Tuesday, 4 December 2018

EICMA 2018 News & Trends Electrifying! All interesting motorcycles seen at the Eicma, by Horst 'Motograper' Roesler.



EICMA 2018 News & Trends

Electrifying!
  

The electric "Gold Rush" is on: Harley-Davidson goes electric – so do a lot of other manufacturers and start-ups. But did anybody state where the charging power will come from?

By Horst 'Motographer' Roesler

EICMA 2018 is over. The news are on the table – and some of them sound impressive: 200+ km motorcycles with a proposed range of 200 km and more. Well, electric-powered, of course. Electric powered Design studies running wild all over the fairground and one of the worlds most iconic manufacturers introduces his first series production electric motorcycle – without revealing any of the essential technical infos. Conventional combustion engine powered surprises came from unexpected sources, as Royal Enfield landed a scoop by introducing a very stylish V-twin powered concept bike that got great attention at a very crowded launch ceremony. Very visible: The almost complete absence of the "custom" theme! Wich certainly does not signal that this segment has passed its zenith, but  that EICMA has decided to ignore a huge part of the market. Other Italian events seem to have made EICMA to drop the theme, opting to hype the rise of electric transportation. If that will continue, we will see in a very near future: When the price tags of some of these vehicles will be uncoverd…

For one of the most expected press conferences of this years EICMA, Harley did not make much fuss about its premiere: The "Live Wire" was standing uncovered on its display all day, long before the press conference was held under jammed conditions at 2.50 pm in the afternoon – and even then there was much more to see on the short promotion video clip than what was told about the upcoming "Live Wire", the prototypes/concept bikes already introduced four years ago. Harley's attitude to the public and upcoming new motorcycles has somewhat changed considerably: Obviously, somebody "up top" has decided that it might be better to evaluate the public opinion by launching concepts, ideas and even ridable pre-production motorcycles, rather than "surprize" with a finished product that have a potential to "backfire" on the brand by being ingnored by not only the home market but also by it's home market dealers: The V-Rod is an example for that and the development of the "Live Wire" with extensive test and promotion tours in 2015 was the first glimpse onto the "new era" which may lead to the needed new clients to enter Harley-land. However, the short paced press presentation by Marc McAllister, Vice President of Product Planning and Portfolio made it neccessary to listen carefully and read "between the lines".

While it was revealed that more and smaller e-bikes are "under devlopment" and a short film clip showed the recently presented "concept bikes" already in action, the information on the "Live Wire" performance and technology was next to zero. No information on range, capacity, speed, charging time or even an idea of the the price. January 2019 is the promised date for more, let alone the start of availability.

Looking at the other "electric marvels" presented at EICMA, the price tag might become the real shocker, since the current EU-imposed 25% added import tax (to the normal 6%) are still in place, also applying to electric motorcycles coming from the USA. Currently, Harley-Davidson is "swallowing" the added 25% which eat-up all synergy-effects from improved production methods with the M8 models – for how long remains to be seen. However, with only 250 Harley-Davidson dealers world being selected for the launch of the all-electric hog, it remains to be seen how many of them will be in Europe and where. The "Live Wire" will require a complete new type of mechanic, qualified to deal with the electric systems and components of the "Live Wire".

The second part of Harley's PR show presented the 2018 "Custom King" award winners and handed the throphy to the exited winners: From the three 2018 finalists, it was "The Prince", built by Harley-Davidson Bangkok, that received the crowning to "Custom King" 2018. 300 dealers from 30 different countries worldwide participated in this years competition, Thailand was in the competition for the first time. HD Bangkok also used the new 2018 "Street Bob" as base for a "back to the roots" chopper.

Other than last year, where the winners were picked out from almost 20 European Custom King competitors present, this years display was down to three bikes, yet two of them from the other side of the planet. Battle of Kings finalist "Back to the Track" by Harley-Davidson Adelaide (Australia) is based on a 2018 XL "Roadster" as a tribute to Australia's Sportster Race series of the nineties. The fairing design was inspired by the then also racing VR 1000.

Local "favourite" for the Italian crowd: Original a 2018 model year M8 "Street Bob", the "Farm Machine" of Harley-Davidson Bologna has many characteristics Italian customizers love. Old School look, great theme and style-fitting Jeep tires front and rear, the "Farm Machine" was sold before built to a Farmer outside Bologna.

The trophy ceremony of the "Custom Kings" 2018 also marked the start of the 2019 competition: This time the USA will be "in the race" for the crown too. Contrary to all previous competitions, there is no restriction on which model to use as a base. That will be interesting, to say the least...  

