The 2015 edition of EICMA, the
International Motorcycling Exhibition, held from November 17 to 22, 2015 at
Fiera Milano in Rho in Italy saw the most exclusive product premieres. Around 25
new models were unveiled and the show hosted a rich programme of rendezvous.
For India, in particular, it was the unveiling of the BMW G 300 R which meant
the most. This motorcycle was produced in India and made for the world!
The 2015 Eicma show saw the
presence of all the major brands. There were special areas (EICMA Custom, Safety Area), the
MotoLive outdoor arena, significant new features and comebacks, such as the EICMA Store and
the Temporary Bikers Shop. A rich programme of side events also took place throughout
Around 1,400 exhibitors had
their presence at the show, 60pc of them from abroad, from 44 different countries, and 49pc
were new entries or comebacks.
It is official now, as
motorcycle major BMW Motorrad has revealed its TVS collaborated 300 cc
motorcycle at the EICMA 2015 show in Milan, Italy. The one cylinder,
lightweight and powerful BMW G 310 R embodies the pure essence of a BMW
roadster and according to a company release, it has neither too little nor too
much of anything. The motorcycle will compete directly with the recently
introduced 300 cc Mojo from Mahindra & Mahindra and even taken on the likes
of Kawasaki Ninja 300, Benelli TNT 300, KTM Duke 200 and 390 and a few others.
Developed in Munich by BMW
Motorrad , the motorcycle has been produced in Bangalore, India in partnership
with TVS Motor Company, the release added. TVS Motor is India's third largest
motorcycle manufacturer with a production volume of some 2.5 million vehicles
Newly conceived from scratch,
the G 310 R represents everything BMW Motorrad stands for: innovation, quality
and many years of carefree partnership with its owner. Designed specifically
for the world market, the BMW G 310 R can run on the most diverse fuel
qualities, meets all emission standards and local requirements – and
establishes BMW in the segment under 500 cc.
This new bike from BMW-TVS has
an unmistakable visual kinship with athletic family members such as the BMW S
1000 R. The small headlamp mask with striking headlamp, dynamically modelled
fuel tank trim elements and characteristic roadster proportions with a striking
front section and dynamic rear give the BMW G 310 R a mature presence on the
road. Precisely sculpted surfaces define the dynamic side view. The compact,
dynamic proportions and the short wheelbase promise fast changes of direction,
while the high rear conveys a lightness that is suggestive of the bike's sporty
genes. In spite of the clearly visible naked bike character of the BMW G 310 R,
the side surfaces in body colour create a closed silhouette in athletic style.
High-end details such as a standard upside-down fork, quality materials,
supplementary fittings and excellent workmanship are best-in-class within the
segment, clearly underscoring the premium aspiration of the BMW G 310 R.
engine for dynamic riding fun and suitability
The centerpiece of the new BMW
G 310 R is a completely newly developed 313 cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder
engine with four valves and two overhead camshafts together with electronic
fuel injection. The capacity of 313 cc results from a bore of 80 millimeters
and a stroke of 62.1 millimeters.
The striking feature of the
engine is its backward-tilted cylinder in open-deck design with the cylinder
head turned by 180 degrees, making it possible to position the intake tract at
the front, viewed in the direction of travel. With an output of 34 hp (25 kW)
at 9,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 21 lb/ft (28 Nm) at 7,500 rpm, the engine
of the new G 310 R is a very dynamic partner in conjunction with the low
unladen weight of 349 lbs.
The new G 310 R offers a
markedly relaxed seating position for relaxed, stress-free and easy-going
motorcycling. As is characteristic of BMW Motorrad, all switches and controls
are easy to handle. Great importance was attached to simple and safe operation,
taking into account the most diverse rider anatomies.
Extremely compact and with a
broad spectrum of ride responsiveness, ranging from comfortable to sporty and
dynamic, the new G 310 R simply opens up a whole new world of experience in its
Rigid tubular steel frame,
upside-down fork and a long swingarm for a high degree of ride stability,
precise steering response and sound handling. In terms of suspension, the new G
310 R has a torsionally stiff, highly robust tubular steel frame in grid
structure with bolt-on rear frame. The front wheel suspension is taken care of
by a solid upside-down fork while at the rear there is an aluminum swingarm in
conjunction with a spring strut that is mounted on it directly.
