Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Lancaster, OH, USA
Cleveland International MC Show Today
The best part of the show was being able to ride for 5 hours in the warm weather to get there and back.
The worst part was the incredible number of ugly bikes under one roof.
As a group, the Victory cruisers were the best looking but suffered from over-stylized fenders and poor fitting trim pieces. Great paint jobs and a great looking engine from the right side (not so hot from the left).
The best looking single bike was the BMW R1200S in red and white. Second best was the Royal Enfield Classic 500 in British green with gold pin stripping.
The Kawasaki ZX1300 looks better in the magazines than in person. The plastic pieces and the Ninja emblems look cheap. The body-work also looks ready to deliver large amounts of engine heat onto the rider. A big disappointment.
Sat on the new FJRs and was surprized as to how top heavy they are. The version with the paddle shifter looks strange without the clutch lever but the rest of the bike with the silver paint looks okay.
Got to sit on the new BMW GT. The bars were in the high position which allowed me to lean back. Actually too far back. I wonder if there is someplace to attach highway pegs? The metallic white is better in person. The overall impression is that of a utilitarian vehicle with motor scooter styling.
The new Guzzies are especially ugly. You have to see them in person to understand just how ugly.
Honda didn't have anything new. Neither did Ducati.
HD didn't have anything new but then they try to make their bikes look out of date. This year they appear to be going for ugly and out of date.
Lastly, the Suzuki and Kawasaki cruisers are morbidly overweight and should be shot and put out of their misery.