Honda's bike bike news was dominated by the 2017 FireBlade and seeing the bikes in the metal didn't disappoint. Noticeably narrower that previous years bikes, they had a great display showing a mint 1992 a first generation 893 in classic HRC colours, a second generation Urban Tiger 918 and a 929 from 2000 and directed down to the site of the 2017 machine. Although the lineage was incomplete (no 954, 1000 RR, or RR8s for example) it highlighted how proud Honda remain of their hertiage.
The big news coming off the Ducati stand was talk of three bikes which find themselves at the exteme ends of Ducati's 2017 range. Firstly there was the new Supersport and the mini Multistrada, which is most likely taking aim at the smaller Tiger in Triumphs range and the ever growing number of bikes in BMW's GS family. The Supersport represents a bike which is reviving an older name and is in reality a Monster with a fairing, although I'm sure Ducati will disagree. The bike is supposed to sit under the 959 with a more relaxed riding position, but one that still carries that distinctive Ducati look, but hang on a second, this is the same market that the mini Strada will be sitting in isn't it?
I know Ducati are riding on the crest of a wave at the moment and I still love the brand, but I'm concerned that they are just putting out new models because they can. For proof of this, just look at the ever growing Scrambler range (also a Monster clone in my opinion). There are now six different varients all based around the same concept, with the original idea being joined by the Desert Sled, Cafe Racer (which I will admit is by far the best of the bunch) and the recently released Sixty2.