|28 February, 2014 - France: Exceptional Motorcycle Exhibition in Top Museum|
|#France #Museum #Exhibition - A very nice motorcycle exhibition has opened it doors for the first time in one of France's top museums in Lyon. Food, design and 'real' culture - motorcycle culture. |
What more do you want? Called Motopoetique, the expo runs until 20 April 2014.
|9 December, 2013 - Top Trailer - Self Inclining Motorcycle Trailer|
|#Trailers - I found this interesting French motorcycle trailer manufacturer at the Paris exhibition, but lost all their photos, so I'm using their web photos. It's an inclining trailer, interesting and handy.|
|4 December, 2013 - Paris Salon 2013: Odds & Ends|
|#LeSalondelaMoto #Exhibition - Here is some of the stuff I found that was too short, or too weird, to put in one article.|
|4 December, 2013 - Paris Salon 2013: MASH Motorcycles|
|#LeSalondelaMoto #Mash #Exhibition - The largest importer of motorcycle in France showed an interesting and very cheap series of motorcycles called MASH. Nice and cheap.|
|22 November, 2013 - Toyota CEO Rides Honda Motorcycle|
|#Toyota #Honda #F6C - I guess if you don't manufacture your own motorcycles, you end up being on your competitor's motorcycle.|
|9 November, 2013 - Eicma 2013: And Finally, 40 Girls and 0 Guys|
|#Eicma #Girls - The last article about any motorcycle show is always the stand/demo girls (also known as Demo Dollies). And as is the case almost every year, there are no Stand Dudes (although I was correct by a colleague, Ducati apparently had some male models pushing bikes around).|
So here are 40 girls who graced the motorcycle stands at Eicma 2013.
|8 November, 2013 - Eicma 2013: SkyTeam Motorcycles|
|#SkyTeam #Monkey - I had seen a strange looking motorcycle when visiting Milan the weekend before Eicma and then found that manufacturer at Eicma. Named Skyteam they make small motorcycles, and one of them is a beauty.|
|7 November, 2013 - Eicma 2013: Yamaha And Their Relationship With The Press|
|#Yamaha #Eicma #Oliepeil - Yamaha have not understood how to deal with the motorcycle press. They just do not understand. Here are two cases in which Yamaha could have dealt with things in a mature and professional way, instead of childish.|
|6 November, 2013 - Eicma 2013: Vectrix Electric Scooter VT-1|
|#Vectric #Eicma #Electric - I stumbled upon Vectrix, makers of electric scooters and had a look at the VT-1 scooter, with up to three replaceable batteries. Here's what I saw.|
|6 November, 2013 - Eicma 2013: Husqvarna 701 Prototype|
|#Husqvarna #Eicma #Prototype - Husqvarna has not been standing still after their take-over. Maybe because KTM is very active, or maybe there was stuff already on the drawing boards, but at Eicma 2013, Husqvarna presented a very special looking prototype.|
|5 November, 2013 - Eicma 2013: Short Video Of Honda Motorcycle Launch|
|#Honda #Eicma #Video - Most of you will never have the chance of seeing a press conference and a new motorcycle launch, particularly from one of world's biggest manufacturers.|
Honda did an extremely good press conference (a first), and I quickly taped one of the launches with my iPhone. So the quality is not super, but you'll get an idea how it goes.
|5 November, 2013 - Eicma 2013: Zero SR Electric Motorcycle Launch|
|#Zero #Electric #Eicma - Zero, an American electric motorcycle manufacturer, decided to launch their latest electric motorcycle, the SR, at Eicma. Here is how it went.|
|5 November, 2013 - Eicma 2013: Ducati Press Conference - New Motorcycles|
|#Ducati #Eicma - Ducati was one of the motorcycle manufacturers who was holding press conferences in Milan downtown, making us crisscross through town. BASTA.|
Here is an impression of the conference and the new motorcycles.
|5 November, 2013 - Eicma 2013: Motorcycles and Helmets, But No Helmet Like This|
|#Eicma #Helmets #Funny - Start of my marathon today, running around all the stands of Eicma, not for nothing world's biggest motorcycle exhibition. Hopefully more articles will be published by me today, but I do not know when.|
|25 September, 2013 - Want To Get Married? Go To The Dutch Motorcycle Exhibition!|
|#Wedding #Motorbeurs #Biker - When I read this, the first thing that came into my empty mind was, 'what will they think of next?' Motorcycle exhibitions are having tough times filling up their buildings, so they need to come up with 'gimmicks'. One rather unique 'gimmick' comes from the Dutch motorcycle exhibition, the 'Motorbeurs Utrecht'.|
The expo is held from Thursday 20 February 2014 to the 23rd of February in the city of Utrecht, The Netherlands. And the gimmick? The organizers are giving one lucky couple the chance of getting married in the exhibition hall. For that to happen, the biker couple (I have to presume they are both going to be bikers, if not there will be a divorce before a marriage) will need to register before the 29th of September 2013. After that the public gets to vote on which of the candidates will be the lucky couple to get married. Then the couple will get married on the 20th of February amidst all the motorcycles, chrome and demo dollies. They will not only get the marriage given to them, but several motorcycle-related gifts...........
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|7 June, 2013 - France: Paris Motorcycle Exhibition 2013 Dates|
|#Paris #SalondelaMoto #Exhibitions - It used to be that the Paris motorcycles and scooters exhibition, at the time known as the Mondial du Deux Roues, was the 3rd largest motorcycle show, after Eicma (the largest) and Intermot (the second).|
Then came the financial crisis and the Paris show, which used to run every two years, had to cancel. So there was a four year hiatus, with no big France exhibition. The Paris show alternates with the German Intermot, but in 2011 the French organizers decided to change their format.
They are now calling the expo "Salon de la Moto". In 2011 I went for a look (you can read my report by clicking here).
This year, the Salon de la Moto will be held between 3 and 8 December at the Porte de Versailes (Paris)..........
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|10 May, 2013 - France: Monks, Motorcycles and Holiday|
|#Exposition #Monks #Abbey - Here's an interesting travel tip for those of you who are planning to visit France shortly. Starting on the 17th of May, until the 30th of June, in the Abbey of Saint-Martin de Ligugé the monks there are holding an exposition of enameled motorcycle art. |
The expo is named "A Golden Century of Motorcycles", and consists of 25 enamel based portraits of vintage and modern motorcycles, even the latest Ducati Diavel and the Yamaha V-Max.
Apart from passing through the obligatory gift shop, you can even ask the monks to make an enamel rendering of your favorite motorcycle. All exposed artwork can also be purchased. Each artwork is on a copper plate measuring 17 x 25 cm...........
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|25 March, 2013 - France: 100 Year Celebration of the Motorcycle|
|Usually when I go out to make photos for an article, it involves packing up my motorcycle with all my cameras, computers, sleeping gear, toothbrush, etc, or it might involve planes, trains and automobiles. But whatever the mode of transportation, it'll mean it's going to take a while before I get there, and even longer before I get back. That's because I live in the real countryside, in a small (186 inhabitants) village in Upper Normandy. My next door neighbors are cows, and I mean the animals. |
Once or twice I've had something as a source for an article close-by, usually 15 to 30 minutes ride from my house, and that made me happy, but last weekend on Sunday, in the closest town to me, Cany-Barville, was a exhibition called "100 Years of Motorcycles". Cany-Barville is almost at walking distance from my house, a little over 5 kilometers, so the expo got marked in big black marker in my agenda (something my iPad did not like), since it was going to be one I was not going to miss.
The only thing that troubled me, and I never got a response, was why "100 years". Motorcycles have existed for more than 100 years. Anyway, it didn't spoil my fun. So off I went to the exhibition. Now do remember, we're in the middle of "shit-kicker" country, so whatever it was going to be was small but done with gusto. ..........
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|28 January, 2013 - France: 1st Electric Motorcycle & Scooter Exhibition|
|#electric #eBikes - You can see that electric motorcycles and scooters are becoming more mainstream when they get their own exhibitions. Between April 16 and 18, Paris will see the opening of the eBikeTec exhibition, an expo dedicated to electric PTW.|
The expo runs at the same time as the eCarTec, the electric car exhibition. The venue is Port de Versailles in Paris, and although the accent of the expo is more BtoB (business-to-business) the general public is welcome...........
