EICMA 2023, one of the most prestigious international motorcycle exhibitions, witnessed a dazzling display of innovation and cutting-edge technology from various motorcycle manufacturers. Alongside Hero MotoCorp, other renowned brands seized the spotlight at this grand event, introducing their latest offerings and concepts.
Honda’s Impressive Lineup
Honda, a giant in the motorcycle industry, showcased an array of exciting models at EICMA.
1. Honda CB1000 Hornet: This new flagship naked bike stands out with its 150hp+ power output, derived from the 2017 Fireblade’s engine. A steel twin-spar frame, USD fork, and monoshock suspension from Showa ensure impressive handling. The 5-inch TFT dash offers control over various riding aids, including three default riding modes and traction control.
2. Honda CB650R and CBR650R: These popular inline-four middleweights received updates in design and technology, featuring a new TFT dashboard for 2024. They also incorporate Honda’s innovative E-Clutch technology.
3. Honda CB500 Hornet and NX500: These middleweight bikes, powered by a 471cc parallel-twin engine producing 47.5hp and 43Nm, feature a 5-inch TFT display and new traction control for 2024.
4. Honda CBR600RR: Making a comeback after more than six years in Europe, this legendary supersport bike is now Euro 5-compliant, boasting a powerful 599cc, inline-four engine. It offers advanced rider aids, including riding modes, cornering ABS, traction control, wheelie control, and an electronic steering damper.
5. Honda SC e: concept: A glimpse into Honda’s electric future, this electric scooter concept will debut in 2025 and aims to cater to European A1 license holders with a peak power output not exceeding 15hp.
Kawasaki’s Middleweight Duo and Z7 Hybrid
Kawasaki unveiled two new middleweight models at EICMA, both featuring the same 451cc parallel-twin engine.
Kawasaki Ninja 500 and Z500: Power and Performance
Full details about the powerplant have not yet been revealed, but it’s worth noting that both the Ninja 500 and Z500, despite being called “500cc models,” are powered by the same 451cc parallel-twin engine, which recently made its debut in the Eliminator 500. This engine offers a broad torque spread and a lower redline compared to the more focused Ninja 400. In its cruiser format, it produces 45.4hp at 9000rpm and 42.6Nm at 6000rpm, making it an ideal fit for these new models.
Both the Ninja 500 and Z500 feature a slip-and-assist clutch and are housed in Kawasaki’s typical trellis frame, promising reassuring handling and an approachable seat height. These qualities make them beginner-friendly, and both bikes are A2-compliant in Europe, further enhancing their accessibility to a wider range of riders.
On the features front, both models come with LCD displays as standard. For those seeking more advanced features, the higher-spec SE versions are equipped with a Bluetooth-equipped TFT display and a USB-C charging port, making them well-prepared for modern connectivity. Keyless ignition is another notable feature that enhances the convenience of these motorcycles.
Considering Kawasaki’s history of offering a wide range of models in India, including the Ninja 400 and the ZX-4R, it’s highly likely that the Ninja 500 will become available in the Indian market in the near future. Additionally, the Z500 may join the lineup, offering Indian riders even more options in the middleweight segment.
Kawasaki’s Hybrid Motorcycle Lineup Expansion
In addition to the two new 500cc models, Kawasaki also expanded its hybrid motorcycle lineup at EICMA 2023. The range, which initially started with the Ninja 7 Hybrid last month, has now grown to include its naked sibling, the new Z 7 Hybrid. Like the Ninja hybrid, the Z 7 Hybrid features the same 451cc parallel-twin motor powering the Ninja 500 and Z500, paired with a 9kW traction motor. This combination brings the total output up to an impressive 58hp, aligning it with its faired sibling in terms of power.
What sets the Z 7 Hybrid apart is its hybrid capability, offering up to 12km of electric-only riding before the internal combustion engine (ICE) engages to charge the battery. An ‘Eco-Hybrid’ mode provides a blend of electric and combustion power, allowing riders to choose between manual or automatic gearshifts. Manual shifting is operated via a switch on the left handlebar, eliminating the need for a clutch lever and enhancing the overall riding experience.
Kawasaki’s expansion of its hybrid lineup demonstrates a commitment to innovative and eco-friendly mobility solutions, providing riders with even more options to choose from.
With these exciting unveilings, Kawasaki continues to push the boundaries of performance, technology, and sustainability in the world of motorcycles, catering to a diverse range of riders’ preferences and needs. These models promise an exhilarating future for motorcycle enthusiasts worldwide, emphasizing Kawasaki’s dedication to innovation and accessible high-performance options for riders in various markets.
Suzuki’s New Additions
Suzuki, another respected motorcycle manufacturer, presented two new bikes at EICMA.
1. Suzuki GSX-8R: Based on Suzuki’s 776cc engine platform, the GSX-8R offers impressive performance. While specific output figures are yet to be disclosed, its full-fairing design and user-friendly features set it apart.
2. Suzuki GSX-S1000GX: This sport-touring crossover model is built on the same platform as the GSX-S1000 GT. It features a tall stance, a beefier subframe, and advanced Showa electronic suspension. The GSX-S1000GX boasts cornering ABS and traction control, thanks to a six-axis IMU. The bike’s launch in India is anticipated, where it would compete with models like the Kawasaki Versys 1000 and the BMW S 1000 XR.
Royal Enfield’s Electric Endeavor
Royal Enfield, an iconic Indian brand, showcased not only its new Himalayan but also the Himalayan EV test bed. While the Himalayan 450 pre-bookings have opened, the Himalayan EV prototype represents Royal Enfield’s commitment to electric powertrains and innovation. Although the prototype might not result in an immediate production model, it serves as a testing ground for future electric offerings.
