Sorry to hear about the show. I've gone to the NY show twice, the first time around '07 it was good, lots of vendors and such. In '11 not quite as good, less vendors and some of the new bikes I went to see weren't on display. It's almost a 500 mile round trip so I stopped going.
We have some local shows put on by the same company, some good & some not. One year I spent $18 to get in and saw everything in about 18 minutes. Local dealers bring bikes, but often times it's a half hearted attempt, they just grab a few bikes off the showroom floor.
What I've been doing for a while with some riding friends, and is a lot more fun is doing "Motorcycle Day." On a Saturday in the late winter we hit the local dealers, it's a day to hook up after not seeing each other for a few months, talk about the upcoming riding seasons, get lunch and beer, and to just get out of the house after a long New England winter. We've got some great dealers, so typically see Ducs, Aprillia, Moto Guzzi, Triumph, KTM, HD, and the big 4 from Japan.
2009 Wee Strom ABS (current)
1987 Harley Low Rider Sport (current - with 205K miles)
2009 Aprilia Mana 850, 2006 SV650, 1984 Yamaha Virago 1000 (all sold)
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Wee Farkles: Russell Day Long Seat, Madstad with Moose Adventure Shield +4'', SWMotech Centerstand, 1'' up & back bar risers, Givi XS308 Tankbag, Aprilia mirrors, Framesliders, Fenda Extenda, Elka Shock.