Motorcycles

In photos: Concepts, customs and flying bikes from EICMA 2017

The X-Ray flying pod is how the Super Soco design group envisages the future of motorcycles
The X-Ray flying pod is how the Super Soco design group envisages the future of motorcycles
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The 790 Adventure concept showcases the next bike to run on KTM's new in-line twin-cylinder engine
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The 790 Adventure concept showcases the next bike to run on KTM's new in-line twin-cylinder engine
Moto Guzzi unveiled the V85 concept, its next adventure bike project
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Moto Guzzi unveiled the V85 concept, its next adventure bike project
The Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 concept
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The Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 concept
The Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 concept
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The Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 concept
The Honda CB4 Interceptor concept is another take on the CB1000R
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The Honda CB4 Interceptor concept is another take on the CB1000R
SWM motorcycles plans on building a retro-styled Six Days 440 bike on its air-cooled single-cylinder engine
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SWM motorcycles plans on building a retro-styled Six Days 440 bike on its air-cooled single-cylinder engine
The Ducati Panigale V4 is equally impressive with or without its costumes
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The Ducati Panigale V4 is equally impressive with or without its costumes
The Tiger Tramontana is a race version of the 800 XC, built by an individual team for the Panafrica Rally last September. Triumph displayed it next to the 2018 Tiger 800 XC in an apparent effort to accentuate its off-road capability
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The Tiger Tramontana is a race version of the 800 XC, built by an individual team for the Panafrica Rally last September. Triumph displayed it next to the 2018 Tiger 800 XC in an apparent effort to accentuate its off-road capability
Triumph has taken over MotoGP's single-make Moto2 class from 2019, and this is the test mule for developing the three-cylinder engine
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Triumph has taken over MotoGP's single-make Moto2 class from 2019, and this is the test mule for developing the three-cylinder engine
Triumph will power the Moto2 class from 2019 with this 765 cc three-cylinder engine
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Triumph will power the Moto2 class from 2019 with this 765 cc three-cylinder engine
Indian's Scout FTR750 swept the American Flat Track Championship
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Indian's Scout FTR750 swept the American Flat Track Championship
The Scout FTR750 Custom is a concept model that celebrates Indian's racing success
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The Scout FTR750 Custom is a concept model that celebrates Indian's racing success
BMW Motorrad's new C400X scooter
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BMW Motorrad's new C400X scooter
The Norton Dominator is an impressive cafe racer take on the modern-day 961 Commando
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The Norton Dominator is an impressive cafe racer take on the modern-day 961 Commando
The current in-line twin engine of the Norton 961 Commando series is a not-so-distant offspring of the Kenny Greer engine that was developed in Oregon, USA, in the late 1990s
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The current in-line twin engine of the Norton 961 Commando series is a not-so-distant offspring of the Kenny Greer engine that was developed in Oregon, USA, in the late 1990s
Comfort is not the first thing that springs to mind when seeing the Norton Dominator's seat. Hard braking on this anyone?
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Comfort is not the first thing that springs to mind when seeing the Norton Dominator's seat. Hard braking on this anyone?
Rider's view of the Norton Dominator
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Rider's view of the Norton Dominator
The chromed Norton V4 superbike was a spectacle that no-one could avoid noticing
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The chromed Norton V4 superbike was a spectacle that no-one could avoid noticing
Attention to detail, and the same precarious-looking seating arrangement on the Norton V4 superbike
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Attention to detail, and the same precarious-looking seating arrangement on the Norton V4 superbike
The chromed Norton V4 shines from all angles
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The chromed Norton V4 shines from all angles
A custom flat tracker version of the Z650, commissioned by Kawasaki for EICMA 2017. No word on production plans
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A custom flat tracker version of the Z650, commissioned by Kawasaki for EICMA 2017. No word on production plans
