Needless to say, the INTERMOT has always been one bigshot event for all the motorcycle manufacturers to display their best and latest offerings for the enthusiasts worldwide. With all the big names present on this stage, the INTERMOT has always been one big platform for all the new and modern motorcycles to make their grand entry into the world of motorcycling.
For the year 2016 too, the INTERMOT was one big and successful event, with all the major manufacturers coming up with substantial refreshes as well as all new models for the upcoming times. In this story, we have listed down all big launches that happened at the INTERMOT 2016. Here they are:-
Kawasaki has updated its flagship hyperbike, the Ninja H2, by giving it a slew of equipment add-ons and giving it a spice of ‘special edition’ model. Dubbed as Ninja H2 Carbon, the entire bodywork and design of the motorcycle remains the same as the currently available Ninja H2, however, the front upper cowl is made up of carbon fiber here. Also, the bike gets Ohlins TTX monoshock at the rear, an up and down quickshifter and bank angle display in the instrument console. Only 120 units of the Ninja H2 Carbon will be made, thus making it a special edition motorcycle.
Kawasaki has completely refurbished the Ninja 650 (globally known as ER-6f), giving it an all new bodywork, which looks much more aggressive than the currently available Ninja 650 in India. The overall styling is now closer to the Ninja ZX-10R, with the motorcycle getting an all new chassis, trellis frame and swingarm, which has surprisingly reduced the weight of the motorcycle by almost 19 kgs. The 649cc parallel twin engine of the motorcycle has been retuned to produce better low and mid-range torque, as well making it Euro-4 compliant, thanks to new airbox and inlet and exhaust cams.
Alongside the Ninja H2 Carbon, Kawasaki has also given the ZX-10R a limited edition touch in the form of the Ninja ZX-10RR. The Ninja ZX-10RR retains the aggressively styled bodywork of the standard Ninja ZX-10R which was premiered last year. However, over the standard Ninja ZX-10R, this new limited edition model gets special light weight Marchesini wheels at both the ends, Brembo M50 calipers at the front, modified cylinder head and crankcase, a quick up and down shifter, ‘RR’ badges on engine cover and key and an all new Winter Test color scheme, apart from retaining the other mechanical parts as well as powertrain of the Ninja ZX-10R.
Blessed with an equally aggressive bodywork as the current Ninja ZX-10R, the Z1000 SX, just like the new Ninja 650, looks much sharper and modern than the previous model, thanks to a new bodywork and lighter mechanical bits. Other changes to the Z1000 SX include changes to the 1043cc engine (giving it improved power delivery and Euro-4 compliancy), revised suspension settings, Kawasaki Cornering Management function (KCMF), 3-level traction control, wheelie control, cornering ABS, lowered seat height, wider fairing with adjustable windscreen and LED headlamps.
Thought that the ER-6n looks dated in front of modern rivals? Looks like Lord has answered your prayers, as Kawasaki has announced an all new Z650, a middleweight roadster which will replace the ER-6n in Kawasaki’s lineup. With a bodywork which now looks more in line with the Z philosophy of Kawasaki, the aggressive looking Z650 comes with revised ergonomics and chassis geometry, thus lowering the handlebar for a more aggressive riding posture as well as lighter than the outgoing ER-6n. The 649cc twin cylinder engine has been borrowed from the ER-6n, albeit in a revised state of tune, making it more refined and Euro-4 compliant.
Aprilia has decided to retain the design of the RSV4, which nevertheless still looks as fresh and desirable as ever. However, the major changes on the new RSV4 happen to be on the list of electronics and equipment it offers. The new RSV4 now comes with new NIX front forks and TTX monoshock from Ohlins, lighter pistons, revised valve timings, new Brembo M50 monobloc calipers with bigger discs at front, a new version of Aprilia Performance Ride Control (APRC) and a revised ride by wire throttle system, thus making the new RSV4 lighter by 590 grams and faster by almost a second over the previous generation model. Other changes include a new colored TFT instrument console, a new version of Aprilia’s V4-MP smartphone datalogging and new paint schemes.
If the RSV4 gets an upgrade, how come its naked sibling, the Tuono V4 1100, can be behind? The Tuono too gets the same set of upgrade in terms of electronics as seen on the new RSV4, i.e., new NIX front forks and TTX monoshock from Ohlins, lighter pistons, revised valve timings, new Brembo M50 monobloc calipers with bigger discs at front, a new version of Aprilia Performance Ride Control (APRC) and a revised ride by wire throttle system. Also, the other updates of the RSV4, such as new colored TFT instrument console, a new version of Aprilia’s V4-MP smartphone datalogging and new paint schemes have been showered on the Tuono V4 1100 as well.
With the new RSV4, Aprilia also premiered the new RS 125, the scaled down version of the RSV4 for the beginners in supersport riding. The new RS 125 replaces the RS4 125, though with a new name, which retains the 125cc engine of the previously available RS4 125, but gets a host of new features and cosmetic upgrades, such as Euro-4 compliancy, USB charging socket and underseat storage. The motorcycle is strictly restricted only for the European markets, though.