Like all BMW motorcycles, the
new G 310 R is fitted with ABS as standard. It combines a powerful brake system
with 2-channel ABS. At the front wheel, a single-disc brake with radially
bolted 4-piston fixed caliper and a brake disc diameter of 300 millimeters
ensures powerful and stable deceleration. At the rear, this function is
performed by a 2-piston floating caliper in conjunction with a 240-millimeter
brake disc. The G 310 R instrument cluster has a large liquid crystal display
that offers excellent clarity and a wide range of information.
The motorcycle stands on tyres
that are 110/70 R 17 at front and 150/60 R 17 at rear. It has a
high-performance brake system including ABS as standard.
Motor Company is the flagship of the TVS Group, which is made up of more than
90 companies in total. These include numerous firms that enjoy an excellent
reputation in the automotive sector as suppliers for well-known car makers.
Many of these suppliers from within the TVS Group provide the components for
the G 310 R, it said.
Motor Company's quality management system has been based on Japanese role
models for many years. For the G 310 R, this system was extended to include the
requirements and standards specific to BMW Motorrad, and within the area of
quality management, there are interdisciplinary teams from both companies
working in close collaboration.
dedicated production area has been set aside in the factory for production of
the G 310 R. Mechanical production of the engine components is carried out on
new, high-quality machine tools made by leading German manufacturers. BMW
Motorrad was closely involved in an advisory capacity here and production is
set up based on the model of the BMW Motorrad plant in Berlin-Spandau. The engine
assembly line is completely new and fitted with cutting-edge automation and
testing technology for every stage of the process. All the relevant work stages
are monitored and automatically recorded with regard to size accuracy,
tolerances and bolt-fitting values. The assembly is carried out in a completely
sealed, glazed area which can only be accessed via air locks to prevent any
dirt from entering. At the end of the engine assembly line, each engine is put
through a test bench run where all relevant parameters are measured including
assembly is also carried out in a dedicated section of the factory reserved
exclusively for BMW Motorrad. Here again, state-of-the-art assembly technology
is deployed. The final inspection is performed according to BMW Motorrad
standards and includes electronic functional testing as well as a final run on
the roller test bench for every motorcycle. The roller test bench is also
completely new and set up according to Berlin standards.
the staff were specially selected and trained by TVS for production and
assembly. Additional training programmes were held for assembly workers
together with colleagues from the BMW Motorrad plant in Berlin-Spandau over a
period of more than a year prior to the start of serial production. From the
very first motorcycle to come off the production line in India, they have also
contributed to the high assembly standards and heightened quality awareness.
All in all, production of the new BMW G 310 R is subject to the same quality
criteria that apply to production at the BMW Motorrad plant in Berlin-Spandau.
NEW BMW R nineT SCRAMBLER: BMW Motorrad also presented the new BMW R
nineT Scrambler, a motorcycle which revives the Scrambler era in a very special
way. The new BMW Motorrad Scrambler features a classic air-cooled, punchy
flat-twin boxer engine, which has stood for hallmark design, powerful torque
and a unique sound for more than nine decades. The R nineT Scrambler is fitted
with the air/oil-cooled boxer with a capacity of 1 170 cc. It delivers an output of 81 kW (110 hp) at 7
750 rpm, develops a maximum torque of 116 Nm at 6 000 rpm and, with the new
engine mapping and a fuel system including carbon canister, meets the
requirements of the EU4 pollutant class.
New BMW F 700 GS, F 800 GS: BMW Motorrad also unveiled
the new BMW F 700 GS and F 800 GS. With the newly designed tank cover and a
newly configured ignition lock cover, both models have an even more fresh and
dynamic look. What is more, the elegant metallic appearance of elaborately
electroplated elements is applied to the knee covers (F 700 GS) and radiator
cover (F 800 GS) along with a partially engraved and newly configured model inscription,
conveying enhanced high-end quality and a fascinating contrast with the painted
In order to ensure that
optimum riding fun on the F 700 GS and F 800 GS is available to all riders,
five possible seat heights are available for each model with four seats and the
optional lowered suspension (ex works option). This makes for a wide seat
height range of 765 mm - 860 mm (F 700 GS) and 820 mm - 920 mm (F 800 GS).
