In case you missed it, the huge annual bike commerce present, EICMA, has been taking place all week. We’ve lined extra EICMA information this 12 months than we normally do—however because the present attracts to a detailed, we’ve noticed a number of extra titbits that we didn’t get round to.
Below, you’ll discover information on the brand new Ducati Panigale V4 SP2 30° Anniversario 916, MV Agusta LXP Orioli, the Honda NX500, and Royal Enfield’s electrical Himalayan prototype. And for those who’re lacking your weekly dose of customs, relaxation assured—Speed Read will return subsequent week.
Ducati Panigale V4 SP2 30° Anniversario 916 Limited editions are all the fashion proper now, and Ducati desperately desires in on the motion. So they’ve unwrapped the Panigale V4 SP2 30° Anniversario 916—a 500-unit limited-edition Panigale V4 that pays homage to the enduring Ducati 916.
Designed by Massimo Tamburini, the Ducati 916 was an enormous deal when it hit the scene in 1994, and later etched its title in historical past as one of many Italian firm’s most important bikes. And despite the fact that Ducati has made vital progress within the final 30 years, bits of the 916’s DNA are nonetheless seen of their fashionable bikes.
The Panigale V4 SP2 30° Anniversario 916 celebrates the Ducati 916’s upcoming birthday with a particular livery and a sprinkling of wallet-emptying elements. The paint job will get its inspiration from the 916 that Carl Fogarty received the Superbike World Championship on in 1999. The largely crimson scheme is punctuated by splashes of white on the entrance fender, nostril, and tail part, with some refined tri-color striping within the combine.
‘916’ and ‘Ducati Corse’ logos adorn the edges of the fairing, as an alternative of the sponsor logos that Foggy’s bike wore. A ‘1’ on the nostril pays tribute to Foggy’s title, although we’re undecided we’d be courageous sufficient to cruise the streets (or take to the observe) with a superbike that makes such a daring declare. A gold 916 emblem with laurels sits atop the gas tank, whereas a laser-engraved billet aluminum high yoke bears every bike’s quantity.
The thirtieth anniversary Panigale additionally wears a brushed aluminum gas tank, which, though circuitously influenced by the 916, does look rad.
This limited-edition superbike is kitted with greater than only a fancy livery although—it additionally swaps its wings, entrance fender, and wheels for lighter, sexier carbon fiber elements. It has carbon fiber cooling ducts on the entrance brakes, an STM EVO dry clutch with a carbon fiber cowl, and adjustable billet aluminum foot pegs.
The Panigale V4’s quick-shifter might be configured to function like a standard street bike or like a race bike, and there’s a built-in information acquisition system too.
It comes with its certificates, cowl, and a observe equipment with a bunch of blank-off elements that allow you to take away all the things you wouldn’t need on the observe. In retaining with that theme, the Panigale V4 SP2 30° Anniversario 916 solely has one seat.
Specs-wise, the Panigale V4 SP2 30° Anniversario 916 matches the Panigale V4S. So meaning it makes 215.5 hp, with Brembo Stylema entrance brakes, and adjustable Öhlins suspension. If that appears like your cup of tea, get your orders in fast; Ducati is simply making 500 of those. [Ducati]
MV Agusta LXP Orioli MV Agusta teased us a few years in the past with the Lucky Explorer 9.5 idea—an journey bike that mimicked the legendary Dakar-winning Lucky Strike-sponsored Cagiva Elefant. Now they’ve revealed the model of it that’ll go to market, with a number of reasonably massive caveats.
Renamed the MV Agusta LXP Orioli, the bike has emerged as a high-end limited-edition mannequin. Or, as MV Agusta places it, “the world’s first luxury all-terrain motorcycle.” LXP presumably stands for Lucky eXPlorer, whereas the Orioli bit refers to Edi Orioli, the Italian bike racer who received the Dakar Rally 4 instances (twice aboard the Cagiva Elefant).
Limited to 500 items, the MV Agusta LXP Orioli makes use of the corporate’s new 931 cc triple-cylinder liquid-cooled mill. Weighing in at 57 kilos [126 lbs], the engine delivers 124 hp at 10,000 rpm and 102 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm, with 85% of the torque out there from 3,000 rpm. It makes use of a double overhead camshaft design with DLC-coated cams, a counter-rotating crankshaft, and a hydraulic clutch.
The chassis makes use of an alloy perimeter body design, with a detachable subframe and an aluminum swingarm. Adjustable Sachs suspension presents 210 mm of journey at every finish, and the bike rolls on burly 21F/18R Excel rims with aggressive Bridgestone Battlax Adventurecross AX41 tires. Brembo brakes deal with stopping duties, with two of the model’s tasty Stylema calipers up entrance.
The seat peak is adjustable between 850 mm and 870 mm, floor clearance sits at 230 mm, and the LXP Orioli has a wheelbase of 1,610 mm. According to MV Agusta, the rider triangle has been designed to supply a steadiness between long-distance consolation and off-road management, and the bodywork and windscreen have been designed to create a ‘calm zone’ across the rider and pillion.
