International Motorcycle Shows Stop in Long Beach, California

Bikeland visited the International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach California on an upbeat Press Day where we got a sneak peek at Triumph's newest models, as well as all the attractions the show has to offer. Full coverage and photos follow... Remember that you can enter to win free tickets to the Show's stop near you courtesy Bikeland and Advanstar!

by Jon Row

Triumph introduces new models at Long Beach

Triumph used the Long Beach show to introduce no less than seven new models. Details on all models coming up tomorrow.

Designed for city and the open road, the Tiger 800 is said to feature a very smooth, broad powerband and adjustable seat height that can be as low as 31.9 inches to make it “an adventure bike for the masses.”

Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Competition

500 custom motorcycles are vying for $90,000 prize money in Progressive’s 12- show nationwide contest; Long Beach featured plenty of unique entries in the Freestyle, Modified Harley and Performance categories.

OEM specials and concept bikes

In recognition of Ben Spies Moto GP rookie of the year award, Yamaha commissioned Roland Sands to build him this WRF450 Supermoto for “quick runs to the grocery store”.

Custom Star Stratoliner Deluxe by Yamaha and fabricator/artist Carlos Avelar

Honda gave three of its American R&D stylists free reign with various VTX 1300 powered models and came up with some interesting concept units:

The Furious Fury A 45-degree raked, neo classic hard tail with 23 inch front wheel and a metal flake plus “variegated leafing” paint scheme.

The Slammer ---Based on a blacked out 2010 Honda Stateline it features air ride suspension, NAV multimedia 500 watt stereo system with 10” woofer and a 23 inch front wheel that required no frame mods.

The Switchblade---Using a 2010 Honda Sabre base, the Switchblade uses Moto GP and F1 styling elements, full carbon fiber bodywork, 3 way adjustable race suspension. The single sided swing arm swaps the shaft for a 535 chain drive

Honda reps were soliciting feedback from show visitors.

Two Cobra concepts from Honda were drawing a lot of attention from media and consumers.

BMW displays its “Concept C” commuter scooter which was first seen at EICMA. Rear view cameras replace mirrors. LED headlights and other automotive features are part of BMWs pending automobile alternative for Europe and possibly North America. Blue tires are just a BMW styling whim and not under consideration.

BMW focused special attention on their new K1600GTL 6 cylinder touring bike’s Adaptive Headlight system and predicts riders will find its safety benefits as beneficial as ABS and Traction Control.


Todd Huffman, Producer of The Motocross Files TV series, and Danny La Porte, first American FIM 250cc World Motocross Champion sign copies of Huffman’s latest: The Carlsbad USGP 1980: One Day Of Magic celebrating the famous Marty Moates win.

Famed filmmaker Peter Starr, with a newly remastered, special edition DVD of his classic "Take It To The Limit," includes a poster collage of Barry Sheen, Stevie Baker, Russ Collins, Mike Hailwood and more.

Bruce Porter shows off Arai’s new XC Ram “extended coverage” open face helmet with 50 millimeter longer cheek panels.

Eagle Rider’s David Goff and Duncan Williams are pleased. Business is up 20% this year with 900 units rented for Sturgis alone. Eagle Rider now has 73 U.S. and 2 Canadian rental locations.

AMA girls want you to join up

American Honda’s Jennifer Lee, a sport bike and track day enthusiast, checks out an all white VTX.

California Superbike School’s Keith Code is pretty happy with the new BMW S1000RR . Over 1,500 of his school’s 2,700 students nationwide rode the S1000 this year. Code schools report a 40% reduction in their already low “incident” rate thanks to the 1000RR’s advanced traction control.

Suzuki gave Elena Myers, their 16 year old road race phenom, a $1,000 Christmas check in recognition of her becoming the first woman to win an AMA pro road race. More money is also Suzuki’s promise with its $4,000,000 dollar 2011 race contingency program, said to be the best in the industry.

Ducati brings in Nicky Hayden to support one of its biggest markets. Posing with the all new Diavel, Hayden joked that it has extra horsepower he may borrow for his Moto GP bike.

Long Beach vendor quantity and quality was up considerably from last year and though rain lightened Fridays day attendance, most reported brisk business.

View more pictures from the show in our 2009/2010 International Motorcycle Show Gallery

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