Friday, 11 November 2016

EICMA 2016, Milan, Italy Part 2

Carbon Shock meets Customania! EICMA Part 2

November 8th - 13th, EICMA 2016, Milan, Italy 
- High-tech meets Individuality!

Text & Photos: Horst Roesler

For about a week, the focus of the motorcycle-world in November is moved to Italy: EICMA is the biggest motorcyce trade fair in the world – and is now running its 74th edition. 

"Lifestyle" and design often ranges over functionality, but the Euro-4 emission norm neccessitated a renewal of most model lines for quite some time. This is a time of changes. For a year where the INTERMOT at Cologne has some of the news presented a month in advance, there is still a considerable number of motorcycle premieres, not to forget a lot of Italian brands that exhibit only at EICMA and represent classic Italian brandnames either continued

More photo's (120) after the jump-break
nationally or reborn with new technology: Benelli, Fantic, SWM, Moto Morini either introduced new models or presented studies and prototypes. Design is always a toppic on Italian motorcycle shows – and EICMA is THE showcase! 

MV-Agusta's F4 "Zagato" is in the best tradition of Italian Design – and (by look) against the retro-world-trend, but the name refers to an exclusive car "customizer" of the thirties. Unusual and "off the beaten" part design also at the Husquvarna booth, where the Vilpilen 401 Aero study is an inspring concept bike with the stock versions equally radical. Benelli's 500 "Leoncino" is following another trend: Big Enduro/Moto Cross sized tires for Scrambler-style bikes. 


It was at Milan, that Triumph rolled out the "Bobber" for the international crowd and the "Street Scrambler" was piloted to the podium by no other than Carl Fogarty. The "Bobber" was unveiled "in style" in London before, but Milan saw the first "customized" version of the brandnew bike, the "Bonneville Bobber" built by "Down and Out Café Racers".

Text & Photos: Horst Roesler

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