With the biggest motorcycle show of the year, 2013 EICMA is nearly upon us (November 5-6, check back for full coverage), we’re readying ourselves for a barrage of all-new bikes. What should you expect? Here’s what we know, what we expect to see and what we’d like to see.
What we expect: Honda itself has talked about releasing a road-going MotoGP replica in the near future. It’s also heavily rumored that the long-in-the-tooth, relatively low-tech CBR1000RR will receive a whizz-bang, all-new replacement complete with traction control, a technologically innovative motor and that Honda will once again return to its rightful place at the top of the liter bike pile.
What we’d like to see: As sportbike fans, both of the above bikes are incredibly exciting. But, as industry watchers, it’s the possibility of more affordable, accessible models that holds the most promise. If those don’t get you going, we’ve heard rumors of a new, large-capacity dual sport/ADV bike too, although who knows when that might be unveiled.
What we’d like to see: It won’t happen, but it would be awesome to see a refresh of the ancient KLR650. Same basic nature, same broad capability, same off-road spec, just with higher quality components and a modern motor, maybe even the Ninja 650’s parallel-twin.
What we expect: At some point, we’re going to get a further iteration of that new three-cylinder motor. Most journo speculation leads towards a mid-capacity ADV bike, which would be a great home for it. Whether that happens this year or next, that’s our best guess for the next great Yamaha.
What we’d like to see: There’s fan-made renderings of an R6 replacement equipped with that triple flying around the Internet. Yamaha races. 850cc triples can’t go racing in any established classes. Not gonna happen.
What we expect: Suzuki’s really pulled back new model development in order to see itself through this finanicl apocalypse. They’ll be looking to push that new V-Strom, possibly with custom versions or through a “concept” equipped with more capable off-road equipment.
What we’d like to see: A new GSX-R1000 with more power, less weight, better suspension and 21st Century electronic rider aids. A new GSX-R600 with the same. A replacement for the SV650 with quality suspension and good styling. Sadly, none of that is going to happen.
What we expect: BMW wants to make a big push into catalog customization with the R nineT, so expect a slew of customized versions from big name builders.
What we’d like to see: A mid-capacity version of the S 1000 RR and an R nineT with a smaller motor and lower price tag. It’s unlikely we’ll get either.
What we expect: A Bonneville replacement is also said to be under development. Less weight, higher quality parts, same retro styling and same modularity to expand across the entire Modern Classic range. It’s coming at some point, hopefully to EICMA. But there’s also going to be a bunch of cruisers.
What we’d like to see: An all-new Speed Triple with more power and less weight.