EICMA 2010: Day 1 Highlights

The EICMA show, or Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo Accessori, how the Italians like to call it, opened its doors yesterday, offering visitors access to a world filled with two wheeled wonders. Milan is the place to be these days for all those who have developed a soft spot for bikes, trikes, scooters, helmets, gloves and so on.

We will not go into all the little details of the show here, but we'll try to give you a short sum-up of what models were presented yesterday, during Day 1 of the EICMA show, so that in case you missed a bike or two, you'll know where to find them.

MV Agusta F3 – one of the most anticipated presentations at the EICMA event, Agusta F3 is perhaps the most looked at bike on the floor of the show. Powered by a 675cc three-cylinder engine, the F3 comes with the promise of 140 hp and some great thrills for high speed junkies.

Yamaha Worldcrosser Concept – globetrotter, trekker, open road adventure. All these concepts combine in the bike created by Yamaha using a BMW Series GS as a basis and a a 1200cc engine as its heart. Completely packed with navigation and GPS systems, the bike has been designated by its creator as the “supremely capable motorcycle for the toughest global challenge.”

Harley Davidson Forty Eight – the granddaddies of the biking world have shown up in Europe with quite an impressive array of bikes and, even if not all of them are brand new, the legacy behind each of the models makes them worth a look. The Forty-Eight is one such example of engineering art, with the 1200 Evolution V-Twin engine being at the center of this masterpiece.

Harley Davidson SuperLow – low is the name, but not the game. Harley aims big with its dropseat interpretation of the 883 Sportster, as the bike has already been dubbed the entry level of the lineup for the year to come. The model is priced at $7,999, a trait which more than surely will draw a sizeable crowd to the bike maker's garages.

Suzuki Hayabusa - one of the most highly regarded motorcycles of the day, and with a name to match, the Hayabusa brings to the EICMA the latest incarnation of an 11-year long bloodline. The Peregrine Falcon of the roads is powered by an 1,340 cc (82 cu in) four stroke engine which allows it to speed at 188–194 miles per hour (303–312 km/h).

Suzuki GSR750 – one of the bikes which doesn't ask for much, but offers plenty in return, is the GSR750, a naked middleweight class bike powered by a four-cylinder liquid-cooled engine. The market on which the model sells, crowded as it is, might just have enough room for the somewhat cheap (EUR7,500, $10,000) thrill-provider on two wheels.

Suzuki GSX R1000, R600 and R750 – Suzuki is betting big on the impression it will make at the EICMA event in Milan and has brought there the creme de la creme, including the line of GSX R models, the R1000, R600 and R750. Whether they come in the form of some mild facelifts ( R600 and R750) or the more renewed R1000, all the bikes are in Italy to shout Happy Birthday for Suzuki's 25th anniversary, which takes place next year.

Honda CBR125R, CBR600F and CBR250R – a lot of consonants and numbers painted on the bikes to spell one thing: popularity. One of the most successful lines of bikes ever to roam this Earth, the CBR, regardless of the designation that follows, feels at home in Milan. Three versions of the model were presented yesterday, the CBR125R, CBR600F and CBR250R. Take a look and make your pick.

Honda CB1000R – big, mean, tarmac eating machine. The CB1000R, the biggest of the Hondas flexing their muscles on the floor of the EICMA show, comes packing a 998cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder engine. It's a hot rod on two wheels if you like, with a touch of sporting heritage.

Honda New Mid Concept – although most of the models presented at the EICMA show this year are production models, several bikes or scooters sneaked in as concepts. Among them is the New Mid Concept from Honda (in fact, Honda has more than one concept on the show's floor), a multi discipline machine used as a show-and tell display by the Japanese.

Honda V4 Crosstourer Concept – one of the (unfortunately) few true premieres at the moto show in Italy is the V4 Crosstourer Concept, a Honda machine inspired by the VFR1200F model, the first to use the bike maker's V4 engine.

Honda Crossrunner – the last goodies offered by Honda for all to see and touch at the EICMA show is the Crossrunner, an unlikely combination between a naked bike and an adventure bike. For the past decade or so, we've witnessed in the automotive world how combined doesn't necessarily mean bad, so we reckon this bike might indeed become the trend-setter Honda hopes it will be.

Honda Hornet – a popular choice among Honda lovers, the naked Hornet uses an exposed 599 cc liquid-cooled inline-four cylinder engine which develops 102 hp and a maximum torque of 63.5 Nm.

Suzuki SFV 650 Gladius – naked is the word of the day for the Gladius. Yet, as most of you know, naked is not a bad thing in the moto world. It means exposed engine (4-stroke, 645 cc in our case), incredible sound, and, above all, a great riding position.

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R and Ninja 250R – this too an iconic name of the moto market, the Ninja feels very much at home in Europe, the place where it is regarded as one of the finest and affordable bikes out there. The two Ninjas we managed to snap without getting snapped back at are the ZX-6R and Ninja 250R.

All of the above pretty much wraps up the first day of the EICMA event. At about the same time on Thursday, we'll come back with part two of this little sum-up, bringing together the goodies we've seen in the second day. And trust us, it will be worth a look, as you'll see fresh photos of Ducati, Kawasaki, BMW and a few more Harley models.
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