I was there yesterday from about 11 to about 6. Spent some time in the beer garden (hic!) and had a quick bite from the food truck.
While I generally agree with
and his assessment, I'll tell you that I was a little more interested in some of the street bikes - only a very few, mind you. I thought Suzuki did a great job with the V-Strom, as they had a number of 'Stroms there, and some were lowered both with links and lower seats. My girlfriend currently rides an Indian Scout, but is very interested in an Africa Twin... or was, until yesterday. She felt the V-Strom felt much better, and really it's a spectacular deal for what you get. what I didn't like was the answer I got on the 250. They said it didn't pass US inspection, which I can find no evidence of. Just admit, it's not out yet, not sure on a date.
I sat on the Tenere, and it felt much like my 650. That wasn't the case for some of the other bikes, like the Multistrada or the KTM. The GS though - oh my, it felt great. I need to be happy with the bike I have....
I did sit on the new GoldWing and it was AMAZINGLY light to get off the stand, and felt really quite good. The bagger version, in 20 years, may be what I move to. LOL.
I also sat on a number of the retro-styled bikes, and the one I liked the most was the one I went to see - the Kawasaki Z900RS. That's a nice bike, and if Kawi was to do their full ergo-fit treatment on it like they do on the small Vulcan, that would be a real consideration for me. I sat on the Triumphs, which was hard by the beer hall, and a bunch of others.
There wasn't much gear, to answer a question. I did get some of the large rok-straps from the distributor for $30 cash no tax, a good deal. Mosko Moto was there as well. Then the centre of the back hall was some gear and such, but a lot of floor space was open. Up Your Leather was there, of course, as were some of the other vendors - but they were close to the bandana crowd.
There were distributors - I met the new owner of Touratech Canada, Marc from Quebec, who is a decent guy. He had Grant Johnson there at the booth, so it was a treat to meet him, and cemented my plans for the HU Canwest meeting. There was also the distributor (again, Quebec) for Givi/Kappa. The biggest gear was actually at Checkpoint Yamaha beside the beer hall. Most of the others didn't have much in the way of sizing, etc, and were more showroom than sales floor.
There were some other interesting vendors. I've been toying with the idea of an Ireland motorcycle trip, and Liam at Celtic Rider has cemented what company we will use for that. Other than that, it was the same as always - a couple of injury lawyers and a couple of insurance brokers (they should make those guys fight it out somehow), some jewellery, some "this product will make your bike invincible, just rub it on" guys, some chrome shining guys....
Dunlop was there, which was interesting. They were very bored, but they did have their new 90/10 adv tire out to look at. Looks very much like a Trailwing or Battlewing. no other major vendors like them, though.
All in all - it was what I expect. A regional show. If we want more, we have to go to AIM, or NY at least. Canada's shows will always be run by the dealers. Just like our auto shows - save for the Toronto auto show. But the Toronto motorbike show is mostly local-dealer supported. Yes, Suzuki and Honda each had national guys there, but most of the people you talked to were local guys.