The bike comes kitted with all of the tech stuff that’s grow to be de facto on massive journey bikes. There’s LED lighting throughout, an enormous TFT display screen within the cockpit, ABS and traction management with a six-axis IMU, a number of rider modes, adjustable engine braking, anti-rear wheel carry, cruise management, a keyless ignition, smartphone connectivity, a GPS-enabled anti-theft machine, and cruise management.
As a restricted version mannequin, the LXP Orioli additionally comes with various further bits and items. You get crash bars, an aluminum bash plate, auxiliary LED lights, and MV Agusta-branded aluminum panniers. You additionally get a full titanium Termignoni exhaust system, however it doesn’t come pre-fitted. Instead, it’s shipped in a particular field that resembles the crates that gear is transported in in the course of the Dakar Rally.
The field additionally features a bike cowl and a certificates of authenticity. And as a bonus, Edi Orioli will even signal your LXP Orioli.
Visually, the LXP Orioli is fairly devoted to the Lucky Explorer idea that we’ve already seen, save for some minor tweaks. It’s a sexy sufficient machine, even when the graphics solely barely remind us of that iconic Lucky Strike livery.
MV Agusta will begin delivery the LXP Orioli from the tip of the primary quarter of subsequent 12 months. There’s no phrase but on what it’ll price, however we’re guessing you’ll want deep pockets to e-book one. There’s additionally no phrase but on whether or not or not MV Agusta plans to launch a ‘regular’ model of the LXP afterward, however it’s in all probability protected to imagine that they may. [MV Agusta]
Honda NX500 Honda’s huge announcement at EICMA this 12 months was their new E-clutch. It’s an digital clutch triggered by the shifter pedal that eliminates the necessity to use the clutch lever, and it’ll be out there from 2024 on a choose couple of fashions.
They additionally confirmed off some delicate mannequin updates—most notably, the favored and inexpensive Honda CB500X journey bike. No, the CB500X doesn’t get Honda’s new E-clutch, however it does get a brand new look, a brand new title, and some key modifications.
It’s now known as the Honda NX500—a throwback to the nomenclature of the legendary NX650 Dominator. We’re ambivalent in regards to the title, however we’re glad to see that Honda has up to date the bike’s styling.
The CB500X was visually bland, bearing a detailed resemblance to the corporate’s commuter-friendly NX750X. The new NX500 has the identical angular, utilitarian look—however the redesigned entrance fairing and tail part, and the up to date coloration choices, have made it much more palatable.
There aren’t any modifications to the NX500’s body or its agreeable 471 cc parallel-twin engine, however it does sport up to date tech. Honda has tweaked its fueling for higher low-rpm acceleration and extra even energy supply throughout the vary, and so they’ve added a rear wheel traction administration system. There’s additionally LED lighting and a brand new TFT show within the cockpit.
Honda has additionally swapped out the NX500’s wheels for brand spanking new, lighter-weight objects, and tweaked its suspension to carry out higher. New accent packs can be found to equipment the bike out for long-distance, off-road-focused, or commuting wants.
It’s not a significant replace, however it’s a welcomed one. We beloved the CB500X for its user-friendly steadiness of worth and efficiency, however it simply didn’t fairly hit the mark for us total. We’d fortunately park an NX500 within the storage for every day commutes and weekend shenanigans. [Source: Honda]
Royal Enfield electrical Himalayan prototype The up to date Royal Enfield Himalayan broke cowl this week, sporting the corporate’s first-ever liquid-cooled engine. But that’s not the one undertaking that the Indian marque’s been engaged on. This is Royal Enfield’s electrical Himalayan prototype—and if it appears somewhat cobbled collectively, that’s as a result of it’s very a lot a piece in progress.
Royal Enfield has lofty objectives for his or her first electrical journey bike. Where most electrical producers are centered on city mobility, Royal Enfield has set their sights squarely on sustainable journey driving. They purpose to construct an electrical bike that may discover the Himalayas—a area that the corporate calls their religious house—with out negatively impacting the surroundings or driving expertise.
According to Royal Enfield’s press launch, the mission was much less about seeing “how many batteries could be squeezed into a motorcycle,” and extra about enhancing the journey driving expertise “by allowing the rider to listen to the soundtrack of the Himalayas.”
The bike follows the identical basic design because the petrol-powered Himalayan, however with myriad variations that gear it in direction of electrical energy. The proprietary battery field acts as a central structural ingredient, and the bodywork incorporates extra sustainable supplies like natural flax fiber-reinforced composites.
Royal Enfield’s growth group has been testing and refining the bike as they go—placing it via its paces within the Himalayas, and in a wind tunnel.
You’d assume that charging stations are a uncommon sight within the Himalayas… however you’d be incorrect. The native authorities is within the technique of rolling out EV charging stations, with a view to electrifying journey journey within the area. So though an electrical Himalayan journey trip won’t be viable proper now, will probably be sooner or later. [Royal Enfield]