It’s that time of year once again. The 77th edition of the EICMA Motorcycle Show is being held this week and rumors as to what surprises are in store at the 2019 show in Milan, Italy, have been percolating for weeks. When you have 1,800 brands from more than 40 countries getting together there’s bound to be a manufacturer or two throwing curveballs to the motorcycle industry. While doors officially open to the press tomorrow, a few motorcycles have already trickled out, from Honda’s 217 hp CBR1000RR-R superbike to the MV Agusta Brutale 1000, but here’s a handful that haven’t yet but are rumored to debut in the next few days.


2020 BMW R18 Cruiser – Count us among those who are eager to see BMW get back into the cruiser game. The company’s last attempt, the BMW R 1200 C, wasn’t exactly a smashing success, but the 2020 BMW R18 is an entirely different beast. First off, it looks like a classic hardtail thanks to its slammed solo seat, loop frame and tire-hugging back fender. Then there’s that engine. It’s a monster 1800cc Boxer with pushrods above the cylinders. Anticipation has been building for its debut since Custom Works Zon revealed the custom motorcycle it built around the prototype engine at Mooneyes Japan Show last December. Revival Cycles followed up with its “Birdcage” interpretation featuring the 1800cc Boxer at the Handbuilt Show in April, then BMW revealed the version it built in-house at Concorso d'Eleganza in May.

BMW announced it will be unveiling four new motorcycles in all at EICMA 2019. Will the Bavarian marque use the event to pull the sheets off its first electric motorcycle we know it’s got in the works, the Vision DC Roadster? We’ve heard one of them will be the 2020 BMW F850R, an upgraded naked standard set to replace the dated F800R. The other is the 2020 BMW S1000XR speculated to be a lighter version of its predecessor with a new chassis and engine.


2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R – Super Duke fans will be stoked to know there’s a 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R on the horizon. KTM gave a glimpse of its latest trellis-framed naked bike in a recent teaser video, and while changes aren’t drastic, this wheelie-popping machine certainly gets the blood boiling in what we’re deeming the year of the 200 hp naked bike thanks to the recent unveiling of the Ducati Streetfighter V4 and the supercharged Kawasaki Z H2. Until its official unveiling, sit back and enjoy the teaser video until KTM launches this bad boy.


2020 Triumph Bobber TFC – The Triumph Bobber looks like it’s the next in line to receive the Triumph Factory Custom (TFC) treatment. Most likely a limited production model, our guess is the 2020 Triumph Bobber TFC will receive the same performance overhaul as the Triumph Thruxton TFC that saw engine updates and a Vance & Hines exhaust that added an extra 12 hp, a smattering of carbon fiber parts, fully-adjustable Ohlins suspension, up-spec Brembo brakes and Metzeler Racetec RR tires.

Speaking of the Thruxton, there’s a 2020 Triumph Thruxton 1200 RS rumored to be on the way, a new model that lands somewhere between the Thruxton R and the aforementioned top-shelf Thruxton 1200 TFC model.


While Ducati got the jump on everybody when it livestreamed the world premiere of its 2020 model line the last week of October, the Italian marque also released drawings of two interesting concept bikes, the Ducati Scrambler Motard and the Ducati Scrambler DesertX. The first is a supermoto-style version of its popular Scrambler, while the second is a mid-displacement adventure-tourer with a Scrambler engine and a Termignoni pipe. The ADV bike definitely has a retro Paris-to-Dakar vibe to it. Did you think Ducati would play its full hand with the biggest motorcycle show on the planet right around the corner? We expect Ducati to unveil these aces it had up its sleeve in fully functional form at EICMA 2019.


Suzuki strung us along with a series of ambiguous teaser videos the past couple of weeks before its latest finally revealed it has a revamped 2020 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 in the works. The motorcycle features a redesigned front end, new headlight, and sharper bodywork. Different engine casings and a new exhaust make us wonder if the new Strom sees a bump up in displacement, too.


Harley-Davidson has been exceptionally hush-hush regarding any EICMA plans it has which makes us think The Motor Company is ready to spring something big on the motorcycle world. We’re crossing our fingers and hoping it will be the Harley Streetfighter with the new 975cc engine since it seems like it’s the year for streetfighters. Maybe they’re ready to spring the 2020 Pan America 1250 adventure bike on the world as well. A recent visit to Harley’s fleet center in southern California leads me to believe the time is nigh for Harley to pull back the veil on one of these two and there’s no bigger stage for the motorcycle industry than EICMA.