Motorcycles

In pictures: All the action from EICMA 2018 motorcycle show

Ducati's MotoGP star, Andrea Dovizioso, joined in for the introduction of the new Panigale V4 R
Ducati's MotoGP star, Andrea Dovizioso, joined in for the introduction of the new Panigale V4 R
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The Concept RS 660 previews an upcoming mid-level model family built around an in-line twin engine born out of the front cylinder bank of Aprilia's V4 superbike
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The Concept RS 660 previews an upcoming mid-level model family built around an in-line twin engine born out of the front cylinder bank of Aprilia's V4 superbike
Two RSV4 1100 cylinders will form a new engine and, if RS 660 indeed refers to its capacity, It'll have to grow a bit
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Two RSV4 1100 cylinders will form a new engine and, if RS 660 indeed refers to its capacity, It'll have to grow a bit
The 2019 Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory makes an insane jump to 217 road-legal horsepower
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The 2019 Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory makes an insane jump to 217 road-legal horsepower
For 2019 Aprilia updated the 175-hp Tuono V4 1100 RR and Factory with Öhlins' Smart EC2.0 semi-active suspension as standard, along with a race-ready electronic support pack – complete with pit limiter and all
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For 2019 Aprilia updated the 175-hp Tuono V4 1100 RR and Factory with Öhlins' Smart EC2.0 semi-active suspension as standard, along with a race-ready electronic support pack – complete with pit limiter and all
The electric Arc Vector sportbike's performance promises a unique experience thanks to the haptic technology that is applied to the accompanying helmet and jacket combo
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The electric Arc Vector sportbike's performance promises a unique experience thanks to the haptic technology that is applied to the accompanying helmet and jacket combo
The Arc Vector's production will be limited to 399 units, starting at £90,000 (US$117,500) each
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The Arc Vector's production will be limited to 399 units, starting at £90,000 (US$117,500) each
The high price tag of the electric Arc Vector includes lots of carbon fiber, even in the BST wheels
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The high price tag of the electric Arc Vector includes lots of carbon fiber, even in the BST wheels
Italian electric scooter manufacturer, Askoll, unveiled the High Performance Concept at EICMA 2018, admittedly eyeing the 125-cc class in terms of power and design
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Italian electric scooter manufacturer, Askoll, unveiled the High Performance Concept at EICMA 2018, admittedly eyeing the 125-cc class in terms of power and design
Since its acquisition by the Chinese QJ group, Benelli is on a global offensive with a constantly expanding and diversifying model range
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Since its acquisition by the Chinese QJ group, Benelli is on a global offensive with a constantly expanding and diversifying model range
The Benelli Leoncino 800 prototype debuted at EICMA 2018, with every intention of returning to production from next year and lead its 125, 250 and 500-cc siblings
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The Benelli Leoncino 800 prototype debuted at EICMA 2018, with every intention of returning to production from next year and lead its 125, 250 and 500-cc siblings
The Benelli TRK 502 X just spawned a 250-cc variant for 2019
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The Benelli TRK 502 X just spawned a 250-cc variant for 2019
Steve Holcombe won his second back-to-back EnduroGP world championship and Beta celebrates with a special RR 300 replica of his two-stroke racer
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Steve Holcombe won his second back-to-back EnduroGP world championship and Beta celebrates with a special RR 300 replica of his two-stroke racer
Beta's 2019 lineup of dual purpose motorcycles
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Beta's 2019 lineup of dual purpose motorcycles
The 2019 Beta RR 200 is a sensible two-stroke bike that transfers experience gained from world-class racing to the hobbyist cross-country rider
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The 2019 Beta RR 200 is a sensible two-stroke bike that transfers experience gained from world-class racing to the hobbyist cross-country rider
As the horsepower war rages on in the superbike class, BMW responds with the 2019 S1000 RR, featuring brand new engine, frame and suspension to come up with 207 hp for 197 kg (154 kW for 434 lb)
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As the horsepower war rages on in the superbike class, BMW responds with the 2019 S1000 RR, featuring brand new engine, frame and suspension to come up with 207 hp for 197 kg (154 kW for 434 lb)
BMW ditched the asymmetrical headlight design, the model's trademark characteristic  since the first-gen 2009 S1000 RR
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BMW ditched the asymmetrical headlight design, the model's trademark characteristic  since the first-gen 2009 S1000 RR
BMW introduced a new R 1250 GS a few weeks before the Intemot show, and has now unveiled the Adventure variant at EICMA 2018
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BMW introduced a new R 1250 GS a few weeks before the Intemot show, and has now unveiled the Adventure variant at EICMA 2018
Just like the R 1250, the BMW F 850 GS launched a new Adventure version at the EICMA 2018 show
