International Motorcycle Supershow: Indianapolis Coverage

Saturday February 16th, 2013 Red, Wheels, ShrewsieQ, Funks and I attended the International Motorcycle Super Show at the Indianapolis Convention Center.

The main exhibit hall contained the show while down the hall the 2013 Dealer Expo was in full swing. See Red's post on Day 1 of the Dealer Expo.

Decorating the edges of the show where bikes participating in the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show. Lots of custom bikes with more time into them than I can fathom. Check out the slideshow below to see good a number of them.

There was no particular bike or brand I was looking for however, I knew I wanted to hop on a V-Strom and a Versys. Disappointingly though Kawasaki did not have a presence at the Indianapolis show. I did enjoy seeing the Yamaha Ténéré even though the name is off-putting.

Triumph had a good number of bikes present at the show. Immediately the Scrambler caught my eye which was nestled up close to a Thruxton.

It was nice to see a number of smaller singles. Suzuki brought along their 2013 TU250X, if I was doing a lot of commuting or day rides, I think this would be a great bike.

Of course Ducati was there with their fashion show. I'm sure it drew in a good amount of attention but for myself it felt out of place. Though on opposite spectrums in the bike world, Harley and Ducati do a great job in supporting the lifestyle of their brands. I'm just, at this point, not as much of a brand loyalist, keeping me nimble to move from one brand to another without suffering a large wardrobe loss.

We spent about 5 hours at the show.  Many of todays trends have birthed some great offerings from several different companies. The smaller bikes are definitely developing a marketable niché. The cruisers look sleeker featuring smooth lines and thicker pipes. The adventure crowd is being catered to nicely. And a number of electric motorcycle companies are surfacing with increasingly affordable offerings.

So far this looks like a start of a pretty good year.

Some notables for myself:
2014 Suzuki Vstrom
2013 V-Strom 650

2011 Triumph Tiger 800XC - One of the Portland to Dakar Bikes

2013 Triumph Scrambler - I'm a softy for scramblers.

Red sporting our new Self Sufficient Slackers t-shirt

2013 Super Ténéré

G 650 Sertao

Red and ShrewsieQ

Below is a collection of images from the show.


Gymi Kroeter said...

Like the new T Shirt.

red said...

Thanks Gymi. It was a mad rush to get them done before the shows. I love the tire track. Smmwheels came up with the design.

ShrewsieQ said...

Thanks for mentioning the electro-cycles! Red and I are now on the Zero Cycle mailing list and hope to test ride one soon.

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