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The annual EICMA trade show in Milan, Italy, promises jaw-dropping product reveals from big-name motorcycle manufacturers. This year's show did not disappoint. Here are eight stand-out motorcycle debuts you should know about.
1. 2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE
Triumph is keeping the spirit of adventure alive with the new Scrambler 1200 XE. Its heart is the high-powered Bonneville 1200 twin engine with "scrambler tuning" that delivers instant and consistent power all the way through the gears. It maintains the classic scrambler look with new, rider-focused technology, including six riding modes that adjust the throttle response and traction control, and the first motorcycle GoPro control system with "turn by turn" navigation.
The rear suspension by Öhlins is a first-in-class, fully-adjustable long-travel setup that complements the Showa long-travel forks for capable and comfortable all-road riding. Combined with an aggressive upright riding stance and an ergonomically designed riding position, the 1200 XE is the ultimate setup for full-on scrambling.
2. 2019 BMW S1000RR
The third-generation BMW S1000RR is a technological wonder, somehow more impressive than its sensational predecessor. Built around an all-new, 999cc inline-four that produces 84 lb-ft of torque at 10,000 rpm and 205 horsepower at 13,000 rpm, this reimagined S1000RR benefits from a more linear power curve and a host of electronic assists, including launch control, wheelie control, cornering ABS, four standard riding modes, and three customizable Race Pro riding modes. BMW claims the S1000RR is now 24 pounds lighter and more ergonomically designed. The signature asymmetrical headlights are gone, replaced by twin lights, and for the first time ever BMW’s M performance branch is offering options for the S100RR, like carbon-fiber wheels, a sport seat, and a chassis kit with rear ride-height adjustment.
3. 2019 Kawasaki W800 Café
In the ‘60s Kawasaki released its BSA-looking, big-displacement W Series. At the start of the new millennium, the motorcycle company brought out the classically styled, Europe-only W650, then succeeded by the W800, which went out of production in 2016. The W800 returns for 2019, and it’s now coming to America. An air-cooled, under-square 773cc parallel-twin sports a pair of peashooter-style exhaust pipes. The double-cradle frame, standard fork with gaiters, twin shocks, and 18-inch spoked wheels keep things genuinely “retro.” The W800 Café has a front cowl around its big, round LED headlight, and will be available only in the color scheme you see here.
4. Husqvarna EE5
We grew up on 125cc dirt bikes. Fun, throwable, and forgiving machines we spent summer days zipping around on, playing in gravel pits and on dirt roads. Seeing Husqvarna's new EE5 made us smile, imagining our younger selves silently ripping up the trails we once knew. With an industry focused on bringing in new riders, it's exciting to see innovation for the youngest in our sport. It also means that we'll likely see more electric options coming out of Husky sooner rather than later and given how alluring the rest of their line is, it's something to get excited about.
5. Husqvarna 701 Aero Concept
The Husqy 701 Aero concept is a stunning, go-fast design. Don't overthink it, just put it into production.
6. Royal Enfield KX Bobber Concept
Royal Enfield is dropping some interesting stuff on us this year. First the 650cc "Twins" — the Continental GT and Interceptor — and now this sleek, retro-nouveau bobber concept with an 838cc V-twin names the KX. RE has publicly stated that this won't be going into production but again, don't overthink it, just make it.
7. Honda CB125X Concept
While we may not see the Honda CB125X in North America any time soon, this concept is proof that OEMs see growth in the small-displacement off-road market. The CB125X is a ripe reminder that entry-level machines have potential to be both fun and cool. Honda has found a sweet spot with rally bikes, and the 125cc CB125X would a great bike for beginners or for someone who wants a smaller trail bike to throw around. Put that in your 1,800cc engine and smoke it.
8. 2019 Honda CB650R