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Just like the R 1250, the BMW F 850 GS launched a new Adventure version at the EICMA 2018 show
As expected, the 2019 BMW R 1250 R got the new ShiftCam boxer engine
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As expected, the 2019 BMW R 1250 R got the new ShiftCam boxer engine
BMW didn't lose any time spreading around its new ShiftCam boxer engine, and the 2019 R 1250 RS benefited as well
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BMW didn't lose any time spreading around its new ShiftCam boxer engine, and the 2019 R 1250 RS benefited as well
Last year BMW expanded its scooter range downwards with the C 400 X, and for 2019 it doubles up with the C 400 GT variant
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Last year BMW expanded its scooter range downwards with the C 400 X, and for 2019 it doubles up with the C 400 GT variant
One of the most striking Option 719 "factory custom" kits applied on the BMW R nineT Racer
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One of the most striking Option 719 "factory custom" kits applied on the BMW R nineT Racer
Most motorcyclists will insist that this Brembo display could stand comfortably in any posh jeweler's shop
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Most motorcyclists will insist that this Brembo display could stand comfortably in any posh jeweler's shop
More high-end Brembo trickery, headlined by the patented RCS Corsacorta lever that lets the rider adjust where the front brake bites
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More high-end Brembo trickery, headlined by the patented RCS Corsacorta lever that lets the rider adjust where the front brake bites
Owned by the Austrian KSR Group, Brixton Motorcycles started out with a series of 125-cc models, introduced a series of 250s at Intermot and now declares its intent to step up with the parallel twin BX500 concept bike
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Owned by the Austrian KSR Group, Brixton Motorcycles started out with a series of 125-cc models, introduced a series of 250s at Intermot and now declares its intent to step up with the parallel twin BX500 concept bike
In 2019 Brough-Superior celebrates 100 years since the original company was founded with a special anniversary model of its – already very exclusive – S.S. 100
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In 2019 Brough-Superior celebrates 100 years since the original company was founded with a special anniversary model of its – already very exclusive – S.S. 100
Greek air filter specialists, DNA, unveiled the DCR018 at EICMA, a custom take on the BMW R nineT, where only the motor remains from the original donor bike
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Greek air filter specialists, DNA, unveiled the DCR018 at EICMA, a custom take on the BMW R nineT, where only the motor remains from the original donor bike
Ducati's MotoGP star, Andrea Dovizioso, joined in for the introduction of the new Panigale V4 R
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Ducati's MotoGP star, Andrea Dovizioso, joined in for the introduction of the new Panigale V4 R
The Panigale V4 R is the new 221-hp weapon that Ducati will field  at the 2019 World Superbike Championship
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The Panigale V4 R is the new 221-hp weapon that Ducati will field  at the 2019 World Superbike Championship
The Ducati Panigale V4 S is a racing-spec, 1100 cc, 214 hp rocket that sits between the standard V4 model and the WorldSBK-homologated, 1000 cc V4 R
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The Ducati Panigale V4 S is a racing-spec, 1100 cc, 214 hp rocket that sits between the standard V4 model and the WorldSBK-homologated, 1000 cc V4 R
As expected, the Ducati Diavel got the latest 1260 cc V-twin Testastretta motor for 2019
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As expected, the Ducati Diavel got the latest 1260 cc V-twin Testastretta motor for 2019
The new Ducati Hypermotard 950 will be produced in two versions, with the higher-spec SP sporting Öhlins suspension, lighter Marchesini wheels and an EVO quickshifter as standard
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The new Ducati Hypermotard 950 will be produced in two versions, with the higher-spec SP sporting Öhlins suspension, lighter Marchesini wheels and an EVO quickshifter as standard
The 2019 Ducati Multistrada 950 comes with a new six-axis inertial measurement unit and electronic suspension for the S version
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The 2019 Ducati Multistrada 950 comes with a new six-axis inertial measurement unit and electronic suspension for the S version
Ducati didn't make any significant changes to the 2019 Monster 821, but did introduce this Stealth color variant
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Ducati didn't make any significant changes to the 2019 Monster 821, but did introduce this Stealth color variant
A few weeks before EICMA, Ducati revealed a new electric mountain bike, the MIG-RR
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A few weeks before EICMA, Ducati revealed a new electric mountain bike, the MIG-RR
Italian electric motorcycle manufacturer, Energica, unveiled a concept bike called Bolid-E at EICMA in cooperation with Samsung, featuring remote control of some functions via a smart watch
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Italian electric motorcycle manufacturer, Energica, unveiled a concept bike called Bolid-E at EICMA in cooperation with Samsung, featuring remote control of some functions via a smart watch
The Energica Bolid-E concept has two cameras covering both ends of the bike and displays on two Samsung Galaxy A8 devices in place of mirrors. Apart from the deactivated phone operation, these retain every other aspect of their functionality
