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!