BIKES BRIEF­ING

From the much-awaited 390 Ad­ven­ture to the ‘ac­ces­si­ble’ Bru­tale 1000 RR! En­thu­si­asts are go­ing to have a great year ahead

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The hottest news from EICMA, along with the new ar­rivals this month

EV­ERY YEAR, THE MI­LAN SHOW IS HOST TO SOME OF the finest mo­tor­cy­cles to grace our roads (or liv­ing rooms). This year was no dif­fer­ent. This year, at EICMA, In­di­ans awaited the un­veil­ing of the KTM 390 Ad­ven­ture, the highly-an­tic­i­pated ad­ven­ture mo­tor­cy­cle. While the 1290 Su­per Duke and 890 Duke R stole the lime­light, we just couldn’t get our at­ten­tion off the 390 Ad­ven­ture.

For those who have been liv­ing un­der a rock, the KTM 390 Ad­ven­ture is a small ca­pac­ity ADV that shares its un­der­pin­nings with the 390 Duke. It gets the same 373.2cc, liq­uid-cooled sin­gle-cylin­der en­gine pro­duc­ing 43.3bhp and 37Nm how­ever, the cy­cle parts are com­pletely dif­fer­ent from the 390 Duke. The KTM 390 Ad­ven­ture gets trac­tion con­trol and switch­able ABS with 43mm WP Apex USD forks with re­bound and com­pres­sion

ad­justa­bil­ity and WP Apex monoshock with re­bound and preload ad­justa­bil­ity. The bike is likely to be launched at IBW along with the 250 Ad­ven­ture that silently creeped up on the com­pany’s web­site.

Born to Race, as Honda claims, the CBR1000RR-R

Fire­blade and the Fire­blade SP draws in­spi­ra­tion from the RC213V Mo­toGP rac­ing ma­chine and the street-le­gal RC213V-S. The Fire­blade’s mo­tor now puts out 13 per cent more power com­pared to the 2019 model. The 2020 Fire­blade makes 214bhp at 14,500rpm as op­posed to the 186bhp at 13,000rpm power out­put from the pre­vi­ous model. The new mo­tor also makes 6Nm more torque, at 113Nm, whilst weigh­ing in at 201kg.

Honda also re­vealed the ‘SP’ vari­ant of the CBR1000RR-R Fire­blade at EICMA 2019, fea­tur­ing the best in the busi­ness sus­pen­sion and brak­ing good­ies to el­e­vate its track per­for­mance to an­other level. The most so­phis­ti­cated up­grades are the sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion semi-ac­tive Oh­lins Elec­tronic Con­trol which now fea­tures a set of 43mm NPX forks and Oh­lins TTX36 Smart-EC rear shock ab­sorber. As per the Honda Big Wings’ ex­pan­sion plans, the bike is likely to de­but in India next year.

The CBR looked stun­ning, but what stole the show was the Du­cati Street­fighter V4. Awarded the ‘Most beau­ti­ful mo­tor­cy­cle at EICMA’, the Street­fighter is a Pani­gale stripped of its fair­ing. Us­ing the same 1103cc V4 mo­tor from the Pani­gale, the Street­fighter puts out 205bhp and 123Nm of peak twist and tips the scales at just 201kg. To keep this in­sane mo­tor­cy­cle from tak­ing off, Du­cati has equipped the bike with winglets that gen­er­ate 28kg of down­force at 270kmph.

Maybe Kawasaki didn’t want to be left be­hind in this hy­per­bike race, so the Ja­panese brand does what it does best – build a su­per­charged mo­tor­cy­cle. The Kawasaki Z H2 is es­sen­tially the naked ver­sion of the H2. It shares the same 998cc, four-cylin­der, liq­uid-cooled mo­tor from the H2 and H2 SX, how­ever, for the Z, the en­gine is tuned dif­fer­ently. Though the su­per­charged beast makes 196bhp, the least amongst the ri­vals, it pro­duces 136Nm, more than the Bru­tale 1000 or the Street­fighter V4. Need­less to say, the bike gets plethora of elec­tronic aids and top-drawer equip­ment like Showa SFF-BP and Brembo M4.32 calipers.

