7 new bikes to be excited about from the EICMA
Every November, some of the biggest motorcycle manufacturers in the world gather at the Milan Motorcycle Shows (EICMA) to showcase their new models.
This year was no exception and the offerings that the likes of Ducati, Kawasaki and Triumph put forward have got us more excited than ever.
Narrowing the list down was difficult but we’ve managed to choose our seven favourite new motorbikes from the EICMA 2017.
Husqvarna Vitpilen 701
Three years after Husqvarna first unveiled their Vitpilen concept at the EICMA 2014 show, they’re back with a brand new model for the range.
Husqvarna’s Vitpilen 701 is modern street bike, designed to combine simple, clean styling with power and performance.
With a 692.7 cc single-cylinder engine and peak horsepower of 75hp, the Vitpilen 701 will be available to buy in the first quarter of 2018.
Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe
Less than a month after bringing out the Z900RS at the Tokyo Motor Show, Kawasaki have unveiled another version of the Z1-inspired motorbike.
The Z900RS Cafe is both more colourful and sporty looking than the more standard Z900RS, although both versions benefit from traction control and radial mount brake calipers.
Ducati Panigale V4
It’s already being called the best superbike of 2018 and with claims of 211bhp and futuristic electronic control, it’s easy to see why.
Ducati want us to feel like they’ve brought the track to the streets and as this is the first mass produced Ducati motorbike with a four-cylinder engine, it seems likely they’ll achieve their aim.
Also available in the range are the Panigale V4 S and Panigale V4 Speciale.
KTM 790 Duke
KTM have finally unveiled the 790 Duke after a year of teasing and it was certainly worth the wait.
The middleweight naked has a completely new frame and is designed around its LC8c parallel-twin engine, which brings 103hp.
With cornering ABS and a dry weight of 169kg, this street bike may just give Triumph’s Street Triple a run for its money.
BMW K1600 Grand America
BMW may be aiming at the US bagger market with their latest release but that doesn’t mean we can’t get excited about it, too.
The K1600 Grand America boasts traction control, central locking, rider modes and electronic suspension, along with a low seat and classic silhouette.
Combining style, comfort and luggage capacity, we think BMW are onto a winner with the K1600 Grand America.
Triumph Tiger 1200
Triumph have spent four years developing the all new Tiger 1200 and have managed to produce a model with improved technology and better features, all while knocking 22 pounds off the weight.
More powerful, more responsive and more comfortable than the previous incarnation, it seems that Triumph have created an adventure motorbike that ticks all boxes.
Honda only released their Neo-Sports Cafe concept two weeks ago but they’re already showcasing the production version in the form of the CB1000R.
The burgundy colour of the concept version has been replaced with stunning brushed metal and many will be happy to hear that the engine has been taken from Honda’s Fireblade.
Some features are still to be announced but so far it looks as though the CB1000R brings character and performance together in a way that’s sure to not disappoint.
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