We’re just a handful of days away from the biggest two days of the year in motorcycling – EICMA 2022, which is scheduled to take place on November 8 and 9. There is a whole host of important new models that are likely to be showcased, so here’s what you can expect.
The most important new bike for the Indian market that will be shown at EICMA is the highly anticipated Super Meteor 650. RE’s latest cruiser has been spotted testing many times in the recent past, and RE finally put out a teaser this week confirming that the Super Meteor will be officially unveiled at EICMA 2022.
RE has also simultaneously been developing other new 650cc models, most notably the Shotgun 650 roadster. But the company’s literature suggests that the Super Meteor will be the only new model to be shown at EICMA this year. There is, however, a chance that it could show a concept previewing one of the other upcoming models. The Shotgun has already been previewed by the SG650 Concept from last year, but maybe RE could show a concept version of the new 650cc scrambler that it has been developing.
The biggest news on the two-wheeler front at Suzuki is the company’s new parallel-twin 700cc engine that’s currently under development. It’s slated to replace the hugely successful 650cc V-twin that currently powers popular models like the SV650 and V-Strom 650, so we will very soon see a new V-Strom 700 adventure bike and perhaps an SV700 naked roadster. Whether or not any of the new models will be ready in time for EICMA this year is still a question mark, but there is a chance we could see one of them at the Suzuki stand.
Honda is another Japanese manufacturer developing an important new middleweight ADV at the moment, and its contender is much more likely to make an EICMA debut. Almost certain, in fact. And there’s a good chance Honda will bank on nostalgia to help its cause and revive an old nametag for this new bike, calling it the Transalp 750. It will share its 755cc parallel-twin engine with the recently launched CB750 Hornet, but house it in a more off-road ready chassis. The bike has already been spotted out in the open, not as a test mule, but as a fully finished production bike, on a TVC shoot. Expect to get a clearer look at it at Honda’s EICMA stall, where the Hornet is also certain to be showcased.
It’s highly unlikely that you’ll see an all-new motorcycle for the very first time at Ducati’s EICMA stall. These days, the company unveils its new models digitally through its World Premier series each year. And the 2022 edition has seen updates to the Monster, Multistrada, Panigale and Streetfighter lineups, as well as an all-new Diavel V4 and Scrambler. And all these are likely to be showcased at EICMA, giving us the first opportunity to see all these new bikes in the flesh, before most of them make their way to India next year.