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The Energica Bolid-E concept has two cameras covering both ends of the bike and displays on two Samsung Galaxy A8 devices in place of mirrors. Apart from the deactivated phone operation, these retain every other aspect of their functionality
Fantic Motor has revived the Caballero and is now teasing an electric version, the e-Cab, revealed as this concept model that broke cover at EICMA
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Fantic Motor has revived the Caballero and is now teasing an electric version, the e-Cab, revealed as this concept model that broke cover at EICMA
The Fantic Motor Caballero 500 gets a taller, Rally variant for 2019
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The Fantic Motor Caballero 500 gets a taller, Rally variant for 2019
The Issimo was a 50 cc moped produced by Fantic Motor in the 1980s. The 2019 tribute is an electric commuter with 20-inch wheels, e-bike electric motor housed in an aluminum underbone frame and introduced in two variants, Fun (right) and Urban (left)
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The Issimo was a 50 cc moped produced by Fantic Motor in the 1980s. The 2019 tribute is an electric commuter with 20-inch wheels, e-bike electric motor housed in an aluminum underbone frame and introduced in two variants, Fun (right) and Urban (left)
The 2019 Fantic Motor Caballero family, with 125, 250 and 500 cc engines
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The 2019 Fantic Motor Caballero family, with 125, 250 and 500 cc engines
FB Mondial introduced yet another version of the HPS roadster; the Flat Track will be available in 2019 with 125 and 300 cc single-cylinder engines
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FB Mondial introduced yet another version of the HPS roadster; the Flat Track will be available in 2019 with 125 and 300 cc single-cylinder engines
Rear end view of the 2019 FB Mondial Flat Track
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Rear end view of the 2019 FB Mondial Flat Track
Garelli, another legendary brand from Italy's long moped history, announced its return with an electric commuter called Ciclone (Cyclone)
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Garelli, another legendary brand from Italy's long moped history, announced its return with an electric commuter called Ciclone (Cyclone)
Garelli is back and it's 100 percent electric
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Garelli is back and it's 100 percent electric
The electric Garelli Ciclone in a Dark color scheme
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The electric Garelli Ciclone in a Dark color scheme
The electric Livewire is nearing production and this translated to top honors at Harley-Davidson's EICMA booth
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The electric Livewire is nearing production and this translated to top honors at Harley-Davidson's EICMA booth
India's Hero introduced a new model family with a 200 cc air-cooled single
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India's Hero introduced a new model family with a 200 cc air-cooled single
Honda unveiled the 2019 CBR650R, which is a sensible four-cylinder sport tourer, rather than the supersport bike its name might suggest
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Honda unveiled the 2019 CBR650R, which is a sensible four-cylinder sport tourer, rather than the supersport bike its name might suggest
The 2019 Honda CB650R is the naked version of the CBR650R, inheriting the looks of the latest CB model family and filling the mid-capacity gap that was left by the current 125, 300 and 1000 cc models
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The 2019 Honda CB650R is the naked version of the CBR650R, inheriting the looks of the latest CB model family and filling the mid-capacity gap that was left by the current 125, 300 and 1000 cc models
Honda fine tuned the CB500X street adventure bike for 2019
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Honda fine tuned the CB500X street adventure bike for 2019
The new Honda Forza 300 scooter in the coveted Repsol racing color scheme
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The new Honda Forza 300 scooter in the coveted Repsol racing color scheme
The Honda X-Adv adventure scooter got some playful new colors for 2019
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The Honda X-Adv adventure scooter got some playful new colors for 2019
Honda's modern Cub 125 magnetized every EICMA visitor that would pass nearby
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Honda's modern Cub 125 magnetized every EICMA visitor that would pass nearby
As the 125 cc class explodes in popularity in Europe, Honda showed two concept bikes based on the CB125 motor, both styled by Valerio Aielo and his Italian designers' team. This is the supermoto-themed CB125M
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As the 125 cc class explodes in popularity in Europe, Honda showed two concept bikes based on the CB125 motor, both styled by Valerio Aielo and his Italian designers' team. This is the supermoto-themed CB125M
The CB125X is the second Honda concept bike, in this case toying with the adventure theme
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The CB125X is the second Honda concept bike, in this case toying with the adventure theme
A strange Italian custom take on the Honda CB1000R suggests shedding weight by losing one fork and strapping on a NOS can for a touch of high-speed drama
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A strange Italian custom take on the Honda CB1000R suggests shedding weight by losing one fork and strapping on a NOS can for a touch of high-speed drama
Honda celebrates a MotoGP world title by Spanish rider Marc Marquez, as well as the Manufacturers' title that was decided at the Malaysian GP just a few days before EICMA opened its doors
