NYC mc show
William K Denton
wkdenton at verizon.net
Sat Dec 29 22:30:36 PST 2007
Finally got to meet the esteemed author, Ralph Angelo Jr., at the NYC mc
show yesterday. Had a nice chat. Hope to see him on the road soon for a
The show was good, less chopper stuff and perhaps overall slightly smaller
than 2006, but very crowded for a Friday, as it was the Tweener Friday
(between Christmas and New Years) instead of in January as in years past.
Here are some of my thought FWTW...
Top three bikes (for me) at the show:
1) MotoGuzzi Norge - probably the eventual replacement for the GPz1100,
as I love 90º V-twins and have always wanted a goose
2) Buell 1125R - Wow, what a bike. If I was ever going to buy a Buell,
this one would be it. Liquid cooled v-twin Rotax mill w/ four pipes (one
per valve), awesome styling and a very clean design. Very nice.
3) BMW F800ST - Very clean, tight, balanced design, handsome and looks to
be very functional and fun. Narrow, counterbalanced 360º upright twin
should make all the right noises and is perhaps my favorite BMW right now.
Sport Tourer Comparo - Concours vs FJR1300 - My money is on the FJR1300. It
looks nicer in so many ways, and being a six year model now, Yammy has
refined most, if not all, of the bugs out of it. Just about the perfect IL4
ST. The new Connie looks fat and not as well proportioned, and if it's even
80% as powerful as the ZX14, I know I wouldn't like to ride it.
Best Value - Hyosung GT250R $3,699 - A fully faired 1/4 liter class
sportbike with DOHC eight valve technology, adjustable rearsets, adjustable
hand controls, digital display, upside down forks, and more all for <$3,700.
The 250cc v-twin is an awesome machine, my '90 VTR250 was the smoothest
running engine I've ever owned and some of the most fun I've ever had while
getting 65mpg. And don't scoff at Hyosung... the Koreans have been making
mc's for over 30 years. Hyosung also makes the engines for the Suzuki
SV650, which is why their GT650S looks like a clone. If you've never been
on a 250cc
Best odd-ball - Ural "Gear-Up" model two-wheel drive sidecar rig - What can
I say... I love the Ural w/ side car. BMW flat twin clone, four speeds
forward plus reverse, two wheel drive rear, searchlight mounted on sidecar
for passenger fun and spotting deer. Talk about a 12 month mc, this is it.
I have to find room in my garage for one of these. Anyone want to buy three
1) No concept bikes, especially the Yamaha XS V1, Yamaha's XS/XV style
reincarnation that appeared at the Tokyo show. I really wanted to see that
one in the flesh after reading about it and seeing photos on the net. Oh
2) No V-Max. No sneak peak... nothing, not even a peep about it at the
show. Even the guys at Star Motorcycles were bummed.
3) Triumph - Once again, a no-show at the show
Interesting bikes I would never buy
1) HD StreetRod - Humanely placed foot controls, but I still hate the
whole jukebox radiator thing, and the price? Pulleeease...
2) MV Agusta Brutale - It looks scarier to ride than the ZX14, and I know
firsthand that the ZX14 is very scary.
3) Victory Vision - Still looks like a cartoon to me. Better looking w/o
the tail trunk, but still too George Jetson
Uninteresting bikes I would never buy - Every Kawasaki, Suzuki and Honda
cruiser. They've all gotten bulbous and remind me of late 50's Buicks
Bill in Yardley, PA
wkdenton at verizon.net
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