Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade and Fireblade SP: Honda is credited with spawning the litre bike-segment in the early 90s. However, the Japanese brand lost the top spot to other manufacturers over the last decade. Honda has debuted a completely new CBR1000RR-R Fireblade along with the Fireblade SP version at the EICMA 2019 that promises to regain the company’s supremacy in the segment. In terms of aesthetics, the new Fireblade looks a lot more aggressive than before thanks to the sleek pair of LED headlamps, winglets on the fairing and all-new body panels. The new Fireblade also gets a new aluminium chassis with greater flex for improved rider feel.
While the Japanese manufacturer has focused on improving the aerodynamic efficiency of the motorcycle, the highlight of the 2020 Fireblade is its all-new 999.9cc, liquid-cooled in-line four-cylinder engine produces a whopping 214hp and 113Nm of torque.
The engine is inspired by the motor on Honda’s MotoGP bike and gets exotic materials such as diamond-like coating (DLC) and Titanium rods on the cams for weight reduction. The new Fireblade is also packed with top-shelf electronic rider aids assisted by a new Bosch six-axis IMU which can be controlled via the new 5.0-inch colour TFT dash.
Indian Challenger: American motorcycle manufacturer Indian has expanded its product portfolio by launching a fixed-fairing bagger called the Challenger which has its sights set squarely on competing with the Harley-Davidson Road Glide. It also debuts Indian’s latest V-twin engine called PowerPlus. The new unit has a capacity of 108 cubic inches (1770cc) and produces the “best in class” 122hp and 173.5Nm of torque. In terms of aesthetics and features, the Challenger has a massive front cowl featuring LED headlamps with DRLs, a 7.0-inch touchscreen display, a 100W audio system with Bluetooth, cruise control, keyless ignition, riding modes, a powered windshield and locking-hard saddlebags. The Indian Challenger also has a cast aluminium frame, a big deal in the cruiser segment, which aims to add stiffness and weight reduction. The Indian Challenger has been introduced in three variants — Standard, Dark Horse and Limited — and is expected to arrive in India by next year.
Bimota Tesi H2: Italy's Bimota has made a comeback after Kawasaki purchased a 49.9 per cent stake in the company. At the EICMA 2019 show, the company debuted the Tesi H2 — a supercharged, hub-steered hypermotorcycle based on Kawasaki’s famous 227bhp Ninja H2. It is the first new Bimota model since the BMW S1000RR-derived BB3 superbike launched in 2014. The Bimota Tesi H2 does retain some design elements from the Kawasaki H2, but it has plenty of Bimota attributes like the company’s traditional red-and-white paint scheme and its striking hub-centre steering set-up. While Bimota hasn’t revealed much about the motorcycle, it appears to use the Kawasaki engine as an integral part of the chassis and the Bimota DB8-styled rear cowling held in place by a carbon fibre subframe. The engine specs and performance figures are also yet to be announced, but it is expected to be the same as the latest H2. Rumours suggest that they have an initial plan to build 200 units of the Tesi H2 in 2020.
2020 MV Agusta Brutale 1000RR: MV Agusta revealed a series-production flagship super-naked at the EICMA 2019 based on the limited-edition Brutale 1000 Serie Oro. Called the 2020 Brutale 1000RR, it does away with exotic parts and features lightweight carbon fibre wheels and titanium bolts. Despite that, the mass-produced Brutale 1000RR still gets numerous carbon fibre bits and is packed to the gills with top-of-the-line electronics, which include up/down quick shifter, eight-level traction control, four riding modes, second-generation 5-inch TFT display, and full-LED light suite.
The oval-shaped full-LED headlamp features IMU-assisted cornering lamps. It also gets an electronically-adjustable suspension and steering damper along with Brembo Stylema brakes that have been carried over from the limited-edition Brutale. The sharp aggressive body panels, the combination of a large tank and small tail-section, and the quad high mount exhaust give the Brutale 1000RR a distinct look. It shares the same 998cc, inline-four motor as the F4 RC superbike, but gets 208hp instead of Serie Oro’s 211.8hp.
Ducati Streetfighter V4: Ducati's much anticipated V4 Streetfighter super naked made its official debut at the company’s 2020 model World Premier event in Bologna, Italy, a few days before EICMA 2019. The V4 Streetfighter is basically a stripped-out version of the Panigale V4 and has been launched in a standard and ‘S’ version. It is powered by the liquid-cooled 1103cc engine from the existing Panigale V4 range and is capable of producing 217bhp when fitted with the optional full Akrapovic racing exhaust system. The race exhaust also results in a weight loss of 6kg. The naked motorcycle features a pair of aerodynamic “biplane” winglets, which according to Ducati produce 28kg of downforce at 270kmph helping the Streetfighter stay planted on the tarmac at high speeds. Both versions get Ducati’s latest electronics package, including a 6-axis IMU, consisting of cornering ABS, traction control, slide control, wheelie control, launch control, engine braking control, and the latest up-and-down quickshifter. The motorcycle is expected to arrive in India by next year.