Yesterday I covered day 1 of the EICMA 2019 show in Milan, with plenty of new models and exciting news. In today’s post I will add a few models which did not make it to my coverage yesterday, as well as new models unveiled on day 2.
In addition to the Z900 and Z650 Kawasaki also unveiled the new Ninja 1000SX yesterday.
Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX
Kawasaki’s Z1000SX, the good old sports-touring motorcycle, gets a ton of updates for 2020. It also gets a significant facelift, Euro 5 compliance and a new name – Ninja 1000SX. The name is being changed to make a closer connection between the sports-touring motorcycle and the Kawasaki sports model family. So from now on it is called Ninja 1000SX.
The new 2020 SX gets plenty of electronics upgrades. For the first time it comes with electronic throttle, a new grip control system, customizable riding mode management system, two-way quickshifter, grip heaters and cruise control.
The chassis and engine receive only minor modifications. It is still a 1,043cc 4-cylinder engine producing 142bhp, but the familiar dual exhaust pipes are now being replaced with a single exhaust in order to get optimum engine performance under the Euro 5 restrictions.
The Ninja is equipped with a comfort touring seat for both rider and passenger.
The electronics upgrade include all-LED lighting and a 4.3” colour TFT screen, which you can connect to a smartphone with a dedicated app.
KTM 1290 Super Duke R
After weeks of teasers released by KTM the company finally announced yesterday the 1290 Super Duke R, the 3rd generation of “the beast”.
KTM improved the 1290 Super Duke R in every way possible. Despite the similarity to the previous version – the Beast 2 – the new upgraded model is almost completely new. For example, the chassis in the 2020 version is completely new, with KTM claiming it is about 3 times more rigid than the outgoing model. This means a lot more sporty behaviour. At the same time, KTM were working on weight loss, and were able to shave 6kg off the previous model, reducing the weight to 185kg. The weight reduction took place wherever possible: the wheels, brakes, rear arm, new crankshaft, tail chassis which is made of aluminium and carbon, and more.
The 1301cc LC8 V-Twin engine gets a new and lighter crankshaft, as well as other changes, such as new injectors. The maximum power climbs from the previous 177bhp to 180bhp at 9,500 rpm.
In terms of electronics, the 1290 Super Duke R gets a 6 Axis Bosch IMU, and there is a 4 mode engine and motorcycle management system. It has cornering ABS, lean-angle-detecting traction control, wheelie control and cruise control. There is of course a two-way quickshifter, LED headlights, and a 5″ colour TFT screen, which of course interfaces with a smartphone.
There is little doubt the 1290 Super Duke R is one of the most exciting naked sport bikes on the market.
Harley-Davidson announced 2 new models yesterday: the Bronx 975 and the Pan America 1250.
Harley-Davidson Bronx 975
The Bronx 975 is Harley-Davidson’s first attempt to appeal to a sporting, dynamic and young target audience, and it seems to have succeeded quite well; it will come into production during 2020.
The new Bronx uses a new 975cc Revolution-Max V-Twin engine, a liquid cooled engine, producing about 116bhp. Its features are rather sporty – definitely compared to Harley’s engines.
The new engine is a major load-bearing element in the Bronx chassis and there’s a beefy inverted fork. The brakes are also high quality and it is the first time Harley-Davidson collaborate with Brembo, equipping the Bronx with Monoblock Radial Callipers. The tires are Michelin tires, and this collaboration is another first for Harley.
Harley is yet to release full details such as weight, seat height and other technical specifications, but the Bronx is expected to come with a modern electronics system that includes engine and motorcycle management modes, advanced grip control system, ABS tilt system, and other modern electronics.
Harley-Davidson notes that this is currently a concept version, but the Bronx in its current configuration will be in production as early as 2020.
Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250
In addition to the Bronx 975 Harley-Davidson unveiled the new surprising adventure bike with its unusual design. The new Pan America 1250 should compete with the European adventure bikes, led by BMW’s R1250GS.
Like the Bronx 975, the Pan America unveiled in Milan is a concept only (the initial version premiered earlier this year), but it looks ready for production. According to Harley-Davidson it will actually be in production as early as 2020, and will probably be very similar to the model featured in the show.
The Pan America 1250 has a new liquid-cooled 1,250cc engine. It is a Revolutions-Max series engine and the company claims it has more than 145bhp.
The chassis assemblies look high quality, with an electronic braking system, Brembo brake system with radial callipers, and tubeless rims with dedicated Michelin tires. Electronics systems are also expected to be at the forefront, with a Bosch IMU, as well as systems such as tilting ABS, advanced grip control, cruise control and quickshifter. There are LED headlights and a colourful modern TFT screen.
The design looks, on the one hand, very functional and fits the Adventure segment. However, the design of the front is hard to digest, with distinctly “Harley” characteristics, which is a bit hard to see on an adventure motorcycle. Maybe we’ll get used to it over time. Either way, the Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 will go into production during 2020, and then complete data such as the weight, the chassis assemblies and the electronics systems will also be released.
Indian FTR 1200 Rally
Indian announced the release of a beautiful Rally version for their FTR 1200 family, taking the design in a retro direction. .
