The 2017 EICMA present is quickly approaching, and if historical past is any indication, leaks of the bikes from Italy will begin dropping any day now. Sooner, if we now have our say in it.
Because the motorbike trade gears up for the most important present of the yr, we thought we’d put collectively an exhaustive checklist of all the pieces we anticipate to see at EICMA.
It goes with out saying after all, you should definitely keep tuned into our up-to-the-minute protection of the EICMA present, as we shall be bringing you the primary glimpses and particulars of all of the machines that shall be coming for the 2018 mannequin yr, and past.
Aprilia’s lineup is surprisingly recent in the meanwhile, so we don’t anticipate too many mannequin debuts from the Noale model. We do know that the Caponord was quietly shelved for not being Euro4 compliant, so a brand new ADV bike is actually a chance from Aprilia.
We might anticipate the brand new Caponord nonetheless to be a v-twin mannequin, however our secret hope is that Aprilia repurposes its V4 engine for adventure-touring responsibility.
The one undeniable fact that fuels this hope is that the price of creating a brand new 1,200cc engine doubtless outweighs the event concerned in making the corporate’s potent V4 work in a Caponord platform. We’re nonetheless skeptical, nonetheless.
Different new mannequin releases may embody new small-displacement machines. The Aprilia RS4 125 was final up to date in 2011, and since then the small-displacement class has been a progress heart for motorbike manufacturers.
If Aprilia may deliver a 300cc to 400cc machine to market, it might significantly profit from the addition.
Benelli launched a bevy of machines on the 2016 EICMA present, but it surely has been gradual to deliver these bikes to market. Thus far for 2017, we all know that Benelli shall be pushing the Leoncino, a really engaging 500cc scrambler mannequin.
With bringing bikes to market being the brand new focus for Benelli, we don’t anticipate too many new bike releases, if any, this yr. That is likely to be a disgrace, as Benelli has been on a streak recently, with its small-displacement fashions trying very interesting.
For the 2017 EICMA present, BMW Motorrad has instructed us that it’s going to debut 4 all-new fashions in Milan, and we now have a reasonably good concept what these machines may very well be.
First up is the S1000RR superbike that we noticed in spy pictures, which appears to be like to have numerous updates and enhancements over the earlier iteration. The fly in ointment nonetheless is that CARB filings by BMW present no modifications for the 2018 BMW S1000RR.
Both a brand new S1000RR is coming as a 2019 mannequin, or BMW has stored the engine and chassis specs related sufficient for them to not present in CARB’s emissions paperwork.
BMW’s second mannequin is definitely the brand new F850GS, which the German firm has already begun teasing. This bike will substitute the F800GS in BMW’s journey lineup, and assist defend BMW Motorrad from advances from bikes just like the Ducati Multistrada 950 and new Triumph Tiger 800.
The third mannequin is more likely to be the BMW G310S, the game bike model of BMW’s small-displacement 310cc platform. With the TVS Akula 310 already being teased in India (TVS helps BMW construct its small-displacement bikes), BMW’s model of the game bike is probably going not far off.
The fourth BMW mannequin we anticipate to see is the German model’s alleged “Diavel Killer”. This efficiency cruiser needs to be nearer to the mark than its predecessor, the BMW R1200C, although we’re nonetheless not sure of the identify and engine configuration.
For a bonus debut, there’s a sturdy rumor that the BMW R1200GS will get variable valve timing. It’s unlikely that this can imply an entire new GS mannequin design, maybe simply an engine refresh. We’ll see.
Borgo Panigale is one other group that has given us the magic variety of new bikes that it’s going to debut in Milan, teasing 5 new fashions within the pipe.
Ducati has already proven us one in all these machines, the Ducati Monster 821, which will get some updates and enhancements discovered already on the Monster 1200.
We additionally know to anticipate the Ducati Panigale V4, which would be the Italian model’s headline mannequin launch. We anticipate to see two trim ranges of the brand new V4 superbike, a base mannequin and an “S” mannequin. The Ducati Panigale V4 R will debut as a 2019 mannequin, doubtless at subsequent yr’s present.
