Photos: Hottest bikes at the 2012 Milan motorcycle show
For those who could not make it to the biggest motorcycle show in the world, here's what you missed.
EICMA, more commonly known as the International Milan Motorcycle Show, recently celebrated its 70th anniversary and what a celebration it was!
Organised over four enthralling days, between November 15 to 18, 2012, the biggest motorcycle show on the planet was glittering with such sizzling beauties on wheels that nobody had time to lay a sole sight on the gorgeous ladies standing next to them.
Even amongst these charming motorbikes, there were some special ones that had swarms of crowds drooling over them and a flip through those extra-amazing rides is exactly what we bring you here.
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MV Agusta Rivale Concept
From the stables of the Italian bike-giant, MV Agusta, comes the dashing MV Agusta Rivale concept motorcycle.
Powered by the same 800cc in-line triple powerhouse that also fuels the menacing Brutale 800 naked bike, this supermoto concept aspires to rival none other than the Ducati Hypermotard.
But this mighty power-mill is not all that makes Agusta a class apart.
Besides the immense power that it carries under its hood, this Italian ride has also got the title of 'The Most Beautiful Bike' to its name. In short, beauty with brawn.
Image: MV Agusta Rivale Concept
In a show full of state-of-the-art motorbikes that never let go of a chance to flaunt their dashing cuts and lines, it is nothing but amazing that a simple scooter grabbed the attention of so many spectators and had them glued to their spots.
It is yet another Italian, this time in the shape and form of a scooter, that won thousands of hearts over.
A production model of the 2011 Quarantasei concept, Vespa 946 not only has an appealing physique but also has a superb mileage of 45kmpl to show-off.
An excellent example of the silent yet strong types, this 'Best of Show' award winner also houses some very high-tech features like traction control and ABS.
Image: Vespa 946
2013 KTM Duke 1290
Put up for display along with four of its very handsome siblings, the 2013 KTM Duke 1290 mercilessly stole the whole show, not even sparing its own kinsmen that included the likes of KTM 690, KTM 390, KTM Duke 200 and 125 ABS and KTM Freeride 350.
Driven by the 1195cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine that draws its inspiration from the brilliantly-engineered power-mill of KTM RC8R, this Australian ride has been stashed with huge mounds of muscle, adorned with distinct cuts and wonderfully balanced by the naked mechanical portion.
Image: 2013 KTM Duke 1290
2013 Kawasaki Z800
From the Japanese camp of Kawasaki, it was the India-bound 2013 Kawasaki Z800 that walked the stage at the grand motorcycle show.
Bearing an 806cc liquid-cooled engine that comes mated with a six-speed transmission gearbox, this middleweight naked sports motorcycle offers two power alternatives for its buyers.
Once it gets launched in Europe followed by the remaining parts of the globe, buyers would be able to choose from a 93bhp and a detuned 47bhp versions of the ride.
Image: 2013 Kawasaki Z800
2013 Honda CBR600RR
Among the many Honda bikes that hit the stage this year at EICMA, it was the 2013 Honda CBR600RR that attracted the most eyeballs.
Donning an outfit highly inspired from the Moto GP motorcycle of the Japanese auto-maker, CBR600RR is a street fighter reflection of its extraordinary source of motivation.
Smartly engineered to cut down the aerodynamic drag and escalate the power that escapes its engine, this ride is an awesome blend of power and style.
Image: 2013 Honda CBR600RR
2013 Ducati Hypermotard
Rivalled by the fascinating MV Agusta Rivale at the International Milan Motorcycle Show, the 2013 Ducati Hypermotard had its first real overhaul to flaunt for the hordes of on-lookers that surrounded it throughout the show.
A supermoto bike at the core, this Ducati ride borrows loads from other segments as well, which together make it a unique street fighter that carries the robustness and long-travel suspension of an off-roader and the riding position of a dirt bike.
Image: 2013 Ducati Hypermotard
2013 Honda CB500 Trio
Yet another Honda make that took the breath away from the lungs of the spectators at the 2012 EICMA was a trio of 500cc rides developed particularly for the markets of Europe and Asia.
Titled as the CBR500R, CB500F and CB500X, all three of these bikes, fuelled by twin-cylinder DOHC mills, will also be seen in the showrooms of UK and USA, contributing to the expansion of the middleweight sector there.
Image: 2013 Honda CB500 Trio
Driven by the famous Superquadro 1200cc 90-degree V-twin engine that is capable of churning out a maximum of 195bhp for a peak torque of 135.58Nm, Ducati 1199 Panigale is the bike that outnumbered all when it came to the spectator-count.
Bearing a wet weight of 388 pounds and blessed with the fabulous fuel-injected liquid-cooled four valved mill along with desmodromic valve actuation, this motorbike is a pure speed machine.
Image: Ducati Panigale
2013 BMW F800GT
BMW, just like in cars, has created some marvellous pieces of engineering in the world of motorcycles as well, and the 2012 EICMA saw one of their best at display -- the 2013 BMW F800GT.
Breaking the covers for the first time at this esteemed show, this bike comes as a replacement for its preceding tourer, called as the F800ST.
Besides the sturdy 798cc double-overhead-cam parallel twin engine, this BMW ride also comes packed with the company's incredible traction control and electronic suspension adjustment.
Image: 2013 BMW F800GT
2013 Brutus Concept
Now, this is a motorbike whose wheels are as much of a visual treat as is its fascinating bodywork.
Titled as 2013 Brutus, this bike goes right up to the edges of brutal-ity in its looks and stance, stopping exactly at the point where style meets boisterousness.
A single-cylinder, four-valve, liquid-cooled, 750cc, DOHC engine has been employed to power this ride that cranks up a maximum of 45bhp.
While under-the-hood performance might not sound very promising for this bike, its over-the-hood looks are a sure charmer.
Image: 2013 Brutus Concept