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|9 January, 2013 - Belgium: Minister Wants To Ban Sexy Demo Babes From Exhibitions|
|Talk about equality and discrimination. The Minister of Equal Opportunities in Belgium, Joelle Milquet, is fed up with going to car and motorcycle exhibitions, like the show that opens on Friday in Brussels, and see sexy and scantly clad ladies demonstrating cars and bikes.|
So she's putting a law into place that will forbid this, a bit like a Muslin Sharia law for exhibitions..........
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|12 November, 2012 - Eicma2012: Disaster Strikes - Me|
|Sorry for all those folks who were looking forward to seeing my photos and articles on the latest motorcycles, accessories and demo dollies at world's premiere motorcycle exhibition, Eicma.|
I arrived today very early at the Parisian airport for a flight out to Milan, when I collapsed, waking up in the first aid room. I had been exhausted for the last few days, and having not slept the night before, carrying 30 kilos of cameras and computers on my back, was enough for my system to crash, requiring a reboot.
With a drink plenty of liquid, take 2 aspirins and call me in the morning, I was sent home. I wasn't allowed to board. So I've arrived home again. This is the second big motorcycle expo that has gone sour on me, right after the Intermot train disaster.
It's becoming very expensive since my flights and hotels were all prepaid....
Sorry about it folks. Hope to do better next year. For the next few days, I'll leave the pre-programmed articles so I can rest a bit.
|9 November, 2012 - EICMA 2012: On My Way - Here Is How To Follow|
|World's biggest motorcycle exhibition, the Milan, Italy EICMA will start Monday afternoon. It's an enormous event, with thousands of exhibitors showing off their latest motorcycles, accessories and clothing. Although press days are Tuesday and Wednesday, Monday will see two major press events; Ducati and Honda. Both have planned big events, Ducati at the fair's conference center, Honda in Milan itself.|
As usual, I'll be there to cover this incredible event, armed with cameras, computers and smartphone. I've currently left my house in Normandy and making the long journey over to Milan with a stopover at Paris. I'll be back late Thursday.
Since press days are usually packed with press conferences back-to-back, with no room to even have lunch, it's going to be difficult to write up articles after each event. But I will be using my smartphone to upload interesting photos to my social media accounts. So while I'll be looking at the new motorcycles (and pretty demo girls), I'll have a few articles appear which I've programmed in advance so that you'll not find an empty space on this site. We'll keep you amused..............
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|8 November, 2012 - Eicma2012: What To Expect|
|A few more days and world's biggest motorcycle exhibition and fair opens its doors in Milan, Italy. Eicma as it is known is enormous, with more halls than you can imagine, more manufacturers, more stands and more visitors than anywhere else.|
The annual event draws every major and minor motorcycle manufacturer and accessory maker in the world to show off their gear to thousands of journalists and visitors. So what can we expect to see? Well for one, as usual Eicma is FUBAR since they have not released the press conference schedules, so we do not know who will be presenting what. Which is normal for the Italian organization, they'll probably release it the day after the show has closed. So we'll just guess our ways...
But here's our guesstimates...........
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|4 October, 2012 - Intermot2012: Odds, Ends and Girls|
|The Intermot 2012 motorcycle exhibition was a short one for me, thanks to a Belgian railroad strike that cut short my visit. So I missed most of the press conferences on Tuesday, and Wednesday, which is my walk-around day, was totally cancelled.|
Despite the very short trip, only a few hours at Intermot, I did very quickly go through some of the stands and photograph interesting things. But it's not much... and my last article of a motorcycle exhibition is always a long one - the demo girls, better known as demo dollies. Unfortunately, this year is not much, since the girls come out on the 2nd day. But there were a few, so you'll see them at the last part of this article. Sorry for those that were expecting them.........
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|4 October, 2012 - Intermot2012: Horex - The German Muscle Motorcycle|
|When the Horex was announced in 2010 in Germany, I was a bit sceptical. In the present day fuel and economical crisis, developing a new brand and motorcycle that has an enormous engine, and therefore fuel consumption, was in IMHO the wrong moment. I would have thought that any new manufacturer would go electric, or maybe hydrogen. But in this gutsy move Horex announced their first motorcycle using a 6 cylinder engine with a total of 1200cc.|
The 6 cylinders are in V shape, but also inline, making this special design named VR. Their first, and so far only, model is a roadster, the Horex VR6, Roadster. So I decided to pay them a quick visit at the Intermot motorcycle exhibition......
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|4 October, 2012 - Intermot2012: Zero Motorcycles - Making Electric Go Faster|
|Although the Zero press conference was on Wednesday, the day I couldn't be at Intermot thanks to the Belgian railroads who decided to have an all-out strike, I still managed to visit the Zero stand on Tuesday.|
Reports were already out that Zero had successfully updated their main electric motorcycle, their new flagship, to not only look like a real motorcycle, but have the performance and range that would make this electric bike acceptable for general use.
The new Zero S has doubled the range of their bikes, under ideal riding conditions you can ride a good 220 kilometers (137 miles) on a single charge. And if you have the "S" configured with the rapid charging option (CHAdeMO - something you can always bolt on afterwards), the 95% full charge can be done within an hour.......
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|3 October, 2012 - Intermot2012: Kawasaki Z800 Launch (Video)|
|The first mayor motorcycle manufacturer to show their new stuff was Kawasaki, with their usual show & tell pony show. Lots of glitz, pretty dancing girls and new (updated) motorcycles.|
The main event for Kawasaki was the launch of the revamped Z800, a mid-range streetfighter. As usual, Kawasaki made good use of dancing girls to promote the event.
Below is the video of the launch, but first, let's look at some photos I took.
|3 October, 2012 - Intermot2012: BMW R1200GS Launch (Video)|
|BMW are on their home turf, and had therefore the most anticipated press conference of the Intermot motorcycle exhibition. We all knew BMW had a lot of new stuff, so there was a lot of interest in their press conference.|
I managed to arrive early and score a good place to enjoy the show, since that was what it was. The main part of the BMW dog & pony show was the launch of the water-cooled R1200GS motorcycle. To do that, they put up a real show, with live music and "stunts" performed on the new motorcycle.
Here's a video of what I saw. I apologize in advance for a) some of the sound, since the music at times was sooo loud it deformed the sound on the video and b) a bit shaky at times, since I did not know where things were going to happen .. you'll see in the video.
|3 October, 2012 - Intermot2012 and Me|
|If you've been following my tales of woe on Twitter or Facebook, you'll know that I had to leave the Intermot exhibition a day early, since the railroads in Belgium had a strike planned for Wednesday, the day I was leaving to go back to France. Since I had a not-to-be-missed appointment on Thursday morning, I decided to cut the press-day in Intermot short by half a day and catch the late train out of Cologne to Paris.|
This means that apart from 3 press conferences, I was not able to see much else. I did do a quick walk about, but in a hurry. I'll be posting a few impressions of the exhibition in the next two days, but it will not be what you've come to expect from me.
It's become a disastrous trip, costing me a lot of money, since the hotel room was pre-booked and paid, but that's life I guess.
So I'm sorry if you were expecting more from this site, I hope to make up for it in Italy next month at the Eicma exhibition.
|1 October, 2012 - Intermot2012: This Is What It Looks Like - Size-wise|
|For those of you who have never visited one of the truly enormous motorcycle exhibitions, German Intermot or Italian Eicma, will never understand how humongous these shows are. They are world's biggest, by far, and if you walk at a normal pace, walking through each walkway/aisle in the enormous halls, you'll have walked a lot. In fact, you'll have walked some 30 to 50 kilometers (18 to 31 miles). This means that if you plan to visit one of these motorcycle exhibitions, and you only have a half or a whole day, you'd best plan ahead and mark who you want to see, because if you are going to stop and see stuff at a stand, you'll never get out of one hall.|
In the photo below, you can clearly see the Intermot exhibition center in Cologne, Germany. To get an idea of the size, just look at the bottom part of the photo; you'll see cars there, so you can imagine the size for a human being. Most of the halls are chock-full with motorcycles and their accessories.
It's difficult to show you how big this is. Visitors I have shown the show from abroad always come back with amazement at the size.
So think of me running around the aisles with my backpack with cameras, computer and the press kits...
|1 October, 2012 - Intermot2012: 2014 Dates|
|The German Intermot motorcycle exhibition hasn't even started yet, since press-day is tomorrow, and the show starts for the public on the 3rd of October, but already the Germans are planning ahead with their next exhibition; 2014 (remember that Intermot is held every 2 years, alternating with the French show in Paris).|
So if you are going to miss this year's expo, and never have attended but want to, you can start planning your pilgrimage trip since the next one starts on the 1st of October 2014 and ends on the 5th of October. So 2 years from now.
