Best of EICMA 2018
EICMA 2018 is upon on us and that mean bike reveals, new tech and a whole lot of videos that try to tell epic in stories in three minutes or less.
Here's a round up of some of the best to hit the show this year.
With 221 horsepower stock and an optional race exhaust that bumps hp to a ridiculous 234, the V4R is truly mind blowing. No worries about dealing with all that power though–this beast has winglets that are sure to keep all the B group heros rubber side down.
Say goodbye to asymmetrical headlights and hello to counter rotating crank shafts, variable valve timing, 204 horsepower and what may be the winner of the “best dash” award. After nine years the S1000RR finally gets a makeover and it certainly looks like it’s been worth the wait.
With the new norm for liter bikes being +200hp, the new RSV4 Factory is no exception. With a boost to 1100cc and 217 ponies the RSV4 is more powerful than ever and like the Ducati, it gets winglets too!
It’s been a long time coming… and we still have to wait a little while longer, but Yamaha unveiled the Tenere 700. The hopes are that this will be one of the best rally/enduro bikes ever made. We’ll just have to wait until 2020 to see for ourselves.
MV Agusta Brutale 1000 Serie Oro:
MV Agusta make some of the best looking bikes in existence. The Brutale 1000 Serie Oro is no exception. Basically an F4 RC without fairings, the Brutale 1000 is a naked superbike that boasts 208 horsepower, and yes, you are seeing correctly, it’s got winglets as well.
Big adventure bikes certainly their place in the motorcycling community. The problem is that bigger isn’t always better. The KTM 790 Adventure is potentially the perfect mix of go-anywhere ability of a smaller dirt bike coupled with some of the luxury, power and manners of its big brother the Super Adventure. Available for 2019, expect to see your local fire roads filled with these this summer.
True to their word, Harley is maintaining that they will have their first electric bike for sale in 2019. If it works as good as it looks, Harley may be taking a huge step forward in the world of EVs.
Aprilia 660 Concept:
A new 660cc concept from Aprilia. The main headturner with this one is “Aprilia Active Aerodynamics” which means… winglets that move! Fancy tech aside, this concept could be very good for the mid size sport bike segment. The inline twin cylinder you’re seeing is allegedly Aprilia’s V4 chopped in half. If that is the case, hopefully this apple won’t fall too far from the RSV4 performance tree.
A boutique bike builder out of England is claiming they have an electric bike that will do 150 MPH and 0-60 in 2.7 seconds. The real story though is the tech inside. With something called a HMI (Human Machine Interface), a helmet with HUD and rearview camera, as well as a jacket that has haptic feedback alerting you to danger, the Arc Vector has more to boast about than just acceleration and top speed. Details are a little vague at the moment but with backing from Jaguar/Land Rover and collaboration with Knox Armor and Hedon Helmets, the future for Arc looks bright.
Royal Enfield has always made cool bikes. But cool can mean a lot of different things. There’s Steve McQueen cool and steam train cool. One exudes soul and has an unmistakable style, while the other is really neat and you appreciate it for its historical significance. The current stable of Royal Enfields are steam trains while the KX is Steve McQueen. Hopefully they double down and make it a reality.
When the FTR 1200 came out it was amazing. A race bred cruiser capable of bringing ricky racers over to the dark side of v-twin fandom. Indian has made the FTR even more universally acceptable with factory options available that have this bike crossing more riding genres than you can shake a stick at.
Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 Aero Concept:
The original Svartpilen and Vitpilen concepts stayed pretty much unchanged before going into production. That’s what makes this Aero concept exciting–a daring new take on the cafe racer motif that we might actually get to ride, instead of getting watered down like so many concepts do.
Honda CB125X and CB 125M:
Based on the CB125R, the X & M concepts look like some serious fun. If this is the direction that Honda is going with their small displacement machines, the future looks very good.
Photo & Video Credit: Ducati, BMW, Aprilia, Yamaha, MV Agusta, Harley Davidson, KTM, Arc Vehicles, Royal Enfield, Indian Motorcycles, Husqvarna, Honda
This post originated on Essential Moto.