Cycle World International Show Phoenix
Cycle World International Motorcycle Show Phoenix Report (Nov 4, 2006)
I went and spent the best $12 (to me) in a long while. One just to answer your questions about the ABS Wee-NO! Not a one at the show. The Suzi guys really wished they had them in stock, I think they could have sold them right there. I was told after the first of the year! They are taking orders as fast as they can. It was so funny, I was down at the BMW display for about an hour (BMW club entry is some serious dinero) and when I went by Suzuki, all the BMW guys and ladies too, were around the Stroms-1K and 650, with the 650 leading the charge. Beemer guys seriously interested, not going to get rid of the Beemer of course...ahm....
I wanted to see the new Ulysses and I did. The Buells’ have great front brakes. I got to ride several Buells and the brakes were great on all of them. The cooling fans were on all the time and I cannot imagine this bike performing well at over 100 degrees F, especially in the desert, although I was assured that it would. The fans were running even when the bikes were stopped/off and one, a Lightning short, wouldn’t find neutral until I was riding for a while. The seat on the Uly is very good in comparison with the Strom. I sure didn’t like the rev limiter (at about 7K), just when I thought I was going someplace, the rev limiter cut me off as the Wee keeps pulling. I guess it is something I would have to get used to. I didn’t particularly like the gauges. I can assure you I am keeping my Strom-But Eric Buell is getting close. Easy maintenance, great shock adjustment, super stiff front end and very impressive brakes-two fingers is all it takes. One of the guys riding with me has a Caponard and said the same about the brakes. The Buells shift much better than Harleys, not quite as good as Suzi’, which aren’t as good as Hondas....therein lies my limited comparison.
I really enjoyed the show. It seems to me that people in the business ought to at least fake the same enthusiasm and have knowledge of past and present of their company. Very limited stuff about our new MOTOGP World Champion Nicky Hayden. Two ball caps and some t-shirts, one Edwards cap and 2 Rossi hats at exorbitant prices-all $35-$40 range. AMA guys were super cool and had an MV Agusta on display. If you are in the market for a helmet, this is the place to buy one, Shoei, Arai and several others at 50% off.
Very nice displays by the Big 4, BMW, Ducati, Piaggio-Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Vespa, MV Agusta, Chris Carrs record breaking ride and of course a bunch of chopper manu’s that are all the same to me as much as I am a rice burner to them-no insult taken or implied.
You could choose to ride: Aprilias, Buells, Hondas, Stars, Kawasakis, Harleys and Victory. These rides were pretty good and lasted for 20-30 minutes. We went out in groups after a short briefing, waivers etc, all one needed was a helmet which was supplied in some instances and a valid motorcycle licence.
Take the kids, there are free stunt shows and a dude in the globe, a game trailer and it will keep them busy. Bring your licence and take a ride on something, it is free and I gained a little knowledge for comparison purposes.
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75 Kaw 100 - long gone
78 Kaw 125 ""
85 Suz GS 550 ES ""
86 Yam Radian -lots of miles
88 Kaw Concours-"" & wrecked
DL650 K04-(bought new in 04/2005) Renthal bars, Superbrace, Galfer S/S & pads, SV sliders, Sonic Springs, Anakees!
TRADED for 02 Concours
AMA # 840052
Last edited by George in N.Az; 11-07-2006 at 11:35 PM.