The Ducati Scrambler sub-brand is ready to point out a brand new mannequin as nicely, with the Scrambler 1100 (our identify, not Ducati’s) tipped to us by our Bothan Spies.
That includes the corporate’s outdated 1,078cc, two-valve, air-cooled engine, the Scrambler 1100 could have an even bigger chassis than its 800cc and 400cc machines, making it extra of a street-naked motorbike than a real scrambler.
From CARB filings, we additionally anticipate to see the Ducati 959 Panigale Corse, which needs to be an up-spec model of Ducati’s “middleweight” superbike.
The final bikes we anticipate to see are two new Multistrada fashions. The primary is an enduro model of the Multistrada 950, which is claimed to be extra of a elements bin particular, moderately than an all-new machine.
The opposite is the Multistrada 1260, which has been fitted with the identical motor from the XDiavel.
Italy’s electrical motorbike producer will debut one new mannequin for 2018, although we now have already seen it. We are able to’t unsee it, actually. The Energica Eva EsseEsse9 was not acquired nicely on the 2016 EICMA present, and but the Italians are shifting ahead with it anyhow.
Why? We are able to’t make sure. Energica’s machines function on a really excessive technical stage, however their design, branding, and advertising and marketing go away a substantial quantity to be desired. The EsseEsse9 is simply the most recent instance of that.
Simply right this moment Husqvarna instructed us that we should always anticipate one new avenue bike, in addition to one new idea, from the Swedish model. That new avenue bike is definitely the Husqvarna 701 Vitpilen, which was an idea final yr, and has been caught testing in manufacturing type via out this yr.
As for the idea machine, it’s anybody’s guess. Possibly we are going to see a 701 Svartpilen – a modern-chic enduro. Or, possibly we are going to see Husqvarna enjoying with KTM’s 1,301cc engine, making a Scandinavian streetfighter. Both could be enjoyable to see from Husky.
The large reveal from the Austrians would be the KTM 790 Duke, which options an ~800cc parallel-twin engine. The large query although shall be how removed from the KTM 790 Duke prototype the manufacturing machine strays, with spy photographs exhibiting numerous modifications from KISKA’s intriguing design.
We additionally anticipate to see the KTM 390 Journey lastly debut – though it looks like we now have mentioned that for the previous few years, so who actually is aware of what’s going on with that machine.
One other chance is an replace to the KTM RC390, in order that the Austrian model can higher compete within the new World Supersport 300 Championship.
KTM is certain to have a number of grime bike fashions, in addition to a pair ideas, for our consumption at EICMA. Will probably be attention-grabbing to see what these are.
We haven’t heard an excessive amount of about Moto Guzzi’s plans for EICMA, although we do know that various fashions are going to fade away due to Euro4 laws.
As such, we now have phrase that Moto Guzzi is engaged on a brand new engine platform that shall be in compliance with Europe’s more durable emission legal guidelines. Accordingly, we anticipate to see Moto Guzzi tease us with some ideas for these future fashions, which can doubtless be 2019 machines.
Just one new motorbike is predicted from MV Agusta, although it guarantees to be a giant one. The MV Agusta Brutale 1200 has been greater than teased by even MV Agusta’s CEO, and it guarantees to lastly replace this ageing however iconic identify.
Constructed off an even bigger four-cylinder engine platform, the Brutale 1200 may very well be the primary of a number of 1,200cc fashions from Varese, and hopefully it’s a prelude to a brand new MV Agusta F4 superbike, which needed to be placed on maintain due to the Italian model’s monetary problem.
The large information for Triumph is the long-awaited replace to its adventure-touring lineup, which can see a little bit of rebranding for the Tiger 800 and Tiger Explorer, the latter getting a reputation change to the Triumph Tiger 1200.
Each bikes are anticipated to get some critical updates, in order to higher compete with the brand new fashions which have arrived within the ADV class. Triumph’s adventure-tourers have all the time been well-regarded, and it appears to be like like for 2018 that they may have some new life in them.
After seeing the Triumph Avenue Triple 765 debut, we’d hope new Velocity Triple mannequin is across the nook, maybe with the identical 1,200cc engine discovered within the Tiger. That is extra of a want/need, moderately than one thing that’s backed up actually, nonetheless.