With the FTR 1200 "out of the box" at Intermot already, Indian now opens the pages of the accessories catalogue: Four different "characters" for the FTR are optional, even a "touring" version! From the basic two models, four new styles, achieved by accessories were introduced by Steve Meneto: Rally, Tracker, Touring and Sport themed accessories convert the stock FTR. Interest by the European dealers was huge and some of them are already working out their own parts: Swiss CCE partner Patrick Mayer (PM-Performance) is already working on his own ideas on customizing the FTR and may present them at Swiss Moto in February. For those who have a long-term memory, it should be remembered that Polaris Industries bought the electric motorcycle business assets of Brammo in January 2015, added the "Empulse" to its Victory lineup, subsequently to be cancelled together with the entire brand surprisingly in January 2017. With "Brammo" one of the most advanced e-motorcycles at that time, it would not be surpring to hear from them anytime soon. If the name "Wakinyan Hoton" has been trademarked, it would be a sign: It is Indian language for "Lightning creates Thunder".

Stealing the show at EICMA was India's Royal Enfield who hammered the press with a late tuesday press conference that was really crowded: The surprise "scoop" of this years EICMA was the premiere of Royal Enfields V-Twin concept bike. Although the new Twin-powered models are now hitting the roads in numbers for a very competetive price, the brand has enough "steam" to pursuit new ideas and designs. The last V-Twin by Royal Enfield, then still produced in England was the KX of 1938, also present at the unveiling. Developed from scratch in just six months during the summer, the Concept KX was inspired by Royal Enfield's original Model KX of the late 1930s, a mighty, 1,140cc side-valve machine that was described in contemporary advertising material as being 'the last word in luxury motorcycling'. With the new twins now hitting the dealerships for a very competetive price, the Royal Enfield ‘Concept KX’ is said to remain a 'concept', taking pride of place at the very front of the Royal Enfield marquee at EICMA 2018 – and is not intended for production. Not yet?

All Royal Enfield twins were available on a short test track. The twins offer a lot of motorcycle for a cheap price and are real fun to ride. It does not need much horsepower to have the "motorcycle feeling". Enfield's 650 Twin Salt Flats record bike came fresh from the Motorcycle Speed Trials 2018. The spec sheet revealed surprising facts: The engine internals had been modified with numerous parts by ... S&S Cycles! Top speed at Bonneville was 241 km/h. The "Midas Royal" by Winston Yeh was another "Joker" in the 2018 EICMA scoop of Royal Enfield. The Taipei/Taiwan based "Roughcrafts" top-customizer used carbon parts to race-style the "Continental GT" base. Ideas for a limited edition are there, but remain to be confirmed. But it was the KX concept V-Twin that stole the show from all other Royal Enfield news, no doubt about that!

More V-Twins of British origin, yet now manufactured abroad, were to be seen a few meters further on: Adding to last years "Pendine" Scrambler and the already in production SS 100, Brought Superiour is preparing for the upcoming 100th anniversary of the brand in 2019. With a stylish SS 100 MK 2, limited to 100 units, they added another "high end" accent to the handcrafted beauties that are build to customer specifications near Bordeaux/France. 

For the massive number of electric powered premieres and concept bikes by new and established manufacturers only the most remarkable are listed here: Even Ducati has now electric bicycles in its portfolio and the classic Vespa is also available in e-version.

The press release text of the co-operation between Energica and Samsung "Bolid-e Smart Ride" is full of "hot air" that you may use it on any combustion engine and partially reads like a nightmare scenario from George Orwels "1984". Quote: "by activating the Track Recording function, it is possible to virtually relive the emotions of the journey on your Samsung Smart TV thanks to videos recorded by the built-in cameras on the motorbike and data captured by the smartwatch. In addition, using Smart Ride, the Energica riders can share their passion with friends through the Track Sharing and Key Sharing features. With a view to guaranteeing safety that is as effective as possible, Samsung and Energica have implemented a remote monitoring system to track the motorbike when it is used by several people. It is possible to display on a map the current position of the user and her/his Energica motorbike, define a range within which the motorbike can be used and get notified when it goes too far away". End quote. Safe new world. The police will thank you too for recording your riding style and speeds for sure!

The Kymco "SuperNEX" Supersport bike was one of the surprises in electric motorcycles and follows closer to the "conventional" motorcycle traditions: It has a 6-speed gearbox! This 6-speed transmission allows riders to make use of the most optimal power band of the motor to extract the full potential of the vehicle. The gears help improve not only the efficiency and responsiveness, but also the acceleration and top speed. As a result, SuperNEX can go from 0 to 100km/hr in 2.9 seconds, from 0 to 200km/hr in 7.5 seconds and from 0 to 250km/hr in 10.9 seconds. Well, if your country allows such a speed...

