False Neutral #38: EICMA 2016


The new-bike show season continues, with another crop of new models just announced at the EICMA show in Milan. Eric, Garrett and Pete discuss the hottest (and in a few cases, not so remarkable) new models for 2017, plus a couple of concept bikes you may or may not ever find at your dealer. It’s no surprise that we disagree on a few of ’em, but we do so politely, of course. Bonus Galactica 1980 reference.

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False Neutral – EICMA 2016


2017 Kawasaski Versys X 300
2017 Honda CRF250L Rally
2017 Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled
KTM 790 Duke Concept
CB1100TR Concept
Honda CB1100TR Concept
Honda CX-01 Concept (2014)
Source: shifting-gears.com
2017 Husqvarna 401 Svartpilen & Vitpilen
Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 Aero Concept
Galactica 1980 Turbocycles ©NBCUniversal
2017 Triumph Street Scrambler
2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber
2017 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900
2017 Aprilia Shiver 900
2017 Moto Guzzi V7 III Special
2017 Moto Guzzi V7 III Anniversario
Yamaha T7 Concept
2004 KTM 950 Adventure S
2017 Suzuki V-strom 250
2017 MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR

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2 responses to “False Neutral #38: EICMA 2016”

  1. Batshitbox Avatar

    You know, I ride a Suzuki dual sport, so I know they’re capable of routing the exhaust out of harms way, but for some reason they refuse to do that on the DL series. Ducati looks like they made some effort to get the front pipe on the V-twin tucked away quickly, but on the DL250 parallel twin (perfect opportunity for a scrambler high pipe)? Nope. They’ve even put on the sweatpants and stopped mounting the exhaust can up high. It’s the tell that gives the DLs away as pretenders, 95% street 5% gravel. Ooh, it’s got a beak, it must be an Adventure bike!

    What is the DL250 for? With 17 inch rims front and back it pretends to be a motard, but it’s not a motard. Is it an adventure bike? What kind of adventure can you have on it that the CRF250L can’t take you on and then carve berms all afternoon? Not a dual sport, not a touring bike (the 650s and 1000s are perfect touring bikes, btw), not a dirt bike, not a motard… it’s a 250 street bike in AdvDrag.

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

      Yep, that pretty much sums it up!

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