WHAT CAUGHT OUR EYE | EICMA 22
By GARETH CHARLTON - 11 Nov 22
Last week saw the motorcycle industry gather in Milan for the annual EICMA exhibition. As usual many used it as a chance to whip the covers from their latest models and concepts - and as usual a few definitely caught our eye. Below is a quick run down on some of the machines we look forward to swinging a leg over in 2023 and beyond.
ROYAL ENFIELD SUPER METEOR 650
As teased at our 2022 London Show, Royal Enfield launched the latest vessel for their cracking 650 Twin. The Super Meteor carries said motor in an entirely new tubular steel frame with upside down forks (a first for Enfield) and cast wheels. The Super will no doubt build on the success of their existing Meteor monikered 350 cruiser. We look forward to seeing these roll down our drive in 2023.
INDIAN FTR SPORT
Indian Motorcycle showcased their revised 2023 FTR model line-up. The “S" variant has now become the “Sport” with a reshaped tank and aggressive belly-pan. Along with the visually tweaked R Carbon and Rally iterations the Sport also gains trick integrated navigation. The stock FTR meanwhile has a graphic makeover as all models lean away from their flat-track inspiration toward a sporting road focus. All models benefit from revised front braking and clutch systems. More on these, along with several other new models across their offering on Indians site.
Our friends at Super73 further showcased their pedal-ditching C1X. Their first exciting step into the world of electric motorcycles. With 15' wheels front and back, BMX thinking and Super73's firmly established DNA we cannot wait to have a rip on this fun-machine. Deposits (£73) now being taken...
HONDA TRANSALP AND SUZUKI DR800
The Japanese pair both launched street and adventure models featuring brand new parallel twin power units. The Transalp and DR800 (well, DE) names were revived along with colour smatterings paying homage to the previous incumbents of the names. Both clearly have their cross hairs fixed on the Yamaha Tenere with it's CP2 engine, speaking of which...
FANTIC SCRAMBLER 700
Italian brand Fantic have leveraged their partnership with Yamaha to shoe horn that aforementioned motor into their striking Caballero platform. The 700 Scrambler apes the 125, 250 and 500 iterations visually but promises plenty of power and reliability from the well proven and universally admired CP2 unit also found in the XSR700 and MT-07.
Honda clearly have a well thumbed copy of their back catalogue at their development HQ as the initials CL, first seen in the 60's, once again entered the fray. The CL500 combines their popular 500 parallel twin with retro scrambler styling cues but no doubt a more city than trail bent.
DUCATI 800 SCRAMBLER RANGE
Ducati evolved their 800 Scrambler range with a host of technical rider aids and TFT dash tech while tweaking the lines and dropping a few kgs in the process. The changes are more than skin deep with a re-engineered trellis frame notably ditching the side mounted shock in favour of a central mount to the redesigned swing arm. Nice.
Crowds also formed around the new "RR22" liveried Desert X. Ducati and their mates at Audi let loose with the felt tips in homage to the Dakar conquering Audi RS Q e-tron... anticipate a Desert X tilt at the Dakar this year. Check out Dutch's ride report on the Desert X HERE.
MV AGUSTA 921 S CONCEPT
MV have suggested we may have as little as two years to save up for their stunning 921 S concept. Inspired by their iconic '72 750S the inline four 921 is riddled with classic styling cues yet dripping with modern tech. We truly hope it retains as much of this style as possible on the treacherous journey from concept to production.
Elsewhere Guzzi displayed some new editions of their much loved V7 alongside the recently launched V100 Mandello (which I cannot wait to ride). Triumph's latest Chrome Collection (recently launched at Bike Shed London) glistened under the lights while Bimota surprised everybody with a 450 Enduro bike borrowing Kawasaki running gear who themselves hinted at a Hydrogen powered future H2...
What else caught your eye??