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Record-Breaking Attendance at EICMA 2022

And, just like that, EICMA has concluded to incubate for another year. 

This year saw a plethora of new machines to the floor, all of which brought in a purported 38% spike in attendance – 82% of which was booked online, thanks to new digital content and services inspiring this year’s boom in numbers. 

All told, 1,370 brands were present, with 59% from abroad, the culmination of which represented 45 different nations – brand like Honda, Suzuki, Energica, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Ducati, and Damon Motors – all of whom were present and had something new and titillating to offer our good global motorcycle communities. 

EICMA 2022. Media sourced from EICMA.
EICMA 2022. Media sourced from EICMA.

“It is…the embrace of the general public, the massive presence of exhibitors who have emphasized their solid satisfaction and whom we thank for having always believed in EICMA,” enthuses EICMA S.p.A. president Pietro Meda in the brand’s most recent press release

EICMA 2022. Media sourced from EICMA.
EICMA 2022. Media sourced from EICMA.

“…the attractiveness and international centrality, the positive increase in every performance indicator that affirm the unique value and indispensability of our event…EICMA unquestionably remains in its place: on the highest step in the entire international scene.”

A prototype showing low emissions and doubled torque for motorcycles over 125cc. Media sourced from NewAtlas.

With 2023’s EICMA already slotted for November 7-12th, we’ll be marking the spot in our calendars to relive the experience all over again. 

EICMA 2022. Media sourced from EICMA.
EICMA 2022. Media sourced from EICMA.

Stay tuned with us by checking back at our homepage, drop a comment below letting us know what you think, and as ever – stay safe on the twisties. 

*Media sourced from EICMA*

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World’s biggest motorcycle show returns

After the Milan Motorcycle Show (EICMA) was cancelled last gear due to the pandemic, the organisers have confirmed the world’s biggest motorcycle expo will return in November.

EICMA chairman Pietro Meda says the 100-year-old event is scheduled from 23 to 28 November next in the halls of Fiera Milano in Rho.

“EICMA is back after a stop of a year, strengthened by the renewed importance that the mobility market has given to two wheels and to the industry of reference,” he says.

“Milan will once again be the world capital in this sector. Our aim is to give back to exhibitors and the public what is theirs: a great container.”

However, no manufacturer has yet confirmed their attendance and there is a concern that many will be missing after a year of successful virtual live-streamed product reveals.

In February, BMW Motorrad announced it would not show at EICMA and the biennial Intermot in Frankfurt.

The pandemic has also forced motorcycle companies to abandon their usual media launches where they flew media from around the world to an exotic location at great expense.

Instead, media reveals have been done online via invitation.

Some have also been opened up to the public, such as launches by Harley-Davidson whose next online launch will be the new Bronx sports bike on July 14.

Bronx Streetfighter
Bronx Streetfighter

Not only have companies found these launches reach further and faster than conventional shows and media launches, but they are also cheaper.

So it remains to be seen how many will attend EICMA and continue its future beyond 100 years.

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World’s biggest bike show postponed

The world’s biggest motorbike show has been postponed from this November for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, switching new model launches to the virtual world.

The announcement that the EICMA show in Milan will be postponed a year follows the recent axing of the competing biennial Intermot in Cologne in October.

We wonder if this is the start of the end for motorcycle shows, anyway.

These shows have been the world’s biggest and most motorcycle companies have used them to launch new models, prototypes and concepts.

However, the strong competition for the limelight has forced many companies to conduct launch their new models on social media a few days before the shows open.

On Tuesday night, MV Agusta will hold a virtual media launch of its new Brutale 1000 RR.MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RR Blue & White M.L.

Other new model launches have also been conducted on social media, rather than flying moto journos around the world.

It’s cheaper and gets them just as much media exposure.

We expect this virtual launch program will accelerate in the wake of these motorcycle shows being postponed over the pandemic.

Shows and events postponed

Distinguished Gentleman's Ride Brisbane Jeff Gough fundraising2019 Brisbane DGR

Many other motorcycle shows and events have been cancelled or postponed, including the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride which this year goes virtual.

Yet the world’s biggest motorcycle event, the Sturgis Rally in South Dakota will go ahead.

It can attract up to a half a million riders and pillions. Perhaps not this year, though.

2015 Sturgis Motorcycle RallySturgis Motorcycle Rally

The 80th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally from August 7-16 will not include the usual parade, opening ceremony and B-1 bomber flyover.

Vendors will be required to wear personal protective equipment.

Mass testing is being considered for the safety of residents, but has not been approved.