In both models, powerful
forward thrust is ensured by the well-established, powerfully distinctive,
liquid-cooled 4-valve 2-cylinder engine with a capacity of 798 cc, fuel
injection and 6-speed gearbox. It provides an impressively spontaneous
response, remarkable pulling power and a low level of fuel consumption.
In the F 700 GS it has an
output of 55 kW (75 hp) at 7 300 rpm and develops a maximum torque of 77 Nm at
5 300 rpm. In the F 800 GS, an output of 63 kW (85 hp) is available at 7 500
rpm and a torque of 83 Nm at 5 750 rpm.
BIKES FROM DUCATI: Ducati presented eight new bikes at this event, of which no
less than seven were completely new, such as the two Ducati Scramblers (Flat
Track Pro and the Sixty2 versions), the new Hypermotard 939, Hypermotard 939 SP
and Hyperstrada 939 family, the 959 Panigale, the Multistrada Pikes Peak, the
Multistrada 1200 Enduro and the eagerly awaited XDiavel. Completing this array
of new bikes for 2016 was the Monster 1200 R, previewed in September at IAA
2015 in Frankfurt.
The XDiavel became one of the
undisputed stars of this 73rd edition of EICMA. Even during the first two days
set aside for press and industry operators, the ‘black box’, area dedicated to
this latest Ducati, was practically swamped by those eager to get a close look
at this new cruiser.
Honda revealed its full 2016 motorcycle line up at the EICMA 2015 show
in Milan. The line up comprised six mid-sized capacity machines with a range of
significant updates, and the return of one of the most illustrious names in the
motorcycling world in the form of the CRF1000L Africa Twin. With an eye to the
future, Honda has also revealed its new City Adventure concept machine,
offering a unique new interpretation of the idea of adventure on two wheels.
The City Adventure concept
brings that spirit of adventure to the heart of the city and underlines Honda’s
commitment to researching new ways of creating unique technology to enhance and
enrich its customers’ lifestyles.
All three of Honda’s
A2-licence 500cc models - the naked CB500F, sporty CBR500R and crossover-styled
CB500X - have their punchy performance
complemented by several rider-focussed revisions to further enhance
desirability and ownership experience. Upgrades include LED head and
taillights, adjustable pre-load on the front suspension, adjustable brake
levers, larger fuel tanks with new hinged fuel cap and “wave” style ignition
In addition, the CB500F naked
street bike is given a hard-edged visual makeover thanks to a new
stripped-down, muscular look complemented by a range of 6 vibrant colour options;
the sporty CBR500R has a complete new kind of CBR style with sharp and edgy
character lines flowing from its new front face through to the upswept tail.
Both F and R have new shorter exhaust mufflers with internal structure tuned
for a satisfying low, crisp exhaust note. The CB500X’s revisions include a
100mm taller, adjustable windscreen and distinctive new graphics and colours;
the larger tank brings range to over 500km.
NEW CONCEPT SERIES: Honda’s popular 750cc New Concept trio are also
upgraded for 2016. All three - NC750S, NC750X and Integra - are now EURO4
compliant and receive new DCT functionality including 3 levels of S Mode; the
revised instrument panels are customizable with a choice of 9 colours, and in
ECO mode change colour according to fuel consumption; new mufflers lend a
deeper tone to the parallel twin’s distinctive pulse; the front forks on both
NC750X and Integra benefit from Showa’s Dual-Bending Valves for improved
damping and more linear suspension performance.
All three models also receive
aesthetic changes: two new Special Edition colours with LED headlight and
taillight give a sportier twist to the naked NC750S’s look; the Integra also
benefits from LED lights and two new Special Editions in a unique metallic
paint. The NC750X’s enduring appeal is further enhanced with LED lights and a
new, more rugged, adventurous look that completes Honda’s four-model X family
CRF1000L AFRICA TWINP: One
year after showing its True Adventure at EICMA in November 2014, Honda also
revealed for the first time in Europe the all-new CRF1000L Africa Twin. The motorcycle comes with an all-new 998cc
new parallel twin engine - mounted in a
frame built equally for toughness and flexibility - delivering instant response
throughout the rev range.
