A little surprise landed in Milan today, courtesy of the folks at MV Agusta. We thought that the Italian brand had already shown us everything for EICMA this year, but now we get to see the new MV Agusta Rush 1000.
Based off the MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RR that was released this past weekend, the MV Agusta Rush 1000 is the naked bike taken to the extreme.
The folks at MV say that the Rush 1000 is an homage to the drag racing scene, but to our eye, it looks like the design team was let loose to make a truly unique streetfighter.
In case you haven’t noticed, the release of new motorcycles is already well underway in Milan, even though the EICMA show doesn’t officially start until tomorrow (Tuesday).
The biggest trade show for the motorcycle show, EICMA is truly a bucket list item for motorcyclists. It is HUGE. It is crazy. It is full of Italians….and it is full of motorcycle enthusiasts.
It has been a long time coming since we have seen a properly new superbike from Honda, but that day has finally come. The all-new 2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R has been talked about a great deal before this year’s EICMA show, and now it is here.
As we predicted, the new Honda CBR1000RR-R earns that extra “R” with a 215hp (160 kW) four-cylinder engine, that makes 83 lbs•ft of peak torque.
Unlike the outgoing model, this is a truly new machine. The twin-spar aluminum “diamond frame” chassis is a fresh design with increased vertical and torsional rigidity, and the total wet weight of the bike tips the scales at 443 lbs (201 kg) .
You might be wondering why the words “sport” and “scooter” appear together in the headline of this story. And, you might be asking yourself why we are covering the launch of a new scooter here on Asphalt & Rubber. Those are fair questions.
No, we haven’t lost our minds, and the Yamaha TMAX is no normal scooter. While we may be into our flashy sport bikes here at A&R, there is a whole world that revolves around the TMAX, which gives way to a rich tuning culture and cult status in markets outside of the United States.
Try this on for size, now in its seventh generation of production, Yamaha has sold over 275,000 TMAX scooters in the last 20 years, and now for the 2020 model year, the Yamaha TMAX 560 counts itself as the most powerful version ever produced.
Debuting just before this year’s EICMA show in Milan, we see one of the Tuning Fork brand’s few exciting bikes for next year.
What will surely continue to be a European model only, the Yamaha Tracer 700 gets refreshed for the 2020 model year.
Based off the Yamaha MT-07 platform, this parallel-twin sports tourer boasts a new full-fairing design that is strangely eye-catching.
Beneath that fairing though is where the real changes reside, as the big highlight feature for 2020 is that the 689cc engine gets tweaked for Euro5 emission homologation.
While the Ducati Streetfighter V4 was the crown jewel of the Ducati unveiling event in Rimini last week, the items that everyone seems to be still talking about after the media launch are something else, they are the two concept bikes for the Scrambler range.
For those that didn’t watch the live stream, Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali presented two different Scrambler models that have the potential to go into production, an ADV bike and a supermoto.
I am going to be real honest with you right now. For a story touting a cheaper price point for three of MV Agusta’s most popular models, we were a little disappointed to see that the actual pricing information wasn’t included in the press package. Just saying, it seems kind of important.
That being said, if we take MV Agusta at its word, the Varesini brand just made it easier to put a Brutale 800, Dragster 800, or Turismo Veloce 800 in your garage, with the company’s new “Rosso” lineup of bike.
As the name implies, the big new feature for these models is their all-red paint jobs, though the keen eye will notice some other changes to help ease them into a lower price point.
Continuing the trend we saw with the MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RR for the 2020 model year, that Italian brand from Varese has a “regular” version of its popular Superveloce 800, for sale next year.
Now while the MV Agusta Superveloce 800 might be the “cheaper” alternative to the $35,000 Serie Oro model, don’t let the name fool you.
The talk of the town at EICMA, all the main elements are still here on the 2020 MV Agusta Superveloce 800 that made it such a drool-worthy creation last year.
The 2019 EICMA show hasn’t even started yet, and already we have our first bike debut. Say hello to the new MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RR, the Italian brand’s newest naked bike that the rest of us can afford.
Based off the well-received MV Agusta Brutale 1000 Serie Oro, which debuted last year, the RR model brings the same basic streetfighter design to market, but without the über-exclusive price tag that matched.
With this year’s EICMA show just a few days away, we probably don’t have to wait too much longer to find out all the details about the much-talked-about 2020 Honda CBR1000RR, but we just got a tip from a Bothan spy and thought we would share it with you.
The reason for our excitement, is what this reliable tipster tells us. Namely, that the 2020 Honda CBR1000RR will be a fire-breathing monster, with 215hp on tap.