When its a few degrees above freezing and pouring down rain, what could be better than going indoors and checking out all the new bikes for next season? Here is our summary plus some photos from the 2012 Seattle Motorcycle Show.
Words and pictures by Mark DT
Anne and I had a great day this past Saturday checking out the Seattle Motorcycle show. The drive to the show from our house in Canada is only two hours including the time to cross the border, so we were happy to be there right at show opening. There were several hundred eager riders lined up waiting for them to open the doors at 9:30am.
All the big motorcycle manufacturers were there. Harley Davidson probably had the most floor space, but all the other manufacturers pulled their weight with an impressive display of all the new models we can expect to see on the road next year. The last time we attended this show was in 2010 and I have to say that this years show was much improved and seemed to have bigger crowds as well.
The custom gallery motorcycles were very impressive. Unfortunately, getting photos proved very frustrating as there were simply too many people there checking things out to be able to get good photos, and my patience wasn’t there to wait for the perfect gap to snap a shot of each bike we wanted. However one bike really caught my eye which was a skeleton themed custom that was very cool and original in a sea of custom choppers and sport bikes. You can see it in the gallery below.
Being a huge Triumph fan, we did spend a lot of time in that section. The new Trophy appears to be well deserving of the praise the motorcycle press is giving it. I could definitely feel the extra weight over my existing Tiger 1050, but the options on this motorcycle were staggering. Dual heated seats, electric windscreen, sound system…very impressive. I will make an effort to demo one this year. The new Street Triple looks real sharp with its side mounted exhaust, but the best looking Street Triple we saw was a custom 2012 with Metallic British Racing green paint, gold rims, and bar end mirrors. Very cool bike that would be a standout on any bike night gathering.
Honda and Kawasaki each had big displays with lots of new models with crowds around the new Ninja 300, the 636cc ZX-6, the new blacked out Goldwing, as well as the three new 500cc models from Honda. BMW, Ducati, and Suzuki all had big crowds as well.
There were some great deals to be found on gear, and Anne even found herself a new helmet. Expect a gear review from her in the spring on her new Scorpion lid.
The next big bike show for us is the Vancouver Motorcycle show in January in Abbottsford’s convention centre. Unfortunately, this year a vacation in the tropics will be keeping us away from that one. Even the pull of a bike show wasn’t enough to delay two weeks in the sunshine down south to escape Canada’s coldest month of the year. In the meantime enjoy the pics we managed to take from the show and don’t hesitate to take advantage of our comments section.