I’m a serious car lover, but I also dig motorcycles. And this is the time of year that the two-wheelers pull into New York City in force.
Running through the weekend, the New York Motorcycle Show is at the Javits Center on Manhattan’s West Side.
We took it all in last year and came back for more in 2017. There were a few trends. One as the notable absence of Ducati, on of the world’s major bike brands. Another was the ongoing roll-out of stylish throwback bikes, typified by the expansion of Royal Enfield outside its home market on India and setting up shop in the US.
Check out all the cool sights:
The 2017 show pulls into the Javits Center.
No weapons allowed!
Progressive’s Flo gets her ride on.
Let’s face it, the aesthetics of motorcycling can be a bit … scary?
Anyway, how about some bikes? Lets start with … Harley-Davidson!
The US manufacturer has been giving us two wheels good for 115 years.
A Superflow in sassy yellow.
And a big ol’ Street Glide.
Some groovy Harley branding.
And a three-wheeler!
Harleys are all-American, and that means large bikes that can tackle freeways.
Well, most of the time. This Street Rod is aiming squarely at the urban hipster crowd. Take that, Ducati Scrambler!
Time to try on a helmet! In this case, a basic Bell model
No shortage of helmets — the most essential piece of rider safety gear.
What’s this? Why, it’s a Ural bike with a sidecar. Urals hail from Russia and have a devoted following among the sidecar-loving crowd.
I had to hop on.
Sturdy riding gloves from Furygan, a French company that also created …
… my favourite riding jacket from the show.
It’s a stylish suit of Gallic leather armour for your torso.
Let’s get to the highlight of the event: Royal Enfield, a legendary brand that’s been around since the early 1900s, is now based in India, but that’s coming to America in a bigger way.
For me, the bike of the show: the Continental GT 650. This bonkers-cool cafe racer has Royal Enfield’s new air-cooled parallel-twin engine.
Here’s the Classic Stealth. Sweet styling!
Royal Enfield sells 700,000 bikes a year worldwide, but has only been in North America for about two years, so most of its business is in India. The plan is to attack the market for hip riders seeking a medium-size bike with gobs of old-school cred. For 2017, they were the star of the NY show.
Let’s pay a visit to Harley’s main US competitor, Indian.
Here’s a Scout FRTR1200.
And a Scout Bobber. Looking fresh in matte black.
A Chieftain Dark Horse — a big cruiser bike.
No shortage of scooters on the floor. Here’s a Honda Ruckus. Just behind it is a baby blue Honda Metropolitan, based on …
… the legendary Vespa.
Here’s a Yamaha XMax, a so-called “maxi scooter.”
And an entire line of big scooters from BMW.
But BMW also brought some motorcycles.
I know I’ve been zeroing on US brands and some throwback styles — my personal thing — but the Japanese makers were at the show in force. Who can overlook the famous Kawasaki Ninja?
Not to mention my favourite new sport bike of the past few years, the Honda CBR 300R.
Of course, Honda makes something for everybody, from the old-school CB1100 …
… to the entry-level Rebel.
Polaris-owned Slingshot brought a passel of three-wheeled machines.
Suzuki delivered my second-favourite bike of the show, this marvellous little S 40 Boulevard. Slim!
But also a massive lineup of larger boulevard cruisers.
It wouldn’t be a motorcycle show without some vintage bikes.
That’s what I’m talkin’ about!
There was even a Jet-Ski!
And let’s not forget powersports ATVs, such as this little fella from Honda.
In fact, motorcycles for smaller riders, like these from Suzuki, were all over the place.
Teen learning to ride would dig this set of wheels: the Kawasaki KLX 140.
But let’s not forget that the US bike market is all about VERY BIG MOTORCYCLES. The Suzuki Boulevard with studded saddle bags is exhibit A.
And BMW isn’t going to left in the lurch on that front. That’s a K 1600 GTL, kitted out for comfort on a long ride.
Flo says, “See ya next year!”
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