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".
Austria based CF Moto introduced two models.
And the surprise: Ducati goes electric with a bicycle!
"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.
The twins offer a lot of motorcycle for a cheap price.
Probably the first hybrid motorcycle ever: The Efesto features a 115 hp Ducati Twin
plus 70 hp electric motor. Several riding modes are possible!
Burning Roads Garage of Casalpulsterlengo in Lombardy built the
2018 Drag Specialties display Chopper from the Drag catalogue.
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.
...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.
Promotion for the Timmelsjoch pass Motorcycle Museum: Built by Styrian Motorcycles and heavyly engraved.