The Progressive International Motorcycle Show was this weekend at a convention center about an hour from my house. I called up a good buddy of mine and we decided to head out there and check it out.
Almost all the manufacturers were there. The biggest notable exception was Aprillia. A little disappointing as they make some beautiful bikes. And I would like to sit on a few of them!
I’m currently kind of in the market for a new bike. Let me explain the ‘kind of’ part… I don’t need a new bike. The DR is still in mint condition but there are things about the DR that I don’t like, and before I dump piles of cash into it to fix the things I don’t like, I want to get another bike.
Let me explain some more…There are two types of riding that I like, dual sport, and hoodlum. The DR is a fantastic dual sport. In fact, I would pit it against anything else in the dual sport category. The engine is very reliable, and it’s got plenty of torque for whatever might come your way. It rides well with a load, and gets pretty good mileage. And anything you don’t like about it can be fixed with not too much cash.
However, it’s not sporty, doesn’t have ‘twist the throttle and the front tire comes up’ power, and it doesn’t corner very well. Again, all that can be fixed, but it would be at a detriment to it’s off-road capabilities. So…I need another bike!
But what? Well, that’s one of the reasons I wanted to go to the motorcycle show. It’s easier then driving around all day to different dealers. And you don’t get any salesmen bothering you.
Let me step back a second into a semi rant though. I originally wanted to get a Ural as my next bike, but that was mostly to use in the winter instead of a car. But the cost of the thing really started to wear on me. I mean come on, they aren’t even $5,000 in Russia. Don’t tell me that it costs $10k to get them here. I call bull! If they were a 6 speed with fuel injection and at least twice the horsepower then sure, I’ll drop $15-18k on a bike. But old ass tech just aint worth it in my book. ~Rant Over~
Back to what I’m looking for…There are a bunch of bikes on the list. I did chop a few off though. And they were all for the same reason. More on that later. I’m looking for a bike that is sporty, but not a sport bike. I’m looking for a bike that has gobs of power, but not ‘busa power. I wan’t something that looks cool to me,and it’s gotta make me smile when I open the garage door! It doesn’t need to carry a passenger very well or at all. It doesn’t need to get better then 50MPG. And it doesn’t need to be under a certain price range.
Some of the bikes still on the list are the Ducati Monster or Hypermotard.
Both bikes are super sexy and meet everything that I’m looking for in a second bike. The Monster fit like a glove as soon as I threw a leg over it. I really like that my knees fit perfectly in the knee pockets (?) on the gas tank. The Hyper is almost small! It looks like you could really whip it around and have some fun with it.
The next bike on the list is the Kawasaki Z1000.
Pretty cool bike. But when the Kawi booth was right next to the Ducati booth, it’s kind of like putting a Mustang next to a Ferrari. No contest!
The next bike is the Honda CB1000.
I didn’t sit on one at the show, but I did a few months ago when I was at my local Honda dealer. It’s pretty nice. But it’s a lot like the Kawi…just not as awesome as the Italians!
The next two are from Aprillia, and it’s why I was disappointed they weren’t at the show. The Dorsoduro and the Shiver.
Both are every bit as sexy as the Ducati’s. I just need to find a good dealer and go climb on them.
The Triumph Street Triple
The Street fit me better then the Speed, dunno why, and I might change my mind if I sat on both of them again!
Lastly (I think) is the KTM Super Duke.
The video of this bike gives me goosebumps. But it’s not out yet. So I can’t go drool on it!
That’s about it for the cool stuff at the show that I was looking for (there were tons of awesome dual sports there…I really like the KTM 990). I’ve dropped to posting just three days a week until the weather gets better and I can really start riding again. With that, I’ll be back on Wednesday to let you know what bikes I chopped off the list of potential new rides.