At the Eicma motorcycle show in Milan, manufacturers are showing a surprising number of new products – from fast road machines to models for heavy terrain.
Anyone expecting interesting new models for 2019 at the Cologne Motor Show Intermot in October was disappointed. The manufacturers have reserved the attractions for the leading exhibition Eicma, which runs until this Sunday in Milan – even though the exhibition space there has visibly shrunk.
In Milan, the domestic producer Ducati and the Germans from BMW are the ones who are presenting themselves with a considerable number of new or heavily revised models. The Munich use their newly developed engines for an update of the entire model range: For example, the F 850 GS Adventure differs visually strong from its predecessor F 800 GS Adventure, to inherit the 853 cc two-cylinder in-line engine of the F 850 GS with 95 hp. Off-road excursions allow the classic tire dimensions 21 inches in the front and 17 inches in the rear – at the base price of 12 950 euros.
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Not surprising is the new boxer trio R 1250 GS Adventure, R and RS, which will benefit from the new 1250 cubic centimeter boxer engine. Thanks to the variable intake control ShiftCam there are 136 hp and 143 Newton meters of torque with the best running smoothness. Two driving modes, traction control and Hill Start Assist are standard, as well as TFT display and connectivity. Visually, the new on the valve covers are recognizable, the rest look remains the same. From December on there's the Adventure for the base price of 17 700 euros, the R 1250 R comes in February for 13 750 euros, the RS costs from March to 14 400 euros.
BMW and Ducati present new super athletes
Although this segment has been shrinking for years (and in general it is the question of what makes such highly-bred machines on the road) BMW presents the super sports car S 1000 RR completely new – with brute 207 hp at 13 500 rpm and 113 Nm maximum torque , Again, a variable control of the intake valves provides more driving culture. In the basic version, the S 1000 RR including fuel weighs exactly 197 kilos.
Since Ducati apparently did not want to back down and drives the delusion of power even further up. The Panigale V4 R, the street-legal racing bike platform for the official Ducati Superbikes of the new 2019 season, will even deliver 221 horsepower at 15 250 rpm out of 998 cubic centimeters. With a gross weight of only 193 kilograms, the R version also has the wings designed for MotoGP prototypes, called "winglets", which increase stability at high speeds.
Another world premiere is the Ducati Diavel 1260. The second generation of the unconventional muscle bike looks even purist and offers 159 hp more power than before. A firmer chassis setup in conjunction with the new curve ABS emphasize the sporting talents of the Diavel, which offers in the S-version of a fully adjustable Öhlins suspension, special wheels and an even more powerful braking system.
Less spectacular is the new Multistrada 950 S. With semi-active spring elements, state-of-the-art electronics features including a five-inch TFT instrument and curve ABS from Bosch as well as a spoke wheel option, Ducati has pimped up the little multi. The Italians are putting their new Hypermotard 950 on a more sporty clientele: in the look of competitive supermotos, the machine offers a great deal of ergonomics and the revised 937 cubic centimeter engine with 114 hp and 96 Newton meters of torque.