Each test could cost $75 to $150 per person.

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Coronavirus hits major motorcycle shows

The biennial Intermot and annual EICMA motorcycle shows in October and November appear to be in jeopardy with BMW Motorrad the first to declare they will not attend.

The shows in Cologne and Milan are the biggest in the world and are the showcase for manufacturers around the world to debut their new models.

Despite being more than seven months away, BMW Motorrad has issued a statement saying they won’t attend.

It follows their recent decision to halt manufacturing at its Spandau factory in Berlin and their G 310 production in India for two weeks. They are expected to return to production next week.

Berlin BMW Motorrad factoryBMW Motorrad factory in Spandau, Berlin

BMW’s decision not to attend the motorcycle shows several months from now is significant as BMW uses these major shows to launch all their next-year models.

Their withdrawal could be the first of many companies to do the same.

Here is the official statement:

Due to the hardly foreseeable development of the corona pandemic and its effects, BMW Motorrad will not be participating in the two leading motorcycle shows Intermot in Cologne in October and EICMA in Milan in November in 2020.

This decision was made in order to counteract current planning uncertainty at an early stage, also for all our partners involved in BMW Motorrad motorshow appearances, in the interests of the greatest possible security, predictability and transparency.

BMW Motorrad will present the world premieres and product highlights planned for these motorcycle shows on alternative platforms in autumn 2020. In doing so, the company will increasingly rely on its own formats and digital communication channels.

The move comes just a day before BMW Motorrad was expected to do a “virtual launch” for their much-vaunted R 18 cruiser and tourer tomorrow (3 April 2020).

However, they now tell us it has been postponed and to “stay tuned”.

We have published several photos of the various models configurations as shown below and will update you with the production model when it is released.

BMW to unveil R 18

Virtual shows

It follows recent motorcycle show closures in Japan, forcing companies such as Suzuki and Honda to stage “virtual” exhibits and launches.

Yet, the organisers of the world’s biggest motorcycle rally in the world at Sturgis are still confident it will go ahead as planned in August.

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Honda CMX 500 scores improved suspension and updates for 2020

2020 Honda CMX 500

Honda announced at EICMA that their entry level CMX 500 cruiser, also known as the Rebel in some markets, will receive a host of updates for 2020, including updated suspension, full LED lighting, a gear position indicator, slipper clutch and new seat for better comfort.

2020 Honda Rebel

Honda Australia are yet to confirm the local delivery schedule and any movements in pricing but are expected to do so early next year. The CMX has proved a winner as one of Australia’s most popular cruiser options, claiming the #8 position on the sales charts for the YTD as of Q3 in overall road motorcycles, as well as the #3 position in the cruiser category.

2020 Honda CMX ‘Rebel’

A 2020 ‘S’ model variant will also be available in some markets offering factory-fit accessories – as a styling option, and including a headlight cowl, blacked out fork covers and gaiters, plus a diamond-stitch seat. We’re yet to hear whether the S model will be available in Australia.

2020 Honda CMX ‘Rebel’ S headlight and cowl

The CMX retains the 471cc parallel twin-cylinder engine which is now Euro5 and produces a LAMS approved 34kW at 8500rpm, while peak torque is 43.3Nm reached at 6000rpm.

2020 Honda CMX ‘Rebel’

The CMX actually draws its powerplant from the CBR500R offering generous performance both for the segment and capacity, with PGM-FI fuel injection –further optimised – and valve and ignition timings revised to focus on bottom-end torque.

2020 Honda CMX ‘Rebel’ 471cc parallel-twin

A six-speed gearbox is also featured, with the new assist and slipper clutch lightening clutch lever operation by 30 per cent, while downshifting aggressively will remain smooth.

2020 Honda CMX ‘Rebel’

Part of Euro5 compliance necessitated a new LAF exhaust sensor, while the exhaust system is a 120mm shotgun-style affair.

The lean Bobber styling of the CMX is retained, but now includes full LED lighting including the indicators, for a premium feel, alongside the existing 11.2L fuel capacity and fat ‘bars.

2020 Honda CMX ‘Rebel’ LED headlight

The CMX has also had the black out treatment, with fork tubes and discs being the main areas not conforming. The taillight is also new and features mini-circular LED indicators, with a compact main light and die-cast aluminium mount.

2020 Honda CMX ‘Rebel’ LED taillight and indicators

The headlight is a compact 175mm item, with die-cast aluminium mount, and the LCD display now includes a new gear position indicator and fuel consumption reading. Ignition remains below the tank on the left side of the bike.