That's what I call planning ahead.
|1 October, 2012 - Intermot2012: European Motorcycle Market Review - ACEM|
|Despite the economic crisis affecting the European motorcycle market, signs of recovery are at hand. The analysis of recent market trends highlights that urban mobility and passion are still acting as main drivers of the motorcycle market. While some segments have suffered from the impact of the economic downturn, sales of light Powered Two-Wheelers (PTW) specifically designed for city trips indicate a growing interest in this mode of transport. The relative good performance of engine capacities over 250cc confirms that passion for motorcycling is still a key factor pushing customers toward this vehicle category. |
On behalf of Intermot Cologne ACEM, the European Motorcycle Industry Association, conducted a review of the most recent motorcycle market trends comparing the Moving Annual Total of the past year (September 2011- August 2012) with the same time frame a year before, which allows for a reliable representation of the “seasonal effect” closely linking the PTW business to the weather conditions.......
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|1 October, 2012 - Intermot: Here it is|
|Just arrived, with the usual complications thanks to the French railroads, but here's the North entrance of Intermot:|
... and the press/media center still being set up, and quite empty.. for now.
|1 October, 2012 - At Intermot 2012 - How To Follow Articles|
|If things have gone as planned, I should have arrived at the German Intermot motorcycle exhibition. It's one of world's biggest motorcycle shows, so there's going to be plenty to see. This year is a bumper year, with many new models being launched.|
Unfortunately, the organizers have crammed press conferences back-to-back, and since I'm on my own, it's going to be near impossible to rush to the press center to show you what's being launched. There just isn't enough time. Not even for lunch. It starts at 08:30 and ends at 20:00.
I will however be posting photos during the events to my Facebook and Twitter accounts listed below, so if you follow those, you can see things happening as they happen.
You can also just follow the exhibition RSS feed from this site in your favorite News reader, but these are going to be few in the beginning until I catch up.
I wish event organizers would leave some time in-between so that we could file stories and photos during the show.
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|24 September, 2012 - Intermot 2012: What Can We Expect|
|On the 2nd of October 2012 starts the German Intermot motorcycle exhibition, one of world's biggest expos. In many enormous exhibition halls, world's main and minor motorcycle manufacturers will be displaying their best gear.|
Usually between Intermot and the following month's EICMA we get to see all the latest motorcycles models, and often many of the new accessories. Manufacturers wait until one of these two mammoth motorcycle shows to launch their new models. Of course in today's electronic society with TV and internet, where every person and his dog has a phone-camera, it has almost become impossible to hide new bikes from the public; ALMOST. Sometimes a manufacturer manages to truly hide their new efforts and surprise us when they show the new model. Let's hope this will be the case in 2 weeks time.
What can we expect to see, and from who - the only question is when (Intermot or Eicma):
Aprilia, BMW, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Moto Guzzi, Peugeot, Suzuki, Triumph, Yamaha, Zero
|31 July, 2012 - Ad: Sandiego Motoshow 2012 - Not Macho|
|Usually during motorcycle exhibitions, shows and photos, pretty & sexy girls are placed before the motorcycle. Just to dress them (the motorcycle) up, and make them more noticeable. |
But not in the advertisements for the Sandiego Motoshow 2012..... there it's the other way. The motorcycles are there as the main event, even blocking the view of the pretty girls. And it is Sandiego, not San Diego, since this one is in the Medelin area in Colombia, and it's a shopping center
|11 July, 2012 - Intermot 2012: Dates|
|One of the biggest, in fact 2nd biggest, international motorcycle exhibition, the German Intermot, is scheduled for the 3rd of October until the 7th of October this year. Held in Koln (Cologne), some 110,000 m2 are reserved for this motorcycle event. |
6 halls will be showing motorcycles, scooters and their accessories, with every manufacturer worth its salt presenting; amongst others Harley-Davidson, Honda, Ducati, Kawasaki, KTM, Triumph and of course on their home turf, BMW. In total over 1,000 exhibitors from 40 countries.
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|30 May, 2012 - Lebanon: First Motorcycle Show To Open|
|Lebanon has been a country that has been ravaged by wars and internal struggles for decades. Once the Cote d'Azur of the Middle East, with beautiful women, fast & expensive cars and motorcycles, great food and fun for all. But over the last 10-15 years, Lebanon has rebuilt itself towards its former glory. |
Beirut, the capital, is now a big city at peace with itself. Impressive buildings have been erected, crowded restaurants can be found everywhere, beach side entertainment, discos and more importantly, the "People" have come back.
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|30 November, 2011 - The Paris Motorcycles and Scooters Exhibition 2011|
|The French motorcycle exhibition, the "Le Salon de la Moto" opened its doors after 4 years absence. What used to be called the "Mondial", and what was a real international motorcycle show, has turned into a small provincial exhibition. |
Apart from a few minor new things, the show was lackluster. Placing it after Eicma makes it even look worse.
Here's a few photos I took, after a big struggle to be let in.
|28 November, 2011 - On My Way To The Paris Motorcycle Exhibition 2011|
|I'm on the way to the Paris motorcycle exhibition, the "Le Salon de la Moto" 2011. |
They've been not active for four years, thanks to the financial crisis, but now are back with a vengeance.
Hopefully, there'll be some new motorcycles, but I doubt it..
|22 November, 2011 - Intermot 2012 Dates Released|
|World's second largest motorcycle exhibition (after EICMA), Cologne, Germany based Intermot has released the dates for the next show: |
Intermot 2012 will be held 3 to 7 October 2012. Good idea for a holiday...
|22 November, 2011 - Motorcycle Exhibition Tickets: Brazilian Style|
|What a great idea those Brazilian people had. Instead of sending paper tickets to people attending a local motorcycle exhibition, they sent a self-adhesive, nonpermanent, motorcycle tattoo. |
The tattoo is really a bar code, which can get scanned at the gate. So you "wear" your entrance ticket. Very nice idea.
|15 November, 2011 - Eicma 2011: Wrap Up|
|This is the final article on Eicma, world's biggest motorcycle exhibition. 500,00 visitors made it an enormous success. |
Here's a photographic impression of the show, all the motorcycle that caught my eye.
See you next year...
|14 November, 2011 - Eicma 2011: 91 Pretty Girls and 3 Handsome Guys - Part 2|
|Here is the second part of the pretty & sexy girls of Eicma, and for the girls, the last three are guys. A total of 49 photos.|
That's it for me for this year for the Eicma 2011 motorcycle exhibition. It's been a very tough one, lots of press conferences crammed into a too small time frame, not enough space to work and pretty bad management. But at least the pretty girls made up for it. It's a tough job, but someone has to do it... right?
I hope you enjoyed the tour of Eicma; next motorcycle exhibition is at the end of the month in Paris, France.
|14 November, 2011 - Eicma 2011: 91 Pretty Girls and 3 Handsome Guys - Part 1|
|The only reason we go to motorcycle exhibitions like Eicma is not to see the new motorcycles and scooters, or all the new equipment, but to see the demo dollies, the stand hostess and in general, all the pretty girls.....or at least, that's what a lot of people think. |
Every year, the motorcycle exhibitions try to outdo each other with the prettiest and sexiest demonstration girls, and this year at Eicma was a bumper year.
There was one motorcycle manufacturer who realizes that woman are an important market, and as such had several "handsome" guys sitting on motorcycles, and the company is Honda. So for the ladies, I've included in part two, three photos of guys.
|14 November, 2011 - Eicma 2011: Police Confiscate Motorcycles|
|The Chinese manufacturers are known to rip-off copies of almost anything under the sun, and fake motorcycles are the norm there. But they are becoming more and more brazen about their rip-offs, so much so that they actually tried to market their fake Piaggio MP3 scooters at Eicma. |
Piaggio pressed charges during the Eicma exhibition, and the police came and took away the fake models.
|14 November, 2011 - Eicma 2011: And The Prize For The Worst Product..|
|Eicma is an incredible motorcycle exhibition, with 1000's of products on display. It's motorcycle porn to an extreme, and you could stay there for days and still not see all the products. |
Many products are incredible, and would be great at home, but you'll also find some products that you go .. gulp... Here's one.
|11 November, 2011 - Eicma 2011: Demonstrating The MotoAirBag - The Video|
|I showed you a photo earlier on how the folks at MotoAirBag demonstrated an airbag jacket for motorcycle riders. Quite an unconventional approach. |
I returned to their stand, and asked for another demonstration, but this time I made a short video. They used a demo-girl from another stand as the unsuspected victim... poor girl.
