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Milan: EICMA Motorcycle Show Round-Up

Milan: EICMA Motorcycle Show Round-Up

Written by  on Friday, 18 November 2011 12:35

This week we had the opportunity to head to EICMA, the 69th International Motorcycle exhibition in Milan, Italy. Truly the largest Motorcycle Exhibition in the world, EICMA did not disappoint with the unveiling of several new 2012 models. With over 1400 exhibitors covering more than 58,000 m2 of exhibit space, the show was nothing short of overwhelming.

Perhaps the hottest topic of the show was the all new 2012 Ducati Panigale. A next generation Superbike, the Panigale V-Twin will be run by a powerful "Superquadro" engine putting out a claimed 195 HP. It looks stunning as well.

The BMW S1000RR also gets a number of refinements for 2012. Just when you thought one of the world's best-selling Superbikes couldn't get any better, BMW has trimmed down the bodywork, made some changes to the chassis and the electronics to translate into a much smoother ride for enthusiasts of all levels. For 2012, the S1000RR is also available in 4 different colour schemes including this distinct blue model.


BMW also launched their new line of "Urban Mobility" scooters, which include a 600cc and 650cc scooter that is expected to prove quite popular in Europe, and BMW expects, the rest of the world too.


KTM has been a popular booth to visit, as they unveiled several new motorcycles for 2012 including a 200cc street bike, a 650cc street bike and a 350cc "Freeride" dirt bike that also comes in an Electric version. Unfortunately, we are told that none of these models will be available in North America for 2012. The 200cc street bike is shown here.


KTM has also stepped up it's racing efforts, with the introduction of their Moto3 bike, which will be raced in the World Championship MotoGP series in the new Moto3 class in 2012.


Moving over the Japanese manufacturers, Kawasaki had their new ZX14R on hand. The fastest accelerating production motorcycle ever made and with the most power production engine ever built, expect to see this motorcycle winning at drag strips around the globe.
Honda introduced several new models for 2012 including the CBR 1000RR Fireblade Superbike and the CBR 250R. The Japanese manufacturer also released the Crosstourer, a maxi enduro bike that will unfortunately not yet be available in Canada. The all new CBR 250R is shown here.

To complete the new 2012 Superbike round up, Suzuki and Yamaha also introduced their new models, the 2012 GSXR1000 and the R1 50th Anniversary edition respectively.


Yamaha's 2012 YZF-R1 comes in 50th Anniversary edition colours:

Also new for 2012 is the Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200. While we weren't able to snag a photo of this new adventure touring beauty, this all new shaft-driven motorcycle from Triumph should prove a powerful contender to the BMW 1200GS.
In addition to the 2012 Tiger Explorer, Triumph also unveiled their all new 2012 Daytona 675R sport bike. Decked out in full Ohlins trim, this motorcycle is ready for the racetrack.
There was simply so much to see and capture at EICMA that we couldn't possible catch it all, but these are the highlights. Below are some more images from the show in no particular order.
BMW's 1600 GTL Touring Bike will be tough to beat.

The scooter market is really picking up, with signs of Scooter racing as well!


A look inside the Ducati Panigale Superquadro power house:


Even the Province of Quebec was on hand! Motorcycle tour in Quebec? Why not!


And of course there was lots of fun, extreme stuff kicking around too....



The 2012 models will be available for viewing in Canada starting with the Toronto Motorcycle Show from December 9-11, 2011. You won't want to miss it!

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