A couple of weeks ago, Motostrada graciously invited us to join them at the EICMA 2019 in Milan, Italy. Motostrada is the exclusive Philippine importer of CFMoto, MV Agusta, and Zontes motorcycles (among other brands they currently handle), and EICMA is arguably the biggest motorcycle exposition on the planet, where most motorcycle manufacturers launch their newest bikes and/or concepts. CFMoto and Zontes may not ring a bell like the Italian MV Agusta brand does but these two giant Chinese manufacturers have made big strides in terms of product development and quality in recent years. Without further ado, here are the new models we could expect from Motostrada in model year 2020.
A day before the opening of EICMA 2019 at Milano Rho Fiera, CFMoto held an exclusive preview of their newest models at the historic Officine del Volo events venue for the benefit of the international press. Cloaked in absolute secrecy prior to its unveiling, even dealer principals were clueless on what to expect until the covers were drawn. Quite expectedly, it was the crowd drawer at the CFMoto booth in EICMA. The 700CL-X comes in three distinct flavors: Heritage, Sport, and Adventure.
The three models share the same technical specifications except for a few variations in paint scheme/graphics, handlebar position, footpeg position, and wheels and tire combo depending on the model. The Heritage, for example, sports a low and wide leather seat, multi-spoke aluminum rims shod with Pirelli MT60 RS tubeless tires, wide handlebars and mid-set footpegs for a more comfortable upright riding position. The 700CL-X Sport, on the other hand, has lower set clip-ons, semi-rear set footpegs, and 17-inch front and rear cast aluminum rims shod with Pirelli Diablo Rosso tires. The 700CL-X Adventure shares a lot with the Heritage but only with higher positioned handlebars, a windscreen, and wire-spoke wheels wrapped in Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tires.
All three variants are powered by a newly developed liquid-cooled parallel twin motor that displaces 692.2 cc and pumps out a claimed 74 hp and 49 lb-ft of torque. Interesting features are LED lights, large LCD instrument cluster with Bluetooth connectivity for mobile phone pairing, USB charging port, limp home mode, and standard cruise control. Safety features include ABS, ignition protection, and a rollover sensor. According to CFMoto, expect the 700CL-X to arrive in the Philippines in the third quarter of 2020.
Another interesting display at the CFMoto booth in EICMA this year was the Evolution A all-electric ATV concept. This forward-thinking ATV concept features high-tech LED lighting, ride modes, suspension modes, and airless tires. The Evolution A may not see production in the near future but it shows the innovation capabilities of CFMoto.
MV Agusta’s booth was rarely without people. In the two days that we visited the EICMA show, their booth was always teeming with activity. And it’s not difficult to see why. Theirs has some of the most beautiful bikes on display. Starting with the Superveloce 800. First seen at the EICMA show in 2018 as a concept, MV Agusta rolled out the production version in just 12 months and it’s as stunning to look at as the concept. Two versions were unveiled; the Superveloce 800 Serie Oro and the regular Superveloce 800. This was the first time the firm launched the regular version of a Serie Oro bike. Usually the regular version comes out a year after the Serie Oro.
The Superveloce 800 is based on the existing F3 800 sportbike, only with a retro-inspired bodywork designed by MV Agusta’s British styling master, Mr. Adrian Morton. The Serie Oro gets unique wire spoke wheels, signature silver and red paintwork, Arrow exhaust system, carbon fiber fairings, Alcantara seat, CNC-machined parts, a leather tank strap, and a special fuel cap. The regular Superveloce 800, on the other hand, gets plastic fairings, F3 wheels, and no leather strap and special fuel cap. Both bikes however get the same 5-inch TFT display, up/down quick-shifter, cruise control and Bluetooth mobile integration. Interestingly, the Superveloce 800 Serie Oro produces 5 more horsepower than the regular Superveloce 800; 153 hp at 13250 rpm vs. 148 hp at 13000 rpm, 250 rpm lower than the Serie Oro.
Then there’s the Brutale 1000RR. A few months after launching the limited edition Brutale 1000 Serie Oro, MV Agusta has unveiled the mass production version Brutale 1000RR at the EICMA 2019. Unlike the Serie Oro, the regular Brutale 1000RR gets forged aluminum wheels instead of carbon fiber and stainless steel bolts instead of titanium. But, it still gets the same oval-shaped headlight, large fuel tank, tiny tail with integrated LED, aero fins next to the radiator, IMU assisted cornering lights, electronically adjustable suspension and steering damper, Brembo Stylema brakes, and a generous serving of carbon fiber parts. While the Serie Oro produces 211 hp, the 1000RR makes a slightly lower 208 hp.
Perhaps one of the most visually stunning motorcycles at the MV Agusta booth this year was none other than the Rush 1000. Based on the new Brutale 1000RR, the Rush 1000 is designed to rip down the dragstrip and reach a top speed of 300 km/h. Unlike the Brutale 1000RR, the Rush uses radial valves and titanium connecting rods, a first for production bikes according to MV Agusta. The engine produces 208 hp in stock trim but 212 hp is possible with a performance exhaust system and ECU tuning. Like the bike it’s based on, the Rush also get active Ohlins suspension and steering damper, adjustable traction control, up/down quick shifter, Brembo Stylema monoblock brakes, and IMU-controlled cornering lights. The Rush 1000 has a generous serving of carbon fiber too, including the rear wheel cover, its most distinctive design feature that offers the best aerodynamic performance according to Mr. Judah Sangaran, Head of Sales Far East of MV Agusta.
This little known Chinese brand has big things going for it. They displayed five models in EICMA, and these are the U125, R310, X310, T310, and V310. Some of you may be familiar with the R310, X310, and the T310 because they are currently available in the Philippines. The big news for 2020, however, is that the R310 and X310 are getting fancy one-sided swingarms, a feature often seen on premium motorcycles. One-sided swingarms allow for easy removal of the rear wheel without affecting drive-chain tension. New for 2020 are the U125 and V310. Little details were available about the U125 but its spec sheet shows that it is powered by a liquid-cooled single cylinder 125cc motor and is equipped with dual-channel Bosch ABS. Style-wise, it looks like a scaled down R310 and for a 125cc bike, it looks premium.
The V310, on the other hand, looks very promising if you’re into small displacement cruisers. With a smooth and flowing profile, the V310 is undeniably handsome to look at from any angle. A low seat, slightly forward-mounted foot controls and wide handlebars should give it a proper cruiser riding comfort and handling. It shares the same 312cc liquid-cooled and fuel-injected single cylinder motor with the R310, X310, and T310, so it should be as smooth and eager. This is a production-ready model, so it should arrive in the Philippines sooner rather than later if Motostrada decides to bring it in.