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Honda celebrates a MotoGP world title by Spanish rider Marc Marquez, as well as the Manufacturers' title that was decided at the Malaysian GP just a few days before EICMA opened its doors
Starring its MotoGP championship-winning bike, the RC213V, Honda's display shows us what 62 degrees of lean angle looks like from up close
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Starring its MotoGP championship-winning bike, the RC213V, Honda's display shows us what 62 degrees of lean angle looks like from up close
Just as it had done a few years ago when teasing the Vitpilen and Svartpilen 401 models, Husqvarna displayed an Aero 701 concept bike, built around KTM's single-cylinder engine from the 690 series
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Just as it had done a few years ago when teasing the Vitpilen and Svartpilen 401 models, Husqvarna displayed an Aero 701 concept bike, built around KTM's single-cylinder engine from the 690 series
As much as the front part of the Husqvarna Aero concept can be a bit controversial as a design, the tail unit is simply amazing
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As much as the front part of the Husqvarna Aero concept can be a bit controversial as a design, the tail unit is simply amazing
The Husqvarna Aero concept bike
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The Husqvarna Aero concept bike
The Husqvarna Svartpilen (foreground) and Vitpilen (background) made their official debut with the big 701 motor at EICMA 2018
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The Husqvarna Svartpilen (foreground) and Vitpilen (background) made their official debut with the big 701 motor at EICMA 2018
Husqvarna's impressive new mountain e-bikes held a special place in its EICMA booth, starring the Extreme Cross top-of-the-line model
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Husqvarna's impressive new mountain e-bikes held a special place in its EICMA booth, starring the Extreme Cross top-of-the-line model
Indian Motorcycles came to Milan with the S version of the 2019 FTR1200, which differs only in some special equipment, like the Akrapovic exhaust, the seat unit, Pro Taper footpegs and several other items that can be ordered piece by piece for the standard FTR as well
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Indian Motorcycles came to Milan with the S version of the 2019 FTR1200, which differs only in some special equipment, like the Akrapovic exhaust, the seat unit, Pro Taper footpegs and several other items that can be ordered piece by piece for the standard FTR as well
Italjet announced the return of its notorious child, the Dragster. Once a fire-breathing 180 cc two-stroke monster of a scooter, today it's a four-stroke in 125 and 200 cc versions. No word yet on engine pedigree, performance figures or production times – but the extreme looks still promise to turn heads any place, any time
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Italjet announced the return of its notorious child, the Dragster. Once a fire-breathing 180 cc two-stroke monster of a scooter, today it's a four-stroke in 125 and 200 cc versions. No word yet on engine pedigree, performance figures or production times – but the extreme looks still promise to turn heads any place, any time
The Italjet Buccaneer 250 V2 has been displayed before at the EICMA show and it was there this year as well, once again with no specific announcements for its immediate future
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The Italjet Buccaneer 250 V2 has been displayed before at the EICMA show and it was there this year as well, once again with no specific announcements for its immediate future
Last year Kawasaki introduced the Ninja 400, won the World Supersport 300 championship with it and now unveiled the Z400 naked version
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Last year Kawasaki introduced the Ninja 400, won the World Supersport 300 championship with it and now unveiled the Z400 naked version
The 2019 Kawasaki Versys 1000 went through an update process that focused mainly on a lot of fresh electronics, cornering LED lights and an SE version with electronic suspensions
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The 2019 Kawasaki Versys 1000 went through an update process that focused mainly on a lot of fresh electronics, cornering LED lights and an SE version with electronic suspensions
Italian customizers, MRS Officina, dished out this strikingly beautiful cafe racer take on the Z900RS, hosted in Kawasaki's official booth
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Italian customizers, MRS Officina, dished out this strikingly beautiful cafe racer take on the Z900RS, hosted in Kawasaki's official booth
A timeline of the Kawasaki Z900 at its EICMA booth
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A timeline of the Kawasaki Z900 at its EICMA booth
This is the Kawasaki ZX-10RR that brought in a record four-in-a-row World Suberbike championships by Jonathan Rea
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This is the Kawasaki ZX-10RR that brought in a record four-in-a-row World Suberbike championships by Jonathan Rea
This Ninja 400 was ridden by Ana Carrasco to the World SSP300 title, the first ever world championship to be won by a woman racing against men
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This Ninja 400 was ridden by Ana Carrasco to the World SSP300 title, the first ever world championship to be won by a woman racing against men
As soon as KTM unveiled the 790 Adventure, its stage was immediately swamped with people
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As soon as KTM unveiled the 790 Adventure, its stage was immediately swamped with people