One of the bikes not to be missed was the British origin Arc "Vector" electric motorcycle,  boasting 95 kW for a top speed of 241 kph at ranges of around 200 km! That sound like a e-motorcycle you can use, especially when hearing that Arc Vehicle estimates that their battery cells will offer 193 km of motorway (supposedly on British speed limits) and 274 km of city range. But first check your purse, the proposed price has been given as € 117k – that may dampen the exitement a little bit...

Somewhat hidden in a remote corner of hall 22 was another option, yet less promoted for motorcycles: The "Efesto" experimental bike features a 115 hp Ducati Twin plus 70 hp electric motor. Probably the first hybrid motorcycle ever. Several riding modes are possible, even as a combination of combustion/electric drive. And a single cylinder engine was presented too.

As for the apparent lack of any "Custom" or "showbike" part on EICMA, almost no Italian Customizers were present, given the occasional promo bike as Livio Rebufini's FXR at the Galfer booth and a Bagger promoting Grimeca brake discs. Only exception from the rule: Parts Europe/Drag Specialties hit EICMA with the biggest booth ever, lots of brand reps present and the PE/DS sales reps from all over Europe arriving for the event. The annual team shot photo added up to some 100+ persons! For the custom scene of particular interest: Rinehart exhausts, Biltwell, JW Speaker LED headlights and S&S Cycles, the latter proudly presenting the EC stamp on their slip-on mufflers.

Walking the six halls of EICMA 2018, there is little doubt that the "Gold Rush" for electric motorcycles is on, yet it is surprising how few people question the still downplayed problems of the obviously glorified system "electric transportation". "Glorified" by journalists and politicians that are neither bothered by doubt nor scientific knowledge.

Yes, burning fossile fuel is using up resources that took million years in the making – but if the energy for our rides does not fall from the skys in form of wind, water or sun, electric energy will by no means solve any of the current problems. Anybody who can read him or herself into the problems of rechargable Lithium-Ion batteries – charging cycles, operating temperatures, internal resistance – can only pray that real miracles in technology are coming. Anybody who asks how many electric vehicles can be supplied by his countries electric system will find the electric power production capacity of his particular country in the internet. Mayby it can transmitted (with the accompanying losses) in the national power grid? For suppliers of electrical energy, electrical transportation is a god-given present, for the charging status of the batteries has to followed all the time, accus heated or cooled, depending on temperatures. Think about your motorcycle using up fuel while it is standing or parked – and you always have to watch that the fuel is not falling under a particular level, even when not riding. Welcome to the environmental sound matter of transport – an "electrifying" outlook. And with the money asked for the rides, you can ask yourself: Are you wealthy enough to stay on two wheels?

Text & Fotos: Horst Roesler, Motographer


Impression of the EICMA 2018 - in Alphabetic order



Aprilia-



BardahlBuell
Experimental Bike: Bardahl Buell powered by H2O2 is planned to race for records!

BikerShop_
Biker shopping at EICMA? No problem!

BMW_
BMW booth at press intro.


Brixton_
Brixton BX 500: From a 125 cc brand to now bigger 500 cc singles. 
Modern styling, british name and Austrian origin. 




BroughS_
Adding to last years "Pendine" Scrambler and the already in production SS 100, Brought Superiour is preparing for the upcoming 100th anniversary of the brand in 2019. With a stylish SS 100 MK 2, limited to 100 units.



www.brough-superior.com

BST_Wheels_
Lightweight: BST Carbon wheels also introcuced Ariel Motorcycles




CeraCarbon_
New: Cera Carbon Racing is offering carbon sprockets and belt drives. New are their carbon/ceramic inner and outer fork tubes that can either work as exchange or – with Öhlins cartridge – come as complete fork.


A Quad manufacturer goes "two wheels": 
Austria based CF Moto introduced two models.

www.cf-moto.eu


ChangJiang_
Chang Jiang - greetings from China. And a touch of "Afrikakorps"...


 CustomSporty...
Few customized bikes graced this years event...

DeliTire_
Not all bikes were ridable…







Ducati booth: The news and the girls. 
And the surprise: Ducati goes electric with a bicycle!

