Intermot 2010

Jan 31, 2011 View Comments by

The 2011 season has already rolled out: on October 6, the Intermot in Cologne – one of the two largest motorcycle consumer shows in Europe – opened its doors for manufacturers to debut their new models. More than 195,000 visitors from 108 countries turned out to see what the two-wheel industry has to offer.

Aprilia’s big news, in the true sense of the word, is the Dorsoduro 1200. Called a “maxi-motard,” it’s a contender to KTM’s Supermoto 990 and Ducati’s Hypermotard. A 130hp engine, Ride by Wire technology (with sport, touring, and rain mappings) and Brembo radial 4-piston calipers on 320mm floating discs are just some of the features that surely make this Italian beauty a radically-fun bike to ride.

BMW is striving for a totally different goal with its new flagships the K1600 GT and K1600 GTL – for the first time, the Bavarian company uses an inline six-cylinder power plant.

Ducati’s only news is the 1198 SP. It’s basically last year’s 1198 S model with some race-kit features, like a Ducati Performance slipper clutch, aluminum fuel tank and an Öhlins TTX rear shock. They’re probably worth a couple of thousand dollars but at $21,995, the SP cost just $200 more than the replaced 2010 1198 S.

Honda didn’t show any new bikes apart from some new color options for the CBR models.

The resurrected German Horex brand presented its interesting VR6 Roadster to the public for the very first time.  Only 150 bikes are supposed to be produced in 2011, which means the bike won’t reach the other side of the Atlantic before 2012.

The benchmarks of Kawasaki’s new Ninja ZX 10R are 10hp more and 21 pounds less. The race proven Traction Control System helps to submit the overall 210hp (with RAM-air-system) onto the road.

KTM equips the 990 SM T with an ABS-system made by Bosch. Now, the irresistible long-range supermotard can be driven with the extra peace-of-mind in tricky situations. The hot looking KTM 125 Duke is targeted at entry-level riders. Design, top-notch suspension, and 15hp, 4-stroke-engine immediately compel you to be a teenager again. Unfortunately it isn’t likely to be brought over to North America, but who knows…

Suzuki presented new GSX-R600 and GSX-R750 models. Both will arrive in the US in spring, 2011 – but, unfortunately, the new GSR750 naked version also shown at Intermot will not be joining them.

Triumph was the manufacturer with the largest range of new bikes at the Intermot. There’s the new Speed Triple with lighter and slimmer frame, a seven-percent torque increase, and a modest plus in horsepower. Personally, I regret the loss of the round headlights that have been replaced with new angular ones. American customers can form their own opinions in February when the bike hits US showrooms. There are no complaints about the new Thunderbird Storm, as it’s the bigger, badder, and blacker version of the Thunderbird. And it has the round headlights. The massive 1700cc parallel twin delivers 98hp. Plus, two smaller cruisers, America and Speedmaster come in a completely new outfit. The whole new cruiser collection is bound to arrive in March in the US.

Yamaha’s XTZ1200 Super Tenere Worldcrosser is only a concept bike to inspire adventure touring. A single seat, some pricy upgrades like Akrapovic exhaust, Öhlins suspension, and a navigation system are supposed to conquer the worst roads on the planet.

Aftermarket manufacturer Touratech breaks completely new ground with its riding suit, the Compañero. It has a distinctive new design with two suits in one – watch for a product review in an upcoming issue. Apart from some new product lines like easy-handling pannier mounts and LED daylight options, Touratech showed the full range of their accessories for new models like Ducati, Multistrada, and the Yamaha 1200 Tenere.

Renowned German helmet manufacturer, Schuberth had its most popular helmet the C3 on display and announced a plan to set up an American dealer network for their quietest, lightest flip-up on the market.

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