2013 EICMA Preview: What 2014 Motorcycles to Expect

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2013 EICMA Preview

 

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KTM
What we know: KTM’s fresh off two huge model releases — 1290 Super Duke R and 1190 Adventure. CEO Stefan Pierer has also stated that the production version of the RC390 will be debuting.

What we expect: Custom or “concept” versions of the above wearing a ton of Power Parts. Maybe they’ll even fit 17s to the 1190 and call it an SMT. Hopefully.

What we’d like to see: A smaller-capacity version of the Adventure with a lower weight and smaller price tag.

 

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Ducati
What we know: Another big player at EICMA this year is going to be Ducati. A liquid-cooled version of the Monster using the same V-twin as the Multistrada and Diavel will be coming, as will the new Scrambler, which appears to be equipped with the 796 motor. Oh, and the first public outing for the Superleggera.

What we expect: Ducati typically rolls out a few up-spec or special edition versions of its range as well, equipped with names like S and R or with fancy paint. There will be a bunch of new colors and aftermarket too.

What we’d like to see: A Hyperstrada S with the same suspension and brakes as the Hypermotard SP.

 

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Moto Guzzi
What we know: Both an entry-level roadster with similar lines to the V7 and a much lower price tag and a V12, with the same 1,151cc V-twin as the Griso and Stelvio, are under development.

What we expect: It’s unclear when the above will roll out.

What we’d like to see: A $5,000 price point and strong, retro styling for that smaller capacity V7, meeting Europe’s A2 license tier and finally giving American riders an accessible, affordable, appealing entry-level standard. And a V12 Le Mans with tons of ground clearance and Ohlins suspension.

 

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Aprilia
What we know: Aprilia is hurting sales-wise. No one in Europe has a job anymore and the brand doesn’t have great market penetration in America, despite outstanding products and super-competitive price points.

What we expect: This is the big question mark hanging over EICMA. Aprilia will either show up with nothing, or with big news.

What we’d like to see: An “RSV2” with a mid-capacity engine. And a re-think of the firm’s existing sub-V4 range to bring it up-to-date with better performance and more curb appeal. We’ll probably get some new scooters.

 

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MV Agusta
What we know: MV Agusta is trying to bring a new model to EICMA each and every year. A big task for a tiny company. Last year, we got the Rivale. This year?

What we expect: An adventure bike or similar based around the existing steel trellis/cast aluminum frame and 800cc triple.

What we’d like to see: MV needs to reign in new model development and instead focus on solidifying its distribution. It’s particularly poorly represented in America, the only remaining major market for high end bikes.

We want to know: What bikes are you most looking forward to see at EICMA?

  • Lourens Smak

    MV Agusta has just announced the “Turismo Veloce 800″ for the near future, but nothing else is known… it could be a Rivale with panniers, or a completely new model…

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Oh yeah! Totally forgot about that one.

  • Guy Simmonds

    Well, as an A2 license holder in the EU, definitely looking forward to any new A2 bikes (or bikes that could be restricted to A2) – so any solid news on the CBR300R would be great, or the RC390 would be great.

  • Mark D

    Very interested in this sub-$5k Guzzi. Could they really make a smaller-displacement transverse V-twin for that price?!

    • Unkept Uncaged

      I’m a practically certified Guzzitsi and I’ve never heard of this, so I wonder where RideApart has?

      I’d love to hear about any new Guzzi models. I’ve heard rumors of the “V12″, mostly from the 90th anniversary screenshots of a 3D modeled 8v standard bike…. but I haven’t heard a peep about a new small Guzzi in the works.

      • stever

        I just want to see them bring back the green-and-khaki Griso. None of the other colors approach its beauty.

  • Michael

    Aprilia products don’t sell well in the US because, very much like KTM and MV, they have an abysmal dealer network, customer support, and parts supply. I owned both a 2010 RSV4 and a 2008 Superduke. Both were great bikes. While RSV4 was much more refined I wouldn’t consider buying either product again because I cant get any local support for them. Aprilia’s sophisticated electronics alone are enough reason to stay away unless you live near a dealer with a competent service tech. Its really too bad.

    • El Isbani

      Been wondering why–it seems like they have everything else, style, performance, technology and value. So it was that bad? Because this year-end on the Shiver looks pretty tempting.

      • Michael

        Great question. You’d have to ask Aprilia/Piaggio senior management why their US dealer network sucks. It honestly seems like they don’t care for some reason. At least that’s how I felt when trying to deal with Aprilia US customer service. I actually thought about a Shiver at one point too. Tough to justify even the best deal if you cant get one serviced though. You’re right about their bikes though. They are fantastic. I loved my RSV4. There are a few good Aprilia dealers in the US. AF1 in Texas comes to mind. If you’re lucky enough to have one near you then I say go for it.

