AS the dust settles on the Eicma motorcycle show in Milan, which itself came hot on the heels of the Tokyo Motor Show, we’ve got a clear view of the new bikes for next year.
We’ve already picked out the surprises of the show but what were the ideas, technologies or trends that are spreading fastest or setting the most tongues wagging?
Here’s a run-down of the ones that stood out to us.
10: TFT screens
Thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal displays, to give them their full name were almost unknown on bikes until very recently. The actual technology is pretty boring (TFT is simply a type of LCD) if very useful, but the term is now generally used on bikes to mean a full-colour, tablet-style display. This year they’re on loads of new models – the Kawasaki H2 SX SE, the new Triumph Tigers, Ducati Panigale V4 and the Yamaha Tracer 900GT for example. Strangely, they’re actually probably cheaper to manufacture than traditional, mechanical instruments, but their cool look and ability to change the look of a display means that at the moment they’re still kept for higher-end bikes.