For me, there are two seasons — riding season and show season. And I’m happy in either one.
Right now, we’re in the middle of motorcycle show season, as the manufacturers bring out their new models to show to the public. If you’re lucky enough to live in one of the towns where the Cycle World International Motorcycle Show makes a stop, trek on out to the convention center and see the new bikes. If you don’t live nearby, why not plan an overnight trip?
I love going to the motorcycle show because it’s a chance to actually sit on a wide variety of bikes, to talk to the experts and to mingle with other motorcycle enthusiasts. There’s always a great vendor’s area, where I can look at new accessories, apparel and product innovations (and maybe even buy a few things). Several vendors bring clearance and closeout merchandise, and there are often deals to be had. In warmer climes, the manufacturers even bring out demo bikes and offer rides on their new models. It’s a great big biker Wonderland, with something for everyone.
The show has already passed through Dallas, TX, San Mateo, CA, Long Beach, CA and Seattle, WA in late 2009, but look for the following venues in 2010:
January 1-3: Novi, MI
January 8-10: Greenville, SC
January 15-17: Washington, DC
January 22-24: New York, NY
January 29-31: Cleveland, OH
February 5-7: Minneapolis, MN
February 19-21: Chicago, IL
March 3-6: Daytona, FL
Check the website, http://www.motorcycleshows.com/motorcycleshows, for details.