2020 Honda CMX ‘Rebel’ LCD dash

The pillion seat and footpegs are also easily removed, with Honda adding to the accessory line-up, as well as offering the S edition in a special Matte Axis Grey Metallic colour, with the accessories mentioned above.

2020 Honda CMX ‘Rebel’ seat and pillion seat

Suspension has seen both shock and 41mm forks revised, with new spring rates in both.

The Showa shock units are also now nitrogen charged, and feature reshaped damper rubbers, with Honda promising a firmer action as a result. The shocks are still five-step preload adjustable.

2020 Honda CMX ‘Rebel’

The 16inch front and rear wheels are retained from 2019, as is the 296mm front rotor and twin-piston caliper setup, with a single-piston rear caliper. Dunlop tyres are fitted in 130/90 -16 and 150/80 – 16 sizes. Two channel ABS is standard fitment.

2020 Honda CMX ‘Rebel’ forks feature new springs

The 2020 Honda CMX weighs in at 191kg at the kerb, with an ultra-low 690mm seat height and 1490mm wheelbase.

2020 Honda CMX ‘Rebel’

2020 Honda CMX (Rebel) Specifications

Technical Specifications
Type Liquid­ cooled, DOHC
Engine Displacement (cm³) 471cc
No. of Valves per Cylinder 4
Bore ´ Stroke (mm) 67 x 66.8
Compression Ratio 10.7:1
Max. Power Output 34kW/8,500rpm
Max. Torque 43.3Nm/6,000rpm
Oil Capacity 3.2 litres
Fuel System
Carburation PGM­FI
Fuel Tank Capacity 11.2L
Fuel consumption 27km/litre
Electrical System
Starter Electric
Battery Capacity 12V
ACG Output 0.5kW
Clutch Type Wet multiplate
Transmission Type 6­speed
Final Drive Chain
Type Steel Diamond
Dimensions (LxWxH) mm 2,205 x 820 x 1,090
Wheelbase 1490mm
Caster Angle 28°
Trail 110
Seat Height 690mm
Ground Clearance 125mm
Kerb Weight 191kg
Turning radius 2.8m
Type Front 41mm Telescopic forks
Type Rear Showa twin shock
Rim Size Front 16M/C x MT3.00
Rim Size Rear 16M/C x MT3.50
Tyres Front 130/90­16M/C 67H
Tyres Rear 150/80­16M/C 71H
ABS System Type Two channel
Instruments & Electronics
Instruments Digital
Headlight LED
Taillight LED

Source: MCNews.com.au

Vote for the most beautiful bike of EICMA

Surprise, surprise, the Italians have once again cast their vote for an Italian motorcycle as the most beautiful at last week’s EICMA motorcycle show in Milan.

Ducati’s Streetfighter V4 took out the award voted by visitors to the show, making it five wins in the past seven years, or 10 in 14 years.

Fellow Italian company MV Agusta spoilt the run last year when the Brutale 1000 Serie Oro took out the popular-vote title.

Ducati’s big victory run started in 2013 with the Monster 1200 S, followed by the Scrambler, Diavel and SuperSport. In 2012, it was the MV Agusta Rivale 800.

You get the picture!

Italian bikes win at an Italian show even though it is the biggest motorcycle show in the world and every manufacturer is represented.

Similarly, BMW usually wins the title at the biennial Intermot show in Cologne.

Now it’s your turn to vote.

Cast your vote below for the most beautiful bike of the EICMA show.

We have included production and concept bikes and listed them in alphabetic order.

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Aston Martin Brough strictly for super-rich

Brough Superior has revealed an expensive turbo track toy called the AMB 001 which has plenty of carbonfibre and Aston Martin wings.

The collaboration between the two esoteric British brands is truly beautiful but it is only for the super-rich.

It could very well win the annual Milan EICMA motorcycle show best bike of the show, but it won’t win many riding fans.AMB 001 Aston Martin Brough

After all, the bike will cost $US97,000 which is more than $A140,000. And it is not even road registrable. It’s a track-only machine!

It is limited to 100 models and they will no doubt be snapped by the idle rich and probably never see the track, let alone the road.AMB 001 Aston Martin Brough

Brough will build the AMB 001 at their factory in Toulouse, France, with delivery late in 2020.

The striking bike looks very much like basic artist doodle that was sent out as a teaser a few days ago.Aston Martin Brough

The carbon AMB 001 weighs just 180kg and is powered by a turbocharged V-twin engine delivering 180 horsepower.

It is substantially different from their Super Sport 100 model which brought the company back to life in 2016. In fact, it looks much more like a “supersport” model than this does.

