|Yamaha MotoGP bike front brake.|
In all candor, the show wasn't great, most of it was booths from the big bike companies, a hand full of interesting customs, a few vintage Japanese bikes that show up at every event here, and an assortment of vendors hawking products in which no one seemed too interested.
Which comes first, a great show or good attendance? I'm thinking the show needs to up it's game a lot, including in promotion, if they expect great attendance. I had reasonable fun at the show but there is lots of room for improvement.
|Yamaha MotoGP racer|
|Yamaha Bolt custom scrambler by Hageman Motorcycles|
|A Kawasaki for the ladies|
When have adventure bikes gotten too big? I'd say when you need a winch on one.
Other stuff: Harley had their new 500cc entry level bike on display. I sat on it, it seemed nice but pretty much looks like a Honda Shadow. As my friend Brent pointed out "If everyone can copy Harley year after year I guess it's okay if Harley copies them once." Regardless, I think the bike will be a hit with entry level women riders in this country and huge overseas where regulations and high prices force riders onto smaller displacement machines. Harley seems to be doing a fine job of catering to the ladies, they even had a young woman their booth demonstrating how to pick up a dropped bike and she'd pull a woman from the audience to do it to show how it's about technique, not strength. I think that's better marketing than skull shirts and loud pipes.
A few more pictures here on Flickr