Sunday, November 7, 2010

Milan Motorcycle Show Update: New Bikes Unveiled

UPDATE: Here's footage of the new Ducati Diavel 1200 super street bike unveiled at the 68th (EICMA) Milan Motorcycle Show. (Nov. 2 to 7, 2010.) While it has some of the dirt-tracker looks of a Harley-Davidson XR1200, it also resembles the recent wave of high-tech musclebikes from the Yamaha V-Rod and the BMW K 1200 R. The new Ducati, which is scheduled to go on sale in late winter or early spring of 2011, uses the same Testastretta engine used in the company’s top-of-the-line superbikes. The Diavel will also offer anti-lock brakes, traction control, and electronically adjustable riding modes aimed at increasing safety and comfort.

Hosted in the trade fair district of Fiera Milano Rhò in Milan, Italy, the EICMA draws 400,000 to 500,000 visitors and is attended by more than 2,000 journalists from more than two dozen countries. It is the largest bike show in the world and includes MOTOLIVE demo raceway, and this year a Custom City devoted to custom-built motorcycles.

Here are also photos of the Honda Crosstour released at EICMA.

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Harley-Davidson presented the new SuperLow, together with four new CVO models.

Key features of the 2011 XL883L SuperLow include: An air-cooled Evolution® 883cc V-Twin engine with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI), rated at 52 ft.lbs (70Nm) of torque at 3750rpm. It has a broad powerband for easy get-away from a stop and smooth power out of corners. 

• 39mm Showa® fork with 4.1 inches (108mm) travel. • Coil-over pre-load adjustable rear shocks with 2.5 inches (54mm) of wheel travel.  • The 17 Litre fuel tank offers extended range and helps give the SuperLow a low-profile appearance. • Mid-mount foot controls.

Yamaha presented an electric scooter, a city mobility prototype. Kawasaki, Moto Guzzi, Piaggio, Triumph and others, also launched new models at the Milan Bike Show. Read more.