The 2019 KTM 790 Adventure and Adventure R join what is possibly the hottest category in the market right now
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The 2019 KTM 790 Adventure and Adventure R join what is possibly the hottest category in the market right now
The 2019 KTM 690 Enduro R gets new frame and suspension, as well a wave of electronic support systems
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The 2019 KTM 690 Enduro R gets new frame and suspension, as well a wave of electronic support systems
KTM brings back the 690 SMC R for 74-hp supermoto fun
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KTM brings back the 690 SMC R for 74-hp supermoto fun
The KTM RC16 is arguably the best looking MotoGP racing motorcycle
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The KTM RC16 is arguably the best looking MotoGP racing motorcycle
KTM bikes enjoyed their own EICMA booth
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KTM bikes enjoyed their own EICMA booth
Whoever said that KTM's bikes needed some bling, probably didn't have this in mind
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Whoever said that KTM's bikes needed some bling, probably didn't have this in mind
Kymco joins the electric sportike wave with the SuperNEX concept bike that was unveiled in a downtown Milan party, hosted by its chairman, Allen Ko
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Kymco joins the electric sportike wave with the SuperNEX concept bike that was unveiled in a downtown Milan party, hosted by its chairman, Allen Ko
Kymco celebrates 55 years with a special anniversary model of its AK550 scooter, sporting some high-end gear, such as an Öhlins shock and Akrapovic exhaust
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Kymco celebrates 55 years with a special anniversary model of its AK550 scooter, sporting some high-end gear, such as an Öhlins shock and Akrapovic exhaust
This is the Rock 125 by Mash, a motorcycle apparently heavily influenced by the Ducati Scrambler
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This is the Rock 125 by Mash, a motorcycle apparently heavily influenced by the Ducati Scrambler
Moto Guzzi first introduced the V85 TT adventure bike last year at EICMA as a prototype, and then proceeded to release information bit by bit, until this year's Milan show, where we finally got the full tech info of the new model
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Moto Guzzi first introduced the V85 TT adventure bike last year at EICMA as a prototype, and then proceeded to release information bit by bit, until this year's Milan show, where we finally got the full tech info of the new model
The Moto Guzzi V7 III Stoner Night Pack is the seventh variant in the V7 III model family
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The Moto Guzzi V7 III Stoner Night Pack is the seventh variant in the V7 III model family
The MV Agusta Superveloce 800 is a concept bike based on the F3 800, and is scheduled to go into production sometime in the second half of 2019
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The MV Agusta Superveloce 800 is a concept bike based on the F3 800, and is scheduled to go into production sometime in the second half of 2019
A rather strange exhibit at MV Agusta's booth. Some found it practical though
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A rather strange exhibit at MV Agusta's booth. Some found it practical though
2019 MV Agusta Brutale 1000 Serie Oro. The "Golden Series" stands out with a whooping 208 hp, an insane number for a naked bike
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2019 MV Agusta Brutale 1000 Serie Oro. The "Golden Series" stands out with a whooping 208 hp, an insane number for a naked bike
The 2019 MV Agusta Drgster 800RR America is a special model destined to be exported only in the American market
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The 2019 MV Agusta Drgster 800RR America is a special model destined to be exported only in the American market
In case anyone was wondering where MV Agusta drew inspiration for the Dragster 800RR America, here's the original
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In case anyone was wondering where MV Agusta drew inspiration for the Dragster 800RR America, here's the original
This is an MV Agusta 500 triple, just like the one that Giacomo Agostini rode to racing glory in the late '60s-early '70s
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This is an MV Agusta 500 triple, just like the one that Giacomo Agostini rode to racing glory in the late '60s-early '70s
The very special MV Agusta F4 Claudio Castiglioni sitting atop a vintage truck
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The very special MV Agusta F4 Claudio Castiglioni sitting atop a vintage truck
Italian startup, Nito, launched a very interesting concept bike, the N4 Electric Urban Motard
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Italian startup, Nito, launched a very interesting concept bike, the N4 Electric Urban Motard
Piaggio updated the 300 cc MP3 model for 2019 with the HPE variant, standing for High Performance Engine. It sports a minor redesign and outputs 24.5 hp
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Piaggio updated the 300 cc MP3 model for 2019 with the HPE variant, standing for High Performance Engine. It sports a minor redesign and outputs 24.5 hp
Royal Enfield displayed the KX Concept, with a new 800 cc V-twin engine that took many by surprise. Could this be a forerunner of future production models? Let's hope so
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Royal Enfield displayed the KX Concept, with a new 800 cc V-twin engine that took many by surprise. Could this be a forerunner of future production models? Let's hope so
This 1937 Royal Enfield KX 1140 V-twin is the apparent inspiration for the modern KX Concept
