The new 2010 R1200RT. Notice the jars for fluids. Spark plug covers are new design too.
Close-up of the "jars." Different colored fluid and they are screw on lids.
Honda's new NT700V commuter bike.
BMW S1000RR Acid Green color. Looks better in person.
The silver one was nice too.
The red, white, and blue one was on a stage.
Another shot of the Acid Green colored one. Note the "virtual spike" for a kickstand. Ugh!
Border's Bookstore and the carousel across from the Convention Center
The Ducati expresso maker girl (free espresso's courtesy of Ducati) caught my eye from a block away.
The new Ducati Multistrada. The photos of the bags looked wrong (pointed upwards in the back too much). I was sort of underwhelmed with it for some reason.
Ducati van near the Hyatt Regencey next door. Notice the flat rate yellow cab price of $65 one-way to Orange County's airport, maybe 20 miles? Cab costs have really have gone up.
Hyatt Regency where we used to stay overnight at times. Nice views form the top of the Queen Mary across the road.
More of the Hyatt.
I was one of the first ones in when it opened Friday. Having tickets beforehand avoids the ticket window lines which can be slow.
This is the upper level. The huge exhibition hall is down some escalators.
Long Beach Harbor as seen from the bridge near the Hyatt. You can see the three stacks of the Queen mary in the background.
Another shot of the Multistrada 1200.
An old BMW restoration.
Outside of convention center at night towards cinema and food courts.
Overall, there seemed to be a good number of booths and less clothing as what used to be popular in the past. The Ducati booth was probably the most popular (free expressos and nice and friendly sales women). The BMW area had a lot of attention too and the S1000RR had a lot of people looking and sitting on them (dealers should be getting them in Jan.). They had several Yamaha reps looking at it too. The BMW NA CEO and VP were there snooping about as well, but they didn't bring the Concept 6.
Oddly, the Harley and custom cruiser stuff seemed minimal this year (No more Buell) and the customs were mostly sport bikes this year in lieu of cruisers. One vendor was selling a license plate frame that has a black-out shutter that you control by a button. I suspect they are trying to attract a younger element as they had some of the cage fighters there to sign autographs for the kids.
KTM was a no show. The three wheel Canadian "trikes" started at $51,000 and went up. They are double the size of the Cam-Am Spyder. The electric bike demo'ed was neat and very quiet. I think the girl said they get 60-80 miles on a charge and start around $10K but they have federal and some state "green" incentives that might knock off $3500. Nice dash display.