There’s a lot to be excited about in 2015. Germany’s Intermot motorcycle show was first to burst forth new or significantly revised models, about 20 of ‘em. Next up, we attended the second year of the AIMExpo in Orlando, Florida, where we saw five new or revised bikes plus several of the ones shown at Intermot.

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Intermot 2014: Cologne Motorcycle Show

2014 AIMExpo – Coverage From Orlando

Then it was time for the big one: EICMA. There were about 25 new models to view at the convention center in Milan, Italy, where 3 million square feet of display area housed the major players of the world’s moto industry. We were part of the more than 600,000 people who attended the grand show. EICMA says attendance was up almost 15% this year, a sure sign of the industry’s recovery following the duller years after the Great Recession.

EICMA 2014: Milan Motorcycle Show

Last week’s show, the Progressive Insurance International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, California, brought it home for us, allowing four of our editors to bounce on new seats, hear presentations from major OEMs, and catch the vibe for the state of our hobby/transportation that we adore.

2014 International Motorcycle Shows Long Beach Wrap-Up Report

So, as the motorcycle show season begins to set, we decided to set up a discussion among the MO editors to discuss how we feel about the prominent subjects of the 2015 season ahead. Lots to discuss this year, from appealingly inexpensive choices to the highest-techiest superbikes – and palpable enthusiasm for the industry as a whole.

2015 Literbike Spec Chart Comparo

  • Old MOron

    “We hope that everyone out there goes and buys a new motorcycle, but only after hearing our reviews first.”

    Get busy, Gents! I’m particularly looking forward to the Adv shootout. Oh, and the roadster shoot out, and the entry-level speed bike shootout. Well, you get the picture.

  • Steven Holmes

    I’m hoping to get my grubby hands on a NEW machine in 2015-2016, and was especially excited to hear about the GSX1250 returning stateside… save none of the dealers in my area are going to carry it. Jerks.

    pretty excited over the Standard ergos of the new naked 750 gixxers too… *drool*
    I like that KTM RC390 too *drool*

    and the scout *drool*
    ooh, ooh, ooh, and the GSX1000F in ’16
    and the baby-vulcan
    and and and GAAAAH! I can’t wait for all the reviews!!! save, you awesome moto-journalists are going to make it impossible to choose when I finally do throw $$$ down on a spankin’ new bike.

  • Damascus Wheelios

    Kevin Duke Is Fuckin AWESOME!

    Kevin, from the 2015 Literbike Spec Chart Comparo which one bike would you choose? Or do I have to wait till the reviews on the shoot out lol.

    Cheers guy!

    • Kevin Duke

      Too early to tell which I’ll like best, as I expect they’re all gonna be incredible in their own ways! Honestly, I’ll bet anyone who chose either of them will be very happy with their investment.

  • John A. Stockman

    Great to see my journalistic heroes talking about the new bikes and see their enthusiasm for the next few years. Great time to be or become a motorcyclist…the down-playing of the typical bad-ass “biker” poseur and all the marketing yak-yak that comes with it, and more emphasis on “motorcyclist” can only be a good thing. Can’t wait to actually see some of these bikes in person and hear/read what all the journos think.

  • Having bought 6 bikes in the last 4 years (4 in garage now) it is going to be difficult to explain why I need some more new bikes. Perhaps I should get a gig at a motorcycle magazine, get to ride ’em all w/o having to pay for them.

  • Frank L

    Looks and sounds like some really exciting bikes for 2015. Ummm! where does Honda fit into the picture? I’m an old dude that kicks the stand up on a GL1800 as often as possible but unless Honda starts to shine a Yamaha Venture looks like it might be in my future.