Here's the video on how to demonstrate a motorcycle airbag jacket.
|11 November, 2011 - Eicma 2011: The Electric Motorcycles|
|Every year at Eicma there are more and more electric motorcycles and scooter manufacturers. |
This year so a lot of them, though many are cheap Asian bikes, there where however several players in the market.
Here's a round-up of the more interesting electric motorcycles and scooters.
|11 November, 2011 - Eicma 2011: Marco Simoncelli Tribute|
|Eicma had in very little time turned the world's largest motorcycle exhibition into a tribute to the late Marco Simoncelli. Everywhere you walked there were enormous posters hanging with SuperSic's face, and the words "Ciao SuperSic". |
Nice touch, and good to see that they responded so fast.
|10 November, 2011 - Eicma 2011: Rumors|
|Eicma is where you see all the product announcement and launches. But if you pay attention to what's going on you can see other things that are not announced. |
For example, is BMW looking at doing something with Brammo??
And is Piaggio and Royal Enfield looking at doing business in the nearby future.
|10 November, 2011 - Eicma 2011: Hells Angels|
|It's the first time I see on such a big event a rather large stand used by the Hells Angels. Their Italian chapter was present at world's biggest motorcycle exhibition to show what they are. |
They weren't looking for members, nor were they trying to sell something, it was just pure an information stand. Quite a lot of people were attending, trying to see what they did.
|9 November, 2011 - Eicma 2011: MV Agusta and the Museum|
|MV Agusta, as we all know, is not only a super fast and sleek sportsmotorcycle, but a very good looking one; sexy, sleek and pretty. In fact, most MV Agusta motorcycles belong not only on a race track, but in a museum. |
That's probably why the company decided to showcase their motorcycles in a museum style display at Eicma. You had to enter in one area, exit in the other. The halls are all pristine white, and all their motorcycles are displayed like works of art, works of art that they are. Indirect lighting, corridors, hushed talking; it all reminds you of a visit to a museum (if you ever do).
Here are some of the "works of art":
|9 November, 2011 - Eicma 2011: How To Demonstrate An Airbag Jacket|
|Here at Eicma, you see many manufacturers trying to sell their stuff. Motorcycles are easy to sell, but there's stuff out there that you need to push, and I really mean push... |
One of the items that you need to convince people with a real demo, is the Airbag jacket. Usually what happens is that they put one on, and then pull the cord (if it's a wired jacket).
The jacket inflates in nano-seconds, and you've become the Michelin man. But this demonstrator went one step further.
Once he had pulled the cord that inflated the jacket, he took a baseball bat, and slammed it with all his force against the unsuspecting man's back. The man did not even flinch.... quite powerful for a demo. I jsut hope for the demonstrator's sake, someone doesn't take the bat away and hits him....
|8 November, 2011 - Eicma 2011: A Funny Thing Happened|
|Every year, Silvio Berlusconi, the Prime Minister of Italy, opens Eicma (in fact, I've been told he owns the grounds). It's always a big thing, with 100's of operetta-dressed policemen walking around, drinking coffee, and watching the ladies.|
This year, when I went to the press center, I saw 100's of journalists focused on one person. None of the photographers or TV people were from the motorcycle world, so they were political journos. I snapped this photos, and thought that in the middle, as usual, it's Berlusconi.
In the hotel, I just found out that he is resigning, and I guess this was a fact finding by some senior politician. The "normal" journalists were obviously waiting for the Prime Minister, and they were told that he is no longer coming.
|8 November, 2011 - Eicma 2011: Ducati 1199 Panigale|
|Since I had decided to give the Ducati press conference a miss yesterday, I caught up with them at their stand and snapped a few photos. |
Here's the megasportsbike, or the supersupersports bike, the Ducati 1199 Panigale motorcycle.
|8 November, 2011 - Eicma 2011: KTM Presentation|
|KTM, for their presentation, rolled out most of the Champions and Toby Moody (from Eurosport TV) to liven up the event. |
The Duke 690, Freeride 350 and e-Freeride were presented.
|8 November, 2011 - Eicma 2011: BMW New Maxi-Scooters|
|BMW introduced with a big ceremony their two new maxi-scooters, the 600 Sport and the 650 GT. |
Only thing missing to make it a real BMW, is heated seats...
|7 November, 2011 - Eicma 2011: Honda Integra - The MoSco / ScoMo|
|Here are the launch photos of the new ScoMo, or MoSco motorcycle/scooter that Honda has launched today at Eicma. |
The real name is the Integra, and its a cross between a scooter and a motorcycle.
|7 November, 2011 - Eicma 2011: Kawasaki Versys 1000 Scope|
|The "pirates" of the Dutch site Nieuwsmotor have been going through garbage cans, toilets and what else not, and found some interesting data of the new Kawasaki Versys 1000 which will be launched tomorrow. |
Here's what you can expect.
|7 November, 2011 - Eicma 2011: Honda’s New NC700 Series Motorcycle|
|Here's a quick view of Honda's presentation of their brand new NC700S and NC700X motorcycles, as shown at Eicma 2011. |
The photos are a bit blue, but that's because they used blue filters... sorry.
|7 November, 2011 - Eicma 2011: Not Going To Ducati|
|Since the Ducati information got leaked this morning, and since the schedules are so tight, it's impossible to attend every conference, I'm planning to give Ducati a miss, and head directly to Honda. |
|4 November, 2011 - Packed The Motorcycle For EICMA 2011 And On My Way|
|Right, it's that time of the year where I'm heading for the long journey to Milan, Italy to attend world's biggest motorcycle exhibition, EICMA. |
The motorcycle exhibition starts Monday afternoon and goes on until Wednesday evening (for the press). Monday morning will have an article or two posted to keep you busy until the press conferences start. Tuesday and Wednesday will be pot's luck, in other words, whenever I have time to post something while running around from press conference to press conference.
In the 3 days, I usually shed several kilos of weight (15 kilo backpack loaded with cameras and computer gear), and some 40 kilometers of walking.
|3 November, 2011 - Video: BMW’s New Maxi-Scooter Promotion - Ready For Eicma|
|A very elaborate TV commercial just to announce that BMW will be showing their new maxi-scooter at the Eicma show next week in Milan, Italy. |
This 50 second TV spot shows a little kids with a car and a motorcycle toy (both BMW, but what would you expect?). The funny thing is that they do not even show the shadow of the new BMW scooter, just the thought....
|2 November, 2011 - What Can We Expect From Eicma 2012|
|This year seems to be a very busy year with new and revamped motorcycle models to be presented at world's biggest motorcycle exhibition, the Milan based EICMA. |
Here's a list of newsworthy stuff we expect to be seeing. ... and it's a lot.
|30 September, 2011 - Paris Motorcycle Exhibition To Re-Open Its Doors|
|After 4 years, the Paris motorcycle exhibition "Le Salon de la Moto" re-opens its doors end November. |
Cancelled because of the financial and economical crisis, and held every 2 years (alternating with the German Intermot), the French expo finally is on again with 375 brands and covering 3 halls.
|19 April, 2011 - EICMA 2011 Dates - World’s Biggest Motorcycle Expo|
|EICMA's dates are published. You can go to world's biggest motorcycle exhibition in Milan, Italy between 8 and 13 November. |
To mark the occasion, EICMA have gotten themselves a really cool poster, where you can see a biker being knighted....
|4 April, 2011 - France: Valmont 100 Years Of Motorcycles Expo|
|Once a year, in deep Normandy, the local motorcycle club holds an exhibition of old, vintage and classic motorcycles. |
This year's theme were the Italian manufacturers. Some motorcycle were in good running state, and some were barn-finds, but all very interesting. Here's what we saw...
|8 November, 2010 - EICMA 2010: Big Success & Message To Organizers|
|The Eicma 2010 motorcycle exhibition is over for another year. Eicma have released their visitor statistics, and it's been a record year in attendance. |
Who said the economy is dead?
But Eicma should also pay more attention to the press needs. Here's why!
|5 November, 2010 - EICMA 2010: 58 Demo Dollies (Girls)|
|It's really unfair. The motorcycle manufacturers put pretty & sexy girl on their stands in order to attract us, hoping we'll spend some time looking at their models (the motorcycles, not the girls). |
But in reality, we spend more time staring at the models (the girls not the motorcycles)...