 DucCafeRacer...
Ducati Cafe Racer by "Ducati Design Center"

e_Anlas_
Tire manufacturer Anlas presented this racer

 e_Anlastire_
What may become an important issue, due to EU/EC regulation madness: Anlass is one of the few manufacturers to offer motorcycle WINTER tires! Otherwise, motorcycling in lower temperatures (and on higher elevations in summer too?) will be outlawed. Were does this madness stop?


 e_ARC_
One of the bikes not to be missed was the British origin Arc "Vector" electric motorcycle,  boasting 95 kW for a top speed of 241 kph at ranges of around 200 km. That sound like a motorcycle you can use, especially when hearing that Arc Vehicle estimate that their battery cells will offer 193 km of motorway (on British speed limits) and 274 km of city range. Check your purse, the proposed price has been given as € 117k – that may dampen the exitement a little bit...

e_Caballero_s
Fantic is also experimenting with electric motorcycles and mofas.


e_CortoCirc_
A co-operation between students of the Milan IULM university is the "Corto Circuito" motorcycle, presented on the "Dueruote" booth.

e_Ed1_
40 km range with the foldable ED-1 bike.

e_Energica_
Co-operation between Energica and Samsung: Bolid-e "Smart Ride"
www.energicamotor.com


e_ItaliaVolt
No, it's NOT the "Live Wire"! Italian Volt introduced its electric motorcycle, the ‘lacama’, as a premium, fully-customizable bike which covers a spectrum of styles for personal tastes: there are bespoke specifications between a café racer, roadster, scrambler, with a personal theme. The Milan-based company was founded by three partners, of which two – Nicola Colombo and Valerio Fumagalli – hold a guinness record for the greatest distance travelled on an electric bike. in 2013 they travelled 12,379 km from shanghai to Milan in 44 days, purely on green energy. their dream to build a bike to complement this achievement resulted in "Italian Volt", with contribution from Adriano Stellino, a designer who has worked with Lamborghini and Bertone.



e_Italjet_
Italjet electric bicycles





e_Nito
 electric transport from Italy. Nito also offers electric scooters.
www.nitobikes.it


e_Ottobike_
MCR2 electric motorcycle by Otto Bike.


e_Pursang_
New Spanish e-motorcycle manufacturer "Pursang" introduced the "E-Street".

e_Sanyou_
Sanyou electric foldable


e_SilenceO_
Silence-O: Electric Pizza delivery – or is it the battery? And the Police will come on quiet wheels too…


e_TCmax_
TC Max electric citybike

e_Vespa_
The classic Vespa design goes electric!

Enfield__
The surprise "scoop" of this years EICMA was the premiere of Royal Enfields V-Twin concept bike. Although the new Twin-powered models are now hitting the roads in numbers for a very competetive price, the brand has enough "steam" to pursuit new ideas and designs. 


"Midas Royal" by Winston Yeh was another "Joker" in the 2018 EICMA scoop 
of Royal Enfield. The Taipei/Taiwan based "Roughcrafts" top-customizer used 
carbon parts to race-style the "Continental GT" base. Ideas for a limited edition 
are there, but remain to be confirmed.











 



EnfieldDemo_
All Royal Enfield twins were available on a short test track. 
The twins offer a lot of motorcycle for a cheap price.

Entrance sign: Future has just started…



General fair impressions.


Rebuffini design discs by Galfer.


Grimeca discs, Bagger tested.









Moto Guzzi booth impressions





Hall views on 13 and 15

 
 
HD_BoK_HD_Adelaide_
Battle of Kings finalist "Back to the Track" by Harley-Davidson Adelaide (Australia) is based on a 2018 XL "Roadster" as a tribute to Australia's Sportster Race series of the nineties. The fairing design was inspired by the then also racing VR 1000.



HD_BoK_HD_Bologna_FarmMachine_
Original a 2018 model year M8 "Street Bob", the "Farm Machine" of Harley-Davidson Bologna has many characteristics Italian customizers love: Old School look, great theme and style-fitting Jeep tires front and rear, the "Farm Machine" was sold before built to a Farmer outside Bologna before it was created.


HD_BoK_Winner_
From the three 2018 finalists, it was "The Prince", built by Harley-Davidson Bangkok, that received the crowning to "Custom King" 2018. 300 dealers from 30 different countries worldwide participated in this years competition, Thailand was in the competition for the first time. HD Bangkok also used the new 2018 "Street Bob" as base for a "back to the roots" chopper.

HD_booth_
HD booth EICMA 2018

 


HD_LiveWire_
"Low Voltage" at the most watched presentation of EICMA 2018: No "big ceremony" but great interest by the press accompanied the introduction of the "Live Wire", four years after the prototype concept bikes were presented. While it was revealed that more and smaller e-bikes are "under devlopment" and a short film clip showed the recently presented "concept bikes" already in action, the information on the "Live Wire" performance and technology was next to zero. No information on range, capacity, speed, charging time or even an idea of the the price. Looking at the other "electric marvels" presented at EICMA, that price tag might become the real shocker, since the current EU-imposed 25% added import tax (to the normal 6%) are still in place, also applying to electric motorcycles coming from the USA. However, with only 250 Harley-Davidson dealers world being selected for the launch of the all-electric hog, it remains to be seen how many of them will be in Europe and where.

