New-motorcycle silly season is upon us as EICMA, the world’s premiere annual motorcycle show held in Milan, has officially opened its doors to the public.
It’s here that major motorcycle manufacturers present their latest products for the first time, and INFO MOTO has been covering the event with a close eye on a number of new models that are headed for Australian dealerships.
Yamaha, Honda and Kawasaki have each had a strong presence, as have European brands Aprilia and KTM. Meanwhile, other companies have hinted at future products with concept models. For instance, MV Agusta’s ‘Lucky Explorer’ adventure bikes, CFMOTO’s all-new SR Vision supersports model, Royal Enfield’s 650cc SG650 cruiser and Honda’s reimagined Hornet naked bike.
Notably, Ducati has opted to not physically attend the EICMA 2021 show in its home country in favour of an online web series that has seen the unveiling of its new Streetfighter V2 naked bike, a new Panigale V4, and will culminate with the reveal of its segment-breaking DesertX dual-sport next week.
In this story, we will focus on the new motorcycles that are confirmed, or are likely, to launch in Australia next year, and will update this page as more information comes to light.
EICMA: Aprilia Tuareg 660
Aprilia has confirmed that its new Tuareg 660 middleweight adventure bike will arrive in local showrooms in the second quarter of next year.
The new Aprilia Tuareg 660 is an off-road focussed model that is specified to compete with the likes of the Yamaha Tenere 700 ($17,799) and KTM 890 Adventure R ($24,470).
EICMA: Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory
Aprilia has revealed its new Tuono 660 Factory variant, which will sit atop the brand’s middleweight naked bike range from September, featuring sportier suspension and a stronger power-to-weight ratio than the standard model.
The new Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory is distinguished by a unique black and red colour scheme, and gains fully adjustable Kayaba suspension up front and a Sachs rear shock with a remote reservoir at the rear.
Thanks to a lighter lithium battery, the Factory is two kilograms lighter than the standard Tuono 660, weighing in at 181kg (wet).
Aprilia has also deleted the pillion seat in favour of a single-seat rear fender, and a tooth has been removed from its countershaft sprocket to increase acceleration.
Pricing has yet to be announced, however, the standard Tuono 660 is now available locally from $20,230 rideaway.
EICMA: 2022 Benelli TRK 800
Benelli’s new TRK 800 adventure bike will sit above its current LAMS-approved TRK 502, as a full-power dual-sport offering with a 21-litre tank, long-travel suspension and strong wind protection.
Powering the bike is a new 754cc parallel twin that generates 56kW and 67Nm, backed up by advanced electronics presented on a large 7.0-inch TFT display.
While exact timing has yet to be confirmed, Benelli’s local distributor told INFO MOTO that it hopes to launch the new model in the first half of next year.
EICMA: 2022 Benelli Leoncino 800
Benelli continues its push into larger-capacity segments with the reveal of its Leoncino 800 naked bike range. The new Leoncino 800 will launch locally in two variants, with the ‘Trail’ version sporting increased travel, ‘scrambler’ design cues and a 19-inch front wheel with knobby tyres.
The Benelli Leoncino 800 will join the current LAMS-approved Leoncino 500, which is currently available from $9890 rideaway.
EICMA: 2022 Honda CBR1000RR-R SP
Honda has revealed a new colour scheme for its flagship CBR1000RR-R SP supersports model that pays homage to the original Fireblade from 1992.
In overseas markets, the standard Honda CBR1000RR-R now features gold wheels with both existing colour schemes.
Honda’s Australian wing only offers the top-spec CBR1000RR-R SP, which is available from $52,429 rideaway in Grand Prix Red and Matte Black, however, pricing and availability for the new 30th Anniversary livery has yet to be confirmed for the local market.
EICMA: 2022 Honda CB650R, CBR650R
Honda has announced minor updates for two of its middleweight range mainstays, the CB650R and CBR650R.
The four-cylinder middleweight naked CB650R gets a new Sword Silver Metallic colour, while both the Matte Gunpowder Black Metallic and Grand Prix Red of the CBR650R feature updated graphic treatments.
Both bikes are powered by the same 649cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke, 16-valve, DOHC, inline four-cylinder engine as current units.
While pricing is yet to be announced for the updated bikes, current models are available from $12,171 rideaway for the CB650R and $12,787 for the faired CBR650R.
EICMA: 2022 Honda Goldwing
Honda will release two new colour schemes for its Goldwing Tour next year, with the Glint Wave Blue Metallic and Pearl Glare White designs joining the carry-over Gunmetal Black Metallic paint option.
The 2022 Honda Goldwing range includes two variants, with both the standard version and the higher-spec Tour both powered by the same 1833cc flat six-cylinder engine matched with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Distinguishing the Goldwing Tour is a larger top box that measures 61 litres as well as a unique leather seat cover and “more relaxed” pillion back rest.
