Posted: 02 Oct 2013
With the 2014 Show Season fast approaching, it’s starting to look as though 2014 could be a huge year for new models.
One to watch out for is the naked version of BMW’s 200bhp S1000RR, which is set to go into direct competition with KTM’s 180bhp naked offering. Kawasaki have also put teasers out about a revamped Z1000 to be unveiled at the Milan Motorcycle Exhibition, EICMA. The Japanese manufacturer have been sketchy on details although speculation suggests the new Z1000 will boast the engine from a ZX10R in an attempt to compete with the BMW and KTM.
Rumours in the Italian press suggest Honda are to unveil a road-going version of the RC213V that Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa campaign in the MotoGP championship. While it’s expected the road-going GP machine will be unveiled in Milan in November it won’t be released until 2015.
There’s also speculation surrounding a new Honda CBR10000RR for 2013. With no major upgrade to Honda’s Superbike since 2008, the Fireblade has started to lag behind competitors – particularly on the race track. The recent announcement that Jonathan Rea will remain with the PATA Honda team in World Superbikes has sparked further speculation about a new blade for 2014, after Rea had earlier suggested he was looking for a more competitive ride.
Speaking of World Superbikes, MV Agusta are said to be releasing three new models this Autumn and with an entry to the Superbike championship planned for next year an updated race-ready F4 could be on the cards. The Italian marque are also rumoured to be introducing their 800cc triple motor into a touring range.
Rumour has it Yamaha are to release a number of new models at EICMA this year with expectations they’ll be introducing their new triple cylinder engine to a number of new models following the successful release of the MT09. Bike Social sources originally anticipated five new models for Yamaha this year but there’s reason to ponder whether there will be more.
Bike Social will be live from EICMA this November bringing you all the latest news on model year 2014, watch this space!