EICMA. Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori. If you are in any way interested in motorcycles , you have likely heard of it. If not, here’s the scoop. EICMA is the world’s largest motorcycle show. Think Disneyland, specifically remade for motorcyclists. This annual festival of the two wheeled sport commandeers the Milan, Italy convention center just about this time every November. This year over 1000 exhibitors – representing manufacturers and aftermarket suppliers from abound the globe (not to mention over a half a million attendees,) have just completed the 71st edition of the show. If you missed the excitement (again!) maybe you ought to give thought to a trip to Italy next year. In the meantime we thought we’d draw your attention to just a smattering of our favorite new bikes that were revealed at this year’s show.
Ducati Monster 1200 & 1200S
Can you believe it’s been over two decades now since that first groundbreaking Ducati Monster? Who would have thought that first 900 would spawn an entire family of Monsters great and small. Now come the latest Monster-osities , sitting on the top branch of the family tree. In the spring of 2014 Ducati will be delivering the Monster 1200 and the even further upscale “S” variant. Both offer the latest liquid cooled, four valve, desmo powerplant, wrapped up in the signature trellis frame, and packaged with all the electronic toys – selectable power modes, traction control, abs, etal. The standard version of the Monster 1200 starts at $13,495 and the higher spec “S”, with it’s Ohlins, Brembo superbike spec brakes, carbon bits and all (plus a touch more power and torque) carries a price tag starting at $15.995. Available after the first of the year! The Ducati Monster 1200 twins were hot enough to have been voted “The Most Beautiful Bike” at the EICMA show by the thousands of attendees.
Harley Davidson Street 500 and 750
It’s only the first totally new Harley Davidson platform in 13 years. Harley took the occasion of EICMA 2013 to introduce the 2014 “Street” 500 and 750cc variants. Powered by the (also) all-new liquid cooled SOHC 4 valve Revolution X engine, the Street represents Harley’s lowest price point offering for the new year. Intended as both an American style urban cruiser and also as a vehicle to gain entry to markets in the rest of the world, The Street will be manufactured both in HD’s Kansas City plant as well as in India. Competition for Yamaha’s recently introduced (and very successful) Bolt? Maybe.
Naked sportbikes seem to follow a very specific pattern as they evolve from their plastic-fantastic progenitors. BMW follows to a T with the introduction of their own version of a streetfighter based on their world class S1000RR sportbike. Upright, comfy seating position? Check. Reduced peak power but a broadening (and fattening) of the low to mid range torque? Check. Here’s a sportbike that people can comfortably ride for longer than those 20 minute track day sessions. And it retains all the electronic magic first show on the RR – ABS, rider selectable power and traction control modes, gear shift assistant, and such. Ultimate sportbike for the real world? Perhaps.
Brough Superior SS100
Like the retro look but hunger for thoroughly modern performance? Maybe this is for you, but bring your wallet. Once known as “The Rolls Royce of Motorcycles” the honored Brough Superior marque returns for 2014 as an extremely limited edition build. With a signature liquid cooled 997 V-Twin powerplant that just oozes nostalgia, this modern treatment of the classic features the engine as a stressed chassis member, innovative disc brakes, and the classic look of the essentially cylindrical fuel tank. Unfortunately, it may already be too late to order for 2014 as the Brit manufacturer plans just 20 units for the first year build. At a paltry $100 K per, they’re probably all spoken for. Perhaps in 2015 – and you’ll have another year to save up the necessary funds.
Triumph didn’t exactly pull the cover off of this motorcycle at EICMA. All they did was confirm the long standing rumor that there will be a 250cc Triumph in the pipeline by the time 2015 rolls around. Discussion mostly centered around a naked bike and a sporting variant as shown in this computer generated rendering. Not much detail was provided to hang one’s hat on but it was revealed that the assembly site will be India to meet a global demand. We do understand that it will be coming to the US, perhaps in the naked version. Stay tuned on this one. Better yet, take up a spot loitering around your Triumph dealer’s showroom. And keep your eyes peeled.
So, EICMA 2013, as it always does, provided a mix of product introductions – entry level stuff like the Harley and Triumph, premium priced units like the Ducati and BMW, and ultra exclusive offerings like the Brough. For sure, there were more than what you see here and maybe those are your personal favorites. Nonetheless, these are the ones that talked to us the most. If you were there, or maybe you have just read the show reviews, then please tell us about your favorites. Most importantly, make your travel plans for EICMA 2014 soon. The area around the Milan Convention Center sells out early when EICMA comes to town.