10 new motorcycles from renowned two-wheeler manufacturers to hit the Indian shores straight from the EICMA show floor
We, motorcycle enthusiasts, eagerly wait for this time of the year and this has definitely become a tradition for us now. Yes! I am talking about the month of November when the EICMA (Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori) or in simple words Milan Motorcycle show takes place in Italy. This is perhaps one of the biggest shows where two-wheeler manufacturers from around the globe showcase their new and latest creations.
This is also the stage where we get to witness some futuristic models as well. Like every year, the 2018 EICMA will commence from 6th of November onwards, and we are here to provide you all the details about some of the top bikes which will debut at the show and will most probably hit the Indian shores soon. So, without any further due let’s talk about the top 10 India-bound motorcycles debuting at the 2018 EICMA:
1. KTM 390 Adventure
We have kept this motorcycle on top of our list mainly because this is definitely one of the most awaited motorcycles in the Indian market now. KTM finally is ready with their production spec 390 Adventure which we have seen being tested on a number of occasions in the past. We obviously don’t want to wait anymore to actually see the final product from KTM’s stable.
The motorcycle will definitely get all the features which we generally expect from an Adventure tourer like long suspension travel, switchable ABS, comfortable seats, and space to carry your stuff for long journeys. What we are also interested to know is how KTM will tune their existing 373 cc single-cylinder engine used in the Duke 390 for this motorcycle. This will definitely hit the Indian shores early next year and we can’t wait to get our hands on one for reviewing purpose.
2. Triumph Speed Twin
This gorgeous speed twin was leaked way ahead of its official unveiling and we can definitely say that this is going to be one of the finest looking motorcycles in the Triumph lineup. Based on the street twin the retro-styled motorcycle is powered by a 1200 cc, parallel-twin engine which also powers the Bonneville T120.
This unit will produce about 78.9bhp of peak power and a meaty 105 Nm of torque. The engine will sit on top of the T120 and Thruxton. This motorcycle, in particular, gets cast wheels, bigger discs, and a tail tidy appearance. You can also expect to get slightly better suspension and also better instrumentation as well.
3. BMW S1000 RR
The 2019 BMW S1000 RR is definitely one motorcycle which many sports bike enthusiast is eagerly waiting for. Recently the production-spec motorcycle was leaked through some images and to be honest while most of the people loved the new styling there are few who disliked it as well.
Whatever is the case we would love to see the motorcycle in flesh on the BMW stands at the EICMA. If we talk about new features the motorcycle loses those asymmetrically shaped headlamps and now gets a conventional looking twin projector units while reports also state that BMW has also updated the engine and it now has received a slight bump in its overall power output.
4. Ducati Diavel 1260
Ducati will be showcasing the new Diavel 1260 at the EICMA. The motorcycle was spotted while it was being tested and reports state that it borrows most of its styling cues from the X Diavel.
The power cruiser gets a longer wheelbase and is also powered by a 1262cc L-Twin motor which also powers the later. The motorcycle will get an updated electronic package and along with hardware as well including brakes and suspension setup.
5. Ducati Panigale V4R
If you visit the Ducati stands at the EICMA you will definitely find this new Panigale member parked there. Ducati will be showcasing the Panigale V4R at the EICMA which is a street version of the WSBK- spec Panigale V4 RS. The motorcycle will feature a retuned engine which obviously generates more power than the standard variant and also different bodywork which will most probably be made mostly out of carbon fibre.
The motorcycle will also get advanced electronic aid as well to keep the front wheels on the ground and also the rider safe. Expect the motorcycle to come to Indian shores in limited number and will also be priced accordingly.
6. Kawasaki Z400
Kawasaki will most probably be also introducing the Z400 at EICMA. The motorcycle has already been patented which definitely strengthens the fact that this motorcycle will indeed mark its presence at the show. Expect the naked streetfighter to be powered by a 399 cc, parallel-twin engine which you will also find in the Ninja 400.
This unit is capable of producing about 47 bhp and 38Nm of torque and is paired with a 6-speed gearbox. The motorcycle will definitely arrive at our Indian shores and will be positioned in between the Ninja 300 and the Ninja 400. It will compete with some other street-fighters like the Duke390 when it finally launches here next year.
7. Royal Enfield Bobber
This was completely unexpected from RE but now that we know it will be unveiled we actually love to see it get a first glimpse of it real soon. The motorcycle name and details are still unknown to us. However, the teaser image does give us an idea that the motorcycle will most probably be a Bobber.
Few reports online suggest that the RE Bobber will most probably be powered by a newly developed 834 cc, BS6 compliant engine while the official figures are still unknown to us but it will obviously be more powerful than the 650 cc twin that’s for sure. The Bobber styled motorcycle is still in its concept stage but definitely can join the future RE lineup of India.
8. Ducati Multistrada 950
Ducati has already launched the Multistrada 1260 in India and there are reports that the Italian premium motorcycle maker is also working on the updated version of their entry level adventure tourer the Multistrada 950. We do believe that Ducati will be showcasing the new motorcycle at EICMA. Expect the Multistrada 950 to get some cosmetic updates while it is powered by the 950 cc, 90 degree V twin fuel injected and liquid cooled motor.
The engine produces about 113 Ps of peak power. The motorcycle is equipped with the slip-assist clutch as well. Ducati will further strengthen the motorcycles equipment list with some new features including cornering ABS and lean-sensitive traction control. The motorcycle will most probably head to the Indian shores by the year 2019.
9. Triumph Scrambler 1200
Triumph will showcase both the Scrambler 1200 twins at EICMA. Triumph released the details of the XC and XE variant of the Scrambler recently and they will also be introducing the all-rounder XC variant soon in India as well.
Both the Scrambler variants share the same chassis and engine while the XE is more off-road focused motorcycle the XC is a more tarmac friendly motorcycle which also won’t feel uncomfortable if the tarmac runs out.
The Scrambler 1200 is powered by a 1200 cc twin-cylinder engine borrowed from the Bonneville. This engine has been tuned to produce 89 bhp at 7400 rpm and 110 Nm of torque at 3950 rpm.
10. BMW R 1250 GS
BMW is going to showcase the new R 1250 GS at Milan next week. The motorcycle will feature a water cooled 1254 cc Boxer engine which is capable of producing about 134hp of peak power and 124 Nm of torque with the help of the variable valve timing setup.
The R 1250 GS will also get plenty of equipment upgrade to stay ahead of its rivals. After the addition of new equipment expect the new GS to add some more weight. BMW will definitely bring the 1250 GS in India along with their updated S 1000 RR sportsbike next year in India.