The Classics Keep Going Strong

Kawasaki

The rediscovery of classic aesthetic themes characterizes an increasingly larger per cent of new motorcycle offerings, so much so that the latest edition of EICMA saw a plethora of such ideas from nearly all manufacturers. The Japanese take the lion’s share, with Kawasaki unveiling the Z900RS, the first example of classic performance, which combines the modern performance features of the Z900 body with a clear aesthetic homage to the historic Z1 of 1972. Far from the least is also Honda, who exhibited the CB 1000R and the conceptual CB4 Interceptor, with classically minimalist lines, in this case designed in ultra modern material and, unlike Kawasaki, nearly entirely original. Two models explicitly aimed at passionate riders with a bit of experience and driving ability, given their very powerful performance- the bikes are capable of 110 and 145 horse power respectively. A little less specialised are the Ducati and Moto Morini models: the first elevates its Scrambler to an 1100 cylinder, sacrificing a bit of user-friendliness in order to provide more excitement to experienced fans. The performance increases moderately, as does its refinement. On the other hand, the Moto Morini Milano is completely innovative, even on the tried and true Corsacorta 1200 twin-cylinder base, designed by the expert hand of Angel Lussiana, creating a motorcycle with various allusions to the manufacturer’s past designs. And we cannot go without mentioning two novelties: America and Bobber Black- with which Triumph completes its new Bonneville line, always one of the most appreciated by classic motorcycle enthusiasts. Among other interesting novelties, it is worth highlighting the alternative creation of Energica, which offers the first example of a classic, on a zero-emission base frame: the EsseEsseNove model- named for Via Emilia, an historic street that runs through Modena, home of the factory- and of the ultra refined stripped down electric Eva bike, which combines a classical aesthetic and positioning with noteworthy performance.

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