In addition to the standard
model with LED headlight and taillight, two further versions of the Africa Twin
will be available: the ABS version which also has LED indicators, ABS
(switchable at the rear wheel for off-road riding), multi-mode Honda Selectable
Torque Control, knuckle guards and sump guard; in addition to these features,
the Dual Clutch Transmission version brings further functionality to Honda’s
unique DCT technology with 3 level of sporty S mode riding, a new G switch for
off-road performance, and the ability to adapt shift patterns when ascending
and descending hills.
CELEBRATES 60 YEAR OF INNOVATION: Yamaha unveiled the powerful new
MT-10 flagship model as well as the compact new MT-03, while the new XSR900
brings 3-cylinder crossplane-engine performance to the Faster Sons market. The
all-new reverse head WR450F enduro bike also took the centre stage alongside
its WR450F Dakar alter ego that will be competing in the world's toughest rally
The highly successful MT family
has been at the top of the sales charts all over Europe. In addition to the
arrival of the all-new MT-10 flagship model and the MT-03, customers can also
see the 2016 MT-09 and its variants that now come equipped with TCS. The Ray of
Darkness has radiated onto most of the MT models, and the dynamic new Night
Fluo colour reinforces the strong and unique identity of the MT family.
CONCEPT MODELS: No Yamaha stand would be complete without the
concept models that always attract huge interest from the public, and at EICMA
the company showed the radical MWT-9, a Leaning Multi Wheel (LMW) concept with
an 850cc 3-cylinder engine. Also on display is the Resonator 125, a light, slim
and compact entry-level concept model that combines retro cool with new technology.
The Yamaha TMAX is Europe's
most successful maxi-scooter, and the sophisticated new TMAX LUX MAX and the
updated TMAX IRON MAX offer even higher levels of exclusivity and comfort.
Featuring the latest 125cc commuter scooters as well as the innovative 3-wheel
Tricity, the Urban Mobility range offers an affordable, convenient and
accessible alternative to public transport.
KAWASAKI: With fifty years of motorcycle manufacture and heritage
as a solid foundation, Kawasaki used a press event on its booth at the EICMA
motorcycle show in Milan to unveil its complete road bike range for the 2016
sales season and look to the future, which included the new J125 scooter,
special Z800 and Z1000 ‘Sugomi Editions’ and the Ninja ZX-10R ‘Winter Edition’.
President of the Motorcycle
and Engine Company, Kenji Tomida was an honoured guest at the show and gave the
keynote speech highlighting new models focusing in particular on strategies for
the future, as well as showing for the first time a concept sketch based on
Kawasaki’s unique Supercharger technology.
Christened the SC-02 or ‘Soul
Charger’, the un-faired ‘naked’ concept illustration revealed a machine with
visual clues pointing to a smaller capacity than the litre class Ninja H2 and
Ninja H2R that it shares much of its technology with. Mentioning that ‘Soul Charger’ represented
the possibility for Kawasaki to make forced induction technology ‘scalable’,
Tomida offered a tempting insight into just one possible direction for Kawasaki’s
in-house designed and manufactured Supercharger.
NEW J125 SCOOTER: In terms of the new season, Kawasaki unveiled the
new J125 scooter, a partner to the highly regarded J300. The A1 driving licence
category machine marks an exciting entry for the company into the hard fought
and popular 125cc scooter market. Sharing many features with the J300, Kawasaki
expects strong interest in the J125 which features ABS braking, an automatic
under-seat courtesy light and shutter style security ignition as well as the
convenience of a rider friendly 12v on-the-go charger socket.
Created in partnership with
Kymco, the J125 features a deeply padded seat, ‘twist-and-go’ CVT transmission,
electric starting, fuel injection and water-cooling to ensure that traffic
beating fun rides and daily commuting are as plush and stress free as possible.
Edition Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R: Adding to the interest generated at
the recent debut of the 2016 Ninja ZX-10R at Barcelona, the machine that has
been jointly developed between the Kawasaki Racing Team and Kawasaki’s Akashi
factory was joined by a brand new variant in Milan. Dubbed the Ninja ZX-10R
‘Winter Edition’ – and resplendent in its svelte matt black and white testing
livery – the new machine featured the KRT ‘Snowflake’ logo plus Japanese kanji
‘fuyu’ character appropriately meaning winter. Complete with a racing team
partner road-legal Akrapovic silencer as standard, the ZX-10R Winter Edition
looks set to answer requests for such a machine by many Kawasaki fans from
2016 ZZR1400 Performance Sport: For fans of the larger capacity
classes, the company highlighted the new-for-2016 ZZR1400 Performance Sport
model which will run alongside the ever-popular standard version. Boasting twin
Akrapovic silencers as standard, the machine also features an Öhlins TTX39 rear
shock absorber, a higher wind-screen and a Brembo braking package comprising
M50 monobloc calipers, 310mm disc rotors plus steel mesh hoses and a Brembo
radial pump front master cylinder.
