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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Cycle World Show In Phoenix Next Week!

It's that time of year again when the Cycle World International Motorcycle Show visits Phoenix. October 31 through the 2nd are the dates. I've gone to the show the last two years and had a grand time. As I've written before, the show is not huge by European standards but if you love motorcycles and cannot have a good time at the Cycle World Show you're not trying.

From reading the official website, www.Motorcycleshows.com, it looks like the show has grown a bit this year with more demo rides and a wider array of bikes and scooters on display.

I've availed myself in the past of the demo rides and besides being great fun they have actually impacted my motorcycle and product buying decisions. Unfortunately it looks like Honda will be a no show for demo rides again this year. Their loss, I guess they already sell enough motorcycles in Arizona. I'll have to amused myself, hopefully, with a ride on the new Kawasaki Voyager 1700 which will make it's US debut in Phoenix.

For you Duc-philes, on Friday, Oct. 31 – Ducati will unveil the Monster 1100 for the first time in the U.S. and and for you custom bike guys there will be the a new Roland Sands Bike that will be unveiled to benefit charity. The show opens at 4 p.m. and the unveils will begin at 4:30 with Ducati.

I'll be there on Friday when the door opens and don't plan to leave until they kick me out. I've had a grand time each year not only looking at some amazing bikes but also talking to a wide range of motorcycle enthusiasts, racers, and manufacturer's reps. As always I expect to come away with a reasonable amount of freebies which is nice too. An extra motorcycle t-shirt or two keeps my wardrobe complete and in fashion for another year.

Here's the link to my visit to last year's show.

For more info, show opening times, special events, and tickets on-line visit the show web page here.

2 comments:

FLHX_Dave said...

Alright! Yeah! What am I excited for? I can't make it? Well, regardless Doug I am happy that you will be there. Hopefully you will keep us in the know when you go. You're the next best thing to being there so don't skimp on the info...please?

Jac Brown said...

Somehow, I finally looked in detail at the picture of the "Revelation" bike you published. Its cool that its a MAZDA rotary engine, although the adaptation is a little rough. I had actually studied the idea of building a motorcycle with the rotary engine, transverse in my case, and it looks like a really good idea until I found out how much the rotary weighs. I guess there is a lot of metal in those things.

Jac

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