2011 New York International Motorcycle Show

Casey riding with Flo in Egypt

Casey riding with Flo in Egypt

 

The 2011 New York International Motorcycle Show went off without a hitch this year despite a minor snowstorm, and with great turn out I might add. It was held on January 21-23 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in the dimly lit lower level with the New York Boat Show taking place on the main upper level. However, you wouldn’t have known it, to tell you the truth, a lot of people were not aware of both shows due to a lack of advertising and poor signage in the Javits Center’s entrance. And of course you had to purchase two separate tickets if you wanted to go to both on the same day. You think they would cross promote. And this year, the MTA LIRR did not offer combination train/admission tickets as they have done in years past, which saved me in previous years about 30% off in travel and admission fees. This year, I spent $50.00 just for a round-trip ticket and admission fee, and that doesn’t include food and beverages. The LIRR offers combo ticket for the New York International Auto Show but they never advertise it, so you wouldn’t even know.

Ok, with that said, the show was good this year. I met a lot of cool people with like-minded interests, I was definitely feeling the love. Even the people I met on the train were cool; man, I miss living in the city well sometimes that is.

2011 BMW R 1200 GS Triple Black

Once inside the Javits Center, I made a b-line straight to the BMW pavilion and their she was… the 2011 BMW R 1200 GS Triple Black Special Edition! O’ baby she was sweet hanging out in the shadows like a ninja ready to pounce. I finally got to meet Laurence aka: Mr. BMW, which by the way I have to thank for getting the bike to the show. I also ran into a local guy whom I met at the 2010 BMW M Power Tour event held at the Vanderbilt Museum this past October, so that was cool.

I saw some great custom design motorcycles with some using actual rust as a finish, which I thought that was pretty sweet. There was an opportunity to vote for best custom bike and I voted for #10 “The Jefferson” by Joe Cooper of Cooper Smithing Co. from WA; cool old-school looking bobber, loved it! This bike is available for rent from New York’s own Ateliers Velocette.

The Jefferson

The Jefferson by Cooper Smithing Co.

The Jefferson

The Jefferson by Cooper Smithing Co.

 

I also got to see the GEICO bike from Paul Jr. Designs, and got to put my hands on the original Black Widow bike which was pretty cool which I saw years ago before they had their annoying show on the Discovery Channel. Another custom Café Racer bike designer I meet was Walt Siegl of Walt Siegl Motorcycles of course, who had a nice small display with a great sense of style I might add. And I got to meet a cool DUCATI technician, Tim, located at Gold Coast Motorsports who I’d trust with my bike, along with a nice DUCATI girl, Sahara… thanks for the espresso. The DUCATI Hypermotard 1100 EVO was pretty sweet as well, good ergonomics; I would have to get use to the retractable side mirrors. And the DUCATI Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peek race bike had a real nice paint job. I also got to meet Lee Parks of Lee Parks Design who manufactures elk & deerskin riding gloves. We talked about fit and over all design and about starting your own brand and business… thanks Lee! If you like Lee’s gloves wait until you see what he is working on, a cool badass gauntlet glove. More interesting people I met were the cool crew from Brooklyn, NY, the Denim & Chrome boys, with their tough cool style and their friendly personalities… way to rock-it guys! Another nice guy I met at the show was Dan from Maryland, and we had a great conversation about designing custom leather jackets, treatments and manufacturing – way cool!

Overall, it was a great show and so worth the trip into the city. I met nice people, saw lots of cool bikes and had a really good time. Definitely recommend checking out the International Motorcycle show when it comes around next year.

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