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Order has been restored in Milan since the tide of motorcycling masses have receded after their 77thth annual invasion of the Italian city during the first week of November. EICMA continues to be the conduit for motorcycle manufacturers to share the fruits of their labor with the industry, to tantalize and tease with the latest and greatest motorcycles and products on the market. Once the frenzy of unveilings has subsided, trends in the industry have a habit of rising. We’ve unofficially declared 2020 “Year of the Naked Bike” thanks to the wealth of 200 hp streetfighters ready to hit the market. The adventure-touring niche remains strong as well with more of a focus on mid- and small-displacement ADV motorcycles. Between concept vehicles and the bounty of electric motorcycles and bicycles, the show also gives a glimpse into the potential two-wheeled future. Now that the fervor has settled down and I’ve had time to digest everything that came out of Italy two weeks ago, I’ve made a wish list of motorcycles I’d love to ride that debuted at EICMA 2019. Out of the 10 motorcycles I picked, four of them happen to be concepts, so hopefully manufacturers are paying attention and we’ll see a few of these in dealerships somewhere down the road.

2021 Harley Pan America

I applaud Harley-Davidson for venturing into uncharted territory with its forthcoming adventure-touring motorcycle. After getting a little taste of the ADV life myself recently I’m all about it. Living in Oregon, there’s no shortage of fire roads and trails this motorcycle would be ideal on. I can’t wait to find out what the new Revolution Max 1250 engine is capable of, especially with the claimed power numbers of 145 horsepower and 90 lb-ft. of torque. The powertrain’s nice and compact which should keep its center of gravity low and the engine is a stressed member of the frame. The other two areas I’m most curious about is its weight and suspension. Hopefully Harley hasn’t skimped in the suspension department and outfitted the Pan America with a stout set-up. I’m also wondering what this thing weighs because based on looks alone it looks a bit heavy. Can’t wait for Harley to prove my assumption wrong.

Husqvarna Norden 901 ADV Concept

Might as well keep the adventure bike momentum rolling! Husqvarna hit the nail on the head with the Norden 901 Concept in both the styling and performance departments. Husqvarna took the 890cc Parallel Twin from the KTM 890 (which also debuted at EICMA) and spooned it into this sleek adventure-tourer so it assuredly has an abundance of torque. The wheelbase between the 21-inch-tall front and 18-inch rear is compact and the bike looks narrow and agile. Strategically placed crash guards add another level of off-road insurance. The Norden 901 Concept looks like its ready to dice up some trails like a knife through butter. It’s rumored to go into production next year so we’ll keep our fingers crossed that it does.

Ducati Scrambler Desert X Concept

Ducati didn’t let Husqvarna steal all of the ADV thunder at EICMA because the Italian manufacturer unveiled its own compelling adventure concept. Styling of the Ducati Scrambler Desert X Concept is inspired by the Ducati-powered Cagiva Elefant that Edi Orioli won the 1990 Paris-Dakar Rally on. The Scrambler has been a huge success on the sales floor for Ducati and I’ve been watching my friend Frankie Garcia tearing up the Super Hooligan circuit on his Scrambler flat tracker, proving the motorcycle’s capabilities. Granted, this concept runs the bigger Scrambler engine and definitely weighs more but it looks like it will take a licking and keep on ticking. It should have plenty of yee-haw thanks to its 1079cc L-Twin engine and Termignoni exhaust.

2020 KTM 390 Adventure

Leave it to KTM to build a small displacement adventure bike I feel I could confidently flog without busting it up easily. I tip the scales at 225 pounds and most small ADV bikes just aren’t set up or don’t have the power to hustle somebody my size around. I have little doubt KTM’s 373cc Single with its reported 43 hp and 27 lb-ft. of torque would actually get me up a hill without bogging down and I wouldn’t be taxing the limits of its WP Apex suspension in rough stuff. I love the idea of a bike I could ride to its limits off-road, then lift up off the ground when I inevitably exceed those limits without the difficulty of a big 500+pound adventure-tourer.