The original 1972 Kawasaki Z1 is always a sight to behold
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The original 1972 Kawasaki Z1 is always a sight to behold
Custom fuel tanks to individualize your Kawasaki Z900RS
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Custom fuel tanks to individualize your Kawasaki Z900RS
DNA filters designed this impressive #DCR017 cafe racer around a KTM RC8R
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DNA filters designed this impressive #DCR017 cafe racer around a KTM RC8R
The Ténéré 700 is still a concept model for the second year running, but hopefully Yamaha will make the logical move and introduce it as a production model soon
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The Ténéré 700 is still a concept model for the second year running, but hopefully Yamaha will make the logical move and introduce it as a production model soon
The inner workings of the V4 powerplant of the 2018 Ducati Panigale V4
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The inner workings of the V4 powerplant of the 2018 Ducati Panigale V4
The Desmosedici RR of MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso (right) and the Panigale R of World Superbikes rider Chaz Davies (left) couldn't be missing from Ducati's EICMA booth
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The Desmosedici RR of MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso (right) and the Panigale R of World Superbikes rider Chaz Davies (left) couldn't be missing from Ducati's EICMA booth
The VR46 MYA is a flat track custom built around Yamaha's muscular XJR1300 roadster, commissioned by Valentino Rossi for his VR46 clothing brand
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The VR46 MYA is a flat track custom built around Yamaha's muscular XJR1300 roadster, commissioned by Valentino Rossi for his VR46 clothing brand
The tiny headlights of the VR46 MYA come straight from the latest Yamaha YZF-R1
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The tiny headlights of the VR46 MYA come straight from the latest Yamaha YZF-R1
The Spirit of Munro streamliner, built by Indian around a Thunder Stroke 111 cu.in. (1,819 cc) V-twin, as a tribute to Burt Munro's record-breaking Indian
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The Spirit of Munro streamliner, built by Indian around a Thunder Stroke 111 cu.in. (1,819 cc) V-twin, as a tribute to Burt Munro's record-breaking Indian
Detail from the seat of Indian's Spirit of Munro streamliner
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Detail from the seat of Indian's Spirit of Munro streamliner
Indian Motorcycles launched this B&M Clifton Club Munro Limited Edition watch at EICMA 2017 
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Indian Motorcycles launched this B&M Clifton Club Munro Limited Edition watch at EICMA 2017 
A Bianchi bicycle outfitted with Polini's E-P3 electric motor
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A Bianchi bicycle outfitted with Polini's E-P3 electric motor
Polini is a renowned manufacturer of mini bikes
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Polini is a renowned manufacturer of mini bikes
Brembo's latest RCS Corsa Corta brake master cylinder innovates by allowing the rider to adjust the lever's responsiveness at three different levels: normal, sport and race
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Brembo's latest RCS Corsa Corta brake master cylinder innovates by allowing the rider to adjust the lever's responsiveness at three different levels: normal, sport and race
A collection of Brembo's brake calipers, including the affordable Bybre line seen in KTM's small Duke models
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A collection of Brembo's brake calipers, including the affordable Bybre line seen in KTM's small Duke models
A vintage Brough-Superior racer
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A vintage Brough-Superior racer
Brough-Superior must have had the most expensive booth in the whole EICMA 2017 show. This is the standard SS 100 model, and in the back the new Pendine Sand Racer variant
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Brough-Superior must have had the most expensive booth in the whole EICMA 2017 show. This is the standard SS 100 model, and in the back the new Pendine Sand Racer variant
Tire warmers with a flair, exhibited on a Kawasaki Z650 tricked-out by Superbike magazine
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Tire warmers with a flair, exhibited on a Kawasaki Z650 tricked-out by Superbike magazine
The superbike of its era, an original Brough Superior SS 100
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The superbike of its era, an original Brough Superior SS 100
If you're going to do it, do it in style with the proper gear, like with this riding simulator at EICMA 2017
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If you're going to do it, do it in style with the proper gear, like with this riding simulator at EICMA 2017
John Kocinski's racing boot at Styl Martin's EICMA 2017 booth
