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Fri, 16 Nov 2018

What to look out for at the NEC…

With the Milan’s EICMA motorcycle show done and dusted, and Motorcycle Live happening next week, we wanted to know just what the most exciting bikes of next year will be. So, we decided to ask our Sales Executive, Ross, who was out in Italy last week, what bikes he’ll be going to visit again next week at the NEC…

What to look out for at Motorcycle Live

Yamaha FINALLY unveiled the production version of the Tenere 700, which they’ve been teasing us with for years now. We’ve been getting enquiries for this machine for over 24 months now, and have already taken deposits for the new Tenere, it’s looking set to shake up the Adventure market and prove that you don’t need a 1200cc to go globe-busting. It’s going to be a genuinely capable off-road bike for people who want an honest adventure bike that’s ready to take you around the world, or to have some proper fun up on Dartmoor, if you want to keep things closer to home.

Kawasaki have really impressed me, and are being seen as more of a premium brand now, especially with the Ninja H2SX and Z900RS this year. Importantly that, and arguably the biggest revelation in Milan was the unveiling of the Ninja125 and Z125. With the exception of their 125cc scooters, it makes the green marque of Kawasaki available to 17 year olds for the first time in years and offers a great entry route into Kawasaki ownership for new riders.

What to look out for at Motorcycle Live

The new Ninja ZX-6R is also an exciting release, reinvigorating the middleweight sportsbike market and bringing a cheaper and more powerful alternative to Yamaha’s R6.

Suzuki have been shouting a lot about their new Katana recently, and after seeing it in the metal for the first time in Milan, it’s not hard to see why. It’s a beautiful bike and is laced with some really nice bits that are sure to bring performance to match. It’s a brilliant modern interpretation of the classic.

We’d already seen the Scrambler 1200 released a few weeks back, but it was really great to see it properly on the Stand at EICMA for the first time. It could have been a lazy reworking of a T120 with a couple of bling bits, but it’s a proper piece of kit that is looking set to dominate the market next year. I mean, the XE model has more travel than an adventure bike! The 1200cc motor is the same that features in the Thruxton, but has been retuned. I’m really, really excited to see what this bike will do.

Also, make sure you tell Triumph you want to see a Daytona 765! They’ve admitted to us that if they get asked by enough customers then they’ll put it into production and it’s something we all want to see! It’s your duty as customers to badger them about it as much as possible to get it on our roads!

Honda might have announced the CRF450L earlier this year, but we’re still awaiting its arrival in the showroom and to see it properly for the first time was exciting. It might be a bit of a niche, but it’s a lot more than just a green-laning machine, it’s a proper enduro weapon with lights for the road.