Episode 81 of the Brap Talk motorcycle podcast is out with another “weekly” episode, for your two-wheeled listening pleasure.
In this episode, we discuss the EICMA motorcycle trade show in Milan, and how it has changed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Every year, the EICMA show awards its “most beautiful bike” of the Milan event, and every year the winner is unsurprisingly an Italian machine.
Whether you attribute that to the Italian manufacturers being superior in their motorcycle designs, or if perhaps there is a home-team bias in the EICMA crowd, we will let you decide for yourself.
More often that not though, we take umbrage with EICMA’s picks, as the selection seems to rarely stray from a couple Italian marques, while also overlooking a more worthy recipient.
That is fine and all, and this year’s pick, the MV Agusta Superveloce Ago is a very good looking motorcycle – no doubt about it.
But 2021 is one of those years where we differ once again from the EICMA voting masses, as we would have picked the Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello instead.
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.
When it comes to the king of brake calipers, the Brembo GP4 lineup is tops, and features regularly on MotoGP and WorldSBK machinery.
Debuting at EICMA today, Brembo wants to bring this same braking dominance to the rising mini-moto racing movement. As such, say hello to the Brembo GP4-MINI.
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.
Team Green’s flagship sport-tourer is getting the Bosch radar upgrade for the 2022 model year, adding adaptive cruise control, blindspot monitoring, and forward collision warning to the Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX.
The Kawasaki Versys 650 was tipped for a revision in the 2022 model year, and Team Green has confirmed those suspicions today at EICMA.
Kawasaki says that it hasn’t changed the essence of what makes the Versys such a popular bike, as such the engine and chassis remain the same from their previous iteration.
The Bimota KB4 has been known about since the first concept sketch went out at the 2019 EICMA show. It has been a long pandemic since, but now that retro-styled sport bike is ready for primetime.
The big news from Suzuki at the 2021 EICMA show might not be considered the biggest news event today, but the Japanese brand has sharpened the edge of its Katana street bike, and that pleases us.
Accordingly, the 2022 Suzuki Katana gets a modest horsepower increase to 150hp (up from a previous 147hp), and a good overhaul on its electronics suite.