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John Kocinski's racing boot at Styl Martin's EICMA 2017 booth
Eddie Lawson's racing boot at Styl Martin's EICMA 2017 booth
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Eddie Lawson's racing boot at Styl Martin's EICMA 2017 booth
A flat track custom by Yamaha, built around the MT-07 (FZ in some markets)
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A flat track custom by Yamaha, built around the MT-07 (FZ in some markets)
ZIg Zag is a scooter sharing startup in Rome, Italy, and it has selected the Yamaha Tricity 125 for its fleet
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ZIg Zag is a scooter sharing startup in Rome, Italy, and it has selected the Yamaha Tricity 125 for its fleet
SWM Motorcycle hosted an augmented reality display in its booth
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SWM Motorcycle hosted an augmented reality display in its booth
India's Hero Motors hints at a future small-capacity adventure bike with this concept
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India's Hero Motors hints at a future small-capacity adventure bike with this concept
A two-stroke racer evolved from a Lambretta scooter by the company's own racing team
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A two-stroke racer evolved from a Lambretta scooter by the company's own racing team
This Quadro4 Steinbok was ridden by Roberto Marabese, head of Quadro Design, at the HAT-Hardalpitour 2017 24-hour race in Italy, covering 520 km in very harsh weather conditions
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This Quadro4 Steinbok was ridden by Roberto Marabese, head of Quadro Design, at the HAT-Hardalpitour 2017 24-hour race in Italy, covering 520 km in very harsh weather conditions
Moto Guzzi kept this MGX-21 Flying Fortress caged for some reason
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Moto Guzzi kept this MGX-21 Flying Fortress caged for some reason
A Moto Guzzi V7 customized by South Garage Motorcycles on behalf of Proraso shaving products
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A Moto Guzzi V7 customized by South Garage Motorcycles on behalf of Proraso shaving products
Fitting this rig to a Moto Guzzi V7 certainly spices things up a bit
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Fitting this rig to a Moto Guzzi V7 certainly spices things up a bit
A NOS system is one way of making the Moto Guzzi V7 much faster than originally designed
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A NOS system is one way of making the Moto Guzzi V7 much faster than originally designed
A collection of Vespa key rings
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A collection of Vespa key rings
Moto Guzzi offers a long catalog of customizing parts for all its models
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Moto Guzzi offers a long catalog of customizing parts for all its models
Garmin set up its display around a Mobilvetta K-Yaght Tecno Design camper van
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Garmin set up its display around a Mobilvetta K-Yaght Tecno Design camper van
The X-Ray flying pod is how the Super Soco design group envisages the future of motorcycles
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The X-Ray flying pod is how the Super Soco design group envisages the future of motorcycles
Peugeot celebrated its 120th anniversary with a 1920s 250 cc P110 (left) and a 1957 S57B 125 cc scooter (right)
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Peugeot celebrated its 120th anniversary with a 1920s 250 cc P110 (left) and a 1957 S57B 125 cc scooter (right)
The Django Adventure 2017 involved a French couple, Clement and Lisa, on two Peugeot Django 125 scooters, on a 3,000 km journey from Paris, France, to Casablanca, Morocco
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The Django Adventure 2017 involved a French couple, Clement and Lisa, on two Peugeot Django 125 scooters, on a 3,000 km journey from Paris, France, to Casablanca, Morocco
Selling posh bicycles is easier if they're displayed around a vintage Maserati Ghibli Ghia
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Selling posh bicycles is easier if they're displayed around a vintage Maserati Ghibli Ghia
Zontes Motorcycles is a Chinese manufacturer that currently has  a line-up of 50, 125 and 250 cc models on offer, but came to EICMA with a new liquid-cooled 310 cc single and a series of prototypes like this power cruiser
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Zontes Motorcycles is a Chinese manufacturer that currently has  a line-up of 50, 125 and 250 cc models on offer, but came to EICMA with a new liquid-cooled 310 cc single and a series of prototypes like this power cruiser
The Zontes T7-125 sportbike concept from China
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The Zontes T7-125 sportbike concept from China
Zontes Motorcycles from China also introduced the T310 adventure bike concept
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Zontes Motorcycles from China also introduced the T310 adventure bike concept
This Zontes Motorcycles concept is similar to the air-cooled Phantom S250 model it is currently producing, but it seems to be equipped with the new 310 cc liquid-cooled engine