Aprilia has brought back the Tuono 125 nameplate which was discontinued in 2005, albeit this time, it gets a four stroke engine which has been shared with the RS 125. Just like the RS 125, the new Tuono 125 looks like a scaled down version of its liter class cousin, the Tuono V4 1100, and boasts of the same feature set list as the RS 125, though with a bodywork sans front full fairing and a flat handlebar. However, like the RS 125, the new Tuono 125 will be made available only in the European countries only.
The Yamaha MT-10 created quite a rage and surprised many enthusiasts when it was launched in 2015. Yamaha decided to mildly upgrade the MT-10, to keep up with the increasing competition and changes in the segment. Though the new MT-10 comes with absolutely no changes to its design as well as the powertrain, which may disappoint many, but then, the MT-10 is already a beast, isn’t it? The main changes to the new MT-10 include a quickshift mechanism as standard. Also, there are some changes to the ECU as well, with the remapping resulting in better throttle responses and better power delivery at higher rpms.
The big surprise related to the MT-10 platform, however, happens to be the new MT-10 SP. The MT-10 SP is to MT-10, what the YZF-R1M is to R1 – a more premium and sophisticated alternative over the standard model. Retaining the basic design and powertrain of the standard MT-10, the new MT-10 SP is blessed with Ohlins electronic racing suspension, full TFT instrument console from the YZF-R1M, a new paint job featuring brushed aluminium finish like the YZF-R1M and a new Suspension Control Unit (SCU) from the R1, which automatically adjusts the suspension setup according to the forthcoming tarmac conditions.
The biggest highlight from Yamaha happens to be this, the new MT-09. The new MT-09 comes with slight alterations to its design, which looks inspired from the MT-10. So, out goes the boring looking front face and in comes a devilish looking twin LED headlamp setup, revised positions for front turn indicators and rear mudguard, shorter tail section, higher seat height and new seat. Some slight changes have been done to the 850cc engine as well, which makes the motorcycle compliant to Euro-4 norms, with the engine getting the assistance of new exhaust system, slipper clutch and quickshifter mechanism.
Yamaha has expanded its underrated yet beautiful range of retro roadsters by adding the all new SCR 950 to its lineup. The new SCR 950 comes with the scrambler philosophy, making it look more European than Japanese. The classic scrambler design of the motorcycle is complemented with an air cooled, V-twin, 950cc engine, flat dual seat, spoked aluminium wheels, braced steel handlebar, steel front and rear fenders and vintage style number plates on the sides. The motorcycle will now act as the flagship model of the Yamaha’s retro styled roadsters.
BMW has refreshed its existing ‘S’ lineup, with the S 1000 R being the first one to be discussed here. In terms of design, there are almost negligible changes to the motorcycle, thus continuing the wicked asymmetric design language of the current version. However, the big changes happen to be under the skin, as the 999cc engine of the motorcycle has been tweaked to produce 5 PS of power higher than the current S 1000 R. Also, the motorcycle comes with a new HP titanium exhaust and slightly smaller front fairing, with the list of optional equipment including HP Shift Assistant Pro, lighter HP forged wheels and ABS Pro in the new riding mode set. The new S 1000 R will be offered in a new paint scheme as well.
Just like the new S 1000 R, BMW has updated the S 1000 RR as well, in the same manner as the former. Keeping the design of the current S 1000 RR, the new S 1000 RR, in addition, offers optional ABS Pro in riding mode set, passenger seat cover and DTC as standard, apart from new color options. Though unlike the S 1000 R, there is no power bump in the S 1000 RR’s engine, with the rest of the mechanical package remaining as standard.
Like on the S 1000 R, BMW has also upgraded the power output of the engine of the S 1000 XR, which now pumps out 164.5 PS – almost 4 PS more than the outgoing model. Other minute changes on the new S 1000 XR include vibration-free handlebars for better stability during high speed and long distance touring, as well as a new color scheme.
BMW has expanded its lineup of ‘R NineT’ classic roadsters with the R NineT Pure, a motorcycle which looks like a fusion of currently available standard R NineT and R NineT Scrambler. Retaining the classic lines and overall design of the R NineT in a more refined and modern frame, the new R NineT Pure gets retro styled bits, out of which forged aluminium foot rests and fork bridges. Apart from a modernized avatar of the design, the new R NineT Pure comes with the same 1170cc ‘Boxer’ engine of the R NineT, in the same state of tune.
This, undoubtedly, has to be the most beautiful motorcycle which was unveiled at the INTERMOT 2016. The new R NineT Racer comes with a gorgeous looking retro styled curvaceous front fairing around the round headlamp, and a very aggressive forward-set riding position with rear set foot-pegs, bumstop on the seat and low handlebars. The powertrain, however, has been shared with the rest of the R NineT lineup, i.e., the 1170cc ‘Boxer’ engine which produces 111 PS of power and 119 Nm of torque, with the same suspension, chassis and brakes of the R NineT Pure.
Last but definitely not the least, the Italian motorcycle maker Moto Guzzi launched a limited edition model of its big cruiser, the Audace. Launched as Audace Carbon, this limited edition motorcycle retains the no-nonsense, modern bruiser design of the standard Audace, but comes with a carbon fiber finished fuel tank and red colored covers for valve heads and front Brembo brake covers. In addition, the Audace Carbon also features a revised cruise control system, Moto Guzzi’s revised form of Multimedia platform and a new function of Eco Ride mode in its electronic riding mode setup.