The Tour also benefits from heated seats and fog lights, and a 100mm taller windscreen that stretches the bike’s overall height to 1555mm.
EICMA: 2022 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX
Kawasaki’s flagship sports tourer, the Ninja H2 SX, has adopted the brand’s latest technology suite for 2022, and is the first of its kind to feature radar-based rider aids.
This means the new supercharged Kawasaki joins things like the Ducati Multistrada V4 S and the BMW R 18 B, to be among the first bikes fitted with active cruise control and blind-spot monitoring.
It also gets a new 6.5-inch TFT dash with smartphone connectivity, among other updates.
EICMA: 2022 Kawasaki Versys 650
Kawasaki’s popular mid-weight adventure tourer, the Versys 650, has received a number of key updates for 2022 as new rivals enter the segment.
As before, the Kawasaki Versys will be offered exclusively in LAMS configuration for Australia, with 2022 units set to hit local showrooms in the first quarter of next year.
While pricing has yet to be locked in, the outgoing model is priced from $10,799 plus on-road costs, alongside the smaller-capacity Versys-X 300 ($6999), and full-sized Versys 1000 S ($19,999).
Updates for 2022 include a new front-end design with a revised adjustable windscreen, as well as technology updates like a new 4.3-inch TFT dash with smartphone connectivity, LED lighting and a more advanced traction control system.
EICMA: 2022 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT
KTM will release an updated version of its 1290 Super Duke GT sports tourer in February, with the 2022 model benefiting from a number of enhancements as it moves over to Euro5 emissions standards.
Power outputs remain unchanged from the 1290 Super Duke GT’s 1301cc V-twin engine, which makes 130kW and 141Nm, although the 2022 bike has dropped one kilogram of unsprung weight thanks to new wheels borrowed from its Super Duke R hyper naked sibling.
These new wheels are wrapped in Continental ContiSportAttack 4 tyres as standard.
The bike also benefitts from optimised WP Apex semi-active suspension, which is specifically tuned to accommodate pillions and luggage with a range of suspension modes.
New is a 7.0-inch TFT dash and revised switchgear, giving access to smartphone connectivity, various rider mode parameters and an all-new turn-by-turn navigation system that can be purchased as an option.
EICMA: 2022 Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello
Moto Guzzi unveiled its V100 Mandello sports tourer at the EICMA motorcycle show this week, confirming key specification details for the all-new model.
We now know that the V100 Mandello draws power from a 1042cc twin-cylinder engine that generates 84kW and 104Nm, sending drive to the rear wheel via a single-sided swingarm.
The Italian sports tourer also features a six-axis IMU to provide advanced traction control and cornering ABS that can be tailored via four rider modes, Travel, Sport, Rain and Road.
Notably, the Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello debuts a new active aerodynamics system that sees wind deflectors on either side of the 17.5-litre tank adjust automatically to optimise wind protection.
In a recent press release, Moto Guzzi claims that the aerodynamic ‘appendages’ reduce air pressure on the rider by 22 per cent, allowing a level of air protection ‘afforded by more voluminous and less sporty tourers’.
Other tech inclusion include Ohlins semi-active suspension, an up/down quickshifter, a 5.0-inch TFT display with smartphone connectivity, heated grips and cornering lights.
EICMA: 2022 Moto Guzzi V85 TT Guardia d’Onore
Moto Guzzi will release a limited-edition version of its V85 TT adventure bike in September, dubbed Guardia d’Onore, which gains a dedicated equipment package and styling that harks back to Italy’s WWII era Carabinieri unit that rode Moto Guzzi motorcycles.
The Moto Guzzi V85 TT Guardia d’Onore will be limited to just 1946 units, with a small number expected to land in Australia. Pricing has yet to be confirmed.
EICMA: 2022 Suzuki Katana
Suzuki has revealed an updated version of its Katana modern retro which adopts the performance and technology upgrades that this year debuted on the platform-sharing GSX-S1000 naked bike.
Pricing for the updated Katana is set at $21,990 rideaway, which translates to a $6000 price increase compared to the model it replaces.
The new Suzuki Katana is now powered by the brand’s Euro5 999cc inline four-cylinder, in this case tuned to produce 111kW of power.
The new Katana also gains a more advanced electronics suite, an up/down quickshifter as standard, a revised slipper clutch and Suzuki’s Low RPM Assist system.
Like the GSX-S1000 naked sportsbike, upon which it is based, the new Suzuki Katana rides on fully adjustable KYB front forks and a preload and rebound adjustable rear shock.
EICMA: 2022 Yamaha R6 Race
Yamaha has confirmed that it will release its YZF-R6 Race in Australia in limited numbers, as a non-road-registerable model set up for the track.
