2011 INTERMOT Roundup
Today was a big unveiling day at the INTERMOT motorcycle show in Köln (Cologne), Germany. Keeping track of it has made this a bit of a hectic day, as there were a number of interesting new models, as well as major updates to existing ones, shown to the public for the first time. I’ve put up detailed posts for the various announcements, which are linked below.
BMW finally unveiled the long-awaited 6-cylinder touring bikes announced a couple of months ago. The K1600GT will replace the K1300GT, while the K1600GTL will replace the K1200LT.
Kawasaki introduced two new models, as well as a top-to-bottom revision of the venerable ZX-10R. The new models include a budget sport-tourer based on the Z1000, called the Ninja 1000, and a new Dark Custom touring cruiserm known as the Vaquero.
Austria’s KTM showed off two new models that won’t be seen on the streets here in the US: the Duke 125 for beginning riders in Europe, and a track-only version of the RC8.
Suzuki rolled out the updated models of the GSX-R series, with updated engines, as well as significant weight loss.
Ducati displayed the new 1198 SP, which replaces the 1198 S, and listed some nice upgrades that will show up on 2011’s base model of the 1198, too.
Triumph announced the new model of the Thunderbird, called the storm, with a beefier engine than the base model.
And this is only the beginning. It seems a lot of manufacturers are still holding cards up their sleeves that they are waiting to drop on the table at EICMA next month in Italy.
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