My Top Electric Bike Picks From 2018 EICMA
The EICMA bike show is in full swing, and so far, fans of the burgeoning EV sector have a lot to be excited about. Besides its limited range, one of the biggest challenges for the EV bike builders is the lack of diversity, but this year at the Milan show, it’s clear that issue has been addressed. I’ve picked out six interesting models that cover three genres, so let’s get to it.
Continue reading for my picks among the electric bikes at 2018 EICMA.
KTM Heats Up The Off-Road Scene At 2018 EICMA
Kawasaki Unveils New Models at 2018 EICMA
Suzuki teasing a special GSX-R 1000 R with Yoshimura ?
Built by engineers with years of experience and dominations in production-based Superbike, Superstock and Endurance races worldwide, and most importantly the WSBK MotoGP technology, the 6th gen 2017 GSX-R 1000 was the most compact, the most aerodynamic and the best-handling GSX-R 1000 ever.
The folks who made it themselves are upping the ante for 2019 and will be showcasing a new edition of their “King of Sportsbike” at the upcoming EIMA show in Milan. It is going to be a much more brutal version of the already potent GSX-R 1000R and Suzuki Italy has published a couple of pictures on their social media platform giving us a glimpse of this new weapon, probably in conjunction with Yoshimura.
Triumph gives us more glimpses at their new 1200 Scrambler
This is the second teaser we received in a span of a couple of weeks proving that Triumph is on a path to rule the popular scrambler category with their upcoming brand-new weapon, the 1200 Scrambler. This second teaser shows us more of what we can expect from the Hinckley chaps.
The 1200 Scrambler boasts of the new high torque engine used on the Brit’s Bonneville lineup, and to handle all that additional power, this Scrambler gets equipped with bigger wheels, bigger brakes, and bigger suspension.
Ducati’s "Land of Joy" updates the Icon for 2019
2014 was the year Ducati started rolling their Scrambler editions, and after almost half a decade, Scrambler is no longer just a model, but now it is a brand. Till today, Ducati has been making Scramblers which could have been abused, but it pleased the urban way and masses, and hence they became glorified street bikes.
And the most successful model is receiving a much-needed update for the year 2019 ‘Scrambler Joyvolution’. The Ducati Scrambler Icon – will now come with modern equipment, revised riding ergonomics, new paint schemes, and better safety tech to keep both wheels planted in all situations.
Husqvarna has a darker nemesis called the Svartipilen 701
Gallery: 2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 - in the details
Formed in 1689, the Swedish Husqvarna were into firearms manufacturing and other metal items like sewing machines. Then in 1903, the company built its first motorcycle using imported engines and by 1919 they were making their own ones.
They have introduced their new ’Street Models’ that will hit the roads in the summer of ’18 and the first one will be the Svartipilen 701. Designed to strike, this machine has pure and progressive styling cues from the future. It gets sleek and aggressive bodywork forming clean lines and carries a unique single element body panel.
The internal organs and the bone structure of this bike remain similar to the KTM Duke 690 including the engine, trellis frame, complete with the alloy swing arm and WP inverted telescopic front forks and Brembo braking systems.
The 693cc single puts out 74 horses and 53 lb-ft of torque, enough to propel the 370 lbs wet bike to the stratosphere. Throttle by wire, switchable two-channel ABS and slipper clutch gets borrowed from the brand’s famous enduro models.
Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 finally enters production
Since the time Husqvarna showcased its ‘Real Street’ Vitpilen 401 and the Swartipilen 401 concepts at the 2014 EICMA, the industry is abuzz to see some bonkers design unlike anything seen before on the streets. The following year saw the Vitpilen 701 concept showcased at EICMA and it wasn’t until this year that we get to see the production models for 2018.
This Vitplilen 701 will be the first of the Husqvarna’s ‘Real Street’ motorcycle lineup that is headed to bring in the Swedish company’s name into the world stage followed by the Vitpilen 401, Swartipilen 401 and Swartipilen 701.
Vespa joins the electric bandwagon with the Electtrica
No, I haven’t spelled it wrong. It is called as ’Electtrica’ with two ’t’s.
Although Piaggio took its own time to offer an electric vehicle, it is late by no means. Unveiled at the EICMA last week, the Electtrica is the electric version of Vespa’s Primavera scooter with a lithium-ion battery and a 4kW motor that is guaranteed to get you 62 miles on a single charge.
Benelli’s stand at EICMA was actually Ducati’s
Benelli was finding it difficult to locate its identity amidst the modern and competitive world, even more after it was acquired by a Chinese firm. But now, it seems like a thing of the past, more of a ‘myth’ one could say.
Benelli is trying to revive its fortunes by showcasing products designed by CentroStile Benelli and slowly helping their reputation get back to their original charm. But that is the problem.
They are not trying to build their own reputation, instead, they seem to take on cues from another Italian maker, Ducati.