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Intermot: Heaven for all bikers

2012-10-04 07:14

COLOGNE, Germany - The biennial Cologne Intermot motorcyclefair has opened with the world’s major motorcycle manufacturers unveiling their new and updated models – many of which will reach South Africa.

As Intermot’s media day unfolded, Kawasaki, BMW Motorrad, Yamaha, Aprilia, KTM, Triumph, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Suzuki, Ducati and Zero each took their turn to reveal their new machinery.

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Kawasaki kicked off the day’s proceedings with the unveiling of the new Z800 supernaked middleweight which features many engine, chassis and rider-friendly upgrades. BMW Motorrad took the opportunity to launch its new water-cooled R1200 GS on home turf. The German giant is billing its update to the world’s best-selling adventure model as "the perfection of an icon”.

Yamaha unveiled its reinforced line-up for 2013 with a number of upgraded models, including the FJR1300A and the FJR1300AS sport tourers which benefit from significant engine and chassis changes. Aprilia also announced various updates to its existing models, including the addition of anti-lock brakes to the RSV4 Factory superbike.

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Back in the travel segment, KTM aims to set a new standard in the sector with the official launch of its new-for-2013 1190 Adventure. British manufacturer Triumph revealed the redesigned Street Triple and Street Triple R with, among other updates to the popular all-rounder, an all-new chassis.

Honda was next up with the unveiling of two models – the CB1100 classic naked and the NSC50R 50cc scooter. Harley-Davidson announced its new line-up before Cologne but the iconic American brand showcased a range of limited-edition models to celebrate its 110th anniversary in 2013.

Suzuki made five model announcements, with the all-new V-Strom Concept taking centre stage as the manufacturer’s most advanced adventure style machine yet. The day came to a close with Ducati and the debut of the revamped 2013 Multistrada 1200 and the brand new 1199 Panigale RS13.

Electric motorcycle manufacturer Zero announced its 2013 model line, which features an average power increase of 99% and the world’s longest-range production electric motorcycle, the Zero S.