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    Living in exile Threeteas's Avatar
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    Seattle Bike Show

    It's on at the end of the week at Qwest Arena. Not sure who is showing and who isn't. But there will be bikes to see, so that's a good thing.

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    The VME (Vintage Motorcycle Enthusiasts) will have their big display up, as they have for many years.
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    BMW's participation is way down this year. I have read that BMWNA will be supporting only a few shows in major markets. I was at the Long Beach show this past Saturday and BMW's display was minimal. Basically, a lot of different GS's and the S1000R prototype. What I found odd was that BMWNA obviously paid for their normal display area on the show floor but chose to display only a few bikes. There was LOTS of empty space.
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    The San Mateo show (aka, the bay area) (12/19-21) won't have an official BMW NA presence.
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    BMW A NO Show

    BMW will not be in Seattle

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    I was requested by SoundRider to submit my bike for display. When I learned BMW wasn't going to be at the show, I lost some of my enthusiasm. When I got the list of hoops I'd have to jump through just to get my bike in the door of the exhibition center (disconnect two batteries, drain the tank, arrive during a two-hour window in the middle of the work-day, clean the bike upon arriving, etc.) it suddenly became a hassle instead of a fun thing to do - so I decided against participating.

    Maybe next year.
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    I'll be there on Saturday probably most of the day as I have friends from near Edmonton coming down. I wonder if the BMWMOA will have a booth. I purposely didn't renew so I could with them this yr...

    Last yr I came home in an almost blinding snow storm

    Of course by the time I got home it was mostly off the streets but an interesting ride none the less.
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    It was good, not great. Most manufacturers were there, but with relatively small footprints. Sorry to see BMW not there. They were the only major mfr. not to make it, which was a shame. Heck, Moto Guzzi was there, and they may only sell 3000 units worldwide this year. Maybe Piaggio is displaying the brand for sale?... Word on the street is that Piaggio is going full on for scooters, with Aprilia and Guzzi left hanging. The Guzzi factory is reportedly shutting down for a few weeks, and all design and development work of the brand is now being done at Aprilia.

    Suzuki at least had the guts to show with its two new smaller bikes: the TU250 standard and the ill-named Gladius, which despite criticisms from others really struck a design chord with me. Honda had its bizzarro big-ass scooter/motorcycle hybrid there. Didn't seem to generate much interest. Ditto the Aprilia Mana 850, another clutch-free creation. Supposedly, there's a market for motorcycles that are the next step up for scooter buyers. Really? Hmm. Not this boy.

    Talked to a vendor friend of mine in Seattle who said his show sales are down about 35% this year compared to last on the tour. Lots of people looking; few people buying he said.

    Great to see Dave Hough there autographing books.

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