The International Motorcycle Show started it's 26th year as ten's of thousands of motorcycle owners flocked to Long Beach Convention Center. What a great way to kick off the Christmas Holidays. The great thing about this show is that it's a road show hat makes several stops around the country. So the first thing you need to do is check you local listings for show dates.
To do this go to www.motorcycleshows.com or call 1-800-331-5706
This years show is a bigger extravaganza than ever. A total of 17 manufacturers putting on displays of every model of 2007 street bikes, dirt bikes, cruisers and ATV's. We also found Jet Ski's and also a massive retail mall, where riders could come in and stock up everything from helmets and gloves to every kind of motorcycle accessories you could think of. The public really seems to love spending money, as large percentage of show-goers were walking out with arm loads of new clothing.
The show features the Motocross America-"The Tour", in conjunction with the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum. This display traces the roots and evolution of motocross in the USA. Covering all of the period bikes, ridersan technology. Also in attendance were bikes from such legends as Decoster, Hannah, Bailey and Mc Grath. With a historic multimedia display.
Custom Bike fans get the rare chance to vote for one of the "People's Choice Awards". This is back again by popular demand. Everyone who buys a ticket gets a chance to vote. These awards also cover the Custom Sportbike builders. The show has an ocean of hand built, tricked-out bikes. So lots of chrome, paint and exotic performnce enhancements.
Each company that was in attendance put a real high dollar effort to ipress the public. But the real shw seater was the folks out of Bologna. Besides the Desmo Deci wowing the jaded california public. The Ducati came with all of the big guns for 2007 and a major american introduction of the new 1098 Superbike which almost over shadowed the Desmo Deci. The Ducati display was swarming with people who seemed unable to leave. As if that a surprise.
The Kawasaki made a effort for most space but lacked the ability to grab public attention. Actually the worst display was Suzuki, which lacked any lighting of any kind !! It was a black hole. All the bikes were dark colors and no lighting seemed to be a real turn-off. business at Suzuki must really great.
Ths Custom Bike builders really wnet wild and the show management gave them every inch of space to show off. This radial engine chopper was the wildest of the bunch. As you can see from the photo below. Every possible color of paint and bodywork was in attendance.
So here you can see that no idea, no matter how extreme is considered to wild.
The Guzzi folks had what was a very slick display and lots of product to show off. Now that Guzzi, Aprilia, MV Agusta and Vespa are under the controling shadow of Fiat Group. There seems to be a new breath of life. Only time will tell. Below we see serious Guzzi fans trying out anything. Although the new Black Griso went begging for attention. The world does not need another black motorcycle. The Griso has a very good overall style but the black wipes out the shape.
Once again the Red Ducati shows in stark contrast the use of color to enhance the shape and style of a classic agressive line.
So here is the source of so much excitement the stunning 1098 Superbike. This will replace the 999, and try and recapture many of the previous Ducati owners who just did not like to looks of the 999. The 1098 is rework of the whole original 916 theme. Only with a upkick in horsepower over the 999. So this looks like a winner.
Ducati's attendance was captured in this photo, where a would be owner can not seem to do anything but stare. This guy stood in one spot for at least 20 min. Even for many california's this is the first time to get up close to a Ducati. The praise for the Ducati's was almost nonstop.
Ok, just one last time........dont drool.
Back again to the choppers and this was the best paint we found on display. Now your idea may be different. But this had the most visual impact and seemed to draw large groups of people all day long.
Oh if your tired of lookin gat bikes and babes, well there is a great stunt show and we happened to just catch these guys as the flew by!
Buell had this great cut-away, to show off all the technology hidden inside the new Buell. A great hit with the public as many folks actually stopped to read and think....wow. Well in the end we cam away very impressed at the way the International Motorcycle Show has grown. this is a must see event for any bike nut.