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