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This 1937 Royal Enfield KX 1140 V-twin is the apparent inspiration for the modern KX Concept
The 2019 Royal Enfield Himalayan sports a new urban camo color scheme
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The 2019 Royal Enfield Himalayan sports a new urban camo color scheme
A beautiful custom take on Royal Enfield's new in-line 650 twin
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A beautiful custom take on Royal Enfield's new in-line 650 twin
It takes one moment of rare luck to get WSBK champion Jonathan Rea (left), BSB champion Leon Haslam (right) and a Showa exec in the same frame, all making funny faces
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It takes one moment of rare luck to get WSBK champion Jonathan Rea (left), BSB champion Leon Haslam (right) and a Showa exec in the same frame, all making funny faces
Suzuki didn't have anything new to show at EICMA, other than the blacked out version of the Katana
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Suzuki didn't have anything new to show at EICMA, other than the blacked out version of the Katana
Taiwanese manufacturer, SYM, unveiled the EE1 scooter at EICMA, an electric model that's aimed squarely at the 125 class, with 130 km/h top speed and a reported 100 km range
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Taiwanese manufacturer, SYM, unveiled the EE1 scooter at EICMA, an electric model that's aimed squarely at the 125 class, with 130 km/h top speed and a reported 100 km range
The SYM ED1 folding electric scooter is a practical zero emissions two-wheeler that can reach a top speed of 25 km/h for a maximum range of 40 km
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The SYM ED1 folding electric scooter is a practical zero emissions two-wheeler that can reach a top speed of 25 km/h for a maximum range of 40 km
At the push of a button the SYM ED1 starts to fold, first by putting the rear wheel under the central battery section
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At the push of a button the SYM ED1 starts to fold, first by putting the rear wheel under the central battery section
Once the rear wheel has been tucked in place, the front forks turn 180 degrees sideways, until the wheel is parallel to the SYM ED1's main body
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Once the rear wheel has been tucked in place, the front forks turn 180 degrees sideways, until the wheel is parallel to the SYM ED1's main body
The big news for Triumph came a few days before EICMA, with the introduction of the new Scrambler models that understandably took center stage in its Italian booth
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The big news for Triumph came a few days before EICMA, with the introduction of the new Scrambler models that understandably took center stage in its Italian booth
The 2019 Triumph Bonneville T120 Diamond is a limited edition model that has nothing different in terms of tech, but only a production run of 900 motorcycles with a certificate of authenticity
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The 2019 Triumph Bonneville T120 Diamond is a limited edition model that has nothing different in terms of tech, but only a production run of 900 motorcycles with a certificate of authenticity
The 2019 Triumph Bonneville T120 Ace is a special limited model that was created in cooperation with the famous Ace Cafe London and will be produced in 1,400 numbered examples, all sporting the matte black theme
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The 2019 Triumph Bonneville T120 Ace is a special limited model that was created in cooperation with the famous Ace Cafe London and will be produced in 1,400 numbered examples, all sporting the matte black theme
Piaggio announced that on the first public day of EICMA 2018, November 8, it would start the online booking campaign of the Vespa Elettrica. Selling for €6,390 (US$7,250) it will initially be available only for the main European markets, before it opens up for America and Asia in early 2019
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Piaggio announced that on the first public day of EICMA 2018, November 8, it would start the online booking campaign of the Vespa Elettrica. Selling for €6,390 (US$7,250) it will initially be available only for the main European markets, before it opens up for America and Asia in early 2019
Yamaha finally lifted the curtain on the production version of the 2019 Ténéré 700, its new mid-class adventure bike that's based on the MT-07 in-line twin engine
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Yamaha finally lifted the curtain on the production version of the 2019 Ténéré 700, its new mid-class adventure bike that's based on the MT-07 in-line twin engine
Yamaha brought the 3CT Concept to Milan, a three-wheeler with a 300 cc Blue Core engine that is meant to bridge the gap from the Tricity 125 to the Niken 900
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Yamaha brought the 3CT Concept to Milan, a three-wheeler with a 300 cc Blue Core engine that is meant to bridge the gap from the Tricity 125 to the Niken 900
For 2019 Yamaha rolled out the GT version of the Niken, bearing some more welcome touring equipment, such as panniers, center stand, heated grips and plushier seat, as well as the taller screen that should have been there in the first place
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For 2019 Yamaha rolled out the GT version of the Niken, bearing some more welcome touring equipment, such as panniers, center stand, heated grips and plushier seat, as well as the taller screen that should have been there in the first place
The XSR700 doesn't really change for 2019, but Yamaha did have an interesting update in the shape of a paint job tribute to the iconic first-gen XT500
