International Motorcycle Show

Long Beach International Motorcycle Show

International Motorcycle ShowWHAT’S BETTER THAN A HUGE MOTORCYCLE SHOW RIGHT ON THE OCEAN? Cycle World Magazine’s International Motorcycle Show (IMS) wrapped up its 28th expo this weekend (Dec 5-7, 08), just outside of Los Angeles, and as usual, right on the ocean, in the Long Beach Convention Center.

This year’s annual show started its United States tour in October and will be running through to February 2009, making the following 13 stops along the way: Phoenix, Dallas, Houston, Seattle, San Mateo (outside of San Francisco), Novi (outside of Detroit), Washington DC, New York, Cleveland, Chicago, Minneapolis, and in South Carolina, all in addition to this stop in Long Beach, which is typically one of the largest of the tour.


The 55,000 attendees were crammed everywhere, exploring all things related to motorcycles, but the show’s two most prominent areas of interest were the motorbikes inside the exhibition hall and the demo rides offered outside. […]

2008 Kawasaki Concours

Kawasaki Concours14: “Motorcycle of the Year”

It’s been about a year since the completely new Kawasaki Concours14 (4 cylinder, 1400cc) was released to the public for the first time — if it seems to you it’s been longer than that, it’s because it was “announced” in 2006. So how has this Concours14 been received in its first year? To be concise: Read more about Kawasaki Concours14: “Motorcycle of the Year”[…]

2008 KLR 650

Kawasaki KLR 650: Ultimate Utilitarian Beast of Burden

I’ve been a fan of the Kawasaki KLR 650 for a loooong time. The 2008 model boasts its most significant upgrades since first being introduced in 1987. The bike is uniquely famous as an all-around, reliable beast-of-burden for taking you and stuff along either pavement and/or off-road adventures. As is the norm for any dual-purpose Read more about Kawasaki KLR 650: Ultimate Utilitarian Beast of Burden[…]

Motorcycle Shaft Drive

Kawasaki Concours14: Transcontinental Supersport Tourer

The first print ads are out for the brand new, 1400cc, Kawasaki Concours14. And…the bikes themsleves are finally in the dealerships as of the first week of July. (According to my local Kawasaki dealer, the launch date has been delayed numerous times). You can see the ads in the August 2007 issues of bike mags Read more about Kawasaki Concours14: Transcontinental Supersport Tourer[…]

Suzuki GSX 1300

Kawasaki ZX14 vs. Suzuki GSX1300 Hyabusa

Smooth. Introduced in March 2006, the Kawasaki ZX-14 Ninja is that and more. More power that is. Arguably the world’s fastest superbike, taking the title that Suzuki’s GSX1300 Hyabusa has held since 1999. Of course the original 1999 Busa was also faster than any of its later brethren, since ’99 preceded the Japanese manufacturer’s “Gentleman’s Read more about Kawasaki ZX14 vs. Suzuki GSX1300 Hyabusa[…]

Kawasaki KLR650

Honda XR650L, Kawasaki KLR650 or Suzuki DR650S?

Sooooo, considering a dual-purpose motorcycle, are you? They sure aren’t for everyone. See the earlier post on Dual Purpose Motorcycles for the good and bad for this category. If you remain undaunted by the inherent compromise between street and dirt that these bikes offer, then which would best serve your future? You probably won’t go Read more about Honda XR650L, Kawasaki KLR650 or Suzuki DR650S?[…]