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This Zontes Motorcycles concept is similar to the air-cooled Phantom S250 model it is currently producing, but it seems to be equipped with the new 310 cc liquid-cooled engine
Another impressive concept from the Chinese Zontes brand based on the 310 platform
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Another impressive concept from the Chinese Zontes brand based on the 310 platform
Umberto Borile poses with a prototype version of the 300 cc single-cylinder bike he is planning to produce
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Umberto Borile poses with a prototype version of the 300 cc single-cylinder bike he is planning to produce
Italian start-up Mechane displayed this prototype Ermes e-bike at EICMA 2017, built around a frame consisting of aluminum and wooden plates bound together
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Italian start-up Mechane displayed this prototype Ermes e-bike at EICMA 2017, built around a frame consisting of aluminum and wooden plates bound together
The Fat Bike is a custom by Harley-Davidson Linz from Austria, based on a XL1200CX Roadster
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The Fat Bike is a custom by Harley-Davidson Linz from Austria, based on a XL1200CX Roadster
French custom shop La Rochelle designed this Lakestar custom, combining parts from a Harley-Davidson Iron 883, a Sportster Forty-Eight, and Screamin' Eagle
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French custom shop La Rochelle designed this Lakestar custom, combining parts from a Harley-Davidson Iron 883, a Sportster Forty-Eight, and Screamin' Eagle
Coming from Poland and Harley-Davidson Lodz, this is the Thunderbolt. Based on a Sportster Forty-Eight, it is a tribute to the P47 Thunderbolt airplane
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Coming from Poland and Harley-Davidson Lodz, this is the Thunderbolt. Based on a Sportster Forty-Eight, it is a tribute to the P47 Thunderbolt airplane
The Bombtrack has been built by Harley-Davidson Perugia, from Italy, with a collection of several original after-market parts
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The Bombtrack has been built by Harley-Davidson Perugia, from Italy, with a collection of several original after-market parts
The Dirt Scrambler has been designed by Harley-Davidson Alesund, from Norway, based on the Roadster 1200
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The Dirt Scrambler has been designed by Harley-Davidson Alesund, from Norway, based on the Roadster 1200
The Metal Snake is a Portuguese custom by Harley-Davidson Lisboa, betting heavily on the intricate work done on the exhaust tubes
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The Metal Snake is a Portuguese custom by Harley-Davidson Lisboa, betting heavily on the intricate work done on the exhaust tubes
The Speedster used to be a Roadster 1200, before Harley-Davidson Pfeiffer from Germany converted it to a cafe racer with a lot of after-market parts
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The Speedster used to be a Roadster 1200, before Harley-Davidson Pfeiffer from Germany converted it to a cafe racer with a lot of after-market parts
A customized CB1100from Honda's EICMA 2017 booth
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A customized CB1100from Honda's EICMA 2017 booth
What appears to have been a NC750, is now a flat track-scrambler hybrid custom, on display at Honda's EICMA 2017 booth
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What appears to have been a NC750, is now a flat track-scrambler hybrid custom, on display at Honda's EICMA 2017 booth
A tribute by Honda to the Goldwing: the GL1000 original (left), the GL1100 (middle) and a later GL1100 with full fairing (right)
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A tribute by Honda to the Goldwing: the GL1000 original (left), the GL1100 (middle) and a later GL1100 with full fairing (right)
Honda's Goldwing tribute continues with the GL1200 (far right), the GL1500 (middle) and the GL1800 (left)
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Honda's Goldwing tribute continues with the GL1200 (far right), the GL1500 (middle) and the GL1800 (left)
Motomarche di Latini converted this Honda X-Adv to a desert tourer of sorts, complete with shovel and solar panel
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Motomarche di Latini converted this Honda X-Adv to a desert tourer of sorts, complete with shovel and solar panel
Honda Palace Napoli took a standard X-Adv, removed the ABS, reinforced the front with an extra clamp, painted it in Africa Twin colors and called it the X-End
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Honda Palace Napoli took a standard X-Adv, removed the ABS, reinforced the front with an extra clamp, painted it in Africa Twin colors and called it the X-End
Aroni Moto took a standard Honda X-Adv, added some off-road gear, an exhaust system, shortened the final transmission and painted it in a scheme that looks like it just jumped out of the Lego movie
