I could give you a hundred reasons why I wouldn't go to the bike show, but how about I list the reasons why I would go to the bike show :
1) um, uh,.....I can't think of a reason to go. Maybe if I wanted to buy something and I wanted to find a deal on it? But I'm sure I can negotiate the same deal at any shop on Monday.
Like, it's our biggest bike event of the year, but all you see there is the same bikes that have been in the shops for the past 6 months. In many cases, you don't even see the new models at the show. There aren't even different people working the show. It's the same staff from the shops.
Okay, I have a cruiser bias, but here's some quotes from years past.
2004 - Myself to Triumph : "Hey, <salesman's name>, where's the Rocket III?
Triumph Salesman : "We're creating even more hype by just having a poster and not having the actual bike here."
2003 - Myself to Honda : "So, where's the Rune?"
Honda Salesman : "The first 6 have been promised to customers, so after they go we'll have one in the shop"
In Honda's defense, they did finally have a Rune at the show last year, nearly 2 years after they were available to the public in 2002. Same goes for the VTX at the 2003 bike show.
In comparison, the Vancouver Auto Show
- is in Vancouver
- has concept cars
- has a lot of other R&D exhibits you won't see on the street for years to come.
- is staffed by the company engineers, reps, and some executives. They're more than happy to give you the inside scoop on upcoming projects, strategies, and designs.
In conclusion, there's no reason for many riders to go to the bike show. We are better off going to our local dealerships.
- there's less crowds.
- there's a better chance the bike I want to view will be there
- there's a better chance of meeting an actual company rep, engineer, or executive.
Feel free to frag me all you want. If we don't start bitching about how lousy our bike show is, we'll continue getting second rate service. There's no reason our bike show shouldn't be as good as the Indianapolis or San Francisco shows....where you might actually see a Leno Jet-Bike or a 450 horsepower V-10 Dodge Tomahawk (Dodge put a Viper motor in a concept bike). You can be sure the company engineers and executives are at those shows to answer your questions.
Maybe I'm being a little harsh. I mean, in 2003 I did see Chronomaster's 49cc scooter replica of Youichi Ui's bike. That's something I haven't seen anywhere else in Van.