Thursday, December 22, 2011

2011 Seattle Motorcycle Show

This last weekend was the international motorcycle show at the Seattle Convention Center.  I was able to attend a couple of years ago, and it was fun to come back and see what was new.  The biggest differences I noticed were that there seemed to be were fewer vendors, and far more dealership bikes.

Quite a few people had ridden to the show.  The concierge told me that the sunshine on Saturday had brought people out in droves. On Sunday, it was still a bit hard to find a spot to park.

   

The stunt team performing this year were the Smadge Brothers. They did a pretty fun trials bike routine, and made the crowd pretty happy.



Most of my time at the show was spent looking at the adventure/endurance bikes.  With fuel injection becoming more prevalent, new materials, and constant improvements to engine technology, there are a number of machines that provide light weight, excellent performance, and phenomenal gas mileage.

I am a bit of a sucker for these things.  They are like two-wheeled jeeps but with better gas mileage.  This one has a winch.  A WINCH!

Not a dual-sport, but this CB1000 looked pretty good too.

Another great tricked-out adventure bike. Sadly, even if you get an affordable vehicle, the accessories will kill your wallet. This one had a sign stating that it was equipped with a little over $10k in aftermarket accessories.  Ouch.

One of the main things I was looking for were aftermarket marker lights and front illumination to increase visibility: so I can see where I am going, and so other drivers can see where I am going.  Because there were fewer vendors, I didn't really find what I was looking for.

All in all, it was a fun show!  The every-other-year rotation seems to have worked well, and I will try and make it back for 2013!

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