Just three years old, the American International Motorcycle Expo has quickly established itself as the place to be for major moto-related product launches. The event, which ran from Thursday through this past weekend in Orlando, gave power sports fans a golden opportunity to check out amazing new rides, accessories and tech from the world’s leading brands. Among the most buzzed-about debuts were four motorcycles, three helmets and two amphibious vehicles that defy easy description. See what we mean below…
Honda RC213V-S Street Legal MotoGP Bike
As one of the most successful and influential brands in MotoGP history, Honda would want to introduce a motorcycle that shows off its heritage and performance capabilities. The RC213V-S is perhaps the most expensive bike in the world, but what you get is essentially the street-legal version of Honda’s MotoGP bike that has won the last two World Championships. Hand-built at Honda’s Kumamoto Factory in Japan, the RC213V-S features the finest, most highly engineered parts directly from the MotoGP bike and boasts a 101hp (US regulated) 999cc V-4 engine. MSRP: $184,000
Kawasaki World Superbike Bred Ninja ZX-10R
Fresh off capturing its first FIM World Superbike Manufacturer Championship, Kawasaki’s new Ninja ZX-10R, based off its WSBK race machine, is the most track-focused sport bike ever created by the brand. It features state-of-the-art mechanical design, resulting in improved handling and an exhilarating ride inspired by its proven success on the race track. MSRP: $16,299
Gibbs Sports Amphibians Biski Concept Vehicle
Gibbs Sports Amphibians is a new player in the powersports world but has already made a significant impact thanks to its distinction as the first manufacturer of amphibious vehicles made for both land and water. The Quadski was the company’s initial product but at AIMExpo it unveiled the Biski concept vehicle. One part motorcycle and one part jet ski, the Biski is a one-of-a-kind concept that can reach speeds of 80mph on land and 37mph on water thanks to a 55hp, 2-cylinder engine. It transitions from land to water use, and vice versa, in less than five seconds. No details on when, or if the Biski will make it to production.
Gibbs Sports Amphibians Terraquad Concept Vehicle
In addition to the Biski, Gibbs also introduced the Terraquad as a concept vehicle. Taking advantage of the increased popularity of side-by-side vehicles, the Terraquad takes the practicality and durability of a UTV (Utility Task Vehicle) and adds an ability to perform on the water. The Terraquad is the first ever amphibious side-by-side and its 140hp engine pushes it up to speeds of 50mph on land and 40mph in the water. The transition process takes just 2.5 seconds. Like the Biski, no word on when or whether the Terraquad will head to production.
6D Helmets ATS-1 Street Bike Helmet with ODS Technology
6D emerged on the helmet scene by introducing a patented concussion-prevention technology called Omni-Directional Suspension, or ODS for short, that is designed to reduce linear and angular impact by diverting the energy across a larger area. After becoming a staple in the world of motocross and BMX, 6D introduced its first full-face helmet intended for street bike use called the ATS-1 at AIMExpo, giving road riders an option to take advantage of the ODS technology for the first time. MSRP: $895
AGV Helmets AGVisor LCD Technology
A well-known and well-respected player in the helmet marketplace thanks to its sponsorship of MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi, AGV has brought an innovative helmet accessory to consumers. The AGVisor relies on electrochromatic technology to create an LCD visor that can instantly switch from a clear to tinted shield with the push of a button, signifying a major progression from the current transition-lens equipped visors currently available. The AGVisor is currently available on AGV’s Pista GP, Corsa and GT Veloce models. MSRP: $280
Sena Technologies “Smart Helmet”
A pioneer in Bluetooth technology for the everyday rider, Sena took a significant step in progression by introducing its first ever helmet at AIMExpo. Dubbed the “Smart Helmet,” it is the first helmet in the world to feature Intelligent Noise Control (INC) technology, actively controlling the loud and damaging noises associated with riding. It also features premium comfort, ergonomics and finish with its ultra light, durable carbon-fiber construction and stays true to Sena’s roots with built-in Bluetooth capability and a Plug & Play installation that can allow for up to 12 hours of talk time and 8-10 hours of radio play. Pricing has yet to be announced.
Yamaha DT-07 Dirt Track Concept
Yamaha made one of AIMExpo’s biggest unveilings with the introduction of its DT-07 dirt track concept. Based off the popular FZ-07 “naked bike,” Yamaha enlisted Jeff Palhegyi Design to create a one-of-a-kind bike that will turn heads based on both looks and performance. Its specially tuned FZ-07 twin-cylinder engine features low- to mid-range torque ideal for flat track racing, with a Graves Motorsports exhaust system and one-piece bodywork painted in Yamaha’s iconic yellow racing livery celebrating the brand’s 60th anniversary.
Zero Motorcycles FXS Supermoto
Zero has been at the forefront of electric motorcycle development since its inception, and at AIMExpo it debuted its entire lineup of 2016 models. Highlighting the debuts was the supermoto-inspired FXS. Based off its do-anything FX model, the FXS takes that ride-anywhere mentality to another level with 70ft-lb of torque and a weight less than 300 pounds, providing exceptional control and responsiveness that make it the ultimate urban motorcycle. Zero’s advancements in the lifespan of its lithium-ion cell powered motor has pushed battery range up to 197 miles in the city and 98 miles on the highway (at 70mph). MSRP: $8,495 (starting price)