TRIUMPH SHOWCASES NEW BONNEVILLE RANGE: Triumph Motorcycles
showcased the new Bonneville range. On display was a family of five exciting
new motorcycles with 100pc authentic Bonneville character, style and presence -
all featuring a class-defining level of performance, capability and quality,
driven by an all-new Bonneville engine family. The Triumph stand also hosted
the first public display of the incredible new Bonneville range. The stand
featured the Street Twin, along with its Urban, Scrambler and Brat Tracker
inspiration kits, the Bonneville T120 and Bonneville T120 Black and the new
Thruxton and Thruxton R models. Additionally David Beckham’s custom Thruxton R
from the recent Belstaff “Outlaws” film was on display alongside a custom
Thruxton R designed by an Italian magazine.
With a dedicated chassis and
suspension package for each new model and a carefully integrated package of
rider-focused technology for enhanced confidence, control and performance, the
new Bonneville family all ride and handle how a class-leading, truly modern
classic should. Vimal Sumbly, Managing Director, Triumph Motorcycles India
said, “It is indeed a proud moment for us to have come up with this exciting
range of Bonneville motorcycles. We are also equally excited to bring these
beauties to India next year, which will be made available through our 12
dealerships in the country. Loved by one and all, the 2016 range Bonneville is
going to be a sure shot winner among the motorcycle enthusiasts in the
KTM FOUR NEW MODELS
KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT: With the 1290 Super Duke GT, KTM forcefully
extends its Street range at the upper end. The star of model year 2016 is a
perfectly equipped, lightweight and agile marathon sprinter with plenty of
power as well as a vast package of the latest riding assistance systems.
Besides the motorcycle stability control MSC including traction control and the
C-ABS – both lean angle sensing – it includes the KTM Ride Mode Technology as
well as a quickshifter. KTM shores up the long distance capabilities of the
1290 SUPER DUKE GT with a comprehensive touring package:
a 23 litre tank, a lengthened rear subframe with integral mounts for the
optional luggage system, heated grips, cruise control, comfortable seats, the
wind and weather protection of an adjustable windshield, LED cornering lights
and LED daytime running lights. With a more than comprehensive equipment package
like that, as well as its 173 hp LC8 engine and semi-active suspension, the
1290 Super Duke GT masters the whole range from comfortable long distance
motorway travelling to breathtaking alpine or track day use.
KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R SPECIAL EDITION: Only available for limited
period, it is upgraded with a whole host of top quality KTM PowerParts: an
Akrapovic titanium silencer reduces the weight while adding extra sound. Wave
brake discs offer even better feedback and expanded braking stability in extreme
duty. Stiffer triple clamps optimize steering precision
under ferocious braking. Levers adjustable in multiple ways and a different
seat serve to optimize ergonomics specifically for track use. A unique paint
design and classy accessories made of orange anodized aluminium make for
exclusive finishing touches.
KTM 690 DUKE: More than two decades after the very first Duke, KTM
launched a new generation of the perennial hit, proving in an impressive manner
that the single cylinder engine is all but obsolete even in a Street bike, not
least by complying with Euro 4 emission control standards. The brand new engine
puts out a full 73 hp of maximum power. Despite this,
it offers plenty of smoothness and refinement thanks to multiple balancers, as
well as an even wider powerband than its predecessors. The modified steering
geometry brings even more stability and precision to the pre-eminently agile
chassis of the 690 Duke. And there is lots of other news as well, like the
on-board computer, a large, responsive TFT colour display as the central
combination meter, the KTM Ride Mode Technology and ABS as standard. The “Track
Pack” is optionally available which includes additional Riding modes (Rain,
Sport), Traction control (TC), Motor Slip Regulation (MSR) and a Supermoto
mode, making the 690 DUKE more alive, more appealing and more modern than ever.
