What are the new additions you can't miss at EICMA 2019? Remaining faithful to the claim "Moto Rivoluzionario" the new-ins are many and won't disappoint, starting from super sports bikes to naked options, up to adventure sports bikes and new electric solutions. Here's our selection of what should not be missed while visiting the 77th edition of the fair.
A passion for super sports
Eicma 2019 reconfirms the interest of motorbike aficionados to the world of top speed. Yamaha for example, has introduced its brand-new YZF-R1 2020 – available also in its YZF-R1M version featuring carbon fairing and Ohlins performance suspensions – both powered by liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, 4-valve, in-line 4-cylinder 998cm3 engines featuring a crossplane crankshaft. Among its key features, bikers can enjoy renovated aerodynamics thanks to new and more efficient fairing and new electronic features which include an adjustable engine brake. YZF-R1 is available in two shades: Icon Blue and Midnight Black. The winds of change also blow at Ducati, with two new superbikes: Panigale V4S 2020, with renovated aesthetics, lighter in weight though equipped with larger fairing and side flaps to help its 208hp Desmosedici Stradale engine perform at its best, and the new Panigale V2. The latter, which comes after the iconic Panigale 959, reminds the aesthetics of the V4, enhanced by a new ABS system, traction control and equipped with Brembo brakes. Honda, on its side, has introduced one of the most awaited new entries, CBR 1000RR-R Fireblade 2020 with a new frame and new 217.5hp engine inspired by the technologies of Moto GP, titanium exhaust powered by Akrapovič and – in its SP version – with Ohlins electronic suspensions and front Brembo Stylema calipers. Last but not least, the new Ninja 1000SX by Kawasaki marking the debut of Electronic Cruise Control, a Quick Shifter, integrated Riding Modes and new styling accentuating the new all LED lights and incresed connectivity.
Rocking the world of naked motocycles
The world of naked motorcycles is becoming increasingly rich thanks to new important additions, starting from the new MV Agusta Brutale 1000RR 208hp hyper naked, featuring the same chassis, engine and electronic kit as the 2018 Brutale Serie Oro but new aesthetics, in two shades. Always remaining at MV Agusta’s stand, bikers can admire – only as a concept bike, for the moment – the new Rush, inspired by the USA-born drag races and provided with an impressively-powerful acceleration. Another highly-awaited concept concerns the Aprilia Tuono 660, equipped with a 95hp engine. Talking about top performances, the new Kawasaki Z H2 deserves a special mention: equipped with a majestic 998cc four-cylinder supercharged engine, it is the most technically advanced and most powerful Z ever, with launch control and electronic cruise control, whose top performances are completed by assist and slipper clutch plus dog ring gearbox technology. Eicma 2019 has also been selected as the seat of the global preview of the Z900 2020, with new power mode selection, traction control and Bluetooth connectivity. The Bologna-based brand Ducati has enriched its collection with a new addition, the new Streetfighter V4, and two restylings – the Ducati Monster 1200s “Black on Black” and the Diavel 2020, available in total black “Dark Stealth” or “Ducati Red”, on its Diavel S version only. The top innovations of the Ducati Streetfighter V4 involve high, wide handlebars and feisty performance stabilised by sophisticated electronics lifted directly from the Panigale V4 and the ‘biplane’ aerofoils developed by Ducati Corse aerodynamicists. Innovations also include the new KTM 890 Duke R, with similar features to KTM 790 Duke, though with 121hp more, the restyling of Yamaha Tracer 700 and the new Triumph Street Triple RS, with powered engine torque and Euro 5 type approval.
Enjoying the ride on adventure sports motorbikes
Innovative solutions do not disappoint lovers of adventure sports. First and foremost thanks to the Africa Twin 1100 Adventure Sports 2020 with a new 1.084 cc engine, Dual Clutch Transmission, Showa EERA electronic suspensions and available in two colour versions, Grand Prix Red and Matte Ballistic Black Metallic, followed by a new Ducati Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour, with new chassis and matte grey design. Another new entry comes from Suzuki, providing the new edition of its crossover V-Strom 1050, distinguished by Euro5 type approval, cruise control, full LED lighting and adjustable alloy handlebars. Remaining faithful to its ongoing reserach on new solutions, BMW Motorrad is further expanding its product range for the popular mid-range with the new Dynamic Roadster F 900 R and the F 900 XR in the Adventure Sport segment, plus a lighter and more agile version of its best-selling Adventure Sport bike S 1000 XR.
Cafe racers and Scramblers
Updates are not missing in the world of scramblers, thanks to the new Ducati Scrambler 800 Icon Dark, making the difference thanks to its lower price – reduced of over 1,000 euro – essential equipment and total black design. Heading then towards the universe of Classic Look and Cafe Racers, innovations come from Husqvarna and its new Svartpilen 401, Svartpilen 701, Vitpilen 401 and Vitpilen 701. Moreover, the recently launched brace of W800 models from Kawasaki are joined in 2020 by a three model line featuring a deeply padded “tuck and roll” style seat, air-cooled 773cc bevel drive camshaft engine and updated components.
Electric and sustainable mobility
Following a trend introduced on the previous EICMA editions, particular attention is given to sustainable, low environmental impact electric vehicles, ranging from mopeds with interchangeable lithium batteries, like the new models introduced by Hurba and Niu, to mid-size scoots such as the protoypes powered by the WOW Italian startup, plus restylings from great brands such as the Livewire by Harley Davidson.
Focus on safety
Helmets, back protectors, race jackets and suits, as well as jackets and gloves play a key role in this edition of Eicma, raising awareness on the importance of safety when riding. Among the most innovative solutions, visitors can admire and try in first person super-light yet resistant fiberglass or carbon helmets by AGV, Shoei, LS2 and Airoh as well as the innovative The Smart Jacket perfected by the Italian brand Dainese, equipped with an inner airbag capable of absorbing shocks and falls as much as 7 back protectors.