EICMA2009: Odds & Ends
File under Exhibitions
Author: Mike Werner
Location: Normandy, France
Despite a lackluster EICMA 2009, there were a couple of motorcycles that were interesting. Obviously the economic crisis has struck manufacturers, since many did not show up, or had a scaled down stand, or did not present any new models.
Apart from the selection already published in this site, here are some of the motorcycles that were of interest, but did not merit a separate article.
Italian motorcycle builder CR&S make limited-run motorcycles, mostly cafe racers. They've made some interesting looking motorcycles, but none as interesting as their DUU.
DUU, which in the Italian dialect used in the Milan area means Two, and it's used to tell you that the naked motorcycle has two cylinders, two seats and two thousand cc.
CR&S married a European frame design with an American muscle-twin. The engine is the 1916 cc S&S X-Wedge engine.
The motorcycle is expected to sell for around €20,000 per unit. You can already see someone like Brad Pitt or the King of Jordan riding one.
Click here to access the CR&S website .
BMW F800GS Touratech
On the Touratech stand you could see many of the accessories produced by Touratech, but you could also see a fully outfitted BMW F800GS motorcycle.
It looked like Touratech emptied out their not-so-thin catalog, and bolted everything on the BMW, making it Round The World ready.
Click here to access Touratech .
Italian Guzzi presented a concept motorcycle that looked good. It's unmistakably a Moto Guzzi, with the V-twin engine, but the styling looks a bit different, more modern then what you'd expect from Guzzi.
The V12X concept motorcycle is powered by a twin V90° engine with 1151 cc and 2 valves per cylinder. With a dry weight of 206 kgs and a 16 liter tank, it's not a lightweight.
LED lights, lots of brushed aluminium and carbon, the motorcycle looks ready for delivery, but it's still in concept stage.
Click here to access the Guzzi site .
The Swiss made GG Taurus is a strange animal, but pretty cool. With its colors, it looks a bit like a cartoon character.
The trike prototype has a 4 cylinder 1293 cc engine developing 175 hp, enough power to blast away any quad.
The 397 kilos will not stop it from going 220 kph. They expect to sell it for around €38,500 ... not exactly cheap.
Click here to access the GG site .