The biggest motorcycle show of the year is back! Expect lots of new unveils and global launches from top motorcycle brands from across the world. From a middle-weight Honda Africa Twin to an updated Kawasaki Z650, there are lots of exciting motorcycles coming our way.
It is that time of the year when motorcycle enthusiasts full of hope in anticipation for new motorcycles. With the big daddy of motorcycling expos, EICMA, set to begin next week, we can expect plenty of new motorcycle unveils, some of which will even make their way to India. Here’s a look at some of the upcoming motorcycles that you should keep an eye out for and are likely to make an India entry.
The motorcycle industry is probably going to be dominated by green these next few weeks. At the Tokyo Motor Show last week, Kawasaki has already taken the wraps off the ZX-25R and the supercharged Z H2. The slew of unveils will continue to EICMA too. The Japanese brand is expected to pull the wraps off three more motorcycles. While there is no official confirmation as yet, we expect it to be a new variant of the W800, an updated Z650, and the Versys 650.
Just like Kawasaki, KTM, too, is expected to bring a few new motorcycles to EICMA. The Austrian brand’s flagship 1290 Super Duke R is expected to make a debut on 5th November. There may also be a range of 890 offerings – a GT, a road-focused ADV, and even an 890 SMT. Expect a new 790 Adventure to also be showcased with the same parallel-twin motor as the 790 Duke. There’s still no official confirmation about the one that we all have been waiting for – the 390 Adventure. Numerous spy shots of the motorcycle have already surfaced online, and we hope that KTM gives us a glimpse of it this time around.
The Tokyo Motor Show was a big disappointment for Suzuki fans, as the Japanese bikemaker seems to have saved its all for EICMA. The company has been teasing a new V-Strom over the last few weeks. Although the teaser video makes is indicative enough that the motorcycle in question is the 2020 V-Strom, there is a bit of uncertainty about it being a 650 or a litre-class offering. Suzuki will unveil the V-Strom on 5th November.
Over the past few years, Triumph has brought in a lot of exciting products at EICMA. This year will be no different. The British bikemaker released a teaser video of the Thruxton RS just a few days after the global launch of the 2020 Street Triple RS. Expect the Thruxton RS to be lighter than before and sport superior mechanical components. Aside from the Thruxton, Triumph also has the new Rocket 3 on display.
Although there is no official confirmation as yet, Honda may present its new mid-sized Africa Twin at EICMA this year. The segment is currently ruled by the Triumph Tiger 800 and the BMW F 850 GS, and Honda has no product in the class. Honda is also expected to bring in the 2020 CBR1000RR Fireblade. The company aims to go big in the World Superbike Championship next year, so expect the Fireblade to be a serious tool. In fact, rivals like Ducati and BMW have taken the litre-class game leagues ahead with the Panigale V4 and the S1000RR. With that in mind, it won’t be surprising if the Fireblade comes loaded with tech and high on power.
Just like Suzuki, BMW has also released a cryptic teaser video announcing some unveilings at EICMA. The teaser video released by BMW Motorrad UK revealed no motorcycles but had the sound of possibly an inline-four accompanied by messages 'Never coming second, always riding ahead' and 'never resting, never being satisfied'. Recent reports suggest that BMW is expected to unveil four new motorcycles at EICMA this year including the new S 1000 XR, F 850 RS tourer, and a cruiser as well.