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Aroni Moto took a standard Honda X-Adv, added some off-road gear, an exhaust system, shortened the final transmission and painted it in a scheme that looks like it just jumped out of the Lego movie
The Cub3 is what happens to a Honda X-Adv scooter when it falls in the hands of the Deus Ex Machina custom shop
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The Cub3 is what happens to a Honda X-Adv scooter when it falls in the hands of the Deus Ex Machina custom shop
The Honda Monkey 125 came to EICMA 2017 as a concept. If it were a production model it would have sold out right there, at least judging from the visitors' reactions
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The Honda Monkey 125 came to EICMA 2017 as a concept. If it were a production model it would have sold out right there, at least judging from the visitors' reactions
The Honda Super Cub C125 concept, from the Tokyo Motor Show straight to EICMA 2017
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The Honda Super Cub C125 concept, from the Tokyo Motor Show straight to EICMA 2017
Öhlins' booth featured the Yamaha M1 of its new MotoGP rider Maverick Vinales, although one would have expected Valentino Rossi's M1 at the Italian show. Sign of the times?
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Öhlins' booth featured the Yamaha M1 of its new MotoGP rider Maverick Vinales, although one would have expected Valentino Rossi's M1 at the Italian show. Sign of the times?
The MV Agusta F3 675 that American rider PJ Jacobsen races at the World Supersport class
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The MV Agusta F3 675 that American rider PJ Jacobsen races at the World Supersport class
Leon Camier's racing MV Agusta F4 1000 from the World Superbike Championship
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Leon Camier's racing MV Agusta F4 1000 from the World Superbike Championship
Lewis Hamilton's limited MV Agusta F4 LH44
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Lewis Hamilton's limited MV Agusta F4 LH44
The GSX-S750 Zero is a custom job by Officine GP Design that changes only the looks of the original Suzuki model
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The GSX-S750 Zero is a custom job by Officine GP Design that changes only the looks of the original Suzuki model
The Suzuki GSX-S750 Zero by Officine GP Design
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The Suzuki GSX-S750 Zero by Officine GP Design
Motorcycle accessories manufacturer, Kriega, partnered with Bottpower to create the XR1R and race it to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 2017
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Motorcycle accessories manufacturer, Kriega, partnered with Bottpower to create the XR1R and race it to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 2017
Kumpan Electric's 1953 e-scooter is available for scooter sharing schemes in German cities
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Kumpan Electric's 1953 e-scooter is available for scooter sharing schemes in German cities
A rare Ariel Ace lurking in a dark corner of EICMA 2017
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A rare Ariel Ace lurking in a dark corner of EICMA 2017
Electric mini bikes from Gas Gas
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Electric mini bikes from Gas Gas
Beta Motor's electric Mini Cross
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Beta Motor's electric Mini Cross
The Beta Motors electric Mini Trial, in several sizes and with the full-sized racing models in the background
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The Beta Motors electric Mini Trial, in several sizes and with the full-sized racing models in the background
A fine collection of racing motorcycles at the Due Ruote magazine's EICMA 2017 booth
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A fine collection of racing motorcycles at the Due Ruote magazine's EICMA 2017 booth
Motorex displayed a vintage Motosacoche bike
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Motorex displayed a vintage Motosacoche bike
A Confederate Motorcycles' FA-13 Combat Bomber at the booth of Beringer Brakes
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A Confederate Motorcycles' FA-13 Combat Bomber at the booth of Beringer Brakes
Chinese company QS Motors produces hub motors for electric bikes, and this is a display model at EICMA 2017
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Chinese company QS Motors produces hub motors for electric bikes, and this is a display model at EICMA 2017
Huge disk brake for the QS Motors' electric showbike
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Huge disk brake for the QS Motors' electric showbike
The Yamaha Sidewinder M-TX LE snowmobile
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The Yamaha Sidewinder M-TX LE snowmobile
The gigantic Yamaha Waverunner GP1800 jet ski
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The gigantic Yamaha Waverunner GP1800 jet ski
The Daboot freestyle MX team arrived at EICMA 2017 in perfect style
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The Daboot freestyle MX team arrived at EICMA 2017 in perfect style

