Crowds, Motorcycles, and Sunshine
2007 International Motorcycle Show in San Mateo Presented by Toyota
KTM Racer: The KTM display featured this lovely racer
The 2007 International Motorcycle Show in San Mateo featured the expected assortment of motorcycle manufacturers, accessory vendors, and crowds. Manufacturers large and small were in attendance, presenting their latest offerings to an eager crowd.
The weather was superb compared to past years' events; event organizers claim over 41,000 in attendance - the motorcycle parking lots were full all weekend.
Close-up: Dwight prepares for a macro shot on a BMW K1200R at the 2007 Cycle World International Motorcycle Show in San Mateo.
These events are offer a good opportunity to try out bikes and accessories from many manufacturers in one place - motorcycles, helmets, jackets, gloves, you name it. Some manufacturers had other product lines on display: personal watercraft, generators, and the like. Whatever your interest in motorcycling, it's a great opportunity to immerse yourself in motorcycle and motorsports technology.
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Cycle World Display
As usual, the Cycle World display hosted outstanding customs. It's always worth heading over to their display to see what's cooking.
"The Hellion" Custom V-Twin: Owned by Gregg DesJardin, built by Gregg's Customs.
"Revelation": Close-up of the 'Revelation' custom motorcycle's fuel tank
Manufacturers big and small were in attendance as usual. Here are some highlights:
The 'Big Names'
BMW was showing off the usual assortment of finely crafted motorcycles. The floor display was busy with lots of visitors, reps, and other lovely people.
BMW Motorrad Girl (I): One of the Beautiful BMW Motorrad Girls.
2008 BMW R1200R Side: With Cristal Grey Metallic paint.
Questions, questions: Dwight takes a moment to answer questions for one of the BMW workers at the 2007 International Motorcycle Show in San Mateo, California.
Visitors showed much interest in the newly-announced 1125R. One visitor observed that it might be difficult selling them at the H-D dealerships, now that the 1125R has no H-D motor or other heritage...
2008 Buell Firebolt XB12R - Hang On!: Show attendee having fun on the 2008 Buell Firebolt XB12R.
Checking out the Buell 1125R: The crowd gawks at the Buell 1125R.
2008 Ducati 848 - Rear: The 2008 Ducati 848 tail section looks sharp.
Happy Kid on a 2008 Ducati SportClassic GT: Mom's happy too!
2008 Ducati 848 - Headlight: Front view of the 2008 Ducati 848.
Doug Polen World Superbike Racer
Doug Polen Superbike: Doug Polen's Ducati Superbike was on display.
The Harley-Davidson floor display was busy as always. Even with recent sales slowdowns, H-D draws big crowds, and people were trying out the new models as well as the classics.
Sportster Tank Close-up: Lovely paint on a 2008 H-D Sportster
2008 Harley-Davidson - Night Rod: 2008 Harley-Davidson VRSCD Night Rod in Crimson Red Denim.
We didn't see much action at the Honda display. They had the usual selection on display, and there were occasional visitors. Perhaps this is due to lack of significant new product introductions this year. They did have some interesting bikes on display, but not much new that I could see.
2008 Honda CBR600RR Graffiti: The Graffiti color option on the 2008 Honda CBR600RR costs $300 more than the standard colors for a list price of $9,899.
2008 Honda CBR1000RR Exhaust: MotoGp inspired exhaust of the 2008 Honda CBR1000RR.
Trying one on for size - Yamaha R1: A guy and his gal trying out a Yamaha R1
2008 Yamaha YZF-R6 Yellow - Flame Detail: Detailed photo of the 2008 Yamaha R6 with Cadmium Yellow and Flames paint. The black and yellow ghost flames look very nice.
2008 Yamaha YZF-R6s Raven: The Raven paint scheme looks great on this 2008 Yamaha YZF-R6s.
Kawasaki had some outrageous stuff on display - there was an incredible ZX-14-based custom drag bike that drew big crowds.
Monster Kawasaki ZX-14 Custom - Side (II): Wild custom drag bike
Kawasaki Personal Watercraft: Here's a long shot view of the Kawasaki floor display
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