The Hero Unveils
Hero MotoCorp, one of India’s leading two-wheeler manufacturers, made a significant impact at EICMA 2023, where they showcased a range of exciting new products, including scooters, motorcycles, and even an electric dirt bike concept. This article highlights the key offerings presented by Hero at the prestigious event.
The Hero Xoom Series
Hero introduced new scooters under the Xoom brand, designed to cater to a variety of riders with different preferences and requirements.
1. Hero Xoom 160: This scooter is powered by a liquid-cooled, 156cc, single-cylinder engine that produces 14hp at 8,000rpm and 13.7Nm at 6,500rpm. It features Hero’s patented i3s stop-start technology and a silent starter, making it a versatile and eco-friendly choice. The Xoom 160 weighs 141 kg and offers a comfortable ride with a telescopic fork/twin shock absorber setup and 14-inch wheels fitted with dual-purpose tires. Notable features include keyless ignition, a fully digital dashboard, remote seat opening, and dual LED headlights, ensuring a modern and convenient riding experience.
2. Hero Xoom 125R: Positioned above the Xoom 110 in the lineup, the Xoom 125R is equipped with an air-cooled, 124.6cc, single-cylinder engine, delivering 9.5hp and 10.14Nm of torque. This scooter stands out with its fully digital dashboard featuring Bluetooth connectivity for turn-by-turn navigation. It also boasts sequential LED indicators, a feature commonly associated with high-end luxury cars, providing riders with a unique and advanced riding experience.
Hero’s Electric Endeavors
In addition to its internal combustion engine (ICE) offerings, Hero MotoCorp also showcased its commitment to electric mobility through the Vida brand.
1. Vida V1 Pro: The Vida V1 Pro e-scooter, while mechanically identical to the current model, now offers a ‘Coupe’ variant that eliminates the rear seat. Hero’s plans for Vida extend beyond the EICMA event, as the company intends to launch the Vida brand in Europe and the UK. They have signed distribution agreements in the United Kingdom, Spain, and France, with commercial operations set to commence in mid-2024. Hero aims to introduce its premium range of petrol motorcycles and scooters in these markets over time.
2. Vida Lynx Electric Dirt Bike Concept: Under the Vida umbrella, Hero presented the Lynx e-dirtbike concept, which is a lightweight and electric off-road machine weighing just 82kg and generating 15kW (20.4hp) of peak power. Its 3kWh battery pack provides approximately one hour of riding power, making it an exciting prospect for off-road enthusiasts. Alongside the Lynx, Hero also showcased the Acro electric bicycle designed for children, underlining their commitment to sustainable and diverse electric mobility solutions.
Hero MotoCorp’s participation at EICMA 2023 demonstrates their dedication to innovation and sustainability in the world of two-wheelers, offering a glimpse into the future of mobility with a range of compelling products. These exciting additions to Hero’s lineup emphasize the brand’s commitment to delivering high-performance, eco-friendly, and technologically advanced options for riders both in India and abroad.
EICMA 2023 highlighted the dynamic and evolving landscape of the motorcycle industry, where manufacturers from around the world are embracing new technologies and designs to meet the diverse demands of riders. These exciting unveilings promise a thrilling future for motorcycle enthusiasts worldwide, with a particular emphasis on innovation, sustainability, and the ever-expanding realm of electric mobility. As the industry continues to push the boundaries of performance and technology, riders can look forward to a host of options that cater to their individual preferences and the changing global landscape.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – EICMA 2023 Motorcycle Exhibition
Q1: What is EICMA 2023?
EICMA 2023 is one of the most prestigious international motorcycle exhibitions that showcases the latest innovations and cutting-edge technology in the motorcycle industry.
Q2: Which motorcycle manufacturers participated in EICMA 2023?
Alongside Hero MotoCorp, many renowned brands participated in EICMA 2023, introducing their latest offerings and concepts.
Q3: What were the highlights of Honda’s lineup at EICMA 2023?
Honda’s impressive lineup at EICMA 2023 included models like the Honda CB1000 Hornet, CB650R, CBR650R, CB500 Hornet, CBR600RR, and the electric SC e: concept.
Q4: What can you tell us about Kawasaki’s new middleweight models?
Kawasaki unveiled the Ninja 500 and Z500, both powered by a 451cc parallel-twin engine, promising broad torque spread, reassuring handling, and A2 compliance for accessibility.
Q5: What are some cutting-edge features of the Kawasaki Ninja 500 and Z500?
Both models come with LCD displays as standard, and higher-spec SE versions offer Bluetooth-equipped TFT displays, USB-C charging ports, and keyless ignition.
Q6: How is Kawasaki expanding its hybrid motorcycle lineup?
Kawasaki expanded its hybrid lineup by introducing the Z 7 Hybrid, featuring the same 451cc parallel-twin motor but with an added 9kW traction motor for electric capabilities.
Q7: What are the key additions to Suzuki’s lineup at EICMA 2023?
Suzuki introduced the GSX-8R, based on their 776cc engine platform, and the GSX-S1000GX, a sport-touring crossover model with advanced features and electronics.
Q8: What is Royal Enfield’s focus on electric mobility?
Royal Enfield showcased the Himalayan EV test bed, indicating their commitment to electric powertrains and innovation, even though an immediate production model might not be available.
Q9: What did Hero MotoCorp unveil at EICMA 2023?
Hero MotoCorp showcased a range of exciting products, including scooters, motorcycles, and an electric dirt bike concept under the Hero Xoom brand and the Vida brand.
Q10: When will Hero MotoCorp’s Vida brand launch in Europe?
Hero MotoCorp plans to launch the Vida brand in Europe and the UK with commercial operations set to commence in mid-2024, offering a range of petrol motorcycles and scooters in these markets.