EICMA 2014: Bikes we are looking forward to!!!
Snapshot: We talk about the bikes we are looking forward to at EICMA 2014!!!!
EICMA is the biggest motorcycle show of the year and it is indeed just around the corner. Hosted in Milan, EICMA is the international stage where the the motorcycle manufacturers will reveal their new models. Do not do by the title of this news of ours. Truth be told, there are more bikes to choose from - the three street models of Husqvarna and the possible arrival of the KTM 1050 Adventure, are just a few which barely missed the cut. That said, the ones we’ve gathered here have us truly excited for the year to come in motorcycling.
MV Agusta F4 RC SBK -
MV Agusta is using 2014 as a learning year as it comes to grips with a full-fledged, factory-backed international racing effort, fielding an F4 in WSBK and an F3 675 in World Supersport competition. For 2015 we believe the revised F4 will come packed with 210 hp, courtesy of a new cylinder head, crankshaft, camshafts, pistons and titanium connecting rods.
A lightened gearbox, forged wheels, Termignoni exhaust, and a spattering of carbon fiber and magnesium help bring the new F4′s weight down to approximately 386 lbs. (dry), which would improve the bike’s power-to-weight ratio by 5% compared to its predecessor. For those not interested in fielding a WSBK team, we imagine a more street ridable F4, without all the letters after its name and with less of the go-fast parts, will also be made available.
Ducati Multistrada DVT -
When technological advances happen in motorcycling, Sport-Touring bikes are often the first ones to become the beneficiaries. Such is the case with the Multistrada and the release of Ducati’s DVT system on its 1198cc Testastretta engine. Ducati says DVT will add 10 horses and 9 lb-ft to the Multistrada over the engine it replaces, which should make the bike easier to live with in virtually all situations. Of course, the Multistrada will surely feature other improvements, as the spy photos in the link above appear to show a slightly altered frame and subframe. Plus, we expect to see various electronic tweaks as well.
BMW S1000XR -
The adventure-bike theme continues , the BMW S1000XR, which we thought would have been revealed at Intermot but wasn’t. From a styling standpoint, it looks in many ways like S1000 sportbike with a beak, symmetrical headlights, upright handlebars, taller suspension and luggage, but of course we know there’s more to it than that. The link above reveals many of the changes we expect to see from the XR (mainly Adventure-Touring provisions). The tuning of the 999cc inline-Four will be revised to better suit adventure riding rather than racetrack domination, but rest assured, it will still be plenty potent.
Ducati 1299 Panigale -
Its identity might have been a mistake, but the photograph taken by Portland, Ore., Ducati dealership, Motocorsa, in front of a Panigale fairing with the number “1299” along the side has all but confirmed the speculation of a bigger Panigale coming to the scene. By giving it a longer stroke, the oversquare dimensions of the current Superquadro engine (112mm x 60.8mm) will be relaxed a little while resulting in both more power and torque. The latter of which will be a welcome sight for street riders.
It remains to be seen where the 1299 will slot into the current Panigale lineup, especially considering WSBK's 1200cc limit for Twins. However, considering the WSBK requirement for all manufacturers to run under EVO rules in 2015, could Ducati once again wield its power and influence a rule change to allow 1300cc Twins to compete against 1000cc Fours? None of this matters to us since we’re not fielding a World Superbike team, but nonetheless, the 1299 Panigale has us excited for 2015.
2015 Yamaha R1 -
When certain Mr. Rossi says the new R1“wants to go faster,” that’s a pretty glowing statement. Yamaha has been on a tear lately with bikes like the FZ-09 and FZ-07, but the current R1 hasn’t done very well in comparison tests, with its excess weight being a big detriment. As of press time, we have little idea what the new R1 will look like, nor do we know many of the details surrounding it, but what we do know till now is that Yamaha has trademark filings for an R1M and R1S, suggesting there may be multiple versions coming. Nonetheless, it looks like Yamaha is pulling out all the stops in making sure the new R1 is groomed for track dominance.
Evidence of this comes from Yamaha’s teaser video where we can hear the R1’s crossplane-crank Four, followed by a clip of the dash with a bevy of electronic rider aids, including traction control, ride modes, a weight-distribution meter and something termed SCS, which we believe stands for Slip Control System, which is apparently something more than a TC system and is related to Moto GP technology. With this new R1, the liter-class sportbike wars will be really exciting in 2015.
Kawasaki Ninja H2 -
With a teaser video marathon to its name, the Kawasaki Ninja H2R has been relentlessly teased. Meant to turn the motorcycling world on its head like the original H2 did in 1971, the supercharged H2R is rumored to make 300 horses and have a top speed more than 200 mph, but it isn’t legal for road use.
New to the equation is the street-legal H2 that will be revealed at EICMA. In addition to lighting equipment and an EPA-legal exhaust system, the H2 will surely have a reduction of peak power compared to the R model. How much of a reduction is still a mystery, but we’ll guess at a number in the 240-250-hp range, which would make the old warlords Suzuki Hayabusa and Kawasaki’s own ZX - 14R seem like pussycats in comparison.
Stay tuned with us for all the EICMA updates.
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