‘They can’t all have it wrong’

BIKE (UK) - - HELLO - Hugo Wil­son Editor

Trends in mo­tor­cy­cle de­sign and en­gi­neer­ing for 2019? Based on what was most ob­vi­ous at the Eicma show you’d think we’ll all be rid­ing elec­tric bikes by next April. Ev­ery other stand fea­tured elec­tric mo­tor­cy­cles, off-road bikes, scoot­ers and bi­cy­cles of vary­ing de­grees of cred­i­bil­ity, in­tegrity and innovation. Many of them are small scale out­fits jump­ing on the EV band­wagon and will surely van­ish with­out trace. But there are also signs of big­ger things hap­pen­ing.

Of the es­tab­lished brands, Har­ley-david­son are tak­ing this se­ri­ously and are promis­ing that their Livewire will be on sale in 2019. But no de­tails of per­for­mance, power, price or range. KTM had a sep­a­rate stand for elec­tric bi­cy­cles and Kymco, with the cred­i­bil­ity of a man­u­fac­turer of 500,000 scoot­ers a year, an­nounced a su­per­sports con­cept. No de­tails of per­for­mance, power, price or range, but their boss man talks about the com­ing ‘Nokia mo­ment’ that could rad­i­cally shift the whole bike mar­ket. And tucked away at the back of one of the halls, the ex­tra­or­di­nary Arc Vec­tor. A crazy con­cept bike backed by Jaguar Land Rover that’s be­ing de­vel­oped in Coven­try. Th­ese are all clever peo­ple do­ing clever things. Surely they can’t all have got it wrong? Maybe not 2019, but surely it’s com­ing.

And then there are the bikes that we might ac­tu­ally see in deal­ers next year. BMW’S S1000RR and the Du­cati V4S re­mind us of the joy of the track fo­cused sports bike. KTM’S 790 Ad­ven­ture and the Yamaha 700 Ténéré point to a new lighter breed of ad­ven­ture bikes, but we’ve got to wait even longer for the Yamaha. Is this a record for teas­ing? But the best news of the show might be the £5500 price tag on the Royal En­field 650 In­ter­cep­tor. That should put bums on seats.

En­joy the is­sue.

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