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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.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

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.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

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.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

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.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

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.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

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

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

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!

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Brough to reveal Aston Martin motorcycle

Aston Martin will spread its wings on a motorcycle for the first time when Brough Superior reveal a new motorcycle at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, next week.

So far all we have is the above basic artist doodle from the English auto makers.

However, we can see that 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 should be quite expensive.

It will be unveiled on 5 November 2019.

Aston/Brought release

Here is he official joint release from Aston Martin and Brough:

Brough Superior, the eponymous performance motorcycle brand created by George Brough in 1919 and resurrected by enthusiasts long after his death is, like Aston Martin, a luxury brand with great heritage. Both Brough Superior and Aston Martin place huge importance on developing a brand that customers are proud to be part of and products that strike the perfect balance between performance and design.

Both masters of craftsmanship who use the finest materials to breathe life into their designs, as independent companies they also revel in their ability to offer bespoke design and engineering solutions so a collaboration between the two brands is virtually guaranteed to produce something very special.

The first new motorcycle is the combined vision of Aston Martin Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman and Brough Superior CEO Thierry Henriette, who are both motorcycle enthusiasts.

Reichman said: “This is a fascinating and very popular project for myself and my team. The opportunity to collaborate with Brough Superior has given us the chance to bring our own unique views on how beauty and engineering can combine to create a highly emotive piece of vehicle design. We’re excited about the end result and can’t wait to see the reaction the motorcycle receives when it is revealed next year.”

Henriette commented: “Aston Martin and Brough Superior are two luxury automotive manufacturers sharing the same passion for exclusive design and performance, the idea of developing a motorcycle in a frame of a close partnership came naturally.”

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

New motorcycle models coming in 2020

It’s motorcycle show season with a host of new 2020 models soon to be revealed at the biggest motorcycle show on the planet, EICMA, in Milan in November and the Tokyo Motor Show starting Thursday (20 October 2019).

We expect the usual new models, updates, concepts and, of course, a host of electric motorcycles and scooters.

However, Ducati, Kawasaki and Honda will jump the queue with unveilings on Wednesday ahead of show season.

2020 bikes

Here’s our rundown on what to expect at the shows for 2020:


Ducati confirms 2020 Streetfighter V4 ranges
Ducati Streetfighter V4

We are kickstarting with Ducati who will steal the show on Wednesday night (23 October 2019) when it reveals its 2020 models including seven new models.

Their big-ticket item is the 208hp Streetfighter V4 weighing in at just 178kg dry. There may also be a Multistrada with the V4 engine.

Two other models we’ve heard of are the Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour and a blacked-out Scrambler Icon Dark.

We may also see an updated Panigale 959.


2020 Kawasaki Z-H2
2020 Kawasaki Z-H2

On the same day, Kawasaki will unveil their naked supercharged Z H2. It will be interesting to see if it has the same power as the H2 or whether it is “retuned”.

The Ninja 400 engine is expected to be added to the baby Versys, we could see a W800 scrambler version and there could be updates to the Ninja 650 and Ninja 1000.

Rather than a new model, the big news could be confirmation of the rumours that the big green machine has gobbled up Italian icon, Bimota, for which it has historically supplied engines.


2020 Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin
2020 Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin

Honda will also show its 2020 fleet on Wednesday, including the already revealed Honda CRF1100 Africa Twin.

Their big news will be the new CBR1000RR with a host of electronics to be competitive in the 2020 World Superbikes series.

Honda usually has some interesting concepts and the rest may just be updates of existing production models.


Triumph Thruxton and Rocket TFC
Thruxton TFC

The British invasion will include a Thruxton RS to bridge the gap between the ‘R’ and the ‘TFC’ and we expect a Bobber version to join their exotic TFC range. 


The Bavarian promises six new models highlighted by the reveal of the production version of their first cruiser in 15 years, the 1800cc boxer-powered R 18 (spy photos at the top of this page and below).

2020 BMW R 18 \
BMW R 18 spy photo

We also expect to see the F 850 RS based on the Concept 9cento, an updated S 1000 XR sport tourer, the new S 1000 R streetfighter and perhaps more R nineT versions.

Magnets make BMW 9cento two bikes in one
BMW 9cento


The Austrian manufacturer has been defying the sales slump with some clever new models in recent years and should continue the trend.

We expect a new 1290 Super Duke R with winglets as this teaser video suggests.

KTM is tipped to announce a range of entry-level 490cc twin-cylinder motorcycles, a range of 890cc models and a 790 Supermoto.


Aprilia RS 660 concept is half a Tuono
Aprilia Concept RS 660

The Aprilia RS 660 production bike is the big tip following the unveiling last year of the concept model.

There should also be RSV4 updates with less weight and more power … as usual.


Norton Atlas Ranger Nomad wait
Norton Atlas Ranger and Nomad

No new models, but we expect to see the Atlas models and V4 RR hit the showroom floor.

MV Agusta

A Russian funding injection and promises of new models has got everyone excited, but it may be too early.

Perhaps we’ll see yet more limited-edition models such as the Brutale 1000 Serie Oro to challenge Ducati Streetfighter V4 in a horsepower brawl.


2020 RMK E2 prototype electric motorcycle

This Finnish motorcycle company will unveil an electric motorcycle with up to 300km of range and a hub-less rear wheel housing the motor.


After years of teasing, we expect to see a turbo model, perhaps even a turbo Hayabusa or Katana, but probably more likely something in the mid-range engine capacity.

There will also be updates for the V-Strom 1000, new colours, new graphics and maybe a concept or two, probably electric.

Some have suggested a smaller version of the recently released Katana.


2020 Indian Challenger spy
2020 Indian Challenger

The American company is expected to unveil its Challenger bagger believed to be powered by a liquid-cooled 1770cc engine called the Powerplus.


The R1 and R1M will have an update and we should see at least one new variant of the popular MT range.

Moto Morini

2020 Moto Morini adventure bike
2020 Moto Morini adventure bike

The Italian manufacturer has hinted at an adventure bike with unknown engine capacity.

Moto Guzzi

The popular V85 TT adventure bike and V7 could be joined by more variants.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com