Jensen Beeler


For the third time this month, we have crossed over the Atlantic ocean to ride a brand new Italian motorcycle. It is a tough job, but someone has to do it.

This edition of “Gone Riding” sees us getting ready to ride the new Ducati Panigale V4 superbike, which gets a bevy of updates for the 2022 model year.

Ducati has us testing this new Panigale V4 at the Jerez circuit, with the MotoGP track being a popular destination to put a motorcycle through its paces.

It’s Thursday, so that means yet another installment in Ducati’s 2022 model release series, and this time we head to the race track, for an updated 2022 Ducati Panigale V4 superbike.

Ducati has made a number of improvements for the Panigale V4, all of which are aimed at refining this potent superbike, making it easier to ride, and of course, faster on the race track.

I had originally intended to follow-up my preview for the 2021 EICMA trade show in Milan with daily round-ups, but after witnessing what was produced in the first two days, that clearly was unnecessary. There were question marks on what the 2021 show would be like, after last year's cancellation and with the specter of COVID-19 still hovering over Europe and the motorcycle industry as a whole. We have that answer now, and it is not a good one. In the 13 years that I have covered the largest motorcycle industry trade show in the world, I can tell you definitively that this year's EICMA was by far the most disappointing. EICMA, as we know it, is dead.

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During his keynote address at Kawasaki’s EICMA presentation, Kawasaki Motors President Hiroshi Ito announced that the Japanese brand would unveil three electric models in 2022.

An ambitious plan, the news is part of Kawasaki’s previous statement that it plans to bring 10 electric and hybrid motorcycles by 2025. Clearly, Team Green isn’t waiting around to make good on that promise.

The idea of an adventure scooter is…kind of ridiculous. And yet deep inside, we know you secretly want one. However, the 150cc displacement on the Honda X-ADV can be a tough sell in western markets.

But, what if there was a bigger, more powerful option to getting your dual-sport scooter action on? Enter the 2022 Honda ADV350 scooter, which just debuted at the EICMA show in Milan.

In my EICMA preview article, for our A&R Pro subscribers, I wrote that the Chinese continue to impress each year with their two-wheel offerings, and that one would do well to watch what Benelli brings to the Italian trade show, as the Chinese-owned brand has a habit of bringing intriguing machines each year. I was not wrong.

There has been no shortage of middleweight adventure bikes debuting at EICMA (and before), but it is the Benelli TRK 800 that caught me the most off-guard.

Riffing on the Benelli TRK 502 that debuted in 2015, the Benelli TRK 800 is a middleweight ADV that features a 19″ front wheel, and plenty of bang for its buck.

The Yamaha Ténéré 700 has become a popular choice amongst dirt-focused ADV riders, especially those shopping in the middleweight ADV category, but the Tuning Fork brand is surely feeling the pressure as that segment continues to heat-up.

So, it is not surprise then to see Yamaha toying with a more capable, more up-spec, and more expensive variant to the Yamaha Ténéré 700 ADV machine, to help fend off the entries from other brands.

This is where the 2022 Yamaha Ténéré 700 Raid Prototype comes into play, and it just broke cover at the 2021 EICMA show in Milan, Italy.