THERE was no shortage of new model launches at Milan’s Eicma motorcycle show but many were well heralded. The culture of teaser videos and staggered product unveils means that surprises at these events aren’t as common as once they were.
But there were still a few things that appeared with little or no notice, and it’s those unexpected elements that make the rather old-fashioned business of annual motorcycle shows still worthwhile.
Here’s a rundown of the 10 things that made us raise an eyebrow in Milan.
10: Kawasaki’s 125cc sports bike
Okay, so Kawasaki didn’t actually show us its new 125cc single-cylinder Ninja 125 – or the naked Z125 that will debut alongside it – but the very fact that it’s happening is a big shift for the company. While its rivals have a long history of small sports bikes, Kawasaki’s heritage on that front is relatively bare. Sure, the AR125 was a desirable thing in its day, but since then… But Kawasaki today is spreading into ever more markets (hey, it even does scooters these days), so the Ninja 125 makes sense.