fairing but keeps all the pedigree of the top BMW racer. Not just a cafe’ racer but a real naked racer!
KTM SuperDuke 1290
The maximum expression of the long last duke family is this extreme, irrational bike that makes you dream burn outs and wheelies as it stands still. Minimum usability, maximum fun!
KTM RC 125, 250 & 390
The Austrian orange company brings downsizing to racing, celebrating its involvement in Moto3 world championship. The RC 125, 250 and 390 are well built and equipped, look great and weight from 135 to 147 kg. Power output is 15, 26 and 43 hp – a good ladder for any future racer.
Ducati Monster 1200S
The ultimate Monster in the 20 years history of the model, was launched with two versions of the Testastretta 11 engine, with 135 hp and 145 for the S. The style changed a bit but with full respect to the model’s heritage.
Ducati 1199 Superleggera
Europe in crisis? What crisis? Ducati chose to built now the 1199 Superleggera (means super light), which is not only the bike top of its range but maybe the most advanced motorcycle ever built by any manufacturer – Ducati Desmosedici included. Extended use of magnesium (the monocoque frame), carbon (subframe) and titanium (conrods and valves) make this a real racing machine with an equivalent price of 66.000 euros in Italy. Only 500 will be built and already 75% of the production is pre ordered.
Honda CBR 300R
The teenager’s CBR grew up to 300cc and is even more inspired externally by its bigger sisters. A perfect bike for aspirational racers.
Honda CBR1000RR SP
The SP receives all the improvements of the standard CBR1000RR for 2014 plus state of the art Ohlins suspension, Brembo brakes, a single seat based on a lighter subframe, golden wheels and various improvements on the frame.
Honda CTX 700
Honda is always clever in using its tech self properly. The twin cylinder 670cc engine of the previous NC and Integra models was used to equip e shrunk 700 version of the CTXCruiser. A relaxing, easy going and practical bike appealing for American clients and only, featured in two versions, naked and with half fairing.
Honda NC 750X
Like the naked NC750S, the X version of the twin cylinder engine platform got 7hp stronger, more elastic and comfortable and with a better – newly mapped – optional double clutch gearbox. A middle weight touring bike, with an almost universal appeal.
Honda Integra 750
The scooter version of the NC family got the same improvements with the NC750S and NC750X and thanks to the improved mapping of the – optional – dual clutch transmission and sportier presence, should be the ultimate commuter for cities like Milan or Mumbai.
Harley Davidson Street 500-750
Milwakee has received the message. Harley needed a new appeal, especially to a younger audience. The Americans worked properly on their rich heritage and finally, after almost 15 years they launched a new entry level model, in two versions 500cc and 750cc. The H-D Street 500 and 750 will be available from next spring in surprising prices for Harley, well below the Sportster.
This is the most logical and usable bike presented in Milan this year. The Yamaha MT07 is an essential naked with a brand new twin cylinder with crossplane crankshaft for a responsive, friendly behavior on all rpm range. The engine is capable of 74,firstname.lastname@example.org rpm and fits perfectly to a slim bike that weights only 164 kg.
4stroke, 125cc engine, CVT and three wheels for under 4.000 euros. This is not a Piaggio but a concept-to-produce-soon by Yamaha. The name of the Yamaha scooter is Tricity and it will be available as a 2014 model after next summer.
Suzuki V-Strom 1000
Inspired by the single cylinder DR Big, that participated in rally Dakar in ’88, the new V-Strom is a totally different animal. With a brand new 1037 cc V2 engine capable of “only” 100 hp @ 8.000 rpm, the V-Strom 1000 is one of the lightest Superenduro competing mostly with Ducati Multistrada and KTM 1199 Adventure despite its limited – on purpose – output. ABS and Traction Control are standard.
MV Agusta Turismo Veloce
The Castiglioni family know well that after they rebuilt a legendary brand – equivalent to Ferrari in 2 wheels – they had to use it properly to make some serious money, aiming to an annual production increased by 33% in 2014, reaching 10.000 motorcycles. Turismo Veloce 800 is a major step in this direction, considering that the brand goes well in Europe and still to explore the American market. An all around motorcycle with the specs of an F3 and the beauty of a Rivale has definitely a wow effect!
So, that was it. Hope you enjoyed the virtual tour of the EICMA 2013. We have a complete gallery on the next page, in case you would wish to re-ogle at the beauties (yes, we’re talking about the bikes)!