  • Michael

    BTW how is that fitness article coming along? I would also love to see more gear updates from you guys; Specifically looking at back protection. There are hundreds of options out there now but which ones really work? My current race suit has a built in CE level 1 pad but I’m sure its less than optimal. I’ve been shopping around for a little while now and cant decide what to get.

    • jonoabq

      Forcefield makes inserts as well as the Pro Sub4. They work in all temp ranges, flexible and work extremely well. (they also make L2 elbow, knee, & shoulder inserts) Rev-it also has a proprietary new back protector similar in material to the Forcefield called the Seesoft. They come in three basic shapes, in multiple sizes, and if you are good with scissors can be trimmed/shaped to fit just about any pocket your jacket might have. If you have a Stich you can simply get the protector shape/size you want and have your favorite seamstress make a pocket to velcro into the jacket. ( I have the Seesoft in my Stich and in a pocket for a more casual use Johnson Leathers jacket, Forcefield in my track leathers and perforated summer jacket, can’t go wrong either way)

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  • grb

    Im excited about the possibility of Honda’s MotoGP replica and a new CBR! and also about Kawas new ZX10R & 6R…
    Isnt there also rumors of a refresh for the s1000rr? I dont know if I read that somewhere or not…

    • grb

      Oh but of course not, regarding the s1000rr, I just remembered its getting some ugly colours for 2014

    • http://www.twitter.com/seanmacdonald sean macdonald

      Big things for BMW this year….just wait.

  • Corey Cook

    MMM new Guzzi V12 Lemans…

    If it looks anything like the Terblanche Le Mans concept from a few years back I will find a way to own one, period!

    • Clint Keener

      Those concepts were glorious!

      • Corey Cook

        Yeah I absolutely love the retro-modern look of the current Guzzi Griso, but man these things were on another level all together!

  • drivin98

    Perhaps not as big as deal as this stuff, but the 2014 lineup from Zero motorcycles is also going to be revealed. We been told to expect evolutionary, rather than the revolutionary advances in the 2013s. Still hope they’ll surprise us with something, though.

    • http://protomech.wordpress.com/ protomech

      Forum speculation is heavy on the availability of a larger motor controller, the same Size 6 that Brammo is using in their Empulse. Possibly a new racing-focused model called the RS.

    • bammerburn

      This is probably the biggest motorcycle news of the year. Electric commonality is the future.

  • mtntrails

    There’s a big hole in the marketplace for a modern, mid-displacement Japanese dual sport (300-500cc, 35+ RWHP, ~300 lb curb, fuel injection, wide ratio six speed, 3000+ mile service intervals and a subframe that’ll carry some luggage. A modernized DRZ400 or a larger displacement WR250R would hit the spot.

    There’s rumor of a KTM 390 dual-sport based on the 390 Duke, but nothing out of Japan.

    It’s time. The first one out of the box will sell a shit-ton of them.

    • Craig Wixon

      +1
      As an owner of a DRZ 400S, I would be quick to jump onto your suggested dual sport. Carburetors are a bit tiring. Plus, even with a +1 front sprocket, I would love a 6th gear for commuting.

    • El Isbani

      Just a Dr650 that was nice to look at would be awesome. That’s a bike we get because of what it has been proven to handle, but it is boring to look at.

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      KTM has stated that it is developing a “dual sport” based on the 390 platform. What remains to be seen is if it’ll be an honest dirt bike or a tall street bike.

      • mtntrails

        Howdy Wes,
        Any rumors out there about a new / updated mid-displacement dual-sport from a Japanese manufacturer?
        The new CCM 450 Adventure bike is looking good, but I don’t think CCM has any presence in the US.
        A KTM 390 dual-sport would hit the spot for a lot of folks.

        • Piglet2010

          A KTM 390 dual-sport would make a street-legal 390 supermoto possible too.

  • jonoabq

    I’m really hoping the BMW nekkid’ shows up as without all of the plastics and is a true naked…I’d also like to see it without the “Borg” asym lights in front. I’m finding it hard to get past that.
    A wish list Speed Triple would just be stupid light (superleggeraS3) sorta thing, I fear increasing output on the traditionally under stressed triple motors Triumph usually builds would kill the great range the bike has now @ 200 miles a tank.
    I’m also wanting a durable, not too expensive scrambler from any manufacturer for desert use…slow, fun, droppable.

  • Charlie

    Really look forward to seeing the new MV. I’ve read touring and adventure in the speculation. Any combination would be good. Cheers to Rideapart for all the breaking intel.

  • Reid

    Definitely the KTM RC390. I think that scoot could be just what the doctor ordered for many many riders. I like the Moto Guzzi V7, and a lighter, even less expensive bike with the same kind of styling will be great, but I wonder what kind of power we’d be talking about. Output couldn’t be much lower than the current V7′s or, good looks and low price or not, I’m afraid people won’t buy it.

    • Piglet2010

      Or Moto Guzzi could modernize the engine in the V7 – 50 to 55 RWHP should be possible while meeting emissions standards and durability targets with a 4-valve/cylinder oil-cooled head, while keeping decent torque throughout the range (as Triumph has done with the Bonnie).