Helmets_
Some  products are just putting a smile in your face...







Honda_
Honda booth


HP Corse exhausts


Husqvarna_
Husqvarna Viltpilen 701 "Aero" concept bike

Probably the first hybrid motorcycle ever: The Efesto features a 115 hp Ducati Twin 
plus 70 hp electric motor. Several riding modes are possible!





ICM_...
Always great classic bikes on display: Display of the Automotoclub Storico Italiano (ASI)
www.asifed.it





 Indian...
With the FTR 1200 "out of the box" at Intermot already, Indian now adds the accessories catalogue: Four different "characters" are optional, even a "touring" version! From the basic two models, 4 new styles, achieved by accessories were introduced by Steve Meneto: Rally, Tracker, Touring and Sport themed accessories convert the stock FTR.  

Indian-PatrickMayer-0003.jpg
And Swiss CCE partner Patrick Mayer (PM-Performance) is already working out his own ideas on customizing the FTR.

InnovationAwards_
On wednesday, some of the Italian top designers of the motorcycle scene were present for handing out the "Innovation Awards" to Italian students.

 

InSella_
InSella booth motorcycle display



ItalianArmyMuseum_
One of the most difficult museums to visit in Italy displayed some of its massive collection: The "Museo Storico Delle Motorizzazione Militare" in Rome is ONLY open Saturday from 9 am to 12!



Italjet_
Italjet brought back the "Dragster" scooter and presented two 250 cc V-Twins




Back in black and silver: The new "Katana" by Suzuki.








Kawasaki_
Kawasaki booth, shoes and news



1972 - 1976: The Z 900 History was present at the Kawasaki display.


Wow! Z 900 RS Café Racer style


One of the true sensation of EICMA: Kymco "SuperNEX" Supersport bike. All electric!

www.kymco.com

Lambretta_0001.jpg
A "classic" is back: Lambretta scooter

MV Magni tribute bike









Milan_...
Milan impressions (sorry, they are from 2016, under better weather conditions)

Mondial_
Mondial "Flat Track" and "Sport Classic" HPS 300



Moto Morini news


Classic at the MV booth: MV Autocarro


 






 
MV Agusta booth, nw models and girls...



NextGenRider...
Will "AI" create the new riders? Where's the fun in that?

Nils racebike



Oehlins booth with Shaw's HD custom.


The Biltwell team at Drag Specialties.

Burning Roads Garage of Casalpulsterlengo in Lombardy built the 
2018 Drag Specialties display Chopper from the Drag catalogue.


The Rinehart exhaust systems team was introducing their exhaust systems 
to the European public.

Making a stand: With a massive multi-brand display booth, the 2018 Parts Europe / Drag Specialties team exceeded hundred participants for this years EICMA.

XR 1200 as part of the Techno Research display

2016 "Road Glide" Bagger

2019 Milwaukee Eight "Street Bob"

2018 Parts Europe / Drag Specialties views

" Build Your Dream" kitbike display.

The S&S Cycles team was proud to present...


...the EC homologation stamp on their new exhaust line! What they did not tell, that a lot of S&S Cycles parts were found on the tech sheet of the Royal Enfield Bonneville record racer.

Parillia_
Design first: Parillia electric bike

Peugeot_
Surprise from France: Peugeot is back in the motorcycle business!

PMJ promo girl.

ProtoSport_
Proto Sport BMW

There is a quite interesting race scene with modified "Autocarro" threewheelers in Italy, often powered by 150+ hp engine.



Reshaped: Harley's new FXDR got a re-styling by Rizoma.

Rizoma KTM "Duke"


Samotracia_
Not all Itailan designs become mainstream: Mario Trimarchi built his artbike "Samotracia" around a Ducati "Monster".


Promotion for the Timmelsjoch pass Motorcycle Museum: Built by Styrian Motorcycles and heavyly engraved.


Suzuki Katana

SuzukiVirtualReality_...
If you aren't allowed to ride in town, you can use your motorcycle virtually…


Triumph booth, bikes and girls...


VeeRubber_...
Still the biggest: 360 Vee Rubber

Vyrus_
Now an "Oldie": Vyrus Ducati concept bike.

Wössner: Piston technology "made in Germany"

Xqooder_
Not exatly a motorcycle with four wheels: The XQuooder


Zeths_
Gooseneck style custom with 250 cc:
http://zeths.com/

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