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EICMA 2017: Top 5 Bikes Showcased At Milan Motorcycle Show

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Every year in early November, Milan becomes the epicenter of the motorcycle industry, the place where manufacturers gather to showcase their latest products. New Atlas was on the ground at EICMA 2017, catching all of the production model debuts – the ones that we will be dreaming of, talking about and hopefully buying next year.EICMA is officially over but there were a lot of interesting products at the Expo including the much-awaited Royal Enfield Twins.These motorcycles though are the ones which have us super excited! Here is our list of top five bikes from the show.

5.Royal Enfield Continental GT 650

India’s most noted bike makers made a product splash at the world’s biggest bike show in Italy. Royal Enfield truly entered the world stage with its first new multi-cylinder retro twins. While both the Interceptor and the Continental GT 650 look old-school cool, we especially love the way the Continental GT 650 looks. The Continental GT 650, meanwhile, is a big brother of the Continental GT 535 which is available in India. These new products, which are powered by 650cc, air-cooled, parallel twin engine, will go on sale in Europe in April next year and we love it for the fact that it will be launched in India next year.

4.KTM 790 Duke

KTM has pulled the covers off its all-new, production-ready KTM 790 Duke at EICMA 2017 Along with the KTM 790 Adventure R prototype. Last year at the same event, KTM had previewed the 790 Duke as a concept at EICMA. The KTM 790 Duke punches out 105 hp and 86 Nm of torque, and is mated to a six-speed transmission. With a kerb weight of 174kg, the new motorcycle is expected to offer even more engaging levels of performance than the existing Duke line-up. In terms of kit, the 790 Duke boasts a quickshifter, launch control, full-colour TFT dash, adjustable handlebar and WP steering damper.

KTM’s 790 Adventure R prototype uses the same 799cc engine and has been designed as an enduro motorcycle, a segment KTM is only too familiar with. If the 790’s concept-to-production timeframe is anything to go by, we can expect the 790 Adventure R to be launched at the 2018 EICMA show.

3. Ducati Panigale V4

Ducati has put all speculations about its upcoming motorcycle to rest by unveiling the all-new V4 Panigale superbike. More spy shots of the upcoming Ducati Panigale V4 have emerged again on the Internet. Unarguably, it is one of the most amazing looking motorcycles, something that is a given when comes to a Ducati. Under those flowing, razor sharp lines, lies an all-new motor that bids farewell to the iconic L-Twin unit. The new 1103cc, 90-degree Desmosedici Stradale V4 engine produces 214PS at 13,000rpm and 119Nm of torque between 8,750rpm to 12,250rpm. The engine can rev up to 14,000rpm and Ducati says that it doesn't need a counter balancer because of the 90-degree V-angle. There will be three models on sale next year, the base, S and the Speciale. The S gets Ohlins suspension whereas the Speciale features a full-blown titanium exhaust that unleashes 226PS.

The first ever road-going Ducati with a V4 (four cylinders arranged in V-twin formation) calls for excitement!

2.Honda CB4 Interceptor Concept

Some of the wildest and most beautiful concepts we have seen from Honda in the recent past have come from the company’s technical centres in Europe. This time round, it is no different as Honda took the wraps off the CB4 Interceptor concept at the ongoing Milan motorcycle show. Designed by Honda’s R&D centre in Rome, the CB4 Interceptor is a design study, based on the ‘Neo Sports Café’ design theme which first debuted at EICMA in 2015.The concept seems based off the CB1000R’s mechanicals. The frame is well hidden, only visible in the small structural unit which supports the subframe, footpegs and single-sided swingarm.

The half fairing has a unique headlamp which is an LED ring around the fan. Honda says the fan converts the bike’s kinetic energy into electrical energy to power the touchscreen console.

1.Yamaha Nikken

After its official unveiling at the Tokyo Motor Show, Yamaha has revealed more details on the three-wheeler. The Nikken is powered by the MT-09’s 847cc in-line 115PS triple.The Nikken will feature a manual transmission. Yamaha calls the Nikken a ‘cornering master’ and claims that it will redefine the way a three-wheeled bike slices through traffic. They say the bike will corner in a more stable manner than your average corner-carver, thanks to the extra contact patch two wheels afford. So far, Yamaha has not commented on the price and other details; and has only released the dimensions of the Niken, which is 2150 mm long, 885 mm wide, 1250 mm tall, and uses a triple-cylinder engine.