Sunday, October 4, 2009

EICMA is Coming

The Milan International Motorcycle show (EICMA) kicks off in just over one month. This is going to be a big event for CR&S. November 10, 2009 at EICMA is the time and place where CR&S unveil their new DUU motorcycle to the public.

The show runs from Tuesday November 10th until Sunday November 15th. However the first two days are for press and trade visitors only.

If you have never seen a VUN in the flesh, then EICMA will be a great place to do it. CR&S will have some beautiful examples on display. Roberto Crepaldi and other expert CR&S staff and dealers will be on hand to answer any question.

Everybody is welcome :-)

I don't have much inside information but I'm fairly sure that there will be a few new things to see for VUN owners. In any case CR&S like to put on a nice show...

Let's hope it's not too cold at this year's show.

EICMA is one huge show, one of the biggest and most important motorcycle shows in the world. For Italian motorcycle manufactures it is definitely the most important show. There will be stands from every manufacturer, for example, Ducati are expected to unveil 10 new bikes for their 2010 lineup. There will be trade stands, prototypes, parts suppliers, specialists, live shows. Like is said, it is huge.

Getting There

The address is:
SS. 33 del Sempione 28
20017 Rho (MI)

The Fiera Milano is not actually in Milan but in the satellite town of Rho, north-west of Milano.

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The EICMA 2009 website offers plenty of instructions on how to get there. It is nestled between two major highways and the Milano Tangenziale (ring road). It is also right next to a main rail line and the last stop of the Milan underground (red line).

There are nearby hotels where you can stay, but if you are traveling to Italy then you really want to stay in central Milan for the full experience. Just be aware that last time I went (in 2007) the police closed central Milan to all car traffic on Sunday (the last day of EICMA). It was only due to the discretion of a rather attractive young police woman that we were able to leave the city that day. They do this kind of thing from time to time and I have no idea when or how you can find out about it.

The best way to get to the showgrounds, from Milan, is probably by Metro (underground). Take the red line, direction RHO Fieramilano and get off at the last stop. This deposits you just outside the east gate of the exhibition grounds.

I probably won't be taking my bike since that would mean an alpine crossing above the snow line but if you are up to some winter riding then parking at the grounds is free for motorcycles.

Getting Around

The Fiera Milano is a huge place, 24 large halls in total. EICMA only occupies six of the large halls (pavilions 2, 4, 6, 10, 14 & 18). Get a map of the exhibition grounds. Last time we spent the whole day there and nearly missed seeing one of the large pavilions, the one exhibiting the Vyrus. It would have sucked to miss that.

Last time we made the mistake of going on Saturday. Despite the size of the place it was extremely crowded and it got worse as the day wore on. I would try going on a week day during working hours. By the way on the Friday entry is free for women (positive discrimination).

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