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Bikes bask in Intermot spotlight

2012-10-01 12:00

Tuesday, October 2, 2012, sees the start of Intermot, one of the world’s biggest motorcycling expos, taking place in Cologne, Germany.

This is where motorcycle manufacturers from right around the world showcase their wares for the model year 2013, and South African motorcycle enthusiasts can see what they’ll need to save up for. Researching what to expect from most of the major brands has proved an interesting venture – enjoy!

HARLEY-DAVIDSON
Arguably the biggest motorcycle manufacturer in the world never faild to surprise at shows of this kind. A newcomer is an all-new Sportster 1200 Custom alongside, in this their 110th year of trading, a new Fat Boy Special that’s sure to find its way to our shores.

BMW
Talk about home turf advantage, we can expect a new 1250 GS (quite possibly water-cooled) along with the new F800GT. There’s talk of an all-new "surprise" machine – quite possibly from its newly acquired Husqvarna marque.

Incidentally, if you happen to reside in the Mother City you can check out the current range of ‘Huskies’ at an all-new dealership at WaterWorld, Paarden Eiland.

DUCATI
Exposed across websites right around the world, the 1200 Multistrada could well prove one of the major stars of the show. Duke’s Panigale sees some minor tweaks already – and a definite refresh for the Monster will feature on the Italian bikemaker's stand.

APRILIA
Arguably the flagship manufacturer within the Piaggio group, fans can expect news – and hopefully a sighting – of the new Caponord dual-purpose bike. Its RSV4 could well be updated and refreshed for 2013.

HONDA
Once again Honda is due to showcase several new bikes/scooters. Uppermost could well be the all-new CBR600RR – a machine that will most likely arrive here before year end or early 2013. Europe will most likely enjoy an all-new CB500/CBR500, but given the success on the local market of the NC700X of late, the CB500 could well be up for consideration for South Africa.

KTM

Perhaps the bike of choice for off-road die-hards (good one, Alfie Cox!) might well be the Adventure 1190 machine so carelessly revealed (by mistake) on its very own website. Any publicity remains good publicity, so they say …

KAWASAKI
Keen to tell the world what it holds up its sleeve, most already know about the all-new ZX-6R 636 – less so perhaps, the ‘baby’ Ninja 300 (see main pic). For Europe there’s a new Z800 … another bike that may well find its way over here.

SUZUKI
This brand is certainly keeping its cards close to its chest… I’m reliably informed there’s a new DL-1000 about to be revealed; while the popular Burgman scooter, much-loved in SA, is to be tweaked for 2013.

TRIUMPH
Undeniably the fastest growing brand in SA has updates for the Trophy tourer that’s also believed to encompass electronic suspension for 2013. These could arrive very soon – given Triumph’s excellent marketing strategy in our marketplace.

YAMAHA
Cruiser updates and an all-new XJ6 Diversion along with an updated XJ1300 will see the Yamaha stand a popular place to be. Hold on your crash helmet because there’s something special this Japanese brand wants to show you …

MOTO GUZZI
Sure to showcase the new, already popularised California, Moto Guzzi could well have something smaller to showcase - and that makes a lot of sense to budding aficionados to the marquee.

ZERO
You may not have heard much about this American brand – but I bet you soon will – because electric motorcycles are catching up fast, especially if you want to be politically correct! A Zero lapped the Isle of Man during TT week earlier this year at 160km/h, so speedy it certainly is. Recharging remains the major shortcoming, but it’s surely coming.

• Less than a month from now there’s another major motorcycle show (Eicma) this one in Milan, Italy. Some of the above manufacturers may well hold something back for that one, so watch this space!