It's only about a week away from when the world's OEMs pull the curtains back on new models for rabid fans and press at EICMA in Milan, Italy.
In this day and age of new model leaks (the planned and the unplanned) there are few secrets out there by the time the big Milan show rolls around. Add to this the fact many manufacturers unveiled their wares early in October at Intermot in Cologne, Germany. Still, it's the excitement of finally seeing the products in the flesh that makes EICMA such an exciting event.
With that said, here's a rundown of who's showing what, the contents of which were gleaned from the main EICMA site. (Please forgive the odd syntax but we're simply copying and pasting here.)
We'll be reporting live from the show so be sure to come back to www.dealernews.com for updates.
Honda takes the lion’s share, by announcing that their return to the show will be marked by a preview of no less than eight models, to be unveiled during the exhibition and no sooner.
And neither will the other big companies be content to look on, Ducati in pole position: there is eager anticipation for the 1200 super street model bearing a name that is typically Bolognese — and very tough — Diavel.
Harley-Davidson presents the new SuperLow, together with four new CVO models.
Yamaha will present an electric scooter, a city mobility prototype.Italian visitors will have the opportunity to view the new ZX-10R, the Z750R by Kawasaki due to be launched on the market at the same time.
KTM will present the Duke 125 in its naked version
Aprilia presents two 4-cylinder models: Tuono 1000 and RSV4 with traction and wheelie control, as well as the Dorsoduro 1200.
BMW presents two touring motorcycles: a 6-cylinder in the versions K 1600 GT and K 1600 GLT.
At Triumph all eyes will be on the official presentation of the new Tiger 800 enduro with 3-cylinder engine.
Piaggio presents a comeback of the Vespa Classica (the PX 125 with handlebar gear lever) and the Piaggio Typhoon.
The novelty at Moto Guzzi will be the V7 Racer.
Following its debut last year, there is a welcome return to EICMA of Scootergirls, a firm from Los Angeles specializing in the production of protective motorbike garments of high fashion appeal, designed specifically for women bikers. And this year, for preview at the Milan Show, they will also be presenting a protective clothing collection for men and jeans in Kevlar.
Beta presents the new BETA EVO 2T MY2011 model.
Five new models for Boom Trikes: Trike Shadow 750 Black spirit, Trike Harley Sporster 1200 Trike Intruder 1800 Firebird Photos 8510 and the two Thunderbirds.
Polini Motori presents the Carter Variatore Evolution available for Minarelli-Yamaha engines.
Aeon will present a first-ever world preview of the new 4-valve 350cc motorization, to be mounted on their quad vehicles: the sports models Cobra and Utility 4x4 Crossland.
A European preview will present the CO-IN 125cc scooter and the long chassis version of the existing Overland 600 vehicle.
Aspes, together with its trade partners, will present no less than four new vehicles: two Bicycles with pedal assist system - “Sibilla” and “Elios”; and two hybrid Scooters: Vega Hybrid 125cc and “Perseo Hybrid 150cc.”
Barracuda presents its very latest range of rear-view mirrors: RACE-indicator made exclusively for racing bikes and the STREET-indicator mirror for naked motorbikes.
In the brand new American Pavilion, very interesting the 7 new electric models presented by Brammo.
CR&S Motorcycles will launch the worldwide preview of their new CR&S DUU motorbike.
Ipone, which produces and distributes high-tech maintenance products and oils, specifically conceived for motorbikes and sports vehicles (quads, jets, karts etc.), will celebrate 25 years’ activity by launching a new range scooter products.
The helmet manufacturer, Kali, will be presenting its Road Line series for the first time ever.
Their participation at EICMA is in itself a novelty for Oxygen, a market leader in the production of lightweight electric vehicles and a pioneer in the design and production of the first Italian-made all-electric scooter, the CargoScooter.
Still on the subject of clothing, Stylmartin will present the Denver boot, as part of its Urban range.
posted by Dennis Johnson