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The XSR700 doesn't really change for 2019, but Yamaha did have an interesting update in the shape of a paint job tribute to the iconic first-gen XT500
As we were talking about the XT500, here's a perfect example from 1981, on display in Yamaha's EICMA booth
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As we were talking about the XT500, here's a perfect example from 1981, on display in Yamaha's EICMA booth
This little electric custom bike was stationed in Schuberth's EICMA booth
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This little electric custom bike was stationed in Schuberth's EICMA booth
Valentino Rossi's VR46 clothing brand is apparently looking to expand to pre-school clientele
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Valentino Rossi's VR46 clothing brand is apparently looking to expand to pre-school clientele
This Yamaha YZ450F, modified to a flat track set-up, is in fact one of the personal motorcycles that Valentino Rossi uses for training at his ranch in his Tavullia, Italy, hometown
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This Yamaha YZ450F, modified to a flat track set-up, is in fact one of the personal motorcycles that Valentino Rossi uses for training at his ranch in his Tavullia, Italy, hometown
The popular GP-O series of the OHVale sport mini bikes on full display at EICMA
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The popular GP-O series of the OHVale sport mini bikes on full display at EICMA
Some areas just never got quiet; Ducati's EICMA enormous booth often resembled an Italian public "piazza"
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Some areas just never got quiet; Ducati's EICMA enormous booth often resembled an Italian public "piazza"
Chinese brand Keeway QJ explores electric mobility with the e-zi scooter
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Chinese brand Keeway QJ explores electric mobility with the e-zi scooter
Zaetta'a ftal tracker runs on a single-cylinder TM 450 engine
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Zaetta'a ftal tracker runs on a single-cylinder TM 450 engine
Argo's eight-wheel drive amphibious ATV is called XTV Avenger 8x8 ST and looks like the right vehicle for fun where motorcycles cannot go
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Argo's eight-wheel drive amphibious ATV is called XTV Avenger 8x8 ST and looks like the right vehicle for fun where motorcycles cannot go
Moto training session with a real motorcycle and casual clothing looked like fun
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Moto training session with a real motorcycle and casual clothing looked like fun
Italian custom shop VSpecial equipped this MV Agusta Dragster 800 with a set of front facing exhaust pipes for some reason
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Italian custom shop VSpecial equipped this MV Agusta Dragster 800 with a set of front facing exhaust pipes for some reason
A fine collection of eponymous, yet banged-up leathers, greets visitors to Alpinestars' EICMA booth
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A fine collection of eponymous, yet banged-up leathers, greets visitors to Alpinestars' EICMA booth
Spanish firm, Silence, have chosen a very fitting name for the manufacturing of electric scooters
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Spanish firm, Silence, have chosen a very fitting name for the manufacturing of electric scooters
Moto Parilla's Alligator, the carbon SUV ebike according to its maker, is not new, but always makes for an interesting spectacle
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Moto Parilla's Alligator, the carbon SUV ebike according to its maker, is not new, but always makes for an interesting spectacle
The hydraulic brake calipers of the Moto Parilla Alligator are a thing of beauty
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The hydraulic brake calipers of the Moto Parilla Alligator are a thing of beauty
Italy, the country where police may chase you on MV Agustas
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Italy, the country where police may chase you on MV Agustas
A racing Vespa is not an unusual sight in Italy
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A racing Vespa is not an unusual sight in Italy
A race-prepped two-stroke Vespa engine
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A race-prepped two-stroke Vespa engine
An old police Moto Guzzi, probably a Falcone
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An old police Moto Guzzi, probably a Falcone
Another vintage Moto Guzzi "Carabinieri" motorcycle
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Another vintage Moto Guzzi "Carabinieri" motorcycle
No decent Italian motorcycle show can go Vyrus-free
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No decent Italian motorcycle show can go Vyrus-free
Unknown Chinese manufacturer, Changjiang, displays a classic-looking, parallel twin-powered, CJ650 motorcycle with some optional storage amenities
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Unknown Chinese manufacturer, Changjiang, displays a classic-looking, parallel twin-powered, CJ650 motorcycle with some optional storage amenities
Hanway is one the many Chinese brands than invest in low-cost 125s for the European markets
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Hanway is one the many Chinese brands than invest in low-cost 125s for the European markets
Tim Gajser's Honda CRF450R from the MXGP World Championship
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Tim Gajser's Honda CRF450R from the MXGP World Championship
The Kawasaki KX450F that the seasoned Belgian rider Clement Desalle rides in the MXGP World Championship
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The Kawasaki KX450F that the seasoned Belgian rider Clement Desalle rides in the MXGP World Championship

