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Saturday, January 4, 2014

MOTORCYCLE SUPER SHOW 2014,TORONTO (part 1)

I promised to give my friend Barbara some respite for the day and moaned, "Yah, I'll force myself to go with your husband to the January motorcycle show." The things we do for our friends! Kidding aside, it was a great day, (a long day) but a great day at the 2014 Toronto Motorcycle Supershow. (Truly, Barbara had to stay home with the four legged kids.)
As I suspected we didn't get more than 20 feet into the first showroom before we ran into folks that Ken (long time rider, racer and recognized member of the motorcycle safety training community) knew. (Com’ on Ken … I’ve got things to see, things to do, pictures to take and things to buy!)
I’d just recently read in “Cycle World” about this being the year the Ninja turns 30 so I couldn’t miss the chance to photograph the all “grown up” Ninja for Erik and everybody’s talking about the Yamaha FZS9 and the Bolt … and I wanted to see the new little, big looking Honda CBR250R in Repsol colors (February 2014 Motorcyclist) … and the CanAm Spyder redesigned, (Ken and I’d already discussed, ‘would we go Spyder or sidecar when we couldn’t do two wheels {old age, retirement planning} anymore.’)
So much to see, so little time and time was a-wasting! First thing (right after the people we talked to and the pizza we ate) there it was, the Ninja: familiar green and celebrating 30 - doesn't look a day over 29....

Whoa, talk about insect eyes, seriously evil in green; they’re just down right mean in orange! (It's the Angry Bird look-alike contest.)

(Did I go sidecar or Spyder? More of SuperShow 2014 to come soon!) Right now, I'm going to bed!

12 comments:

  1. I imagine it took al lot of convincing to make you go.
    Not sure yet if I like the Angry Bird look… I am more into retro, and like the round "eyes" better.

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    1. Spoken like a true Harley gal Sonja ... those round headlights are iconic.
      No it didn't take much convincing even at minus 26C.

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  2. Oooh such a teaser post......

    Spyder or sidecar, that is a hard decision. Sidecar is less expensive but a Spyder could be loads of fun too.

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    1. There were lots of both at the show ...

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  3. Orange does look more sinister, especially from the front.

    I vote sidecar (big surprise there) as it is more motorcycle like. Though the Spyder is probably faster and more economical.

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    1. I am not surprised at all Richard! As far as faster goes, well neither goes faster than the rider wishes to twist the throttle right?:

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  4. Karen:

    It is not easy to ride a Spyder. I have spoken to Spyder riders and it takes a lot of effort to turn corners, not unlike being a jockey on a race horse. Perhaps a Trike would be more appropriate. V*star Trike Lady

    I wonder if Ken knew you were babysitting him and did he drag you as you were screaming and kicking . . .

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast

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    1. Bob - trikes make me think of lots of fringe and big gulp cups (no offense to anyone meant) .... but I take it you think I'd go Spyder?
      Oh, there was a little kicking and screaming but he eventually settled down.

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  5. An interesting question I've asked myself as well, but, like Bob says, I include trikes in the equation. Rating their "motorcycleness" I'd have to go sidecar, then trike, and then Spyder. But I will admit the Spyder is pretty cool.

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    1. Just wondering why (as both have 3 wheels) you put a trike ahead of a spyder? Is it that Harley image?

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  6. I'm with Canajun in order of preference.....hoping that my first sidecar is not far off. There WILL still be two-wheelers in the fleet though.

    I'm working the VJMC booth in a couple of weeks at our IMS gathering in Mpls and of course looking forward to it.

    This winter is just flying by :)

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  7. Okay, cat's out of bag ... my preference, I think, would be Spyder, it's so not ATV-ish.
    PS, Ken picked side car ... (but carrying stuff in a trike just isn't as tidy as it is in the Spydie.)

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