In some methods, Honda has already proven us its massive fashions for the 2018 mannequin yr, each in measurement and in significance. The brand new Honda Gold Wing already debuted in Japan, and we now have seen a reasonably good glimpse on the up to date/new model coming to the Honda Africa Twin.
There’s some discuss that we may see a brand new Honda CB1000R, maybe primarily based off the Honda Neo Sports activities Café idea, particularly contemplating how a lot advertising and marketing Massive Purple has accomplished on the idea.
In any other case, we anticipate some minor debuts additional down Honda’s product lineup, which can or might not make it to US soil.
Kawasaki has already proven us the retro-styled Z900RS and the small-displacement Ninja 400 on the Tokyo Motor Present, however we predict that Crew Inexperienced has saved the perfect launch for Milan.
For fairly a while, Kawasaki has been teasing its subsequent supercharged mannequin, which is predicted to be extra of the sport-touring selection.
There’s some debate on what this “H2 GT” may appear like, or if it’s going to even be primarily based off the identical four-cylinder platform because the H2 and H2R.
Additionally, there may be some dialogue that the ability figures for this supercharged machine shall be significantly lower than its siblings – an indication smaller engine displacement may very well be within the combine right here.
There’s some chatter that updates may come to the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR, because the Japanese model may proceed to maintain itself on the sharp finish of its racing growth, particularly within the World Superbike Championship.
We now have phrase too new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R is within the works, although we anticipate it for the 2019 mannequin yr, not 2018. Nonetheless, it’s potential that Kawasaki may give us a style of the 600cc supersport, maybe as an idea.
Suzuki is surprisingly not signed up with EICMA for a press convention occasion, which may imply that there are not any massive reveals scheduled in Milan for 2018.
We now have already gotten affirmation that the 2018 variations of the GSX-R600, GSX-R750, and Hayabusa won’t change, although we now have it on good authority that these bikes shall be all-new for the 2019 mannequin yr, doubtless debuting in mid-2018.
Maybe Suzuki has realized its lesson about teasing fashions for too lengthy earlier than their launch, seeing enthusiasm wane on the brand new GSX-R1000 from its idea debut, to its precise manufacturing launch.
Or, this information implies that Suzuki is taking a extra laid-back strategy for EICMA. With a number of extra minor commerce reveals nonetheless on the calendar, possibly Suzuki is ready till then. Time will inform.
Yamaha’s EICMA debut will certainly embody a brand new middleweight 700cc Ténéré, the T7 idea of which was proven to us finally yr’s present in Milan. Now prepared for manufacturing, we shall be curious to see what the smaller Ténéré shall be like.
We additionally anticipate to see Yamaha saying its three-wheeled Niken as a manufacturing mannequin for 2018. The curious machine was launched on the Tokyo Motor Present, although Yamaha was very terse on particulars. We suspect that’s as a result of the formal announcement will come subsequent week, in Italy.
We’ve already discuss ARCH’s 2018 plans. A 2018 model of the KRGT-1 shall be launched at EICMA, however we suspect that the eye will deal with the ARCH 1S, which has a single-sided swingarm and is extra efficiency oriented, like the corporate’s Goodwood prototype.
However, the actual spotlight would be the ARCH METHOD 143, which has a full carbon fiber chassis, and shall be restricted to simply 23 models worldwide.
As standard, Harley-Davidson could have a presence on the EICMA present, however we don’t anticipate any new fashions from the Bar & Protect model. As a substitute, we anticipate the American producer to point out the bevy of “new” bikes it launched to US press earlier this yr.
Maybe our favourite rumor of the 2017 EICMA present considerations Indian Motorbike. The American model is claimed to be readying a street-version of its Scout FTR750 race bike.
Whether or not that’s true or not, is difficult to say, although we’d be shocked at such a mannequin making its debut in Europe, and never within the USA.
Nonetheless, we like the thought of a race-dominating flat tracker with lights, and it might be a disgrace for Indian to maintain that candy, candy motor just for the race monitor. Contemplate our curiosity piqued.
As all the time, Asphalt & Rubber shall be overlaying all the brand new bikes debuting at EICMA this yr. You’ll want to comply with our protection for the latest information and pictures.