3 old styled motorbikes are already on the production path and near to debut. Note, it's not Hipster stuff: these bikes are neo-retro, so they’re inspired by the past but are true modern motorbikes.
Seems that the neo-retro age has begun.
Neo-retro motorcycles, blend current technology and modern performance with vintage design and brand’s heritage. ABS, lcd instrument panels, and LED accented headlamps, are nicely paired with old school metal fuel tank and classic style.
Sharp edges are replaced by curves delivering motorbikes that doesn't become outdated after just a couple of years. Stress and tech frills are definitively gone.
The “good old times” are massively evocated, not just replicated.
In other words: simple, attractive motorbikes wrapped in a reasonable price.
Believe it or not, the market is asking for this products...
The premium model BMW R Ninety and groundbreaking Ducati’s Scrambler already arrived, and evidence of their success would convince even the most reluctant Board of Directors (if any) to take the plunge.
The product plans received the green light in due time. Others, like Honda, will join. The 3 new bikes we are going to talk, will be exposed during 2015 summer and autumn and at Intermot and EICMA expos.
An R Nine T derived platform, designed to reduce costs will host two new models. Ola Stenegard, head of Bmw Motorrad vehicle design, is a custom bikes supporter (to have an idea, look at Soulfuel video that sees him personally involved).
Reportedly a scrambler and a café racer boxer powered motorbikes are already being secretly tested, hide away from prying eyes.
The (other) good news is the rumored price. Seems hard to believe, but these more essential motorcycles will be priced reasonably nearer to 10 K € than to 15 K €.
Components, such as suspension, brakes and aluminum parts will be much cheaper, but the engine should be basically the same of Nine T. Note: the spoke rims should be gone too, and replaced by less expensive alloys. This is not bad at all, because the spoke rims mounted on the R Nine T were not suitable to be used with (much more safe) tubeless tires.
BMW Motorrad probably aims to be not too far from the Borgo Panigale’s Scrambler price.
In order to give to the audience a big clue, BMW Motorrad showed at Wheels and Waves festival in June, the R Nine T scrambler customized that you can see in the photographs. The bike is named Path 22 Concept. Basically it means that while it will took some months to see what Mr. Stenegard’s team is going to deliver, you can already start preparing your longboards.
Image here below (based on the R Nine T) is by the Italian designer Oberdan Bezzi.
A new Moto Guzzi model is expected to be unveiled at Eicma 2015.
As reported by Italian newspaper Il Messaggero, the Piaggio Group CEO, Roberto Colaninno, attending to Audace and Eldorado presentation at the end of May, declared that that at EICMA will be unveiled a new Moto Guzzi model that will bridge the gap between the entry level V7 II, and their California 1400 cruisers range. We can’t wait to see what, the famous designer Miguel Galluzzi (responsible of Piaggio’s Advanced Design Center based in Pasadena) and Mandello Del Lario’s engineers have on their desks.
Platforms derived from Guzzi Bellagio 953cc or Griso 1200cc (for the record, Griso was offered also in a noteworthy 850cc displacement in 2006) could be a good technical base. Of course these platforms would need a little revamping to be attractive nowadays. Actually rumors says that the new bike could pack 800-900 cc displacement engine and a brand new engine cannot be put out of the picture. The engine is of course vital to motorbike's commercial success. This new bike for sure deserves more grunt than the quiet V7, and will have it. On the other hand, Ducati is selling thousands of Scrambler after a proper fine tuning to their well-known 2 valves air cooled (legendary) L Twin, so why Moto Guzzi couldn’t do a similar thing with its reliable 850 or 953 cc engine? We have to wait for the EICMA in early November.
Image here below (based on the Guzzi Bellagio) is by the Italian designer Oberdan Bezzi.
Reently, Shun Miyazawa Yamaha Europe Product Manager, in a video interview by the Italian magazine “Motociclismo”, caught our attention quoting the arrival of a new café racer model featuring an MT platform.
In mid June 2015, just appeared in Biarritz Wheels and Waves festival, the first product of a new Yard Built motorcycle.
YARD BUILT ‘FASTER SON’ BY SHINYA KIMURA (YouTube video by Yamaha Motor Europe here). This motorbike (2nd YouTube video here) was born with Yamaha blessing and has been created by the independent customizer and living legend, Shinya Kimura. Kimura’s creation hints a fascinating café racer machine featuring the MT 07 parallel twin engine ,featuring a posh, "post-apocalyptic" style and many components directly taken by the series model (such as engine, trellis frame, forks, suspensions and brakes). How long will it take to assist to production model presentation? Visor Down reports that Miazawa said that we won't have to wait until Milan’s EICMA world exposition of morcycling held in November. Reportedly, the motorbike debut could be anticipated to mid-July.