As the other major motorcycle show of the autumn, Intermot in Cologne, Germany, is closing in, it’s a good chance to take a look at the rumours regarding upcoming models, which are likely to be presented either in Cologne, or in a months’ time in Milan’s Eicma show.
Aprilia’s mighty RSV4 superbike is headed for a major update, where Aprilia is taking the same route as Ducati with its Panigale. Upcoming model would receive an updated frame and the 1100cc engine, already seen in the Tuono, the output is rumoured to be between 215 and 220 horsepower, more than the Ducati has, that is. One of the models would be a homologation special and stick with a 1000cc lump.
Already presented, the R1250GS and R1250RT with variable valve timing will be shown to the public for the first time in Cologne. Also on the way is a considerable revamped S1000RR superbike, which is said to come with a counter rotating crankshaft and variable valve timing. Power figures are expected to rise well over the 200hp mark.
Ducati have already presented the new Scrambler 800 on their website. The bike is updated with the electronics from the 1100 version. Also Diavel is expected to be updated. The redesigned model will use XDiavel’s engine and frame with some updates.
Harley’s new softail, FXDR 114 has already been presented. Other news for 2019 are expected to be minor changes.
Honda is rumoured to present at least an all-out café racer version of their CB1000R.
Indian have already presented updates for 2019, but at Intermot they are expected to show the FTR1200 in its production guise. The company places high expectations to the model especially on the European market.
KTM’s new models are based on the adventure segment. In addition to the long-waited 790 Adventure, which will most likely be presented at the Intermot in at least two versions, we are going to see a smaller, 390 Adventure. Another new model is the recently presented 450 Rally Replica.
Moto Guzzi are presenting last year’s concept, the V85 TT adventure bike as a production version. Another new bike is the V9 Bobber Sport, which will have its official presentation at the Intermot.
MV Agusta have just presented a special version of the Dragster 800 RR. Also to be expected are F3 675 updated with a comprehensive electronics, a “final edition” F4 and maybe even a launch for their electric motorcycle line, which is to be marketed under the Cagiva brand.
Suzuki will present a new version of the legendary Katana at the Intermot. According to the strongest rumours, the Katana will be based on the GSX-S 1000.
Triumph is expected to present Scrambler 1200 and Street Twin during the autumn. Also to be expected is a new version of the Rocket. It would also be surprising, if Triumph didn’t build a sports bike to showcase their Moto2 engine.
We’ve been waiting for the Ténéré 700 for a while now, and the bike is expected to make a debut at the Intermot. Also to be expected is updated YZF-R125. Special versions of the MT or XSR models would hardly be shocking.