The annual Italian show is the world's biggest international motorcycle exhibition and, in typical fashion, the 76th edition offered plenty to feast one's eyes on. As we're heading for the closing weekend of EICMA 2018 and the crowds are expected to swamp the Rho Fiera exhibition center, we invite you to join us on a photographic visit of the most interesting exhibits and the new models that debuted in Milan.

Through the years, EICMA has cemented its leading position among motorcycle shows, to the extent that foreign manufacturers keep their new models to launch there, despite often having similar events hosted in their home countries.

Still, having visited EICMA for the best part of the last 15 years, the 2018 show was one of the smallest in memory. One reason can perhaps be found in the clash with the biennial Intermot show; model debuts had to be divided between the two, although the end result shows that EICMA claimed the lion's share.

Another reason was suggested by a Greek friend and industry exec who wondered if the upcoming shift to the Euro 5 norms – the implementation of which will start rolling out next year – may have kept several motorcycles temporarily shelved. In this case, a potential bevvy of new 2020 models at next year's event should not be ruled out.

As the horsepower war rages on in the superbike class, BMW responds with the 2019 S1000 RR, featuring brand new engine, frame and suspension to come up with 207 hp for 197 kg (154 kW for 434 lb)
As the horsepower war rages on in the superbike class, BMW responds with the 2019 S1000 RR, featuring brand new engine, frame and suspension to come up with 207 hp for 197 kg (154 kW for 434 lb)

Whatever is the case, the 2018 event had quite a lot to show off, starting with the apparent horsepower war that is evolving. Superbikes were confined around the 200-hp mark for a while, but one day Kawasaki announced the 231-hp H2 and then, as if prearranged in secret, all hell broke loose. And now it's raining horses: 207 for BMW, 214 for MV Agusta, 221 for Ducati. Imagine what we'll get to see with the next generation of superbikes over the next couple of years.

Another front that is already seeing a lot of action is the mid-capacity adventurers. The big bikes all climbed to 1,200+ cc with far too crazy power figures for the actual needs of the class, so now it seems that it's time for a return to the sensible. With capacities around 700 - 850 cc and horsepower figures that seldom exceed the 1K-mark, we're coming back down to earth with realistic numbers both in terms of power and in cost.

Yamaha finally lifted the curtain on the production version of the 2019 Ténéré 700, its new mid-class adventure bike that's based on the MT-07 in-line twin engine
Yamaha finally lifted the curtain on the production version of the 2019 Ténéré 700, its new mid-class adventure bike that's based on the MT-07 in-line twin engine

Triumph and BMW were the queens of the class, but now some fresh competition from KTM, Moto Guzzi and Yamaha should stir things up nicely.

Another observation one cannot avoid making is the constantly growing Asian presence. Be it from China, India, Taiwan or South Korea, every year there seem to be more brands on display and their products are getting rapidly better and better. European manufacturers should now be getting seriously worried. Just remember what they thought of the Japanese in the early 1960s and what happened during the next couple of decades.

Fantic Motor has revived the Caballero and is now teasing an electric version, the e-Cab, revealed as this concept model that broke cover at EICMA
Fantic Motor has revived the Caballero and is now teasing an electric version, the e-Cab, revealed as this concept model that broke cover at EICMA

Let's not underestimate the rise of the electric motorcycle, it will gradually cancel out the advantage of technical know-how in developing engines. Now you just pick some parts off the shelf (Bosch motors, LG or Samsung batteries) and you're good to go. Actual expert craftsmen will only be needed for the frame design.

So, as long as we're enjoying this fortuitous era where fine motorcycles are coming from every corner of the globe in both battery and petrol-powered shapes, step in and enjoy our EICMA 2018 gallery.

3 comments
chidrbmt
With all the hi-tech,razzle dazzle,expensive 2 wheel toys,the simple,clean 1981 Yamaha XT500 was the stand out of all for me.
ljaques
The SHOWA exec will never live down the robot meme, I bet. And the Brutale and Katana pics will live in minds forever.
GraemeAlexanderPosker
Oh come on, Chang Jiang an unknown Chinese manuafacturer?. I don't know if you are being deliberately provocative or if you just crawled out from underneath a mushroom. Hint, they supplied the PLA with their outfits for generations based on ex Russian tooling, ripped off from BMW's pre WW2 sidevalve boxer . Ring any bells?