Motorcycle manufacturers unveil brand-new models set to debut Motorcycle Live
The first of the major European motorcycle shows got underway in Cologne, Germany this week, with many of the world’s leading motorcycle manufacturers choosing the biennial Intermot event to unveil their brand-new machinery for 2019.
The majority of the new models on display will be making their way to The NEC in Birmingham in just over six weeks’ time, where they’ll debut at the UK’s biggest bike show, Motorcycle Live, from 17-25 November. Here’s a round-up of the new metal heading to the UK…
Scrambler Ducati was first up on Intermot press day, unveiling three all-new additions to the range – the Full Throttle, which takes its cue from the flat track Scrambler ridden by racer Frankie Garcia; the Ducati 125GP Desmo-inspired Café Racer; and the Desert Sled, which rekindles the spirit of classic American off-road bikes.
Austrian marque KTM revealed a sharper, stronger and more refined version of its premium sports tourer, the 1290 Super Duke GT for the 2019 riding season, while the 1290 Super Duke R receives two new graphics options to keep it looking as sharp as it performs.
Kawasaki chose Intermot to unveil its two new A1 category 125cc machines – the 2019 Ninja 125 and Z125 – both aimed at enticing more young riders into motorcycling with cool styling inspired by one of Kawasaki’s most iconic machines.
BMW Motorrad released details of its new R1250GS adventure model and R1250RT touring machine last month, but took the opportunity to debut them in the metal on its home turf.
Yamaha had also previously announced various new models for 2019, including the all-new Tracer 700GT, YZF-R125 and WR450F models, plus a bold new MT range colour option called Ice Fluo. All four were on display for the first time at Intermot.
Next up, Suzuki unveiled the all-new 2019 Katana, pulling the wraps off the latest machine to bear the iconic name that has maintained a legendary status since its launch in 1981. Suzuki also announced a number of updates to its acclaimed GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R.
Indian Motorcycle launched the FTR1200 and FTR1200S flat tracker machines, inspired by the FTR750 race bike, but built for the streets, as well as a redesign of the Chieftain model for 2019.
In the Piaggio Group stable, Aprilia took the covers off the top-spec Tuono V4 1100 Factory super-naked model, while Moto Guzzi unveiled the new V9 Bobber Sport and a production version of the V85 Tutto Terrano adventure bike.
Finally, Triumph revealed the new StreetTwin, with more power, more tech and higher spec equipment, and the new Street Scrambler, with new-for-2019 enhancements that add to the performance, capability, comfort and style.
The majority of the new models shown at Intermot will be making their UK debut at Motorcycle Live 2018 – book your tickets today!