You can imagine that in all the years since passionate cyclists and throttle twisters first began walking the aisles of the Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori (aka EICMA) back in 1914 that the evolution of the breed has been nothing less than dramatic. To think back to the level of technology that the conjoined industries would’ve highlighted at the show in the days prior to World War 1, and then fast-forward to what was on display last November is simply mind-boggling.
That more than a few of the domestic brands seen at EICMA (aka the Milan show) have roots dating back decades only drives the point home of what a treasure Italy is to bicycle and motorcycle enthusiasts alike.
And just as we have found in recent years with the annual bicycle-specific show (aka Eurobike) held each September in Friedrichshafen, Germany, the “e-bike creep” continues apace—not only with a surprising number of new entries but, better still, new designs and technologies.
In addition to the two days of industry-only attendance, thankfully, the EICMA show also has two days open for consumers, thus it remains the largest gathering of the two-wheeled industry and its enthusiasts. Hence, we have here another installment of the latest and greatest in e-bike technology that we spotted within the six massive halls filled with the most modern two-wheeled creations that exist. Until next year!
If there was one bike on display in Milan that truly epitomized the melding of design, future concept and Italian design, it was this wild BMW concept bike that sprang from the pen of industrial designer Antonio Sassi. Could this really be the e-moto bike of the future?
Kawasaki used the EICMA show to reveal their first attempt at an electric motorcycle. The mid-sized sport bike is called the Kawasaki EV, and while the concept bike may or may not be headed for production, it’s pretty far along to be a mere test mule.
The EV starts off with a production trellis frame borrowed their popular Ninja 650. Interestingly, unlike most electric motorcycles on the market, they put in a 4-speed gearbox with a clutch.
Kawasaki claims that it has a range of 62 miles, and the motor puts out 27 horsepower during acceleration, and half of that is for cruising. It uses CHAdeMO fast-charging and can use 120 or 240 volts to recharge. With these specs, it’s definitely not ready for market yet, but it’s going to be exciting to see where the Japanese motorcycle brand goes with it.