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:
|2013 V-Strom 650|
|Below is a collection of images from the show. |