With winter fast approaching, the season for the Cycle World International Motorcycle Show Series (presented by Toyota trucks) begins. The shows travel to 13 cities across the US, starting in Fort Worth, Texas and ending in Atlanta, Georgia. Last weekend the show series stopped in a cold and snowy Seattle, Washington whetting the appetites of Pacific Northwest riders. The Seattle show featured models from over 15 manufacturers, products from the aftermarket and local vendors selling accessories.
This year's show gave the public a chance to view the 2006 model lineups, including a few bikes not even available to the press, such as Kawasaki's new ZX-14.
The annual shows provide a meeting place for friends, riding partners and riding groups to share stories and plan for next year's adventures. Many Bikeland readers attended the event, including an appearance by contributing columnist and world land speed record holder Doug Meyer.
Several Bikeland.org readers were treated to free admission courtesy of our friends at HJC/Chatterbox.
This year featured more production street legal Super Motards, including new offerings from Aprilia and Husqvarna. Beautiful but expensive machinery, we questioned if the advancements in the manufacture of Super Motards was defeating the purpose of the bike; a "rat bike" in origin, the latest Super Motards are now so pricey you'll definetly have to worry if they get knocked over or scratched.
With Seattle checked off the list, the Cycle World International Motorcycle Show moves on to Long Beach, California December 9 - 11.
To find the show nearest you, visit their website at motorcycleshows.com/