After unveiling the Challenger last week – a huge cruiser with the new engine – Indian unveils another version of the FTR1200 in Milan: the FTR Rally. The new model is based on the basic version of the FTR1200, but a number of design changes give it a touch of old fashioned retro style. There are some slight change in ergonomics too.
For example, the FTR Rally raises the handlebars by 40mm, which assists with a more upright riding position. In addition, it receives spoked rims with Pirelli Scorpion STR tires. There is also a modest rally windscreen, and a unique smoky titanium colouring with a matching seat. Apart from these additions and modifications, Indian states that there are more than 40 dedicated items for this model in the company’s parts catalogue, so each customer can customize their FTR rally.
Indian designed the FTR Rally for urban riding, along with calm riding on twisties and country roads.
Like other Indian models, the FTR Rally is also expected to hit the ground during 2020.
We already know that Kymco work hard on electric bikes. Last year, the company introduced the SuperNEX concept – a radical electric superbike. Before that, Kimco presented various and original ideas for electric bikes, such as the Lonex. The Taiwanese company is now significantly approaching reality, introducing the RevoNEX in Milan – as mentioned, a new electric motorcycle that will be in serial production next year.
Kymco have not released all the technical details, but from what they did release we get the impression it is a very powerful machine. In fact, it might be one of the leading electric bikes. Kymco claims an acceleration from 0 to 100kmph in 3.9 seconds, reaching its maximum speed – 205kmph – in 11.8 seconds. Very impressive indeed!
An interesting fact is that RevoNEX has a 6-speed mechanical gearbox that can reach 80kmph in first gear. So the RevoNEX must be equipped with an advanced grip control system, which includes acceleration control for maximum acceleration.
The RevoNEX is probably only the first of its kind, and the company are developing more electric bikes – especially scooters. It is likely that Kymco will continue unveiling additional electric motor scooters.
Benelli Lenocino 800 and 800 Trail
Benelli unveiled in Milan two new Leoncino 800 models, one for the road and the other off-road. The new Leoncino 800 and the Leoncino 800 Trail.
Both bikes share the same platform with the 725S, which was announced last year. They are powered by a 754cc liquid-cooled parallel twin engine, with 81.6bhp at 9000rpm. The transmission is handled by a 6 speed gearbox with a slipper clutch.
The Leoncino 800 uses 17” spoked wheels at both ends with Pirelli MT-60 tires. The Trail uses 19” front and 17” rear, with Pirelli STR tires. The seat height of the 800 is 900mm and 818mm in the Trail. Wet weight is 220kg and 224kg respectively.
Both models have LED lights and TFT colour screen. Beyond the respectable technical specifications there is the design matter: Benelli took the 752 platform and adapted it to the Leoncino concept. For example, there is a newly designed 15 litre fuel tank, and there is a matching seat that Benlli claims is very comfortable for the rider and pillion passenger. Up front there is an elliptical headlight, with the Trail version also getting a small rally windshield. Another design difference between the pair is in the exhaust system: the road version comes with a single exhaust pipe on the motorcycle side, while the trail version comes with a higher dual pipe that blends well with the rims and overall design. To us they simply look wonderful!
CFMoto continue their rapid advance in the industry and this year in Milan the Chinese manufacturer announced the 700CL-X. The new model has a retro-modern design and plenty of customisation.
The new model is powered by a new 692.2cc water-cooled twin-cylinder engine, which is built on the company’s 650cc and 400cc engines. It features electronic throttle, sliding clutch and forged pistons. Its max power is 75bhp.
The design of the 700CL-X is interesting. On the one hand, it is a completely modern and even futuristic design. But on the other hand, there are many retro-style touches, such as a circular chrome headlight (LED of course), a circular dash (7.5 cm LCD), a black steel triangular chassis frame, leather and matte finish touches, and more. It was designed by KISKA Workshop, the Austrian company responsible for all the designs of KTM and Husqvarna.
CFMoto are offering 3 versions on this platform: Hertiga, Adventure and sport, each of which comes with dedicated elements and each can be customized by a multitude of colours and accessories. CFMoto seems to aim at the heart of the urban hipster, the stylist, and there are quite a few of them around.
The 700CL-X has Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa tires, ABS, cruise control, LED lights, electronic throttle, and USB charging port. Tank capacity is 13.5 litres, seat height is 800mm and dry weight is 183kg.
Husqvarna Norden 901
Husqvarna unveiled an amazing concept of a medium-large adventure bike which is based on the KTM 790 Adventure R. Meet the Norden 910
The new concept model is powered by the new 890cc engine featuring in the KTM 890 Duke R. It is a liquid-cooled parallel twin 889.5cc engine and is likely to have similar power to the KTM’s. The chassis and assemblies appear to be identical to those of the KTM 790 Adventure R. Front wheel size is 21” and the rear is 18”. It is likely the advanced electronics systems of the 790 Adventure R find its way to the new Norden 901.
But the main thing with the Norden 901 is the special design – modern and sophisticated. It demonstrates Husqvarna designers’ interpretation of modern adventure, yet is useful and practical nonetheless. There is a circular headlight (LED of course), windscreen and a half-fairing that extends back to the fuel tank. We really liked the relatively clean design and the colouring scheme.
The production version is likely to be released as early as next year.