I took a few hours while passing through Calgary last Saturday to pay a visit to the bike show circus.
I will be going to Abbotsford at the end of the Month but I wanted to get a preview and see how different it is.
To me the biggest difference is space. Like in Seattle the alleys are wider and you do not feel like in a can of tuna. It looked to me that there was more stuff on display too. Sure Calgary is a different market. Take the trailers for example: what was on display was really cool. Even better than what I saw in Seattle 2 months ago. Lots of different shapes and sizes.
I know it has been discuss many times before. I really don't mind going to Abbotsford, but really the Vancouver show is getting bigger every year so maybe it is time to figure out a way to push the walls somehow.
Here is a few pictures to give you an idea.
This is the Stunt show arena.
Lots of seats, lots of room, pyrotechnics and warm.
Our locals really deserve some credits for performing the way they did last year in the cold and in the rain. I am looking forward to this year show. But imagine how much better it could be.
That is the kid practice track.
Well even an adult track.
All indoor all warm, all protected.
Yes yes it is always cold in Calgary's and they have blizzard conditions outside every five minutes. But wait ...
Yes that's right. It was a gorgeous sunny day last week-end in Calgary.
Sure it is not always like that. But it was striking, especially when I got to Hope under blue sky, and as soon as I entered the valley, the rain started pounding like crazy Sunday morning.
Luck of the draw I guess.
Anyway. The Seattle show is still fresh in my memory, so of course I cannot avoid noticing the differences. New bikes missing because (according to the staff ) they are in a preproduction mode so only a handful are available worldwide.
But more disappointing to me is the Moto GP bikes not on display. It is really nice to be up close to those one of a kind machines. Stoner bike was in Seattle. Is there not a spare one in a warehouse somewhere ??
So here is a few more pictures of bikes who caught my eye.
I rode one of those this past summer. I am too big for it. But boy, was that a fun experience.
Damn! Now that is one exception I know off. The first Honda dual sport. Only in Canada gents. None for the USA. Extremely popular in Europe for years, it seems that Honda finally realized that the Suzuki VStrom success might be due to a possible market for dualsport bikes. Better late than never I guess.
Yes it does have ABS.