Here are 58 photos of the beautiful and sexy girls at Eicma.
|5 November, 2010 - EICMA 2010: Odds and Ends|
|The penultimate article on the Eicma 2010 motorcycle exhibition. |
Several motorcycles and one scooter.
|5 November, 2010 - EICMA 2010: Vespa PX 150 Scooter|
|Not exactly a new scooter, but Vespa managed to come up with a new version of their 30 year old Vespa PX 150 scooter, one of the most popular scooters ever sold by the Italian brand. |
Very classic, and classy design.
|4 November, 2010 - EICMA 2010: Honda CBR125R Motorcycle|
|Honda is making the 125 market more and more interesting. Their recently released CBR125R looks and behaves like a bigger motorcycle. |
Bigger rear tire, full fairing, and bold colors make it difficult to distinguish from the bigger motorcycles.
|4 November, 2010 - EICMA 2010: Honda Crosstourer|
|Honda released at Eicma a concept dual-sport motorcycle, the Crosstourer. |
In an already crowded market, will it stand out?
|4 November, 2010 - EICMA 2010: CR&S DUU Motorcycle|
|Italian motorcycle manufacturer CR&S presented their new DUU motorcycle. It's a Diavel style motorcycle, but far more refined. |
It's a sports cruiser with several nice touches, like adjustable control (handlebars, footpegs etc) and a rear back plate to protect your pillion from hitting the road.
|4 November, 2010 - EICMA 2010: Aprilia Tuono V4R Motorcycle|
|Aprilia used the Eicma exhibition to launch their naked Tuono V4R motorcycle, and impressive and powerful motorcycle. |
Here are some photos and specs.
|3 November, 2010 - EICMA 2010: Brammo Press Conference|
|Brammo, manufacturer of electric motorcycles, introduced themselves to the European press at EICMA. |
Extending the 1 in 1000 prize draw, and send a SMS to the special phone number, and stand the chance to win...
|2 November, 2010 - EICMA 2010: Triumph Tiger Motorcycle|
|Final motorcycle covered for today by me, before I fall into a dead slumber, is the Triumph Tiger. |
Didn't make it to the press session, but did got afterwards and made some photos. Here they are.
|2 November, 2010 - EICMA 2010: The One Ducati Every House Should Have|
|We all know that Italians are great at designing cars and motorcycles, and at producing some fantastic coffee.... |
So why not an espresso coffee machine made by Ducati.. or at least branded by Ducati.
A must have for any kitchen, right next to the KTM bread toaster...
|2 November, 2010 - EICMA 2010: KTM Press Conference And 450 Rally Motorcycle|
|KTM's press presentation was as usual marred by their dealers, and the dealer's kids, making our lives difficult. So I never got to see all of the presentation. |
But here's the KTM 450 Rally motorcycle, and a couple of motorcycle celebs, like Toby Moody, Marc Coma, David Knight and Cyril Despres.
|2 November, 2010 - EICMA 2010: Honda Press Conference|
|Honda had their day at Eicma, introducing 8 new and revamped motorcycles and scooters. |
The new concept, the 1200 cc V4 CrossTourer is a direct stab at the Ducati Multistrada. Here are several photos and videos of the press conference.
|1 November, 2010 - EICMA 2010: A Close Look At Brammo Motorcycles|
|Since we don't get to see Brammo over here in Europe, I broke into the Eicma exhibition grounds before it opened officially, and made a beeline for Brammo motorcycles to have a quite look at their electric motorcycles. |
I was not disappointed.
|29 October, 2010 - On My Way To Eicma 2010 Motorcycle Exhibition. News Coming|
|I'm on my (long) way to the Eicma motorcycle exhibition in Milan, Italy. |
This time, thanks to a back-to-back press conference schedule, I'll not be able to post many articles right after the press conferences, but you will be able to follow "live" reporting via Twitter and Facebook, receive exhibition only news via a RSS reader, or just exhibition news on this site and finally via our daily (or weekly) free newsletter.
Whatever the way you get your motorcycle news, Monday afternoon will see the start with a Ducati press conference. So until then, stay safe, and have fun.
|27 October, 2010 - Scoop: KTM To Present 990 Dakar Motorcycle At Eicma|
|KTM will be presenting a special version of their 990 Adventure motorcycle next week at the Eicma motorcycle exhibition; the KTM 990 Adventure Dakar. |
It looks good and very cool... More enws about it next week.
|21 October, 2010 - France: Mondial du Deux Roues Expo Fixed For 2011|
|The French Mondial du Deux Roues motorcycle exhibition, held every two year, and cancelled last year due to the world economic crisis, is on next year - 2011. |
Last seen in 2007, the Mondial is now changing dates. It will be 30 November until 4 December. Dates that are really strange, since no manufacturer is going to wait until then to release new information or models. Is this the end of the Mondial?
|5 October, 2010 - Intermot 2010: KTM 125 Duke|
|KTM release the specs and photos of their "starter" motorcycle, the 125 Duke. |
Looks great .... wish I was younger.
|5 October, 2010 - Intermot 2010: BMW K1600GT and K1600GTL|
|BMW officially launched their flagship touring motorcycle today at the German Intermot motorcycle exhibition. The K1600GT and K1600GTL are all you hoped for ... and more. |
|27 September, 2010 - Intermot and EICMA 2010|
|Two major motorcycle exhibitions within the space of one month of each other. |
German Intermot starts next week, and in the first week of November, we'll see the Italian Eicma. Here's what we can expect.
PS. Due to a blunder at Intermot, I'll not be attending that show.
|16 September, 2010 - EICMA 2010: New Custom Motorcycle Exhibit|
|EICMA, world's biggest motorcycle exhibition, is planing to host a Custom motorcycle sub-exhibition, called "Custom City". |
Choppers et al will have their own dedicated area in the show, starting coming 4-7 November.
|14 June, 2010 - France: Cany-Barville’s Vintage Vehicles Market|
|At the small provincial town of Cany-Barville in Normandy, France, a few miles from my house, they held last weekend a rather large vintage cars and motorcycle swap-meet, spare parts and exposition gathering. |
It was quite an interesting event, with some pristine classic cars and motorcycles.
Who ever said it was boring living in the country?
|7 June, 2010 - The Piaggio Scooter Museum|
|Here's a photographic visit to the Piaggio Museum in Italy, a place not only full of Piaggio, Vespa and Gilera scooters, but also other "strange" and wonderful vehicles. |
A worthwhile visit...
|6 April, 2010 - EICMA: Honda Motorcycle Back This Year|
|Honda motorcycle have decided to grace world's biggest motorcycle exhibition, EICMA, with their presence this year. |
Last year they cancelled since there was not enough money left in the piggy bank to pay the bills of the show...
|17 November, 2009 - EICMA2009: And Finally - The Girls of EICMA|
|Here is the last article on EICMA 2009, the Girls of Eicma. |
Maybe there were less motorcycles, but there sure were a lot of pretty and sexy girls. Here are 45 ladies in 78 photos to enjoy.
|16 November, 2009 - EICMA2009: Odds & Ends|
|Here are some of the more odd motorcycle I saw at EICMA, or just bikes that I didn't have enough info on for a separate article. |
You'll see the GG Taurus, Moto Guzzi V12X, BMW F800GS Touratech and the CR&S DUU.
|16 November, 2009 - EICMA2009: Electric Motorcycles|
|A look at some of the electric motorcycles and scooters that caught my attention at EICMA. |
More and more were presented, even by mainstream manufacturers.
|12 November, 2009 - EICMA2009: Romet 249 Division - Polish Motorcycle|
|Here's something I've learned at EICMA 2009; Poland has an active, and old, motorcycle manufacturer. |
The company is called Romet, and they were presenting several motorcycles, including this 249 Division.
|12 November, 2009 - EICMA2009: Swaygo Axio - Electric Quad?|
|I don't know if the manufacturers see this as a quad, but it does to me. |
It goes 100 kph, range 120 kms, and it's electric with independent wheels controlled by a CPU.
|11 November, 2009 - EICMA2009: Hyosung Electric Scooter GEM 4.0 and 2.0|
|Hyosung showed other prototypes of electric scooters, the GEM 4.0 and the GEM 2.0. |
Both look nice, but they remain prototypes. Maybe when the reach the 4.5 and 2.7 version will they go live....
|10 November, 2009 - EICMA2009: KTM Special 990 Adventure Motorcycle|
|You've probably read all about the KTM new motorcycles, so I'm not going to bore you with those details... (I missed the press conference .. so sue me). |
When I went to KTM to look for what was new, I did notice this beautifully customized KTM 990 Adventure motorcycle. It's ready for a polar adventure ride, including snow tires.
