It is motorcycle show season again.
Many manufacturers have unveiled their new bikes ahead of the shows.
But there may be more in store.
The end of the year brings MotoGP, heavy rain and touring season to Malaysia. On the international scene, however, the year-end marks the motorcycle show season.
We have reported on many new motorcycles that have broken their cover over the past months, notably the new-Boxer powered BMWs, Moto Guzzi V85 TT adventure bike, new Harleys and many more but they have yet to be officially launched. There are teasers, as well, such as Triumph who have promised the new 1200 Scrambler and Suzuki with their new Katana.
So, we decided to put together a list from A-Z of we expect to see at the Intermot (2nd October), Tokyo Motor Show (27th October) and the big one, EICMA (8th November).
You could very well expect an updated RSV4 superbike. But rumours have been circulating about a 600cc superbike, too. Expect them to be shown off at EICMA as Italian manufacturers prefer to unveil their new bikes on home turf.
BMW is expected to launch nine new bikes for 2019 but it still is not clear whether they would do it at one go or spaced out over the next year.
Like the Italians, the German manufacturers tend to introduce their new bike at Intermot since it is in Germany.
However, models that are sure to be unveiled officially are the new R 1250 GS and R 1250 RT.
Apart from the Boxers, you could reasonably expect the new S 1000 RR superbike which is said to feature a counter-rotating crankshaft, besides being Euro 5 compliant.
There is also talk of the F 800 GS Adventure making its debut.
Ducati have since introduced the updated Scrambler Icon (our Editor Sep Irran rode the bike in Tuscany, Italy last week).
Let’s see, what does that leave us with, then? How about the homologation special Panigale V4 R for the World Superbike Championship? Oh yes, that ought to do it.
We hope the Italian electric motorcycle manufacturer will launch the roadgoing version of their MotoE World Cup racer.
The Motor Company has unveiled their Touring, CVO and FXDR models a couple of months back, but the prototypes of the Pan America adventure bike, Custom 1250, Streetfighter 975 and LiveWire electric bike may make their appearances.
There is a heady expectation for the updated CBR1000RR Fireblade to break covers. If that does happen, it should first appear at the Tokyo Motor Show and EICMA later.
Time to finally unveil the FTR1200 dirt tracker!
It has been reported that Kawasaki will unveil their bikes at Intermot without waiting for the Tokyo Motor Show. That may signify that Big Green could have something interesting for the European market.
The updated Ninja ZX-10R superbike will surely be there but the Z400 naked sport bike may be launched.
KTM fans the world over have been holding their breath for the 390 Adventure and 790 Adventure. KTM may also show off updated models to counter BMW’s foray into variable valve timing technology.
Milan, the city where EICMA is held is just 30 minutes away from MV Agusta’s HQ at Varese. However, there is no news of new models except for the F3 675 equipped with an Inertia Measurement Unit (IMU).
The V85 TT adventure bike has been revealed very recently but it will be the first opportunity for the public to see it in the metal.
Oh yes. Suzuki will be present at Intermot ahead of Tokyo. That ought to set alarm bells ringing of something important. How does the new Katana sound?
There has also been lots of rumors about the Japanese manufacturer working on a turbocharged bike to go up against the Kawasaki Ninja H2.
Or how about something wild like a turbocharged Katana? Ooooh.
Triumph will launch the new 1200cc Scrambler of October 24th at Hinckley, UK (we’ll be there for it!), and that means it will be launched after Intermot.
However, there have been hints of a new Rocket III and long-awaited replacements for the Thunderbird and America cruisers.
The Moto2 engined Daytona test mule/demonstrator should make an appearance at Intermot.
The Tenere 700 prototype was unveiled at EICMA 2017 and Yamaha has been testing the bike all over the world ever since. This could very well mean they will launch it this year.