The Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello can lay claim to a number of firsts. The first production motorcycle to offer active aeros. The first Moto Guzzi to feature semi-active suspension…an IMU…cornering ABS…quickshifter…liquid-cooling…

Well, it’s the first Moto Guzzi with just about anything modern, but it is the adaptive aerodynamics package that should really turn heads, and it is interesting to see the Piaggio Group featuring this technology on the Eagle brand, rather than the sport-focused Aprilia name, which first teased the idea.

How do you make a bike like the Aprilia Tuono 660 better? It seems like a tough task to undertake, considering the potency of this “naked” sport bike.

Well, the folks in Noale found a simple way to do it – they made an Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory.

For its “factory” badge, the 2022 Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory gets fully adjustable suspension (41mm KYB forks, and a Sacha rear shock), a lightweight lithium-ion battery (curb weight is now 399 lbs / 181 kg), and in the European market the bike gets a power boost to 100hp.

If you want proof that the middleweight adventure category is red hot right, look no further than MV Agusta, as the Italian brand has not one, but two machines for us this EICMA show that are designed to travel whatever road the world can throw at it.

Part of the larger “Lucky Explorer Project”, this lineup of ADV machines showcase the Italian brand’s two new engine platforms: a 930cc triple, and a 550cc parallel-twin.

If the you couldn’t figure it out on your own, the MV Agusta Lucky Explorer 9.5 is the larger of the two bikes on offer, and seems set to tackle the premium end of the Western market.

Of course, when we see updates coming to the Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade for next year, we can expect a similar treatment of the 2022 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP (say that three times fast).

Like its sibling, the Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP sees its inline-four engine massaged for better mid-range grunt, while maintaining its 214hp (160 kW) peak power figure.

The 2021 EICMA show is nearly upon us, with the first media day kicking off on Tuesday in Milan, Italy. After a break from it last year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the show is back this year…sort of.

I say this because this year’s edition is a bit strange in itself – several big brands are missing from the lineup, and because of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, and the effect its having on global supply chains, manufacturers are rethinking their timelines for new-bike launches for the 2022 model year.

As such, this year’s preview of the show is just as much about what we expect to see in Milan this week, as it is an overview of what we don’t expect to see at EICMA 2021.

So without further ado, let’s get into it and see what’s in my crystal ball for EICMA 2021.

The hipster bike movement may be dying, but Big Blue is bringing a completely redesigned Yamaha XSR900 to market for the 2022 model year, and we are totally fine with that.

One of the more popular bikes in Yamaha’s lineup, the three-cylinder machine is a fun and sporty ride for not a lot of money, and if you happen to like the retro aesthetic, then its a fashionable way to get around town.

For the 2022 model year, the Yamaha XSR900 gets a brand new chassis, more power, and more advanced electronics. Win, win, win…