|10 November, 2009 - EICMA2009: Ossa Trial Motorcycle|
|Ossa, arisen from the dead, have unveiled their TR280i, a 280 cc, injection, trial motorcycle. |
PS... they are looking for international distributors...
|10 November, 2009 - EICMA2009: BMW Six Cylinder Concept Motorcycle|
|BMW managed to spring a surprise with a new concept motorcycle, called Concept 6. |
The Six stands for 6 cylinders, meaning the new engine has 6 cylinders, with a very high torque at low revs and highly fuel efficient.
|9 November, 2009 - EICMA2009: Other Ducati News|
|Apart from the incredible Multistrada 1200, Ducati did manage to unveil a few others things, to start with the Ducati Corse logo. |
1198, Hypermotard and Monster all got updated.
|9 November, 2009 - EICMA2009: Ducati Multistrada 1200 Motorcycle - OMG!|
|The unveiling of the Ducati Multistrada 1200 was a bit of a downer, since the leaking of the photos a few days before, but... it's still a beautiful motorcycle up close and personal.. ie. live. |
|9 November, 2009 - First Ever Electric Ducati Motorcycle At EICMA|
|An electric Ducati motorcycle will be unveiled on Tuesday at EICMA. Honest! |
The Ducati Cucciolo, named after one of the 1st Ducati motorcycles ever built, will in fact be built by Italwin.
.. and it's not even a real motorcycle, but a pedal-powered electrically assisted bicycle. But it will have the Ducati name...
More on Tuesday.
|9 November, 2009 - Arrived At EICMA 2009|
|Well, I've arrived at EICMA, but as usual, things are not going the way they should, courtesy Italian (mis-)organization. |
|6 November, 2009 - On My Way To EICMA 2009|
|I'm on my way to EICMA in Milan. Reporting from the show starts on Monday afternoon. |
I've just got a last-minute assignment from a magazine, which takes me away from my PC and home for the following days, so I only get back in my office on the next Monday, with very little time to keep you amused while I'm gone.... sorry.
|20 October, 2009 - EICMA 2009 - What To Expect|
|Here's what I expect to see at world's biggest motorcycle exhibition, EICMA 2009. |
A round-up of each motorcycle manufacturer, with their expected, rumored or confirmed new motorcycles.
|16 October, 2009 - Despite The Crisis, EICMA 2009 Fully Booked|
|Despite the economic crisis with motorcycle manufacturers going bankrupt, stopped, or sold, with sales figures way down the toilet, one spark of light remains... |
World's biggest motorcycle show, Milan's EICMA, not only is continuing, but has been sold out, and now there's a waiting list of 138 manufacturers who want to come, but there's no more space for them...
And yes, I will be there!
|3 October, 2009 - Stop/Action: An Interesting Motorcycle Art Display|
|Our friends at Hell For Leather Magazine have organized a real art exhibit (ie not an internet one), called Stop/Action, in New York. |
Until October 11th, you can see Aprilia motorcycle positioned in such a way as they would appear in a movie film; panel-by-panel.
So if you're in New York, head over to the art gallery and have a look. It must be interesting, since it's a novel idea.
|22 July, 2009 - Teheran Motorcycle Show|
|Not exactly the place I'd expect a motorcycle show; Teheran, Iran... from all places.|
|14 May, 2009 - Paris Motorcycle Show Moved To 2010|
|Not only is the Paris motorcycle exhibition, the "Mondial du Deux Roues" cancelled, but they plan to hold it again next year, instead of 2011, and compete head on with Intermot AND EICMA. Silly. |
There's also a strong rumor floating that Honda and possibly Yamaha will not attend EICMA this year. Bad news...
|8 May, 2009 - Paris Motorcycle Exhibition 2009 To Be Cancelled|
|Looks like it's over this year for the Paris Motorcycle exhibition, the Mondial du Deux-Roues. |
They plan to integrate the motorcycle show with the annual car exhibition. That leaves only EICMA as major motorcycle show this year.
|10 April, 2009 - Crisis: Mondial du Deux-Roue In Danger|
|One of Europe's largest motorcycle exhibitions, the French Mondial du Deux-Roues, is in danger of having some of the top motorcycle manufacturers not attending. |
According to the French motorcycle magazine, Moto Journal, Honda, BMW and Yamaha are in doubt. They have not yet cancelled, but their plans are currently unclear, and the required paperwork has not yet been submitted.
It would surely be a pity for a show that is held every 2 years to miss out of these biggies!
|16 December, 2008 - Revamped Motorcycle Exhibition Of Paris|
|The Paris motorcycle exhibition, the "Mondial du Deux Roues" is changing their formula for 2009. |
Held every two years, they plan to be open for less days, and have less space, but with better content.
Gone are the accessory and secondhand motorcycle sales, gone is the Eco-village. More space is reserved for motorcycle professionals. But the price has not changed for the public.
Let's see how things go, and if they are able to keep the interest going.
|12 November, 2008 - Overview: KTM 990 SMT Motorcycle|
|KTM introduced a new category to the motorcycle community at EICMA 2008; a Touring version of the SuperMoto motorcycle. |
Based on their powerful 990 engine, the SuperMoto receives more long distance riding equipment.
Here's a closer look.
|11 November, 2008 - Overview: Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic Motorcycle|
|Moto Guzzi keep churning out classic looking motorcycles. At EICMA 2008, no surprise, they released the latest variation for their popular twin, the V7 Cafe Classic. |
A 70s look motorcycle, here are the specifications.
|11 November, 2008 - Overview: Vespa GTS 300 Super|
|Vespa, part of the Piaggio group, showed off their new big displacement scooter at the EICMA 2008 motorcycle exhibition. |
It's the biggest engine Vespa have ever made.
Here's a closer look at the stylish scooter.
|11 November, 2008 - Overview: Derbi GPR 125 4T 4V Motorcycle|
|Derbi showed at the EICMA 2008 motorcycle exhibition at Milan, their new GPR 125 4T 4V. |
The 125 is based on their 125 MotoGP worldchampionship winning motorcycle. Here's a closer look...
|10 November, 2008 - Overview: BMW F800R Motorcycle|
|BMW presented at EICMA 2008 the F800R naked motorcycle, part of their mid range motorcycles. |
The naked roadster uses the popular BMW 800cc engine.
Here are the specifications and a closer look.
|10 November, 2008 - Ducati Streetfighter Press Conference: The Movie|
|For this motorcycle exhibition, EICMA 2008, I decided to also use video. |
So here I was making photos and videos, often at the same time. It's my first time, so please be gentle...
Presenting... The Ducati Streetfighter press conference....
|7 November, 2008 - EICMA 2008: Summary|
|I'm back from Milan, and here's a summary of the Eicma motorcycle exhibition. |
On one word: DISAPPOINTING!
|7 November, 2008 - On My Way Back From EICMA 2008|
|Right... I'm on the way back from EICMA 2008 fully loaded with documents, DVDs, CDs, you name it.|
I hope to arrive this afternoon and start reading all that stuff.
|6 November, 2008 - EICMA 2008: 35 Girls And 0 Guys|
|The final reporting from EICMA, and as usual it's the girls of EICMA. |
Here are 35 photos of girls, and for the first, no guys (sorry ladies).
|6 November, 2008 - EICMA 2008: Odds And Ends Motorcycles|
|Here are the final photos of motorcycles found at Milan's EICMA that would not fit in their own article. |
The Odds & Ends of EICMA.
|5 November, 2008 - EICMA 2008: A Few Scooters|
|Here are some photos of scooters that caught my attention at EICMA 2008. |
I don't know much about scoots, but these were special...
|4 November, 2008 - EICMA 2008: Aprilia Motorcycles|
|Aprilia's conference was impossible to get to, even after the event, the small stand was jammed with staff and dealers. |
I managed to capture a photo of one VIP, and here's a special edition RSV...