      A 40 RWHP Moto Guzzi V5 (500cc V-twin) bike with a wet weight of under 350 pounds should sell enough to pay for the development costs.

      • Reid

        I like the sound of such a scoot!

  • Kodiak

    I think we’ll see an r1200rt or r1200rs from BMW with the wethead engine. Think of it as a k1600gt for people who live in countries without triple digit speed limits.

    • Piglet2010

      A light-weight naked sport bike with the 1170cc “water-head” engine makes a whole lot more sense than a naked S1000RR – the latter bike only being superior for “bench racing”.

  • appliance5000

    I know it’s popular to say there is no niche for medium sized sports tourers , but when you look for a smallish 2up machine capable of long distances you find only a few. If you don’t like dual sport stying you find 2: BMW f800gt and Triumph Bonneville. I’m not crazy about either for different reasons.

    Maybe a used f800s is pretty enough to overlook the popcorn popper engine, but it would be nice to see more stuff in this segment.

    • Piglet2010

      I want a revised Honda Deauville with significant weight loss, a 6th gear, and panniers large enough to hold a full-face lid. I am sure Honda could sell at least 25 of them in the US. :(

      The Bonnie needs a much better seat and rear suspension to be a good long distance bike – my opinion after riding 500 miles in one day on my 2013 base model.

      • appliance5000

        I hear you.

    • taba

      The F800GT is close, but I’d like to see an updated (more sporting) VFR800.

      That I’ll buy.

  • James

    New honda cbr1000rr!!

    • bammerburn

      It better be organic looking like the 08-11.

  • Heeno

    What if Kawasaki brought the W800 to the U.S.?

  • Aakash

    Honestly, any bike that weighs less than 450lbs, has at least 50hp and costs less than $7k is going to perk my interest.

  • MeatyBeard

    Shame about Aprilia.

  • Piglet2010

    Instead of a stupid naked S1000RR – how are you going to use all that high end power when the wind is blowing you off the bike? – BMW should work on making the G and F series bikes better.

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  • Chris Cope

    I live in Europe and you must get different Aprlias in the States than we do, because they are notorious for being uncomfortable and they have a reputation for breaking often. Additionally, they don’t compete on price. They’ll charge you £4,400 for a 125cc — pay just £300 more and you could instead have a Honda CB500F.

  • CruisingTroll

    A2 bikes. That’s going to be the theme. Now, hopefully, Triumph will develop a 47hp small parallel twin that weighs in at a whopping 325lbs sans seat & exhaust. Then, put stupid heavy seat & exhaust on it to bring it into compliance w/ the A2 power/weight ratio requirements. Have “aftermarket”/accessory bits available that are light. Voila, an A2 bike that rocks!

  • Austin Tan

    An update to the old done right would be worth shouting over new iterations. Yay to Z1000SX, shame on Versys 650 since its conception for losing the KLE500 traits. May the Ducati scrambler be as cool as JVB Moto’s Ducati scrambler.

    Celebrated models such as dual sports DRZ400, DR650, KLR650 really deserve to be updated and stay. I wished the manufacturers can go back to their archive to dig up fun bikes such as Honda Motra, CT90 Trail and update them. It will make a fun yet functional commuter bike around the world.

    I hope Ride Apart can write some articles for bikes of all time worth reviving, future trend of motorcycle customising (Star bolt, R Nine T), and the motorcycle trend from past to present (which diverse into so many market segment today).

  • Khali

    A moto guzzi griso with ABS, and Yamaha tesseract production model (that concept with the 3-cilinder engine and 4 wheels).

  • DucMan

    As the owner of a V-Strom 650, a Monster 750, and an RC51, I like twins and I can’t deny. Of the show bikes coming, the new V-Strom 1000 is THE bike to actually own and ride every day. My heart does lust after the new Super Duke, however. I can also see a 1200cc Moto Guzzi LeMans in my garage. I have a good friend who was an MV Agusta dealer and he sold his franchise recently due to MV’s scatter brained business model. While I love the MV style, they are just NOT a viable company. Anyone who puts an MV in his garage should count on electrical gremlins and orphan ownership. They are pure art to ride to a bike night and only put 2,000 miles a year on, not a REAL motorcycle. The Ducati Scrambler, BMW 1000 nekkid, and R-Nine-T all look appealing. I absolutely LOVE my three machines. I can’t see replacing my Monster or RC51….Ever. The V-Strom 650 might be replaced if this new V-Strom 1000, Kawasaki Ninja 1000, or KTM 1190 Adventure prove too enticing to ignore. But I would need a test ride and have to be blown away by one of them to make me actually buy one and replace my V-Strom 650 that has been modified to fit me perfectly. With the custom forks, shock, seat, windscreen, and all the other “farkles” I have invested in my V-Strom, she is a perfect long distance machine and will be very, very, VERY difficult to replace. Keep up the great work, guys!