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Today is Thanksgiving here in the United States of America, and with all the new motorcycles coming out in 2017, there’s definitely a lot to be thankful for. Last week the MO crew made its annual pilgrimage to the Long Beach round of the Progressive International Motorcycle Show, where it was my first chance to see many of these bikes I’d been reading and writing about in person. The Long Beach show is a special one, as it’s centered in the heart of the U.S. moto industry, making it one of the rare times we get to see all of our industry friends all in one place. As such, there were a lot of cool things to see as we walked around. Here are my personal highlights from the show.

  • Sentinel

    Make one with passenger accommodations and integrated luggage attachment points and I’m in!

  • sgray44444

    Ford has proven the viability of the turbo concept used for normal production vehicles. I think it’s fairly obvious that we will eventually see this carried over to motorcycles looking for even more horsepower per liter. The big advantage is in midrange torque with less displacement, which is a benefit for any street bike.

  • kenneth_moore

    At least one of the “other sites” reporting is calling the forced induction here “supercharging.” The Recursion concept has been labeled turbocharged from the start. I guess the H2 confused them.

    • denchung

      The earlier patent did use the word supercharger, but kind of leaves open both possibilities. At one point in the document, it does reads: “the supercharger (30) being a so-called turbo which compresses the air intake by utilizing the exhaust stream …” so it looks like Suzuki may have been considering both options but later decided to go with the turbo.

    • Kevin Duke

      Forced induction is, in some circles, described simply as supercharging – the intake charge being force-fed by some sort of compressor, whether by an exhaust-driven turbine (turbo) or a compressor driven mechanically from the engine via gears (H2) or a belt (Roehr). It’s more specific to distinguish between the two terms, as we did here. The “supercharger” in the Recursion is definitely a turbocharger, as it’s clearly driven from the exhaust headers. .

      • kenneth_moore

        That’s how the two systems have always been distinguished in my mind too: supercharging is driven by horsepower directly from the engine via mechanical means with a net increase in power, turbocharging is powered “for free” via the exhaust gas energy but typically with a noticeable lag in power delivery.

  • I had a Hyosung GD250R as my first bike to get back into riding. I sold it in less than a year due to reliability issues and the size being way too small for my 189cm frame. I have a Suzuki GSX650F now.

  • spiff

    That’s a “Lil Yamamonster”.

  • dbwindhorst

    ““It looks like a Honda Ruckus only on a bigger scale.”

    So…is it too late to trademark “Honda Brouhaha”?

  • Andy C

    No photos of the Ducati lawnmower?

    Well, at least the Superleggera did have the most amazing single-sided swingarm I’d ever seen.

  • Gruf Rude

    Nick O’Kane, national account manager for K&N, owns the CBX track bike.

  • Scott Toll

    Vanderhall took the show, IMO.