The Moto Morini emblem may be an eagle, but today it might be more fitting if the Bologna-based company used a phoenix instead. Coming out of the ashes of bankruptcy, Moto Morini was auctioned off for €1.96 million earlier this year. Now the company says it will be going back into production in the new year, almost a year after its purchase. Initially offering the 9 ½, Corsaro 1200, Granpasso, and the Scrambler models, Moto Morini says it is poised to release a fifth new model in the spring of 2012.
This week will feature a slightly different format than usual, as we’ll be coming to you directly from the 2009 EICMA motorcycle show in Milan. With media reveals starting in 24 hours, each morning this week we will bring you the latest news from the show, which is expected to have a bevy of motorcycles shown to the public for the first time (well that is of course unless you’re already an avid A&R reader, in which case you’ve already seen some of these bikes).
Come early, come often, but expect the bulk of the days’ post to come like a fire hose in the morning (PST). You can also check back to this post to see a directory listing of articles stemming from EICMA. Also, for the absolute latest happenings, check out A&R StreetLevel as we’ll be tweeting away throughout the week. Enjoy!
The 2009 EICMA Story Listing:
- 2010 Ducati Multistrada 1200
- 2010 Ducati 848 Dark
- 2010 Ducati Hypermotard EVO SP
- 2010 Ducati Hypermotard EVO
- 2010 MV Agusta F4
- BMW Concept 6
- 2010 KTM 1190 RC8 Red Bull Replica
- 2010 Moto Guzzi V12 Le Mans Concept
- 2010 Moto Guzzi V12 Strada Concept
- 2010 Moto Guzzi V12 X Concept
- 2010 Ducati Hypermotard 1100 with Performance Accessories
- KTM 125 Race & Stunt Concepts
- 2010 KTM 690 Duke R
- 2010 Triumph Speed Triple SE
- Triumph and Öhlins Partnership
- New Ducati Corse Logo
- 2010 Ducati 1198R Corse Special Edition
- 2010 Ducati Monsters Get ABS Brake Option
Last updated 11/11/09 @ 5:00pm Milan time.
It’s less than a week from the unveiling of the 2010 MV Agusta F4, and already we’ve been teased with a photo of the front of the motorcycle, and a render of its rear. Helping to fan the fire to the ungoing hype that’s surrounded the new F4, MV Agusta has released a teaser video that shows the bike off even more. Video after the jump.
When one talks about Milan, Italy, it envokes the idea of high fashion, models, runway exhibtions, and the yearly EICMA motorcycle expo. OK, that last one may only occur for the die-hard motorcyclists, but the rest hold fairly true for just about everyone else. The Milan Design Week is a celebration of both artistic and technical design, and this year, Bimota made some waves with its carbon clade DB7 Nerocaronio. But, carbon fiber Bimota’s are a dime a dozen these days.
Ducati will be presenting its new streetfighter the at EICMA show in Milan this coming Monday. Rumors surround the bike, but many expect it have a depowered (neutered) 1098 motor, with a smaller intake and airbox. We would also expect to see the common parts bin raided for major structural entities, and the bike’s market position to be similar to, and replace, the Monster S4R. This would mean the streetfighter 1098 would become Ducati’s premium level naked bike, once again placing the Monster brand in a more affordable pricing structure.
Placing the bike in this position would seem to single that Ducati is looking to compete more directly with the likes of the Benelli TnT, MV Agusta Brutale (and Biestale), and possibly strike a defensive position against what will likely be a Tuono V4 later in 2009.
This author’s propensity to purchase a Monster 1100 just went up that much further.