Royal Enfield custom flat tracker

Royal Enfield built this rippin’ flat track concept with the help of Harris Performance, a company with a proven track record in racing at the highest levels. Harris Performance constructed the brazed steel tube frame that houses a Royal Enfield 648cc Parallel Twin outfitted with a big bore kit and dual custom exhaust courtesy of S&S Cycle. Its racy carbon fiber body work was done by the Royal Enfield Industrial Design Team, UK. It’s easily one of my favorite custom Enfields of all time. Would love to spin some laps on this bad boy on the tacky clay of Salem Indoor Speedway, the nearest bona fide dirt track in my neck of the woods.

2020 MV Agusta Brutale 1000RR

There’s something about a 208 horsepower streetfighter that makes me feel all tingly inside, like a schoolboy after his first kiss. The 2020 Brutale 1000RR has a retuned version of MV Agusta’s vaunted F4 engine said to be good for 208 hp at 13,450 rpm and 86 lb-ft. of torque at 11,000 rpm in a motorcycle that tips the scales a little over 400 pounds. The 4-1-4 Arrow exhaust look like they spit fire. Even though this thing’s a fire-breathing dragon its electronics package and winglets aim to help make it manageable for mere mortals like me. Sprinkle top-shelf electronic Ohlins suspension and Brembo brakes on the package and its unadulterated sex on wheels. Cue My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult.

2020 Ducati Streetfighter V4

Again, Ducati’s not going to let anybody upstage them on their Italian home turf, so it, too, introduced a stunning 208 horsepower streetfighter in Milan. Granted, it officially launched a week-and-a-half earlier during Ducati’s live-streamed world premiere, but the 2020 Ducati Streetfighter V4 won the title of “Most Beautiful Bike of EICMA 2019.” Who are we to argue that point? Its 1103cc Desmosedici Stradale V4 puts is claimed to put out a whopping 208 hp @ 12,750 rpm and 90.4 lb-ft. @ 11,500 rpm. Winglets are the rage these days and the ones on the 2020 Ducati Streetfighter V4 came from the Ducati Corse MotoGP team and Andrea Dovizioso’s GP16 race bike. Just like the Brutale 1000RR, Ducati’s streetfighter runs with some of the best performance parts around. Pilot to co-pilot, prepare for lift-off on Ducati’s two-wheeled jet fighter.

BMW Concept R 18/2

BMW unveiled the latest concept version of the cruiser its building around their new 1800cc Boxer Twin at EICMA and it’s a sharp-looking ride. BMW has stripped it down, given it the look of a hardtail, and dressed it up in Candy Apple Red paint. I like the treatment they’ve given its big Boxer, from the granite finish on the casing to the chrome pushrods to the gloss black valve covers. It’s bikini fairing gives it just a touch of the club look. I’ve been impressed with every concept version BMW has launched so far and am eager to find out how much power their new engine puts out. I’m also curious to feel how well it carries the weight of the big mill and how well it handles with those monstrous horizontally opposed cylinder heads.

Triumph Bobber TFC

Triumph took its Bonneville Bobber and gave it the Triumph Factory Custom (TFC) treatment to produce a stylish, limited-edition version. The British marque livened up the engine with a 13% increase in horsepower and a powerband that revs 500 rpm higher. The Triumph Bobber TFC puts out a claimed 86 hp @ 6,250 rpm and 81 lb-ft. of torque @ 4,000 rpm with its redline now climbing up to 7,500 rpm. The front fender has been trimmed down a tad and carbon fiber bits have been sprinkled into its design, from side panels to the front fender supports. It flies the Union Jack in the cutouts of the tank and just looks like it’d be a blast to ride.

Bimota Tesi H2

A couple weeks before EICMA started, Kawasaki announced it had acquired an almost 50% share of Bimota, the defunct Italian brand based out of Rimini, Italy. What exactly Kawasaki wanted with the boutique manufacturer was anybody’s guess but lo and behold, EICMA rolls around and they unveiled the Bimota Tesi H2. The motorcycle features a Bimota Tesi chassis, including the company’s signature front end with its hub-center steering, coupled with Kawasaki’s supercharged H2 engine. I’ve always wanted to try a motorcycle with hub-center steering because this feat of engineering fascinates me. Throw Kawasaki’s high-powered supercharged H2 into the mix and you’ve got a tantalizing combination that I’d love to hitch a leg over.

Bimota's hub center steering has always intrigued me. Must work well considering Kawasaki retained it in the first Kawasaki/Bimota collaboration.