Motorcycle Show in So. Cal.

The Cycle World International Motorcycle Show was a perfect way to spend a Saturday. Crowded with riders of every age, sex, and skill level, the Long Beach Convention Center (Long, Beach, CA) became an awesome visual array of displays, exhibits, products, and accesories.

We started our visit by checking out the display closest to us: Buell. We spoke with Amy Giuffre about the Blast and she said, "The Blast has been a great addition to the Buell model line up. It hasbrought many new customers to the Buell family and even some new to theindustry."

The Futura in "Bad Ass Orange" Next, we decided to check out Aprilia and their new Futura. With it's lightweight frame (only 460 pounds), even a thin --110 pound-- woman like me could handle this beautiful machine. I particuarly fell in love with the bike's orange color --which we nicknamed "Bad Ass Orange"-- that catches your attention immediately.

Stopping by the Honda booth, you could see the World Championship winning RC-51, the new fuel-inject CBR600F4i and three very trick concept cruisers. Although all three models have the same engine, they're extremely different visually. When lined up, they render a challenge of modern v. future v. retro styling. These bikes are our next generation cruisers.

Upon talking to a Honda representative, he did dispell the rumor that the Valkyrie will be discontinued.

And while we did manage to check out the models at other displays, some of their representatives were not as prepared to answer our questions as others had been.

A bit of the Women and Riding displayBut let's not forget about the numerous displays of riding gear and accessories. Being a woman, my first choice was the Mota display. Melissa Shimmin was able to answer all my questions regarding appropriate gear for different levels as well as a comparison of the different brands in terms of protection. It was no surprise to find out that the safety and protection of riders is this company's main concern.

One more note of interest was the Women and Riding exhibit. While not very big, it was very informative.

A Honda Cruiser PrototypeProducts and accessories can be purchased at the show. Manufacturers on display include: Aprilia, BMW, Buell, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki, Triumph, Victory, Yamaha, Abus Motorcycle Locks USA, Arai Helmets, Autocom Specialist Communicationc, Bridgestone/Firestone Tires, ChatterBox, Dowco Inc., Dunlop Tires, Dynojet Research, Gi. Vi. USA, HJC Helmets, K&N Engineering, Kendon Industries, Metzeler Motorcycle Tire, Prexport, Progressive Suspension, Samson Motorcycle Products, Shoei Helmets, Spyke Inc., Thunder Manufacturing, and Travelcade/Saddlemen and Yuasa Batteries.

For information about the event call 1-800-331-5706. Or go online to

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