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EICMA’12// Everything Else

There are just so many bikes and accessories on display at EICMA that it would be impossible for me to do a proper post on each one.  This, then, is a post on everything else that caught my eye.  Getting right to it…

South Garage Ducati Monster S4R

This is one of the nicest “café” builds I’ve ever seen applied to a Monster.  Love the flaked tank and seat cowl, wire wheels and what an exhaust.

More on Italian builders, South Garage, here.


Ever wondered what the electric Brammo Empulse looks like in cross-section? Now you know.


While not a new bike, the CR&S DUU shown here pays tribute to the legendary V1000 built by John Britten.

Rotobox Carbon Fiber Wheels

This set of bespoke carbon fiber wheels by Rotobox are claimed by the company to be the lightest in the industry.  The front wheel comes in at just under 3kg, while the rear tips the scales at 4kg.  Expect to pay upwards of 3,000 Euro for the pleasure.

You also get this handy aluminum box.


I know little about dirt bikes and even less about trials bikes.  However, this little guy got my attention.  If you wanna get your kid started in trials, the electric GASGAS TXT E could be just the ride.

Peugeot ONYX

This three wheeler is the Peugeot ONYX concept scooter that’s really eye catching in black and white bronze and black.  It boasts 60 hp from a hybrid powerplant: an electric motor and 400cc petrol engine.

The ONYX concept scooter comes perhaps as an accessory to the Peugeot ONYX concept car unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in September.  The two make quite the pair.

It’s profile is almost impressive as its rear end.

Metisse BMW R1200 R Classic Racer

Well this is just lovely.  This is a 2013 BMW R1200 R re-bodied in carbon fiber by German accessories maker Metisse.  Sold as a conversion kit, you can turn your 1200R into a one-up, bespoke café racer for under 6,000 euro.


The Bimota Tesi 3D.  With its intricate front end, load bearing engine and high style this third generation Tesi is still a marvel today.

I’m not sure that this carbon fiber sub-structure is found on any bike in Bimota’s current line up.  Perhaps it’s a teaser of a future Tesi.

The stunning DB11.


I like when all the mechanical bits are left exposed.


A proper trials bike with bespoke carbon bits from Ossa.

Sculpted Termignoni exhaust.


The bike that sets the standard in the litre class.

Ducati Diavel

This looked interesting: a Ducati Diavel in my S2R red with white stripe livery.  I don’t like.

Pelpi International Brutus

This looks fun and also like a blown up version of a 50cc children’s trail bike.  Not sure what to make of it.  More info here.


An interesting take on the naked/café look by French maker Avinton Motorcycles, powered by an S&S Cycle, V-twin, 1600cc motor.

I like the supercharger style intake protruding the top of the bike.  As you can see, the fuel inlet has been placed at the tail end, while the gas tank located under the seat.  A base model will set you back around 33,000 euro.

Moto Guzzi

The Piaggio Group debuted the all new Moto Guzzi California 1400 - Touring and Custom models – at this year’s show.

California Touring: a luxury Italian cruiser.

California Custom.

Moto Guzzi V7

That’s it from me on this year’s show.

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EICMA// Up close and personal with the MV Agusta F3

I bike was eager to see at this year’s EICMA was the new MV Agusta F3. Apparently, so were thousands of other people -something MV obviously didn’t take into consideration displaying their bikes within in an enclosed showroom-type exhibit, creating a stock exchange style trading pit around each bike.  It was well worth the jostling and suffering ambient body heat though as the F3 has all the sensual styling of MV’s bigger superbike stunner, the F4. The name F3 most likely stems from its inline three cylinder, 675cc, engine,  a layout steeped deeply in MV’s racing pedigree.  Written right there on the tank, the F3 proudly displays it’s won 37 world championship titles – 10 of which were with a three cylinder.

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