VANCOUVER MOTORCYCLE SHOW – ABBOTSFORD,BC
Today was motorcycle show day for us. Although the weather really smarten up and actually was pretty nice out we drove anyway because Cheryl is not feeling well. I think everyone in the lower mainland must have headed out to the show today because the temperature was above freezing and there was no snow coming down.
Just for the record, this past week was the worst week I have ever experienced in 14 years commuting to Vancouver. So not only did I start a new job but on top of that fact my commute was hell all week. OK, got that off my chest, back to the show.
We were a little disappointed in the show to be honest. UPDATE: We have been told we missed the Triumph bikes…OOPS, have no idea how that happened but apparently the 1200 was there! Embarrassing! Triumph did not have the new Tiger 1200 Explorer and not even a Tiger 800XC to see. KTM was only a very small area and no ADV 990 bikes. NYC is having a show as well and I bet everyone took their bikes there. Bummer eh? I really wanted to see the new Triumph 1200. We did get to chat to a BMW guy about what BMW might be up to. We were told nothing new for 2012 as we all know but he did say couldn’t hurt to put a deposit down for a 2013 BMW F800GS. :-)
We could not get anything more out of the rep. I really do have a feeling later in the year BMW will indeed announce a change to the 800GS family. Just got a feeling.
The Sertao is “cute”. Higher stance than the regular 650 single and just a neat looking bike.
New color for the F650GS twin. Just black paint on the faux tank. Gave us an idea to butch up our own bikes.
Couldn’t get near the 1200GSA without someone sitting on the bike. That bike just looks like an ADV touring machine.
Funny while I was taking pictures and chatting with folks people were coming up to Cheryl, remember the quiet one out of the 2 of us and saying the recognized her from our Blog. Kind of neat people out there have read our Triumph Trip and know our advgrrls.com blog. Two names I remember were Kelly from Washington and a guy named John. Hi guys nice to have met you.
Plenty of new Can Am “bikes” around and new touring and sport models. Cheryl thinks my father should get one of these. I guess implying they are good for “older” folks? ;-)
Harley had their as always over the top display which is always cool to see. Those Harley guys really have their show act together and a ton of riders wearing their clothes hanging out talking shop. HD’s are such nice looking bikes but just not for me. For those who do not know this about us we owned 2 HD bikes for about 4 months. Impulse buys and just one I sort of regret because of the cost associated with the purchase. You live and learn and sometimes it hurts the wallet a bit.
Many classic bikes which are always cool to look at how far bikes have come over the years. Oh, come to think of it Enfield was not even at the show this year.
Of course we had to take a picture of the good old RCMP traffic cop and bike. Cheryl knows this Constable and said he will ride all the time and also is a greatly skilled rider himself.
While at the MotoOverland booth, Dave the owner makes great accessories for BMW bikes and other models we met Alberto & Naomi who rode from Salt Spring Island to Ushuaia, Argentina on BMW F800GS bikes last year. Nice guys and really great to chat about their ride. Impressive trip they took. Here is the link to their BLOG…well done guys!
The Honda Shadow is looking good for the price in the new matte black.
That was about it. Fun meeting other ADV riders, people who followed our trip and just talking about bikes in general but not impressed that it seemed many of the big players outside BMW did not show their new models at our show. Disappointing especially Triumph not bringing their HUGE new bike the 1200 Explorer. Oh well, will have to wait to see it at Pacific Motosports in the Spring.