Brough Superior SS100
Brough Superior SS100

It’s not unusual for motorcycle and car companies to get together to build a motorcycle.

Apart from companies such as Honda and BMW that build both, we had the short-lived collaboration between MV Agusta and Mercedes AMG that spawned the “solarbeam” in 2015.

Mercedes-AMG solarbeam MV Agusta F3
Mercedes-AMG solarbeam MV Agusta F3

Like the “solarbeam”, this collaborative bike will be a limited-edition model and very expensive.

Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman the bike is “what we believe a cutting-edge motorcycle should be”.AMB 001 Aston Martin Brough

“In addition to applying the skills we have developed for cars such as the ground breaking Aston Martin Valkyrie, we have also been able to bring our special expertise in the traditional craft techniques to this project,” he said.

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Yamaha updates MT-07 Tracer

Meeting stringent European emissions regulations has not reduced output from the updated 2020 Yamaha MT-07 Tracer.

The 689cc CP2 twin is updated with optimised fuel injection and ignition settings, revised air intake, optimised exhaust settings and a modified exhaust.

Cleverly the Japanese meet Euro5 without dropping any power.

The Japanese company has unveiled the new Tracer ahead of the EICMA motorcycle show  in Milan tonight (5 November 2019).

Tracer comfort

It also comes with a more aggressive styling, especially in the front end.

Suspension has been upgraded with 41mm cartridge-type forks with preload and rebound damping adjustment and preload and rebound-adjustment is available on the rear shock.2020 Yamaha MT-07 Tracer

Its touring ability gets a boost with a more comfortable contoured dual seat and new aerodynamic screen that can be adjusted over 60mm with one hand.

The handguards now offer more protection and have inbuilt compact LED indicators while the handlebars are 34mm wider.

It will be available in Icon Grey, Sonic Grey, or Phantom Blue.

There is no word on arrival in Australia yet, although it is expected to arrive at the end of the first quarter of 2020.

The current model costs $12,299 plus on-road costs.

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Yamaha adds FJR1300 models

Yamaha has painted their updated FJR1300 an attractive black and gold with gold wheels and plenty of black finishes was well as adding two more models.

The Japanese company has unveiled the models ahead of the EICMA motorcycle show  in Milan tonight (5 November 2019).

The new models are the FJR1300AS and FJR1300 AE Ultimate Edition that both come with an electronically-adjustable high screen and wind deflectors, plus an adjustable seat, cowl and handlebars.2020 Yamaha FJR1300

They are laden with features such as cruise, traction control, heated grips, 12V socket and adaptive cornering lights.

These models also come with panniers.

Only the AS model gets electronic clutch-less gear shift system.

The 1298cc inline four has also been updated to meet Euro 5 regulations.

There is no word on arrival in Australia nor pricing. The current FJR1300 costs $24,9999 (plus on-road costs) and $3000 more for the electronic suspension version.2020 Yamaha FJR1300

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KTM 1290 Super Duke R revs up

KTM has released a video of the 1290 Super Duke R it will reveal tomorrow night (5 November 2019) at the EICMA  motorcycle show in Milan, possibly with blind spot alert and adaptive cruise control.

It will be one of a host of other new models form the Austrian manufacturer.

KTM is also tipped to unveil 250ADV and 390ADV baby adventure single-cylinder bikes, a range of entry-level 490cc twin-cylinder motorcycles, several 890cc models and a 790 Supermoto.

1290 Super Duke R

But the undoubted highlight from the Austrian manufacturer will be the 1290 Super Duke R.

KTM has been working on rider-aid technology such as adaptive cruise control and blind-spot alert which could be debuted on this model.

KTM tests Adaptive cruise control and blind spot alert 1290 super duke r
KTM tests Adaptive cruise control and blind spot alert

However, Ducati also promised this technology on its 2020 models, but failed to deliver in the recent unveiling.

What we do now is the KTM 1290 Super Duke R will feature a new chassis using the engine as a stressed member of the frame with a bolted-on rear sub-frame.

There is also a new smoked screen, restyled fuel tank, upgraded seat and re-routed exhaust for a larger radiator.

That is presumably to increase water cooling and reduce emissions without losing horsepower.

In fact, some expect horsepower will be boosted from the 1301cc V-twin, liquid-cooled engine’s current 130kW output.

It will, of course, come with high-spec components such as KTM-owned WP suspension and Brembo brakes.

We will have all the news from ECMA tomorrow night, so stay tuned to your phone, computer or tablet!

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