Motorcycle highlights from Milan, EICMA 2012

Suzuki GSX-R 1000 reworked for 2013 at the EICMA show floor in Milan. Photo:

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Suzuki GSX-R 1000 reworked for 2013 at the EICMA show floor in Milan. Photo:

When November rolls around every year, motorcycle enthusiasts and industry folk from all over the world turn their attention toward Milan, Italy for EICMA. This year’s show, taking place from the 12-18, was a hotbed for a plethora of new bike launches.

2013 MV Agusta F4 taillights and iconic quad-exhaust setup. Photo:

No motorcycle show being held on Italian soil would be complete without some properly exciting news from the Italian manufacturers themselves. Leading that charge during this year’s show was MV Agusta with their brand new Rivale 800 and completely revised Brutale lineup. Check out the details and more photographs here.

2013 Ducati Panigale carbon edition. Photo:

There’s possibly no more famous an Italian motorcycle brand than Ducati, and on that token, here’s the story on all the new machines they showed off at the show. There’s everything from an 1199 Panigale R, to a Hypermotard, to a Hyperstrada, to a Diavel Strada. Although the new line’s been called confusing, there’s no denying that some of these Ducatis are absolutely beautiful.

Sleek tail-end of the new Triumph Daytona 675R. Photo:

For 2013, Triumph has launched an all-new Daytona 675. A new engine, sleeker bodywork, smarter ergonomics, and what appears to be a better riding dynamics means this new Daytona could very well be the best one from Triumph yet. Check it out and decide for yourself here.

 2013 KTM Duke 690. Photo:

KTM makes a big splash at the 2012 EICMA by unveiling a range of new models. Among them are a 125, 200, 390, and 690 Duke which are each uniquely good looking while looking very much like a part of the KTM Duke family. There’s also a new 1290 Superduke and a RC250R sport bike which KTM says was inspired by their MotoGP involvement. Check out all the models here.

Not to be outdone by the big boys, Husqvarna was also at the show, and unveiled their latest creation: the Baja 650. Although in reality, the bike’s been on the promise wagon for some time now, it’s good to see an almost production ready Baja being showcased at the show. For more pictures and descriptions, see here.

Harley Davidson Softail Beakout CVO. Photo:

Harley Davidson isn’t exactly a major player in Italy; however, there are diehard fans of the brand, and the manufacturer was out to impress. Read more about HD’s EICMA presence here.

Although not currently on the market, electric motorcycle manufacturer (and frequent race winner) Brammo were also showing off some mighty fine specimens at the show. These futuristic looking electric bikes are definitely a sight to behold and we get to take a close look at them here.

The all-new Honda Goldwing for 2013. Photo:

Not to be left out, fans of the big touring bikes had plenty to rejoice in the form of Honda’s newest iteration of the Goldwing. The new Goldwing gets significant styling upgrades along with a host of tech bringing the bike squarely in to 2012 as a 2013 model year machine. Read about the new bike here.

Honda also launched the much anticipated 500cc lineup at the Milan show. With a CBR500R, a CBR500F, and CBR500X, Honda have fleshed out their middle-weight lineup considerably. Read more about it here.

Making up one of their biggest new bike launches in the recent past, Honda also unveiled a retro-styled muscle bike: the CB1100. This limited edition throwback to the good old days of CB750s from the 70s is a welcome addition to the Honda lineup. To learn more and to check out live reporting from the EICMA show floor click here.


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