Early Xmas for motorcycle fanatics
It is early Xmas in 2015 for motorcycle fanatics with the introduction of more than 50 new models.
Some of the motorcycles were long rumoured, others were total surprises. Some will be available by Xmas but most are scheduled for release in 2016.
The biggest surprise was the Yamaha MT-10, basically a naked R1, with the same chassis, swingarm, suspension and electronics as the YZF-R1S – but slightly re-tuned for more mid-range oomph. It is an impressive-looking machine.
How Ducati kept the development of the Multistrada 1200 Enduro from spying eyes in the digital age is somewhat of a miracle. When they launched it – along with the Multistrada Pikes Peak – at EICMA it sent ripples throughout the adventure motorcycle industry and made waves in the media.
Time will tell if the Multstrada 1200 Enduro will be able to match the best-selling BMW R1200GS Adventure where it matters most but it certainly looks like a serious threat to both the KTM 1190 Adventure R and the mighty KTM 1290 Super Adventure.
The biggest sales challenge in this category, though, will probably come from the new Honda Africa Twin, a less-expensive motorcycle that ticks a lot of boxes and, to top, looks the adventure part.
Motorcycle adventure riders certainly are now spoiled for choice.
Mod & retro
The manufacturers must be tremendously positive about the future economy. The new models cater for just about every segment of the market. There are modern and retro designs, new bigger and new smaller bikes.
Triumph has fantastic-looking new Thruxtons and a beautiful new Street Twin, Indian launched the 999cc Scout Sixty, Ducati is following up their hugely successful Scrambler with a 399cc Sixty6 twin, BMW has the G310. As mentioned, there are more than 50 new models; you can view them on your favourite motorcycle mag. Here are a few links to dedicated EICMA launches: CycleWorld, MotorcycleNews and Motorcycle-USA.
EICMA is the Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori. That means that a lot of new accessories were also launched. You can feast your eyes at the official EICMA site.