Modena, Italy is exporting more than premium olive oil these days. The city’s Motor Valley is also turning out some of the world’s best electric motorcycles. The EVA Streetfighter is the second production bike from Energica Motors. Aggressive, Italian styling is evident but power comes from a quiet, 95 hp (71 kW) electric motor that gives the EVA a top speed of 124MPH with varying performance options in 4 different drive modes.
There’s nothing else out there that looks like a Bandit9 bike, and the Saigon-based custom house has done it again with their Honda 125-based AVA build. This little scoot is a true limited custom built from the ground up with heaps of hand-built parts like the unibody, swingarm and front cowl; all rendered in shining chrome.
Ducati and the eyewear brand Italia Independent put their heads together to create this limited edition Scrambler. It features a special Night Copper color scheme, showcased on tank side panels, the tubular frame, & alloy wheels. The motor got blacked out & growls through a 2-into-1 Termignoni pipe. Zero drag bars and a mini cafe windshield complete the build. 1,077 units available.
People seem to like the café style of the original R NineT, so BMW built a new variation to unveil this week at the EICMA motorcycle expo in Milan. The R NineT Scrambler is powered by the same 1.17-liter boxer twin but features larger wheels & a high-sweeping exhaust for off-road detours. Analog instruments, a rounded headlight, and low-key colors highlight the powerplant.
The newest version of the Diavel from Ducati, the 2016 X-Diavel is geared for cruising & features a stroked-out 1262-CC motor that delivers more low-end linear torque than the original Italian devil-bike. To make it more comfortable for all-day journeys, they also gave it a stretched-out, feet-forward riding position.
In brutal contrast to the wave of round & retro-revival bikes being released at the EICMA show this week, Yamaha has just unveiled a futuristic 1-liter cruiser called the MT-10. Its 998cc four-cylinder cross-plane engine delivers massive low-to-mid-range torque. It features re-designed intake, exhaust and fueling systems as well as 3-mode traction control.
Unchanged since 2001, The Triumph Bonneville was long overdue for an update. What it got was an overhaul. The upright British classic now sports a water-cooled engine, plus a full ground-up rebuild of the frame and body. The new Bonny will be available in several variants: the Street Twin, T120, Thruxton, and power-packed Thruxton R, a range offering 900cc & 1200cc motor options.
Just unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show, Ducati’s new Monster 1200R is the meanest monster ever made, featuring the 160-horsepower Twin Spark 1198 Testastretta 11° V-Twin found in the Diavel & Multistrada. The 1200R also packs 15 more horses than the outgoing 1200S and it’s a bit lighter, too.
The 2016 Softail Slim S brings a factory-built 110 c.i. Screaming Eagle motor & a range of Harley’s CVO (Custom Vehicle Operations) upgrades to a Dyna you can buy right off the showroom floor. The Slim S features a blacked-out motor & drivetrain, slash cut over/under exhaust, and a custom military-style paint scheme.
This is a motorized 2-wheeled vehicle but that’s where the traditional definition of “motorcycle” ends for the Confederate P51 Combat Fighter; which is not a combat fighter at all but a handmade and aggressively futuristic looking cruiser. Its drag racing derived, aerospace inspired chassis is built-out with a proprietary suspension system & wheels. Powered by a 200 horsepower 100% CNC machined aerospace grade 6061-T6 billet aluminum motor.