Aside from the 2018 production models that debuted at EICMA 2017, the Italian motorcycle show traditionally garnishes its centerpieces with a variety of exhibits ranging from prophetic concepts like KTM's 790 Adventure and Moto Guzzi's V85, to flamboyant customs. And even the odd showpiece that words fail to describe. New Atlas has gathered together the best examples from the show for you to gawp at.

Motor shows are not just about new models. What's around them often hints at future production plans, or trends that contribute in shaping the industry's strategies. Look, for instance, at the KTM 790 Adventure concept. It's a move similar to last year's unveiling of the 790 Duke concept, which was designed to introduce a brand new in-line twin engine for the Austrian manufacturer and this year returned to Milan as a proper 2018 production model.

Apparently, the next model to employ this new engine will be a mid-sized Adventure bike, and KTM doesn't shy away from revealing the fact. Quite to the contrary, serving up what will undoubtedly be one of the EICMA 2018 stars.

This concept also gives an indication of the next area that European manufacturers want to exploit. The mid-sized adventure class has been dominated almost exclusively by Japanese factories for decades, but the success that BMW and Triumph enjoyed with their 800 cc motorcycles hasn't gone unnoticed.

The 790 Adventure concept showcases the next bike to run on KTM's new in-line twin-cylinder engine
The 790 Adventure concept showcases the next bike to run on KTM's new in-line twin-cylinder engine

The big adventurers have become too big and often far too expensive for the average buyer of the struggling middle class. Downsizing seems like the logical thing to do, not only in terms of affordability but also of fuel efficiency, an important factor that seems to become more critical every year – and, coincidentally, a field in which KTM's Adventure has never excelled.

Moto Guzzi's new concept bike, the V85, also points in the same direction. All the companies under the Piaggio Group umbrella have introduced few new models in recent years, and Moto Guzzi isn't any different. Apart from refining the V7 range and launching the bigger V9 model family last year, it has practically been building bikes on two engines that have been around for more than a decade.

Moto Guzzi unveiled the V85 concept, its next adventure bike project
Moto Guzzi unveiled the V85 concept, its next adventure bike project

The V85 is essentially a Stelvio 1200 spin-off, with similar styling but much simpler tech supporting it. Turning to an air-cooled 850 cc engine indicates that Moto Guzzi is seeking a different audience, with a more affordable and simpler to maintain motorcycle.

Yamaha has also joined the class recently with the Tracer 700, built on the MT-07 (or FZ) in-line twin, but the prototype adventure bike it displayed last year unfortunately returned once again only as a showpiece. There's very little doubt, of course, that the Ténéré 700 will enter production sooner or later, just because it makes sense.

The Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 concept
The Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 concept

Moving in the opposite direction, Husqvarna is building on the success of the Vitpilen and Svartpilen roadsters that debuted last year on the KTM 390 Duke platform. It now seems that the next Huskies to come will be the bigger variants, with the KTM 690 single-cylinder engine that Husqvarna uses in its 701 off-road models.

The Honda CB4 Interceptor concept is another take on the CB1000R
The Honda CB4 Interceptor concept is another take on the CB1000R

Honda is also playing it big with the CB4 Interceptor concept. Over the years, Japan's biggest manufacturer has come up with many concept bikes that never saw the light of day, but in this case we suspect there's more to it. The CB4 concept from the 2015 Milan show was built around the 650 cc four-cylinder engine of the CB650F, and now a new prototype under the same moniker is designed around the new CB1000R. Using the name Interceptor is also anything but accidental, as it refers to an older series of US market models with Honda V4 engines.

Could there be too many coincidences? It may be too soon to say, but Honda can play as much as it wants around big displacement sportbikes, since it has its lower end covered with some of the most affordable and efficient bikes in the market – the CB500 and NC750 platforms.

DNA filters designed this impressive #DCR017 cafe racer around a KTM RC8R
DNA filters designed this impressive #DCR017 cafe racer around a KTM RC8R

EICMA 2017 of course also hosted the extravagant designs that add the necessary spice to the whole show. Although it doesn't have the dedicated custom hall of the German Intermot, flashy one-off designs will always be employed by exhibitors in order to attract visitors to their booths and gain publicity in the press, and Italian craftsmanship is never dull.

There was plenty for the visitor to indulge in, so dive into our gallery for a collection of concepts, custom builds, prototypes, showbikes and all kinds of unexpected exhibits.

2 comments
DavidRogerBrown
Excellent collection of photos,Spiros. New Atlas always has the best coverage of the motorcycle industry. So many fantastic machines. Great to see flat track getting popular again. Was afraid it was dying off. Come on Indian-come out with a 750 street legal dirt track replica that doesn't weigh over 450 lbs. wet (unlike the previous Sportster H.D. heavy pigs). After all these decades my heart still skips a beat when seeing a beloved 72 Z-1. SWM 440 single uses a Chinese made engine. Guess the dual exhaust is suppose to fool people? Anybody know the back round of the design on Indian's Munro Spirit's seat? Has a steering wheel?
ljaques
KTM people showed pure genius showcasing a dirty, _ridden_ bike. So much so that the idiots over at Steinbok poured dust all over their bike, including the seat, in an attempt to capture that level of focus. They failed just -miserably-. Also amusing were the tire warmers on the Kaw. I love all the sub-400cc adventure bikes, other than the ungodly Deus ex Honda scooter with the tiny wheels. Bravo to KTM, Hero, Moto Guzzi, Borile, and Zontes for their smallish adventure cycles. I'll bet "Beta" regrets having chosen that name by now. ;) I love the Atom, but what was Ariel thinking with that bike? =:-0