It’s EICMA time again
Monday and Tuesday were media days at EICMA, the annual motorcycle industry show in Milan, Italy. There wasn’t much of significance on offer from the scooter biz, but what did debut follows the jump.
2016 is the 70th anniversary of the introduction of the Vespa, and to mark the occasion all Vespa models will be offered in 70th Anniversary Editions, which mostly means the color of the PX shown above, and some added accessories.
Of greater interest to the Italian domestic market is the introduction of the redesigned Piaggio Liberty and new Medley large-wheel scooters. The former is offered in 50, 125 and 150cc versions, all 4-stroke.
The Medley slots in between the Liberty and Beverly in Piaggio’s product lineup, and offers liquid-cooled versions of the Liberty’s 125 and 150 engines with start-stop capability, which reduces fuel consumption by preventing long idling. Neither the Liberty nor the Medley are likely to be sold in the U.S.
Lots of people were scratching their heads upon seeing Honda’s City Adventure Concept scooter. How exactly is an off-road scooter “urban transportation?” they ask. Well, go to any major U.S. city and count the number of Jeep Wranglers running around downtown, and this scooter actually makes sense. I suppose. And Honda was well-known for its off-road bikes back in the 1960s and 70s. “It brings that spirit of adventure to the heart of the city and underlines Honda’s commitment to researching new ways of creating unique technology to enhance and enrich its customers’ lifestyles,” sez Honda’s media release. Okay.
EICMA opens to the public on Thursday.