More hopefully tomorrow....
|4 November, 2008 - EICMA 2008: BMW F800R Motorcycle|
|BMW also presented their new F800R motorcycle at EICMA 2008. Their concept motorcycle took all the attention, but this R version of their popular F800 series ain't no slouch.. |
So here are a few photos of the F800R motorcycle.
|4 November, 2008 - EICMA 2008: Husqvarna SMQ 450 Concept|
|Husqvarna, amidst a throng of customers, dealers and staff, presented their concept motorcycle, the SMQ 450. |
It does not look like any Husqvarna I know...
|4 November, 2008 - EICMA 2008: BMW LO Rider|
|Apart from BMW's new F800R, the more interesting unveiling was their new concept motorcycle, the LO Rider. |
It's based on the 1200 boxer engine, and it looks funky, and I must say, sexy.
|3 November, 2008 - Arrived At EICMA 2008|
|Well, I've arrived at EICMA, and here are the first three photos. |
The first one is from the metro/underground station ... totally transformed by Kawasaki....
|31 October, 2008 - On My Way To EICMA 2008|
|I'm on the way to attend the Milan EICMA motorcycle exhibition, back next week Friday afternoon. |
HINT: If you're on Twitter, you can follow photos I'll be posting with my iPhone.
|23 October, 2008 - EICMA 2008: What To Expect|
|World's biggest motorcycle exhibition, Milan's EICMA will open its doors in 2 weeks time. |
Here's what can be expected. As usual, I'll be there...
|21 October, 2008 - Bill Clinton And Motorcycles|
|At the Bill Clinton Library, there's a motorcycle exhibition. |
No, you'll not be seeing Bill Clinton riding one.
|15 October, 2008 - Overview: Suzuki Gladius Motorcycle|
|Suzuki presented the entry-level motorcycle, the Gladius at Intermot. |
The SFV 650 comes in several bright colors, and looks a bit like a "Monster".
|14 October, 2008 - Overview: Hyosung GT650R Motorcycle|
|Korean Hyosung continue to produce cheap motorcycles (and cheap translated documentation). |
Their GT650R has been updated, and has received fuel injection. An ideal motorcycle for beginners with a limited budget.
|14 October, 2008 - Overview: BMW K1300GT Motorcycle|
|There was no surprise when BMW unveiled their BMW K1300S, K1300R and K1300GT motorcycles at Intermot, since the press had been speaking about them at length. |
Here's an overview of the BMW K1300GT motorcycle.
|14 October, 2008 - Overview: Triumph Thunderbird Motorcycle|
|Triumph unveiled their "mid size" cruiser at the Intermot exhibition; the 1600 cc Thunderbird motorcycle. |
Designed along the classic cruiser lines, it's got power and appeal.
|13 October, 2008 - Overview: Royal Enfield Bullet Classic 500 Motorcycle|
|Royal Enfield unveiled at the Intermot motorcycle exhibition their latest edition of world's oldest production model (79 years old and counting); the Bullet Classic 500. |
Here's what the motorcycle is all about.
And yes, I'd love to have one...
|13 October, 2008 - Overview: Ducati Monster 1100 Motorcycle|
|A closer look at the Ducati Monster 1100 motorcycle presented at Intermot, Germany. |
Ducati's main motorcycle just got bigger, better and faster.
|10 October, 2008 - Intermot 2008 - The Girls|
|Here's the last photo article of the Intermot 2008 motorcycle exhibition; the girls (the ladies, women, demo dollies). |
Breathtaking girls, and some less breathtaking, but all nice to watch. Without them, the show would be less interesting.
27 photos, so it might take some time loading.
|9 October, 2008 - Intermot 2008 - Odds and Ends|
|Here's a collection of photos of stuff I found at the Intermot Motorcycle Exhibition that would not fit in a dedicated article. |
Some nice motorcycles, and some funny stuff.
|8 October, 2008 - Intermot 2008 - Royal Enfield|
|Royal Enfield, apart from two charming ladies, had some new old motorcycles, or old new motorcycles at the show. |
Here they are, more shortly.
|8 October, 2008 - Intermot 2008 - Scooters|
|Back on popular demand (well one person, Maggie), here's a look at the scooters of Intermot motorcycle exhibition.|
There are sooooo many, mostly from China, that they could have a separate show as big as Intermot.
|7 October, 2008 - Intermot 2008 - Honda Motorcycles|
|Honda had nothing to show, despite a nice show. |
The only thing they showed was a concept motorcycle that will probably never the light of day.
Only KTM was worse....
|7 October, 2008 - Intermot 2008 - Triumph Motorcycles|
|Triumph motorcycles only had one motorcycle to show that hasn't been seen in the wild yet; the Triumph Thunderbird. |
It's big, it's heavy and it's expensive.
|7 October, 2008 - Intermot 2008 - SCOOP. BMW To Use Normal Indicators|
|Our buddies at Dutch site Oliepeil have just discovered that BMW are going back to the normal way indicators are used on motorcycles. |
Finally, after years of fighting, BMW finally have decided to listen.
|7 October, 2008 - Intermot 2008 - Ducati Motorcycle: Free Back Protectors|
|Ducati managed to stir a buzz, by announcing that as off now, any new Ducati motorcycle purchased in Europe, will receive a top of the line, Dainese, back protector free of charge. |
It's part of the Saving 25,000 Lines in Europe. Further, Ducati showed the 1100 Monster, GT 1000 Touring and the 1100 Multistrada S motorcycle in white.
|7 October, 2008 - Intermot 2008 - Kawasaki Motorcycles|
|Kawasaki had a very interesting way of showing their 2009 motorcycle model range... |
They used pretty girls......
Works for me....
|7 October, 2008 - Intermot 2008 - BMW Motorcycles|
|BMW's presentation consisted (of course of 90% financial) of the three new K1300 motorcycles; K1300GT, K1300S and K1300R and the new BMW SuperBike motorcycle and one of its racers, Ruben Xaus.|
|6 October, 2008 - Intermot 2008 - Suzuki Motorcycles|
|First press conference is done, and here's what it looked like. |
Several motorcycle celebrities, 1 real new motorcycle, and 2 updated models. 800 people, music and loads of motorcycles.
|6 October, 2008 - Intermot 2008 - Couple Of Facts|
|Back from the first press conference. here are some facts & figures of the Intermot motorcycle exhibitions in Koln, Germany.|
|6 October, 2008 - Intermot 2008 - Build-up Glimpse|
|Here's a brief glimpse of what a major motorcycle exhibition like Intermot 2008 at Cologne, Germany, looks like a few days before opening. |
Some are ready after a long weekend of hard work, and some are just starting, and will be working day and night.
First real conference is late this afternoon at 6 pm. Suzuki opens the ball...
|2 October, 2008 - On My Way To Germany For Intermot Motorcycle Show|
|I'm on the road, heading for Germany to cover the Intermot motorcycle exhibition.|
I'll be back the following Wednesday evening. There will be a few stories (preprogrammed), but the majority will be on Tuesday and Wednesday. Stay tuned.
|23 November, 2007 - Motorcycle Exhibition In Asia 2008|
|EICMA is branching out. They are putting together the Asian motorcycle exhibition BikeAsia. |
10-13 April 2008 in Singapore. Mark your calendars...
|12 November, 2007 - EICMA 2007: The Photos!|
|I've uploaded some 450 photos of EICMA to my photo site. |
So for those that are interested to see what goes on at EICMA, have a look.
|9 November, 2007 - EICMA 2007: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly|
|With the EICMA 2007 exhibition now over (for me at least), here's what I saw good and bad with regards to the show itself (not the motorcycles, since any motorcycle is good for me). |
In other words, here's my chance to strike back... ;-)
|9 November, 2007 - EICMA 2007: and Finally...The Girls Part 1|
|No motorcycle show would be complete without the pretty and sexy stand girls (demo dollies), and the Italian EICMA 2007 was no exception. |
Due to the very high number of pretty girls, I've split the photos in 2 parts, so here's the first part.
NOTE: I had to compress the photos a lot, so some of them don't look too good, but with 68 big size photos, it would take ages to load otherwise. Sorry...
|8 November, 2007 - EICMA 2007: Pirelli Diablo Rosso|
|At EICMA 2007, Pirelli introduced a new super sports motorcycle tire; the Diablo Rosso. |
Sportsbikes are getting increasing power and torque, and motorcycle tires need to keep up. This is Pirelli's effort.
