2012 Motorcycle Show
Saturday, Nov 17, 2012
I skipped the motorcycle show last year and would have skipped it this year, too, but wanted to see the new BMW GS. The San Mateo Show is down to two buildings with all of the manufacturers fitting in one. Suzuki had gobs of floor space with very little product being shown. While I was there I saw very few families. The majority were aging boomers. Perhaps thay is why the Can-Am Spyder booth was so very popular.
There was the usual display of customs around the show and the Arlen Ness creation in the first picture was one of the first bikes I saw. I don’t get customs as they don’t usually appeal to my esthetics and certainly aren’t anything I’d actually want to ride.
I got to see and swing a leg over the new GS. It does not scream out to me in a way that I MUST buy it. I’ll wait until test rides are available to make up my mind. According to one of the BMW folks I may have to wait quite a while for a bike if I decide I like it. So be it. My current GS is still running.
I wandered around the show some more. Nothing really caught my attention until I hit the Triumph booth and noticed the display of a dual sport bike with plenty of dirt on the front tire and bash plate. The top half of the bike was spotless!