The current generation YZF-R6 launched locally in 2017, but it was this year decided to not be updated to meet Euro5 emissions standards, and was discontinued in road-going form due in part to dwindling global sales performance.
As such, the new Yamaha YZF-R6 strips off things like lights, mirrors and indicators, and will be available exclusively in the dark Tech Black colour scheme.
EICMA: 2022 Yamaha Tenere
For 2022, Yamaha’s popular Tenere 700 adventure bike will be available in three new colours, Icon Blue, Midnight Black and Heritage White.
Although pricing has yet to be officially locked in, the lightly updated Tenere 700 will likely remain available from around $17,799 rideaway, as is the current 2021 model.
EICMA: 2022 Yamaha XSR700
Yamaha has confirmed the Australian launch of its updated XSR700 2022, which will go on sale early next year in two new colour schemes, Historic Black and Historic White.
The new colour schemes hark back to Yamaha’s liquid-cooled two-strokes of the 1980s, with paint lines on the tank similar to that found on the now-classic RD350 LC.
Other changes for the 2022 Yamaha XSR700 include a new LED headlight, a larger front brake disc (now measuring 298mm) and a revised cockpit layout.
EICMA: 2022 Yamaha XSR900
Yamaha has revealed its 2022 XSR900 naked bike that brings new retro styling features and adopts key performance and technology updates that debuted this year on the mechanically related MT-09.
While exact specification and pricing details have yet to be locked in for the local market, Yamaha’s Australian wing told INFO MOTO that it will release the new XSR900 likely around the second quarter of next year.
EICMA: 2022 Yamaha MT-10SP
Yamaha has revealed its new MT-10SP 2022 variant, which will sit above the standard MT-10 naked bike when it hits local showroom next year.
The new Yamaha MT-10SP is distinguished by Ohlins electronic suspension, braided brake hoses, as well as a unique ‘Icon Performance’ colour scheme and three-piece belly cowl.
Yamaha has yet to reveal pricing for its new MT-10 and MT-10SP variants, although a price increase is expected compared to the outgoing versions, which are currently available from $21,949 and $25,199, respectively.
Other bikes worth a mention
MV Agusta Lucky Explorer: MV Agusta has revealed two new adventure bike prototype models, the mid-sized Lucky Explorer 5.5 and the larger-capacity Lucky Explorer 9.5.
The two concept bikes revealed tonight at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan preview future production models, signalling the Italian bikemaker’s push into the adventure segment.
Honda Hornet: Honda confirmed that the iconic Hornet name will return to its line-up in the near future.
A sneak preview of the concept direction for the new incarnation of the Hornet is on show at EICMA. Showcased in a special area within the Honda stand, projection mapping is used in a 3D display of light and sound that both looks back at previous Hornet generations, and forward to what is to come.
Suzuki GSX-S1000: Though not confirmed for Australia, Suzuki revealed new colour schemes for its recently refreshed GSX-S1000 naked bike, which features liveries borrowed from the brand’s endurance racing and MotoGP racebikes.
While it was initially slated for a March arrival, INFO MOTO understands that the new Suzuki GSX-S1000 range is likely to hit local showrooms in February. Read about the new model here.
Royal Enfield SG650 Concept: Royal Enfield revealed its SG650 Concept bike this week at the EICMA show, indicating that it is likely building a new cruiser model built on its 650cc twin-cylinder platform.
Aprilia SR GT: Aprilia will launch its first ‘urban adventure’ scooter in August, which borrows styling from its sportsbike stablemates, and draws power from a 125cc i-get engine.
CFMOTO SR-C21: CFMOTO revealed a number of bikes at this month’s EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, though it was perhaps its future-model-previewing SR-C21 concept that received the most attention.
The CFMOTO SR-C21 was initially shown in studio images and renderings in October, however, it was not physically revealed to the public until last week.
Why does EICMA matter?
Over the last decade, the motorcycle industry, and the automotive sector as a whole, has seen a shift away from physical events in favour of less costly online unveilings. The cancellation of last year’s EICMA due to the pandemic only accentuated this fact.
Nevertheless, it is predicted that over 820 brands will be displaying products, previews and the future of mobility at this year’s event. Approximately 47 per cent of attendees will travel to the Italian event from abroad, representing 35 countries.
EICMA’s president Pietro Meda expresses the importance of motorcycle shows, and the need for “physical and emotional contact with the products”.
“Welcome back, EICMA, today the future opens again,” said Mr Meda.
“If there is one characteristic that distinguishes our industry, it is precisely that of its loyalty to its people.
“The need to keep up this relationship with the public and the absence of EICMA in 2020 encouraged the spread of digital initiatives, which, on the one hand certainly kept interest around the news of our sector alive, but on the other hand, they made it very clear that there is a need for physical and emotional contact with the products.”