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Milan Motorcycle show: Confluence of adventure bikes

Here are some of the hottest bike launches from this year's EICMA... 

The Milan Motorcycle show or EICMA is one of the biggest, annual motorycle shows in the world. The 2018 show began last Tuesday. The exhibition, with over 100 years of history, is today a source of inspiration for mobility and an incubator of trends and passions and, arguably, the most important trade fair event for the entire two-wheeler sector. EICMA has been on the exhibition grounds used by bike manufacturers for decades to debut new models and, this year, was no different. BMW Motorrad, Ducati, Aprilia, Royal Enfield and others unveiled their latest offerings at the event. Here are some of the hottest bike launches from this year’s EICMA…

Royal Enfield

A complete departure from anything in their line-up, Royal Enfield showcased a concept bike, called Concept KX, at EICMA this year. The inspiration for the concept is the model KX, a 1,140cc, side-valved V-twin motorcycle from the 1930s. Like the original, the Concept KX gets a girde suspension in front, a headlamp cowl, low-slung silhouette and a single seat. The design is injected with plenty of neo-retro cues. The bike is painted a rich green and is a variation of the paint that the original KX came with. The Concept KX was designed to ‘re-interpret’ Royal Enfield’s history.

Aprilia

The legendary Italian superbike company introduced the 2019 model of Aprilia RSV4 1100. The front-runner for Aprilia, the bike comes with a 1,074cc V4 engine that produces a massive 214bhp and 122 Nm of torque. The powertrain is linked to a six-speed transmission, with the fifth and sixth gears having higher ratios. The rev limiter is set at 13,600rpm. Lookwise, the RSV4 remains unchanged, other than a few carbon fibre chops here and there.

MV Agusta

One of the sharpest bikes at the show was Brutale 1000 Serie Oro, revealed by MV Agusta. The Brutale 1000 Serie Oro is a four-cylinder, 1,000cc behemonth, which generates 205bhp and 115.5 Nm of torque.The bike sports a naked look and gets dual exhausts with electronic exhaust valves, a redesigned airbox, anti-wheelie system and launch control.

Ducati

The Diavel S sports tourer from Ducati is powered by a Testastretta 1262 engine with desmodromic variable timing (DVT), which makes the intake and exhaust cams independent, making it ideal for higher-rpm operation. The engine generates 159hp and 129Nm of torque. The Diavel receives a few engine tweaks and a new chassis with tubular steel trellis that results in better handling, steeper lean angles and more comfort, according to Ducati. The Diavel S receives an Ohlins front and rear suspension, high-performance braking system and DQS that allows clutch-less shifting.

BMW Motorrad

The Germant motorcycle brand unveiled their F850 GS Adventure bike in Milan. The F850 GS Adventure features the same underpinnings as a regular variant a 2-cylinder in-line engine with a displacement of 853cc. The engine produces 85hp of power and 92Nm of torque. Everything else is new the bike has new auxiliary lights, a larger windscreen, reworked bash plate design and crash bars. The bike comes in Exclusive and Rallye-style variants.

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