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.

Author: Dale Franks

Dale Franks is the former host of The Business Day, ”a daily, four-hour business and financial news program on KMNY Radio in Los Angeles. From 2002-2004, he was a contributor on military and international affairs for TechCentralStation.com. Currently, he a publisher and editor of the monthly political journal The New Libertarian, as well as an editor of the popular web log, Q and O. Dale served as a military police officer in the United States Air Force from 1984 to 1993, in variety of assignments both in the United States and Europe, where he also was assigned to the staff of the Headquarters of Allied Forces Central Europe. In addition to broadcasting, writing, and speaking on various topics, Dale has also been a long-time technical training instructor on a variety of computer software and technology subjects. Dale has also long been involved with information technology as an accomplished web designer, programmer, and technologist, serving as the corporate knowledge specialist for Microsoft Outlook at SAIC, the nation's largest employee-owned corporation. Additionally, he is the author of a number of software user guides used for classroom training by one of Southern California’'s premier computer training and consulting firms. His book, SLACKERNOMICS: Basic Economics for People Who Find Economics Boring, is available from Barnes & Noble.

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