They've produced a really nice video...
|7 November, 2007 - EICMA 2007: Derbi|
|Spanish Derbi launched an interesting adventure motorcycle; the Terra 125 Adventure!|
Betcha that you will not see Ewan McGregor riding the wrong way on this...
|7 November, 2007 - EICMA 2007: Husaberg|
|Husaberg presented yesterday their new LE 450, but I could not make the press presentation. |
Here are however some photos, while I wait for the press kits.
|6 November, 2007 - EICMA 2007: Moto Guzzi|
|Moto Guzzi did their Italian opera stunt to start with, and then unveiled a pretty young girl... sorry, a pretty motorcycle, the Stelvio. |
The motorcycle is a real Guzzi, no doubt about that. Pretty in a classical sense.
|6 November, 2007 - EICMA 2007: Aprilia|
|Aprilia showed off their new concept motorcycle, the very sporty looking FV2. |
With its 1200 cc engine, the motorcycle only weighs 160 kgs!!!!
|6 November, 2007 - EICMA 2007: Husqvarna|
|BMW presented, sorry I mean Husqvarna presented their latest SMR motorcycle. |
The confusion was because it was BMW who presented, not Husqvarna....
|6 November, 2007 - EICMA 2007: KTM|
|KTM were very badly organized for their press conference, but finally were able to show their 1190 RC8 sports motorcycle. |
They showed 3 versions...
|6 November, 2007 - EICMA 2007: BMW|
|BMW did their usual extreme boring financial presentation. One of their worst... |
Finally, in 2 minutes they showed the F800GS, G450X and "renewed" R1200GS.
The F800GS looks good !!!
|6 November, 2007 - EICMA 2007: Honda|
|Honda had already shot their load in Paris, so they only reasonably new thing they showed at the EICMA 2007 show was the CB1000R. |
For the rest, it was a standard dog & pony show.
|6 November, 2007 - EICMA 2007: Vectrix|
|Vectrix, the electric scooter/motorcycle manufacturer showed off at EICMA 2007 some special version of their current electric scooter, different versions of their prototype 3 wheeler, and... |
...their electric sports motorcycle. 200 kph, 1/4 mile in 12 seconds, costing €50,000....
|5 November, 2007 - EICMA 2007: Ducati 1098R|
|After the initial financial results of Ducati, and how well it's doing... the first new update of an existing model was presented. |
The 1098R is the racing version of the 1098. Sexy, fast... what more do you want.
|5 November, 2007 - EICMA 2007: Ducati 848 Motorcycle|
|Ducati unveiled at the EICMA 2007 a new motorcycle, the 848!|
Very much in the tradition of Ducati, sexy, sleek and very fast.
|5 November, 2007 - EICMA 2007: Ducati Updated Monster 696|
|The first of the three motorcycles Ducati presented at EICMA 2007 was not this one... it was the last, so I'll show it to you first. |
Presenting the new Ducati Monster 696.
|19 October, 2007 - What To Expect At EICMA 2007|
|The 2nd week of November (8-11) sees world biggest motorcycle exhibition opens its doors to the public. |
Milan based Eicma is a not-to-be-missed-event in the motorcycle calendar. What can we expect to see?
|29 September, 2007 - Paris Mondial 2007: The Girls|
|Here is the final post direct from Paris, and as usual, it's a look at the pretty girls that populate exhibitions. |
Hope you enjoyed the show, though there weren't that many new motorcycles.
Next stop: EICMA Milan.
|29 September, 2007 - Paris Mondial 2007: Odds and Ends|
|Here's a final view of motorcycles and helmets that did not merit their own post, but were interesting nevertheless. |
It's the odds & ends of the Paris Mondial 2007.
|29 September, 2007 - Paris Mondial 2007: Beta|
|Beta have always been a very specialized motorcycle manufacturer, but have recently been trying to get into the general off-road market. |
Here are two of their new motorcycles.
|29 September, 2007 - Paris Mondial 2007: Suzuki|
|A quick return to the Paris Mondial for a look at the products I missed yesterday. |
Here's Suzuki's new products.
|28 September, 2007 - Paris Mondial 2007: The End|
|And this concludes our "live" reporting from the Paris Mondial motorcycle exhibition. |
I hope you enjoyed the quick overview. More over the next few days.
|28 September, 2007 - Paris Mondial 2007: CargoBike|
|Walking alongside the stands at the Paris Mondial Motorcycle Exhibition, I noticed this stuffed motorcycle. |
It's called the CargoBike, and it's exactly that... a motorcycle to carry lots of cargo.
|28 September, 2007 - Paris Mondial 2007: KTM|
|KTM managed to create a nice surprise at the Paris motorcycle exhibition. |
Apart from new (or revamped) LC4 models, they shown the CONCEPT690STUNT motorcycle.
This motorcycle will become the entry level bike for KTM.
|28 September, 2007 - Paris Mondial 2007: BMW|
|BMW's conference was disappointing. They only showed (after long speeches) the new HP2 Sport.|
|28 September, 2007 - Paris Mondial 2007: Yamaha|
|Yamaha was next in Paris with a song & dance show, presenting the new motorcycles. |
Here are some of their 8 new models (some were scooters which I'll skip here, more later).
|28 September, 2007 - Paris Mondial 2007: Honda|
|First press conference was from Honda in Paris. Three motorcycles were presented. |
The Transalp, the CBF and new CBR Fireblade.
Here's a quick impression.
|27 September, 2007 - Mondial 2007: Day 0-Setup|
|Here's a quick overview of the Paris "Mondial du Deux Roues" Motorcycle Exhibition setup. |
Photos were taken at 15:00 on Thursday, the day before they open their doors.
I think there will be a few people who will not be sleeping tonight!
|27 September, 2007 - I’m Off To See Biker Chicks @ Paris Exhibition|
|I'm off to Paris to see the Biker Chicks that are usually to be found at the Paris Motorcycle Exhibition, the Mondial du Deux Roues. |
Press day is Friday, so expect a series of photo impressions of the show.
|20 September, 2007 - What To Expect At The 2007 Paris Motorcycle Exhibition|
|What can we expect to see new, or updated, at the Paris motorcycle exhibition next week. |
We will be attending this Mondial du Deux Roues on Friday, and will keep you informed during the press day. So stay tuned.
|23 July, 2007 - Paris Motorcycle Exhibition Ready For September|
|The Paris motorcycle exhibition, Mondial Du Deux Roues, will open its doors on 29 September. |
One of the biggest motorcycle shows, we can expect to see many new motorcycles and accessories.
|28 November, 2006 - Odds & Ends @ EICMA|
|A last look at some odds and ends found at the EICMA motorcycle exhibition. |
Aprilia, BMW, Ducati and MV Agusta.
|17 November, 2006 - EICMA Motorcycle Exhibition and the Belles|
|To wrap up the EICMA motorcycle exhibition, here are 15 photos of the girls of EICMA. |
Italian women are beautiful, and the exhibition had its fair share.
Judge yourself !
|15 November, 2006 - EICMA Motorcycle Show - The Prettiest Girl|
|This ends my "live" reporting. Off to France and read through 20 kgs of DVDs and CDs. |
Here's a photo of the prettiest and sexiest woman of the EICMA motorcycle show !
You can find her at the Peugeot stand.
|15 November, 2006 - EICMA Motorcycle Show - Day 1 Sym - Woow ! (5 photos)|
|From all the stands we saw, from all the attention grabbers, SYM were by far the most creative. |
Imagine having STRIPPERS on your stand, stripping out of their clothes, and pole dancing !!
Way to go Sym !
|13 November, 2006 - EICMA Motorcycle Show - Day 0|
|It's the day before the EICMA motorcycle show opens, and I had a quick look around, until escorted off the premises. |
Tonight is the Ducati press conference.
|13 November, 2006 - At the Milan EICMA Motorcycle Show|
|I'm in Milan, Italy, covering the EICMA Motorcycle Exhibition. Hopefully, internet dependent, you'll be seeing as good as live, the latest and greatest motorcycle products at the show. Tune in regularly !|
|23 May, 2006 - First Ever Female Motorcycle Expo|
|The very first Female Motorcycle Expo opens it doors 3 and 4 June in California, USA. Female motorcycle riders are mainstream now, and here to stay. 2 day event full of music and "seminars". |
Looks like fun, men are welcome.
|5 December, 2005 - Another Motorcycle Exhibition in Paris|
|Paris is to host a 2nd annual motorcycle show, the Paris Moto Show. To be held end February. |
A new format show, with demonstrations and try-it-yourself tracks !
|5 October, 2005 - Tokyo Motorcycle Show|
|Paris motorcycle show isn't even finished, and we start looking at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show starting end of the month.|
|30 September, 2005 - Paris 09: Yamaha - Take 2|
|A closer look at the Yamaha FZ1, YZF - R6 motorcycles at the Mondial show in Paris.|
|30 September, 2005 - Paris 08: Triumph|
|Triumph were showing their latest Scrambler and Daytona Triple at the Paris motorcycle exhibition. |
|30 September, 2005 - Paris 07: Suzuki|
|Suzuki didn't have any press conferences, but they did have some nice motorcycles. |