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.
Aprilia’s "Factory Works" has couped up a 215 hp RSV4
Aprilia Racing christened its ‘Factory Works’ project which allowed customers to get access to their special, high-performance machines that begins life as the extraordinary 201 hp RSV4. It was the single most exciting thing to come out of the 2015 EICMA convention which got every moto aphrodisiac’s blood racing.
For the 2017 EICMA stand, Aprilia brings in the 2018 version of the RSV4 superbike that has been now primmed up to 215 hp, courtesy a weight saving program and some fancy equipment kits altering the engine components and bodywork.
Yamaha updated their sport touring lineup for 2018
Following suit after the MT hyper nakeds, Yamaha has gone with badging their sub-1000cc sports touring motorcycle as the ‘Tracer 900’ (used for the European market), replacing the ‘FJ-09’ we all were acquainted with up until now. This is part of “Yamaha’s ongoing initiative to unite the global community of Tracer riders who share the “Roads of Life.”
The Tracer 900 receives its first update ever since it was launched back in 2014 as the FJ-09. It gets tweaked to be less of a hassle during those long strides and to make touring even more fun. Then there is a ‘GT’ variant as well that gets pimped with premium equipment to mimic the big-fellas of touring, but with the same 900 underpinnings.
Yamaha unveils its 2018 ’MT’ hyper nakeds
The naked streetfighters from Yamaha have been making a lot of noise everywhere they go. Be it as the ‘FZ’ series here at home or as the ‘MT’ in European markets. Thanks to their mad engines and stunning designs, they have been an enormous success for the Japanese Blue Team.
For 2018, Yamaha has decided to go synonym with their naming and have replaced their ‘FZ’ badging seen until now in the US with the Master of Torque ‘MT’ that has appeared on European-spec Yamaha motorcycles since 2005. This move was part of “Yamaha’s ongoing initiative to strengthen a passionate, global community of MT riders sharing the distinctive “Dark side of Japan” inspiration.”
Triumph’s Tiger 1200 and 800 grows bigger claws for 2018
For some people, adventure is about finding your way through the unknown to see things no one has and doing things most haven’t. But unless you plan on walking, you need the right tool to get there. This is where Triumph’s Tiger series comes in and sweeps you off your feet in the most humble and matured way.
As regularly updating their line-ups go, Triumph is giving their 2018 Tiger range a host of bells and whistles that will boast of having it ’Transformed,’ with a ’New Tiger Triple Engine’ and ’New Tiger Technology.’ Apart from this, the bodywork also gets mild updates to look fresh for 2018.
KTM is punching out a new Duke 790 streetfighter
The Austrian manufacturer had a superlative field day at the recently concluded EICMA in Milan, Italy. Taking the covers off its brand new 790cc Duke, KTM shows of having no plans to be dethroned as the brand that gives us outright thrill seeking motorcycles in a compact and functional package.
This is KTM’s entry to the hot naked middleweight market that has been all been currently roped up by the Street Triples and the Monsters. They better get ready for a battle because this Duke is here to stay.
Royal Enfield’s new Continental GT 650 and Interceptor have twice the number of cylinders than usual
After a million speculations, spy-shots, hue and cry, the Indian company have finally taken the wraps off their newly developed machines running on 650cc parallel twin engines at the ongoing EICMA.
Christened as the Continental GT 650 and the Interceptor, they herald a new chapter for Royal Enfield, a company that until now made only 350cc-535cc single barrel machines.
Kawasaki gives the Z900RS a café racer treatment
Kawasaki had already brought back the ethos of the famed Z1 of 1972 at the Tokyo International Motor Show with the Z900RS retro motorcycle. Now, the same guys have gone ahead and given it a headlamp cowl and dropped bars to get it running on the cafe-racer beeline.
Unwrapped at the ongoing EICMA show, the wardrobe change has made the standard RS the 2018 Kawasaki Ninja Z900RS Cafe.
Arch Motorcycle Goes Big Time At 2017 EICMA
What do you do when you want a certain kind of motorcycle that isn’t available from any of the current manufacturers? Why, you build it or have it built, of course. That’s exactly what Keanu Reeves did about a decade ago. What do you do when the result is pure awesome-sauce? You build a company around it. What’s next? Well according to Arch Motorcycle, you head to the Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori — more commonly known as the EICMA or simply the "Milan show" — to display your wares, and that’s exactly what the company did. Ambitious? Maybe so, but if I built rides like that I’d be pretty full of myself too.
Continue reading for more on Arch Motorcycle at EICMA.
Kawasaki adds electronic suspension to its new member of the ZX-10R class
With their bikes dominating the WSBK championships, we can see the direct impact of this on their street products. With the integration of technology and electronics from their motorsport experience, they have continuously pushed the limits for better handling and a thrilling ride experience along with ground-breaking technology catering to the rider’s needs.
One such addition is the semi-active suspension unit that the folks from Kawasaki have equipped their new 2018 ZX-10R variant. Suffixed as ’SE’, the bike sits right in the middle of the ’R’ and the ’RR’, and is ready to slay the competition.
After the mighty Ninja H2 and H2R, Kawasaki brings in the 207 hp H2 SX to the table
While we were still drooling over the radical H2 and H2R that can put any super sports to shame, Kawasaki decided to expand the overcharged family and give the same gut-wrenching soul to a biblical tourer.
Called as the ninja H2 SX, it was co-developed by Kawasaki’s motorcycle and aerospace division. This ‘world’s only’ supercharged hyper sport touring motorcycle will have the ultimate blend of power, performance, refinement, comfort and fuel efficiency.
Suzuki makes a cafe-racer out of the standard SV650 with an ’X’
After enthralling us at last year’s EICMA with some cracking new motorcycles like the GSX-R1000R and the V-Strom, Suzuki has rested the fire for this year. It has released just one new motorcycle flaunting the café-racer style treatment to take a dig at the heritage theme that has off-late taken the motorcycle industry by storm.
Called the SV650X, it may not be breathtakingly beautiful but makes its presence felt with the retro-themed bikini fairings and the round face. Blame the time Suzuki took to bring it into the market which is already filled with lustful retro machines for us to drool over.
Honda is finally giving us the sprightly NC750X
Ever since Honda launched the NC750X in 2012, it saw a place in the ranks of Europe’s top ten best-selling motorcycles. If you are wondering about US top bike’s list, you wouldn’t find it there since Honda never thought of giving us the pleasure.Why Honda?... Why?
Nevertheless, I think I can forgive them now. Honda finally decides to bring the NC750X to American Shores. God Bless you. And gets a host of new upgrades with a slew of improvements we saw at its showcasing at the ongoing EICMA in Milan.