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Milan Bike Show Pics - EICMA 2011

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I went to EICMA today to see the bike show here in Milan and saw the new Ducati 1199 Panigale - it is awe-inspiring. I thought it looked great in pictures, but in person it's even better. That bike is a work of art. I've only been to 1 other show, in Osaka, Japan, which was great, but this one puts it to shame.

CBR1000RR was there, too, and looking very good. Not quite in the same league as the Panigale in terms of looks, but surely a spectacular machine. The new 600RR was there in red and white trim - it looked a little better than the pics Honda released, but not much.

Honda seems to have come out with a bunch of hybrid bikes - by that I mean something in between 2 classes, not power supply. Quite frankly, they're horrendous looking but probably a more practical option for most people. One of which is the CBR600F, which I had a sit on a few times. It's quite comfortable and looks a lot better in person, but is definitely not in the same class as the supersports in terms of appearance.

New MV Agusta 675s - F3 and the naked, Brutale - were on display, but the crowds were so bad in their cramped display area that I just got out of it asap. It was more or less impossible to have a sit on the bikes without a very long wait.

Dainese has come out with jackets that have airbags - this tech has been around for a while, but I think this is new for them (correct me if I'm wrong). Tried on a jacket by Clover, which I'd asked about before and they fit quite tight in case anyone's thinking of buying one. Note that Clover's jackets may come in a 0.9mm grain of leather and others in 1.3mm - AStars and Dainese usually use 1.3, I think, which is obviously stronger in an off, but a little heavier.

Mostly, I just wandered around taking pics and will try to put a few up here. Just one so far - I'll need a bit of time to process pics and weed out the bad ones. It was so crowded there wasn't really much time to set up the camera and no way to use a tripod so I'm not sure how good they'll be.

 

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Come on now i am sure you got more snap shots in that camera of yours please share thanks man
 

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Yeah, they're coming - I'll try to get the Panigale shots up in the next few hours - going out for a pizza now. I just need a little time to weed out the ones I screwed up and edit.
 

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Here are the first few decent shots. I wasn't really able to move much and because it was wall-to-wall in there and a miracle to get a clear shot of anything. I also didn't have much time because so many people were waiting for their turn. Here's what I managed to get shots of.

First and foremost, a moment to remember Super Sic. Honda put one of his bikes on display with a few flowers next to it and some signs to remember Marco in the race bike area:



There was a bike from some other guy there, too:



The highlight of the show was the Panigale. Note that it looks quite long in some shots. In reality, the rear-end is very short and it only appears so long because I had to go down to 18mm on the camera to fit everything into the shot in some cases:













 

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The real star of the Panigale exhibition.



Will try to get the CBR1000RR up soon...

Here it is:











More to come if anyone's interested, but it'll have to wait until tomorrow...
 

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There was a very large selection of custom bikes. It's not my thing so I didn't put too much effort into these shots, but here's a sample:

CR&S Cafe Racer - this is a company from Milan that mods these classic bikes into streetfighters (or so they say - not sure if I have the same idea of what a streetfighter is), etc.:





Ducati modded cafe racer:



Modded Yamaha Vmax - this thing looked way better in person:



Vmax model:



Asso special bikes - modded Harley (I think):



Harley Davidson Union:



Harley models:



Zero S - electric bike maker from Santa Cruz:



Brammo electric race bike - from Oregon:

 

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Some exhausts, more or less - I visited the stands for Akrapovic, MIVV and a few others, but basically exhausts are better judged by their sound (imo) so I didn't bother with too many shots. Here are the more interesting pictures, not necessarily the more interesting exhausts.

Ducati Desmosedici GP11:





Zard:



Akrapovic for R1:



MV Agusta F4 exhaust:



MV Agusta F3, Serie Oro:



MV Agusta Brutale 675:



Headbanger (with straight pipe?): This company is Italy's answer to HD. Personally, I think the Headbanger bikes look a whole lot better, but seem a little contrived in their design.



Husqvarna E90 - no exhaust for this electricity-powered bike:

 

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Awesome pictures man thanks for sharing
 

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Sure, my pleasure. There are a few more to edit, but that'll take some time - other bikes and such.
 

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very nice pics mate, some beautys there.. the bikes are nice too! ;) love the tail on the panigale with the tail lights, beautiful bike. whats the mv agusta F3 like in person, i fell in love with that bike when i seen pics of it. the new panigale might just have took the number 1 spot as my new favourite bike though lol its one sharp looking bike. if am honest i`d take either of them tomorrow :crackup:
 

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very nice pics mate, some beautys there.. the bikes are nice too! ;) love the tail on the panigale with the tail lights, beautiful bike. whats the mv agusta F3 like in person,
The F3 looks basically exactly as it does on MV Agusta's press releases. The colour is quite a strong burgundy, not very red, as in the pic here, but that could've just been the light in that room. It looks just as good as you'd expect. Too bad there were so many people around it or I would've had a sit on it, but they all feel quite similar when they're not moving. The only downside might be that the exhaust looks a little less refined (the materials used) on the regular F3 than the rest of the bike.

But after the Panigale, the F3 looks like a typical 600 (ok, it's 675, but anyway) with a very unique design, but still basically a fairly normal bike - just a beautiful one. The Panigale looks like a real step ahead, not just a cosmetic step like the MV. They're both amazing-looking bikes.
 

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The HRC 1KRR looks spectacular.
The full-red 1199 looks disgusting in comparion to the tri-colour.

Thanks a lot for the pics!
 
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