The 10 Best Concept Bikes Of EICMA Past

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Aprilia FV2

The most exciting part of Italy’s annual EICMA motorcycle show? It’s not the new Ducatis, MV Agustas or Aprilias, it’s the concept bikes. From wild flights of designer fantasy to way too much power in too little a bike, these are motorcycles unconstrained by reality. Here’s ten of the neatest concept bikes from recent EICMA history.

Moto Guzzi V12 X
Moto Guzzi V12 X

Moto Guzzi V12 Concepts
What happens when the two biggest motorcycle designers of the last three decades — Miguel Galluzzi and Pierre Terblanche — collaborate on a concept bike? This radical trio demonstrating a high-tech way forward for the too-often retro Moto Guzzi brand. It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that the futuristic forms here were rejected for the upcoming Moto Guzzi V12 production bike; when was the last time a motorcycle manufacturer as big as Piaggio was this daring?

Brutus Motorcycle
Brutus Motorcycle

Fitted with the wheels, tires and even motor from a big ATV, this Brutus is sort of an upsized update to the Rokon theme, just without two-wheel drive. Those big, low-pressure tires are supposed to help it ride through deep mud, loose sand or other challenging terrain at controlled, low speeds. That suits its purpose as a utility bike able to carry men and equipment into remote areas.

The motor is a 750cc single mated to a CVT transmission. Sounds like a Suzuki King Quad to us. It puts out 49 bhp and can be operated in reverse. That’s because the Brutus is intended to be fitted with a sidecar or snowmobile kit. The latter brings a front ski and rear track.

Designed by former Lambretta designer and Italjet heir Alessandro Tartarini, the Brutus was said to be entering production this year under the OVER brand, but nothing has emerged since its 2012 debut.

Husqvarna Baja
Husqvarna Baja

Husqvarna Baja
Simple: take one bum-basic ADV bike (in this case a BMW G 650 GS) and equip it with, wait for it…appealing styling! Sounds like a home run to us, but now that Husqvarna is just putting out re-badged Husabergs, we wouldn’t hold our collective breath.

KTM 1290 Super Duke R
KTM 1290 Super Duke R

KTM 1290 Super Duke R
This thing was so mental that no one really believed they could make it without watering it down. Sure, this year’s production model lost the $16,000 Ohlins FGR forks and put a headlight back where the onboard camera was, but the 180 bhp V-twin was carried over undiluted. Mental.

BMW LoRider
BMW LoRider

BMW LoRider
The idea here is factory customization. BMW would sell you a basic bike equipped with its 1,200cc boxer twin and telescopic forks, then you’d make it your own with a huge range of bolt-on tanks, seats, exhausts, headlights and whatnot. The BMW R nineT is an honest recreation of the LoRider’s theme, but what we haven’t seen yet are those parts…

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  • TheSeaward

    Why’d you have to bring up the Baja? So young and so pretty.

  • kentaro

    I need dem orange and white wheels. On everything.

  • Dan

    Nice of Terblanche and Galluzzi to make an HFL-tribute bike like that :)

  • Austin Tan

    What about Yamaha’s concept XTW250 Utility Motorcycle?

    • Wes Siler

      That was shown in Tokyo first.

  • Justin McClintock

    Man, lots of really cool stuff in there. Wish more of them would have made it to the real world.

  • Speedo007

    Ill have a Moto Guzzi V12 please.

  • roma258

    For a brief moment in time, Husky and Aprilia were really on top of their game design-wise. Now Husky is dead and Aprilia is stuck in Piaggio doldrums.

    /Pours out an Aperol Spritz in remembrance.

  • SteveNextDoor

    Lucius Fox: …and they call it the ‘Super Duke’.
    Bruce Wayne: Does it come in black?
    Lucius Fox: It’s none of my business, sir, but why are you interested in such a powerful motorcycle?
    Bruce Wayne: I wanna borrow it… for some canyon carving.
    Lucius Fox: Uh huh.

  • Afonso Mata

    On the Aprilia Mana X subject: “you’d ride this bike around town, wouldn’t you?”
    Boy I’d ride this baby EVERYWHERE! :D
    (Since I’m mostly a scooter guy, I’m a big fan of the Mana. I wish I could afford one, even if I’ve never ridden one and have no clue if it’s any good)

  • John

    1. Honda R1300 V4 Naked Roadster
    2 Honda CB500x Dakar
    3. Honda VF800F Sabre sport tourer
    4. Honda NC750x w/shaft drive
    5. Triumph 530 Tiger Cub XC
    6. Triumph 350 Tiger Trail scramble/DP single
    7. Moto Guzzi V7 Mini Norge
    8. Yamaha 850 Tenere
    9. Honda CRF350L
    10. VW 800TDI turbo diesel Adv bike.

    • Mykola

      I like the way you think