KTM 690 DUKE R: The new 690 Duke is also available as an ‘R’
version for model year 2016, distinguished by a full 75 hp of durable maximum
power. Among others, the extra horsepower is a result of the 690 Duke R’s high
quality Akrapovic silencer. In addition, there are Brembo Monoblock braking
calipers, managed by lean angle sensitive ABS, and a fully adjustable WP
suspension that also allows even greater lean angles than the 690 Duke. The 690 Duke R comes as standard with MSC including lean
angle sensitive Traction Control (MTC), Motor Slip Regulation (MSR) and a
Supermoto mode at its core. Of course the ‘R’ also benefits from everything
that is new about the 690 DUKE, like the KTM Ride Mode Technology, the new TFT
display and the upgraded steering geometry. Great-looking parts like the
cutting edge LED indicators and racy pillion seat cover round off the ‘R’
package. Insiders recognize the 690 Duke R at the first glance by its wheels
and frame in the typical KTM Orange.
This Italian motorcycle
manufacturer will soon be coming to India through its partner, the Kinetic
Group of Pune. At the Eicma 2015, the company had a few debuts to
announce. The F3 AMG, MY 2016 Dragster
and the Rivale made their debuts in Milan. With production output up by 25pc,
the company from Schiranna saw its turnover increase by 40pc mainly due to the
success of the Turismo Veloce and Dragster RR, two high-end models.
The company unveiled its new MV
Agusta logo, which has been restyled and bears the tagline Passion. The symbol made
its debut on the Brutale 800, a completely original project which aims, fifteen
years after its first appearance, to create the “most beautiful Brutale ever”.
A strategic model which accounts for over 25pc of the company's production
output, the new Brutale 800 is more muscular and streamlined and, with new
technologies and construction solutions, reinterprets the style which made it
an icon of motorcycle design. The Full LED headlight accentuates the elliptical
shape of the light and of the stunning three-pipe exhaust that is bigger and
more efficient. Many components are made from light alloy such as the headlight
support and the ingenious saddle frame, enhancing the overall design of the
The engine is also new. It is
Euro 4 compliant with a power output of 116 hp at 11,500 rpm while the torque
has risen by 25pc and now offers 8.46 Kgm at 7,600 rpm. One of its unique
features is a counter-rotating crankshaft and the new Brutale 800 is the only
bike in its category with electronic EAS 2.0 up & down gear shift. The
slipper clutch is now hydraulically operated while engine management is taken
care of by the MVICS system which includes multi-map Full Ride by Wire with
integrated traction control with 8 settings.
Dedicated to collectors and
enthusiasts, the Dragster RR LH44 is the second new model for 2016 from
Schiranna. A truly exclusive machine inspired by F1 World Champion Lewis
Hamilton's passion for MV Agusta. The Mercedes AMG Petronas driver collaborated
with the MV Agusta designers contributing to the definition of over fifty
design details to make the LH44 stand out from the standard Dragster RR. Most of these changes are manufactured in Ergal and carbon
fibre with a 3K opaque finish. In terms of graphics, the LH44 was inspired by
the graphics on the three-time world champion's helmet and features a white
colour scheme and the panther logo, which is also sewn into the quilt-finish
Alcantara saddle. Needless to say, Lewis's number 44 features on the
exhaust manifolds and autographed screen. Production will be limited to 244
the Frankfurt and Tokyo motor shows, the F3 AMG Concept-Bike also made an
appearance at Eicma. This bike was created in
partnership with AMG and inspired by the Mercedes-AMG GT. The bike features the
exclusive “Solar Beam” livery and inherits the colour scheme developed on the
Mercedes-AMG GT coupé including "Solar beam" paint, the black wheels
and the AMG logo on both sides. Other standout features are its carbon fibre
mudguard, racing fuel filler cap and yellow stitching on the rider and
are also new features for the rest of the range based on the three-cylinder
platform, now instantly recognisable for the black engine finish which
identifies the new versions of the F3, Turismo Veloce, Stradale, Dragster and
Rivale. The Dragster and Rivale also stand out for their graphics and new
colour schemes, and the Rivale now has a larger fuel tank, its capacity having
been increased from 12.9 to 16 litres.
