Got home around Midnight from the Seattle Bike Show opening night.
I had not been back there since 2007.
I have no idea how big of a show it was last year, but it was pretty clear to me that the US economy trouble was on full display.
Basically I found a show half the size of 2007.
The booth size and content where obviously spread out to use space as much as possible.
Just to name a couple of brand NOT attending.
Triumph, Ural (despite having the US headquarters based in Seattle), Guzzi, Benelli, MV, KTM and the big surprise BMW.
Even the crowd on the Harley stand was sparse.
Thank god for the Stunt show entertainment.
Best stand had to be the Ducati one.
The only stand where you could see and feel some excitement, and some girls too.
One of the largest stand in the middle was for an insurance company. It was deserted.
The new Super Tenere attracted a lot of peoples of course, but that was it.
Even the choppers display looked pretty light to my untrained eye.
Obviously less vendors. everywhere. I recall walking around tons of vendors on the mezzanine. This year, it was empty except for a few 'customs/project' bikes of all sorts.
I talked to a vendor, who said that all the shows so far, San Mateo, Dallas etc ... are way down in attendance and business.
Anyway, If you were on the fence about going to Seattle this week-end, you might as well be patient and wait for Abbotsford bike show in January. Because Last year Tradex was way more interesting, buzzing and exciting than this year Seattle show.
And I am really hoping that it will be as good this year at the Tradex.
I am looking forward to hear what others think of this. Lots of Canadians down there walking around so I am sure they wil have an opinion.
I remember leaving Qwest in 2007 pretty excited and exhausted.
But not this year.