Well, got home this morning at 4:35am Indiana time!!
Had a great time at the show, and meeting everyone: Jeff, Arturo, Libby, Rick (you rock!
), Greg, Ruben, Ruben's wife (sorry, I can't remember your name), Steve, Bob, Rob, Abby, Heather, and everyone else who was there. Here's a quick rundown:
: Wow. More compact in person. Nicely shaped tank for cornering support. Roomy behind the windshield. Seat is a bit lower than my 996, but legroom seems about the same? Here's Mario starting to drool on the paint:
: A nice touch, with the launch of the 916-inspired 1098... if you look closely, you'll notice MY drool on the tank:
: The red-headed stepchild. Did overhear several people commenting how they prefer it over the 1098, but apparently they aren't buyers ;D That's Mike trying to find the NOS button:
: Love it, but <3 gal of fuel capacity?
Ducati/NCR New Blue
: Fave of the show, pure eye candy, 319lb, 116hp DS motor, beyond-trick everything. Love to have for a track day machine. That's Bryan mocking me in the background:
Ducati's enclosed booth
: Giant thumbs down!! It was a sauna in there, and unbelievably crowded. People were constantly bumping into bikes, knocking over signs, kicking people whilst mounting/dismounting, etc. Mad
: Very impressed, sits/stands well, plugs/filter easy to access, narrow engine case, a little bit heavy, exhaust tailpipe right where bike will get lifted over trees, rocks, etc (!), heavy cable clutch will get tiring in hare scrambles/enduros.
: Way cool manhood-enhancement device - Wheelies R Us
: Not bad at all, similar heft to the Multi, quite comfy (a bit more upright than I like - a problem easily remedied), nice quality and finish, factory accessory GPS mounted to right grip - uhhh, hello, how you gonna work it??
Cagiva Mito 500
: Hooooboy, this thing could fill the void left by the Priller 250 as the lightweight killer track weapon! It got 5X the attention of the MV F4 1000S parked right next to it!
: A bike I STILL don't get after a decade of trying; big, top heavy, wide, way tall, and damn expensive. Felt like you'd be riding a baby grand piano around, and even with my 33 inch inseam, I could just barely get the balls of my feet down. ???
: This thing was beyond awful: heavy, top heavy, a mile high (I couldn't tiptoe the thing), terrible seat, and nosebleed $$$$ ??? ???
: Are BMW engineers all 6'-6"? Holy Hightower Batman! ??? ??? ???
BMW Boxer Cup Bike
: Mmmmm.... yummy.
MV Agusta Brutale 910
: Delicious to look at, aggressive, awful seat, looks to be really hard to service, but still beautiful & true to the name.
: BIG Kudos to Yamaha for being the ONLY MotoGP manufacturer to display their bike! [thumbsup] [thumbsup] Man, what I'd give to be able to spend 20 laps on that thing!!!!
: This bike just seems to get better and more distinctive with every generation, they've finally started moving the rider's feet more rearward, a tidy package.
: KTM still won't attend, Guzzi didn't bring a MGS-01 (for the third time), none of the newer Aprilia models or RSV250, no Desmosedici MotoGP or RR, no RC211V, no GSV-R, no ZX-RR, hectacres of cruisers & cruiser crap, fake tattoo shirts (just when I thought the whole faux American "bada**" cruiser/chopper herd couldn't get any more lame, pathetic and phony), one concept bike in the entire show (Cagiva Mito 500), lots of numb-nuts stunters/videos/leds, no vendors of actual performance-enhancing parts (Ohlins, Brembo, Marchesini, etc) or unique parts (Roof helmets, for example).
About what I expected, and sucks some serious hiney compared to the content of the Euro shows. But not an entirely bad way to spend a Saturday with a high temp of 12F. Just wish you could see more than you can see for free at any bike dealer any time of year.