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.
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 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.
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.
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?