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Milan metal to make UK debut at Motorcycle Live

The world’s leading motorcycle manufacturers made the trip to the 73rd EICMA exhibition in Milan, Italy, last week to unveil their brand-new models for 2016 – the majority of which will now be en route to Motorcycle Live.

The UK show runs at the NEC, Birmingham, from  28 November to 6 December, giving UK bike fans the chance to see them in the metal for the first time.

Italian brand Ducati was first in line to launch its new models while on home turf, announcing three new versions of the Hypermotard range – the 939, 939 SP and Hyperstrada 939 – as well as a 400cc option Scrambler named the Sixty2, a flat-tracker styled current Scrambler, an updated Panigale 959, a new Multistrada 1200 Enduro model and a belt-driven, feet-forward cruiser – the XDiavel.

Next up was Honda, which showcased the the CRF1000L Africa Twin in Europe for the first time and announced that a further two versions will be made available in 2016. The brand also revealed the new City Adventure scooter concept, as well as upgrades to the CB500X, CB500F, CBR500R, NC750X, NC750S and Integra. Yamaha rounded off the first day by uncovering two new additions to the MT family, the MT-10 and MT-03, and launching the XSR900.

Day two saw Bimota take the covers off the new 180bhp supercharged naked machine, the Impeto, and the new Tesi 3D Race Café. Suzuki then took centre stage to unveil the all-new GSX-R1000 ‘prototype’ and an updated SV650A, while the VanVan got a larger capacity 199cc engine.

BMW showcased the small-capacity G310 R and the 110bhp R NineT Scrambler, plus new versions of the F700GS and F800GS and an updated GS range. Kawasaki launched a new 125cc scooter – the J125, a Winter Edition ZX-10R and special Z800 and Z1000 ‘Sugomi Editions’, plus the new ZZR1400 Performance Sport model and a refreshed ER range.

Triumph introduced six new additions to the Tiger Explorer range and five new Bonneville models – the Street Twin, T120, T120 Black, Thruxton and Thruxton R. The new Speed Triple S and R models were also unveiled. KTM introduced a 173bhp sports tourer in the form of the 1290 Super Duke GT and a special edition 1290 Duke R. It also launched a revised Duke 690 and 690 R – 21 years after the original Duke was released.

Piaggio unveiled an updated Liberty and a new big-wheeled scoot called the Medley, while Aprilia launched an updated RSV4 RR and RSV4 RF. Moto Guzzi took the covers off two all-new V9s, the V9 Roamer and V9 Bobber, plus the scrambler version of the V7 and the MGX-21 Flying Fortress. A new Dragster LH44, an updated Brutale 800 and a special F3 AMG concept bike were uncovered by MV Agusta, and finally Indian unveiled the Scout Sixty, aimed at newer and younger riders.

Advance tickets for the NEC are on sale at £17.50 per adult, £11 for Seniors and £7 for children aged 11-16* (kids ten and under accompanied by a paying adult go free). There is also a £20.50 advance ticket, which includes entry to the show and a choice of Oxford neck wear worth £15.



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