The scrambler edition seemly
seems to grow. Benelli introduced the Benelli Leoncino. Designed at the new
style centre of Benelli in its historical stronghold of Pesaro in Italy, the
Leoncino shall include the emblem of a lion that denotes this city on its front
fender. The Leoncino comes with low exhaust position, chunky wheels, USD front
forks with 50mm diameter topped with a LED light. The seat is finished in
Alcantara leather and the rear gets an LED tail light. The tyres are 110/80
section up front and 150/17 section at rear, which is fitted on 19-inch and
17-inch wheels respectively. Benelli also introduced a new adventure touring
model at Eicma called the TRK 502. It has wire-spoke wheels and longer
suspension travel. The TRK 502 is powered by the same 500cc parallel-Twin used
on the new Leoncino. Benelli claims a maximum output of 46.9 hp at 8500 rpm
while a peak torque of 33.2 lb-ft. is achieved at 4500 rpm.
The engine is mounted in a
steel trellis frame and fueled by a large 5.3-gallon fuel tank. The adjustable
50mm upside-down fork and preload-adjustable rear shock both offer 150 mm of
wheel travel. Braking is provided by four-piston calipers with twin 320 mm
discs up front and a twin-piston caliper with 260 mm rear disc. ABS is standard
The TRK 502 will also come
standard with 17-inch wire spoke wheels but Benelli will also offer a more
off-road version with a 19-inch front wheel. Benelli says the TRK 502 won’t be
available in showrooms until the second half of 2016.
Celebrating 112 years of
heritage in both the offroad and street motorcycle divisions Husqvarna
Motorcycles have further strengthened their involvement in the street bike
motorcycle market with an extended and exciting Vitpilen model range. Its 701
Enduro and 701 Supermoto models already launched. The Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 is
set to hit the showrooms soon. The bike that draws on the iconic Husqvarna
Silverpilen street bike of the early ‘50s combining it with modern technology
and premium quality hardware will be available for sale in the spring of 2017.
An exciting new addition to
the Vitpilen family, which will be produced to hit the dealer floors
simultaneously with the 401, is the brand new Vitpilen 125. Minimalistic in
layout the Vitpilen 125 is also powered by a single-cylinder engine, staying
true to all the unique design characteristics of its bigger brother.
The company also presented the
Vitpilen 701 concept model. The Vitpilen 701 is a real street bike that takes
the next step in Husqvarna’s progressive vision of street motorcycling. The
Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 is an all-new and all modern large displacement single-cylinder
motorcycle. It is a bike created to provide a raw, exhilarating and authentic
For Piaggio Group, Eicma 2015
came at a time when the company is 70
years of the Vespa (patented on 23 April 1946 and taken into production
immediately afterwards) and 95 years of Moto Guzzi, founded in 1921 at the
legendary factory in Mandello del Lario, where the headquarters and production
lines of the "Eagle" are still located today.
Eicma 2015 marked the debut of
a number of brand new motorcycles. First up was the Moto Guzzi V9: a new V-twin
850cc engine, with cardan shaft, new frame and design, with two models
targeting two new segments: the V9 Bobber, light and easy, with large tyres,
which looks Stateside, and the Roamer, a magnificent medium-size custom bike.
America’s Route 66 and great coast-to-coast trips are the inspiration for the
MGX-21, a stunning 1400cc bagger, whose transposition from show bike to
standard model (to be presented in August 2016 at Sturgis) has been achieved
without compromise. Meanwhile, the new V7 II Stornello is firmly rooted in Moto
Guzzi history, reprising the name, style and technology (colours, knobby tyres
and high exhaust) of the very first Italian motorbikes to be transformed into
scramblers in the 1960s and 70s, beginning with the original Stornello.
Eicma saw the debut of the
Aprilia RSV4 RF model year 2016, a further refinement of an already perfect
motorcycle, which this year, adding to its 7 world Superbike titles, secured a
double championship triumph with the Riders title (Lorenzo Savadori) and the
Manufacturers title in the Superstock 1000 class.
