Originally Posted by Razel
Two places got the corporate folks from BMW out, New York (close to BMW NA) and Long Beach (western corporate offices are in Los Angeles). Guy that is the decision maker for BMW marketing apparently thinks the shows are worthless to travel to. Same belief he had when he held the same position at Triumph.
Economy might be the reason for the other brands not showing, but BMW and Triumph have moved away from the motorcycle show (corporate-wise).
I didn't know it was the same guy. It's an advertising write-off for gawds sake!
We had a Triumph dealer in town for maybe 6 months. A buddy and me got a call saying he "Wanted us to ride their bikes around a lot so as to show he was demoing them a lot." Work prevented us from doing it.
Well, he lost the Triumph line and kept the Kawasaki line. A year later he folded shop completely. Kawasaki got a new dealer and went into a new building and lasted about 3 months and then it too folded. They are now resting at a Honda dealership for who knows how long.
Even our local Harley dealership is low on bikes and employees. Fickle business now.
Had I not seen the 3 BMW S1000RR's at the Long Beach show, there may have been the probability that I would not have bought one as the colors seem to grab you plus the commotion they cause among riders seeing them in person. Having a bunch of Yamaha R1 sales guys drooling over them at a distance (they were not allowed on the BMW carpet by someone, probably Yamaha?) adds to the affect. Who knows?
One thing I do know, Ducati sure knows how to put up a hell of a show! If I could fit comfortably onto one of their bikes (Streetfighter has a really awkward right-foot placement against a protruding heat shield - and it surges!) I may have gone there.
Touchy. Feely. Seey, always helps.