Tis The Season! (almost)

Tis The Season! (almost)

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There are a few ways to get psyched up for the coming
riding season. For me, the Progressive International
Motorcycle Show at the
Jacob Javits Convention
Center in Manhattan is
usually one of them. This
year was no different
and one of my favorites
to date as far as new
machines go. I can recall
when the huge buzz
surrounded the TV show
American Chopper and
there were hundreds of
their fans (not necessarily
riders) clogging up the
show ailes waiting in line for their autographs. That definitely
was a low point for the show as far as I am concerned. This
year it seemed the ailes were wider and there was just more
thought put into the layout of the floorplan. It flowed well and
I could find pretty much anything I was looking for with ease.
The most important
reveal at the show to me,
was the all-new Honda
Goldwing. This, the moto
that’s been the industry
standard of luxury mototouring
for decades has
actually gone in more
of a sporty direction.
Dropping a staggering 90
pounds in weight was a
big change but electrical
components have been
married together to make that happen as well as a decrease
in the massive storage space the bike once had. I just love
the new look and hope to one day grab a new Wing to take it
for a spin so I can see firsthand just how these changes have
affected the machine.
Another highlight was Kawasaki’s unveiling of a few new
machines in their lineup. My favorite of the bunch was their
all-new ZX-10R which was
ridden out in front of the
gathered journalists by
none other than World
Superbike champion
Tom Sykes. I managed
to grab this selfie with
him and can honestly
say that he seemed to
be a very nice guy from
our brief encounter. I
gave him a copy of my
column dedicated to
Nicky Hayden whom he
raced against and he appeared very appreciative. Very sad
of course, but appreciative none-the-less.
Lastly Indian Motorcycles who have been stirring up quite
a buzz in recent years, displayed this prototype bike that
was simply jaw dropping. Man, I hope this bike makes it into
production. It would be a total trip to see what this moto rides
like on the road.
I encourage all of
you to check out the
Progressive International
Motorcycle Show next
year if you want to see
all that will be new for
the upcoming season.
It never ceases to get
me pumped up for all
the rides that are to
come when it finally
does warm up. That time
is apparently coming
earlier than ever this
year so get ready and ride safely!

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