Intermot 2012: What Can We Expect
File under Exhibitions
Author: Mike Werner
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 will be showing the new Caponord dual-purpose motorcycle. It has already been shown at dealer conference, so very little doubt. But will be see something else, like an update to the updated RSV4?
Aprilia's press conference (Piaggio) is on October 2nd, at 12:00 - 13:00
BMW are on home turf here, and should be showing 90% of their new stuff here, leaving a stinger for Eicma. Several things have either been announced already, or slipped in.
The liquid cooled 1200 (1250?) GS will be the flagship motorcycle, being that this is one of the most sold models in BMW's history. We should also see the new F800GT and we can also expect new accessories, like a new EVO (7?) helmet and other riding gear.
BMW will probably also show something for their Husqvarna brand.
BMW's press conference is on October 2nd, at 10:00 - 11:00
The updated Ducati 1200 Multistrada for 2013 has recently inadvertently been exposed to the world, so chances are we get to see that. Possibly some updates to the Panigale and a refresh for the Monster. There's talk about a new Hypermotard.
Most of the press conferences however will be about the Audi purchase.
Ducati's press conference is on October 2nd, at 18:00 - 20:00 (which is an event)
Harley tend to show models that work well in Europe, rarely showing new models meant for the USA, but with their 110 year anniversary, they might just surprise us. A Sportser 1200 Custom is on the program, as well as a Fat Boy Special-Special.
Harley-Davidson's press conference is on October 2nd, at 15:00 - 15:30
As usual Honda will release a large series of new and updated motorcycles. They never are content with showing one or two models, there's always many new things.
The new CBR 600 RR will be seen, possibly an announcement that the CB 1100 will be sold in Europe, a new CB500 and CBR500, some smaller 125cc scooters and probably a big surprise (from an informed nameless source).
Honda's press conference is on October 2nd, at 16:00 - 17:00
Kawasaki have let the cat out of the bag already with the ZX-6R 636, so we expect that one. Also a sure bet is the updated Ninja 250 R (Ninja 300). Also expect a new Z 800
But have they got anything else ready to go? I feel they have a surprise, either in Intermot or Eicma.
Kawasaki's press conference is on October 2nd, at 09:00 - 10:00
Austrian KTM blooped when they inadvertently put some info on their flagship dual-sport tourer, the Adventure 1190 for 2013 on their web site, so they are getting ready to show the new model in Germany. Maybe they launch the spied 1190 SuperDuke?
Will be see new motocross bikes?
KTM's press conference is on October 2nd, at 13:00 - 14:00
Moto Guzzi rarely shows more than one new or updated bike, this year is should be an updated and bigger California motorcycle.
Moto Guzzi's press conference (Piaggio) is on October 2nd, at 12:00 - 13:00
Peugeot usually spring a new low displacement scooter during large exhibitions such as Intermot, though I expect them to strengthen their mid engine (400+cc), most likely the P721 concept 3-wheel scooter they showed last year (since that is the big market in Europe at this moment).
Presented also should be the Onyx, a concept hybrid scooter with three wheels.
Peugeot's press conference is on October 2nd, at 08:30 - 09:00
We don't expect too much from Suzuki, more updated model lines, like the famous and popular Burgman scooter. The DL-1000 V-Strom dual-purpose motorcycle has gone without an updated too long, so expect something there.
Suzuki's press conference is on October 2nd, at 17:00 - 18:00
British should be showing updates to Trophy touring bike, including an electronic suspension, and an iPod interface (interesting, since it'll be outdated already with the new iPhone5 interface).
Don't expect to see anything else new.
Triumph's press conference is on October 2nd, at 14:00 - 15:00
Yamaha should be showing the new XJ6 Diversion and an updated FJR 1300. We should also see new or updated Cruisers; and probably several other new things.
Yamaha's press conference is on October 2nd, at 11:00 - 12:00
American electric motorcycle manufacturer Zero have a press conference announced, but somehow I don't expect to see new models to their line-up, but more information in the progress of getting dealers signed up in Europe and further expansions.
Zero's press conference is on October 3nd, at 11:00 - 11:30
As you can see from the press conference schedule, it's non-stop back-to-back conferences, leaving me very or no time to actually write about it during the event. Since I'm on my own, not with a large team, I'll not be able to cover it via my site, but I will be showing some new stuff via Twitter and Facebook .