Motorcycle Show n’ Shine

Yesterday we went to the annual Motorcycle show and shine in gastown. It’s a motocycle show that centers around a competition for the best motorcycles in a bunch of different classes. The most spectacular looking ones are the custom choppers that are pieces of art, but look totally un-ridable. I enjoy checking out the classic old motorcycles. the old WWII era BMWs and Harley’s are really cool and then some of the old track bikes that are the precursors to todays sport bikes.

The event also gives some of the dealerships a chance to show off some of the current models. I spent some time talking to the Suzuki Guys about the V-Strom Touring bike. It’s something that I could totally see myself riding but it’s really the dream of taking week long motorcycle trips down the coast and into the mountains that is really selling me on it.

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This is a bike that is good on and off road, and has a good back seat that would be comfortable for long rides, and has the built in luggage that would make it useful for getting stuff around town and for stowing the camping gear for weekend trips. The engine is a fuel-injected 650cc, and it comes with ABS brakes.’

It’s a real step up from my 1980 Yamaha 450 Special with the kickstart.

When I get back from vacation I’m going to visit the dealership to price it out.