1946 when the first Vespa model came out from the Piaggio Pontedera plant. The
Piaggio Group celebrated its upcoming 70th Aniversary with “Vespa 70” special
edition. There was also the debut of two brand new entries for Piaggio
high-wheel scooters. After the extraordinary success of the first Liberty
generation, with nearly one million sales, Piaggio introduced the new
generation of its high-wheel scooter. Unmistakably a Liberty, but with superior
quality and in line with current values, available with a new range of 4-stroke
electronic injection engines (Piaggio iGet 50, 125 and 150cc) for
eco-sustainability and low fuel consumption, and with ABS as a standard feature
on the 125 and 150 versions. The second announcement marked a new product and a
new product segment. The Medley is equipped with the most powerful
liquid-cooled version of the new Piaggio iGet 125 and 150cc engines, with a start
& stop function. Slightly larger than the Liberty, more compact than the
robust Beverly, the Medley is a new segment in the Piaggio Group offer,
intended for a young male and female user with a normal driving licence. The
exceptionally spacious underseat compartment has room for two helmets, a unique
feature in this category of scooter.
off the main new entries from the Piaggio Group (which is also showing many
model years and new versions for a number of brands, as well as additions to
the Moto Guzzi Garage range of special components for custom bikes) was the
Piaggio eBike. The Piaggio Wi-Bike, presented in the standard version at Eicma,
and designed and developed entirely in Italy by Piaggio, is available in four
different outfittings. Always connected to the world via the web, this is the
eco-friendly vehicle of the future, connected to the net and to smartphones to
deliver a huge range of services, from fitness to geolocation.
SUZUKI UNVEILS NEW OVERSEAS MOTORCYCLE MODELS: Suzuki unveiled new
overseas model SV650 at the show including a concept model GSX-R1000
Road sport bike with 650cc V-twin engine – the all-new SV650: Based on the current 645cm3 V-twin
engine, the all-new road sport bike SV650 meets the new exhaust gas restriction
of Euro4 (for European spec) while enhancing output and fuel efficiency. By
reviewing the body in detail, it has realized weight reduction of 8kg compared
to the Gladius (ABS spec), which is installed with the current engine.
Lightweight and slim body enhances the strength of V-twin engine while
contributing to high maneuverability. Each piston skirt is tinned and resin
coated, resulting in reduction of mechanical loss and greater combustion
Also, Low RPM Assist is
adopted to help rider for smoother launching operation in low rpm range. By
slightly raising engine rpm, it makes it easy to ride at low speed in stop and
go traffic. Moreover, Suzuki Easy Start System, which enables the rider to just
one-push the starter instead of press-holding it to start the engine, is
adopted, enhancing user-friendliness in daily usage.
Suzuki plans to produce SV650
from January 2016 at the Toyokawa Plant in Japan, and start its sales in
markets such as Europe and North America.
Concept Model GSX-R1000: Concept Model GSX-R1000 is a concept model
which has further evolved the GSX-R1000 by adopting technologies derived from
MotoGP. The feature of the GSX-R series is the fundamental design consisting of
running, cornering, and stopping, which has harmonized the body and the engine.
It is currently being developed with aim to thoroughly review the design and
balance running, cornering, and stopping in high dimension.
To realise increase of power
in high rpm range without detracting power in the low-to-mid speed range, the
newly developed 1000cc inline-four engine adopts the new Broad Power System,
which takes in technologies developed in MotoGP racing such as intake VVT and
Suzuki’s first electronic throttle for motorcycles. Weight reduction and
optimal rigidity of the chassis is attempted through newly developed frame and
swingarm. To largely reduce air resistance, cowling is also renewed.
Traction control with
selectable modes depending on riding condition is installed, along with quick
shift system and launch control which are efficient electronics on racetracks.
Indian Motorcycles, part of
the US based Polaris Group, revealed the latest addition in its portfolio - the
Scout Sixty. The new Scout Sixty is inspired from the standard Scout and is the
most economical product in the company's lineup. This vehicle is expected to
land up on Indian shores soon, according to reliable sources.
The new Indian Scout Sixty is
powered by a 999cc, liquid-cooled, four-valve V-Twin engine that produces 70PS
of power and 89 Nm of peak torque. The engine is mated with a 5-speed gearbox.
The suspension system of the bike comes from the standard Scout that has 120mm
non-adjustable forks at the front and 76mm adjustable shocks at the rear. The
Scout Sixty gets cast aluminium frame and has 298mm discs at both the ends with
a single two-piston caliper at the front and one piston-caliper at the rear.
The kerb weight of the bike is 295kg.
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