Matchless Model X and the Top 10 Bikes to see at EICMA



EICMA, the biggest motorcycle show of the year, is showcasing some outstanding bikes…

One of the oldest marques in motorcycling, Matchless is using EICMA 2014 to celebrate its 115th birthday. The former English motorcycle company is better known today for fashionable clothing items worn by celebrities, but Matchless wouldn’t be at EICMA this year just to introduce a new jacket.

Instead, the marque is announcing its comeback to motorcycling with the Model X Reloaded. Designed by Franco Malenotti (who has previously worked with Honda, Morini, Ducati, Bimota, KTM and Aprilia) the Model X Reloaded has a twinge of a steampunk look to it.

A mixture of tradition, technology and elegance, the Model X is powered by a fuel-injected 1916cc S&S V-Twin. Suspension components appear to be a modified girder-type fork in front with dual shocks in the rear (one under the engine, the other just under the seat). Brake calipers use 12-pistons in front, six in the rear, while seat height, bars, headlight and footpegs are all adjustable. The Matchless is obviously a niche machine, but the brand’s revival with a product this unique deserves a spot on our list.

Click here to see the 9 other bikes.

EICMA, the biggest motorcycle show of the year, is just around the corner. Hosted in Milan, EICMA is the international stage where the major (and some minor) manufacturers will reveal their new models.

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