Take a look at the motorcycles that were displayed at the 2012 EICMA, 70th international motorcycle exhibition, in Milan. The trade fair took place from November 15 to November 18.
The Panigale was one of the most manic superbikes we'd ever seen and now Ducati has gone ahead and bettered this awesomely amazing super bike with an 'R' version. The engine management mapping and ride-by-wire are the same as the other versions of the 2013 edition of the bike, but the R gets titanium connecting rods, a lighter crankshaft flywheel and low friction coated rocker arms.
Popular dirt bike maker Husqvarna showcased its Baja concept at the EICMA, drawing inspiration from the scramblers of the '60s and '70s, particularly from the Husqvarna Cross 400 that was famously ridden by Steve McQueen. Though a concept, the bike looks production ready, and is complete with a headlight and front and rear turn indicators.
An update for the Hypermotard had been long overdue and Ducati finally did the honours at the EICMA. There's a new SP version now, apart from the Hyperstrada, a touring version with a taller screen, panniers, centre stand, sump guard and bigger mudguards.
Honda's supersport machine has been given some comprehensive updates - and this time the body work gets major changes apart from the technical upgrades as well, and the new CBR600RR tries to mimic Honda's MotoGP machine, the RC213V.
KTM showed off its 1290 Super Duke R at the EICMA, causing a lot of jaws to drop. It looks wicked, and is nothing but pure muscle, as if a WWE wrestler just got rid of his shirt to show off. Naked, brash, aggressive are just a few words that describe this beast, which uses a bored out version of KTM's RC8R super bike's 1195cc liquid-cooled V-twin.
The latest MV Agusta is all set to hit the roads and this one seems to have set its sights on the Ducati Hypermotard. Its called the Rivale, and is the first supermoto from MV's stables. Its got an 800cc inline-triple engine that's good for 125PS.
Honda is now stepping further down the path with their new 471cc parallel twin engine that debuted in the CBR500R sports bike, the CB500X adventure tourer and the CB500F based on the CB1000R naked, to introduce new riders to bigger displacements and more power - 47PS on tap - which has great license class implications in markets abroad.
BMW Motorrad president Stephan Schaller at a press conference at EICMA 2012 announced that a new air-cooled boxer engined retro motorcycle will be unveiled in 2013. This motorcycle will be a tribute to the first R32 built in 1923. Apart from the image showcased here, the company was reluctant to reveal further details.
The KTM Duke 390 is the bigger single-cylinder model that was expected from the Austrian manufacturer's Bajaj tie-up. The engine, says KTM, is all-new, displacing 375cc with an over square 89mm bore on a 60mm stroke. Visually, the motorcycle looks identical to the 200 and this isn't an illusion. The prices announced at the EICMA show suggested that the difference in the price of the 200 and the 390 is shockingly low.