The street­fighter seg­ment too is com­pet­i­tive and now Har­ley-David­son has de­cided to dive in… again. Af­ter the

THE V4’S WINGLETS GEN­ER­ATE 28KG OF DOWN­FORCE AT 270KMPH

THIS YEAR’S EICMA HAD MANY EN­THU­SI­ASTS RE­THINK THEIR NEXT MO­TOR­CY­CLE

XR1200, Har­ley has gone back to the draw­ing board and left no stone un­turned to en­sure a strong come­back. The Har­leyDavid­son Bronx uses a 975cc V-Twin, liq­uid-cooled en­gine with a coun­ter­bal­ancer and dual down­draft throt­tle bod­ies for op­ti­mal air­flow and bet­ter per­for­mance. The bike is ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing more than 114bhp and 95Nm.

The Aprilia RS 660 puts the Ital­ian man­u­fac­turer in to new ter­ri­tory. This is the com­pany’s mid­weight su­pers­port that de­ploys a 660cc, par­al­lel-twin belt­ing out 99bhp. The bike re­mains very close to the con­cept show­cased at last year’s EICMA, and gets loads of elec­tron­ics like APRC elec­tron­ics suite, which means IMU-pow­ered trac­tion con­trol, wheelie con­trol, and cor­ner­ing ABS, along with an up/down quick­shifter, cruise con­trol, and switch­able power modes.

An­other icon was the MV Agusta Bru­tale 1000 RR– the se­ries pro­duc­tion vari­ant of the manic hy­per naked. It skips all the fancy car­bon­fi­bre treat­ment of the Serie Oro but re­mains the same bru­tal ma­chine. Power out­put is a bit lower than the Serie Oro at 205bhp, iden­ti­cal to the Street­fighter V4.

The Hero Xpulse 200 was al­ready a great mo­tor­cy­cle for some­one who wants to start off-road­ing, and now Hero have di­alled it up a notch with the in­tro­duc­tion of the new Rally Kit. Though this is not a street-le­gal kit, you wouldn’t want to take it to any­where else but through trails. The rally kit in­cludes ad­justable sus­pen­sion for front and rear with more travel. The ground clear­ance too has shot up by 55mm. Hero is also play­ing around with the fi­nal drive of the Xpulse to ex­tract more from the mo­tor. Com­plet­ing the kit is the new seat which is flat­ter and nar­rower, per­fect to move around when go­ing off-road.

Benelli too had some­thing spe­cial for of­froad afi­ciona­dos— the Leon­cino 800. The bike gets a sculpted tank and min­i­mal pan­els, how­ever, un­like the other Leon­ci­nos, this one ac­tu­ally looks like a scram­bler.

The Leon­cino 800 is pow­ered by a 754cc-twin cylin­der, liq­uid­cooled en­gine pro­duc­ing 80bhp and 67Nm of peak twist. The en­gine is mated to a 6-speed ’box paired to a slip­per clutch. The en­gine is cra­dled in­side an all-new frame.

This year’s EICMA had many en­thu­si­asts re­think their next mo­tor­cy­cle. Most of these mo­tor­cy­cles are ex­pected to make it to our shores well within the next six months.

WORDS by MANAAL MAHATME

Right top to bot­tom: Aprilia RS 660, Har­ley-David­son Bronx and Kawasaki Ninja Z H2. Fac­ing page (top to bot­tom): KTM 390 Ad­ven­ture, Honda CBR 1000RR-R and Du­cati Street­fighter V4

Top to bot­tom: Benelli Leon­cino 800 Trail, MV Agusta Bru­tale 1000 RR and Hero XPulse 200 Rally Kit

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