2011 International Motorcycle Show Report

What do nerds and motorcycles have in common? The magnetism to attract babes of course. But all jokes aside, it’s about feeling the sense of flying and freedom of owning the road, plus motorcycles have been a part of nerd culture throughout time such as in movies. Movies like the recent popular TRON (Light Cycle) and Batman (Batpod) to classic movies like Revenge of the Nerds and Star Wars (Speeder Bike).

I was excited to go to the 2011 International Motorcycle Show (IMS) to see the latest lineup and technology. The major players attending the entire tour were Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, BRP, Star, Suzuki, Yamaha, Triumph and Ducati. Participating vendors were BMW, Indian, Victory, Zero, Aprilia, Beta, Darwin, EBR, GasGas, Husqvarna, KTM, Moto Guzzi, MV Agusta, Norton, and Triumph. The feature for 2011 looked to appear same for 2010 showing off revamp versions of the previous new-models, custom bikes, ATVs, Cruisers, concept bikes, and scooters.

Key new features were Kawasaki’s Design-A-Bike caught attention by making the riders be an artist by being able to digitally paint and personalize the motorcycle. Once the masterpiece is finish, the rider is able to print out a copy and share with friends on Facebook. Below is a photo of a rider customizing his ride.

The attention getter was at the Ducati booth at the circular podium, showing off the new innovative motorcycle 1199 Panigale (pronounced “Pan-ee-gah-lee”). According to Ducati representative, Superquadro is the most powerful twin-cylinder production engine ever. The motorcycle pumps out 195HP and dry weight of 361.5 LBS, which has extreme amounts of power and being lightweight for a 1200cc.

Overall, the IMS was good, but not great, because most of the motorcycles have not changed and looked very similar to last year. Hopefully for next year, new motorcycle models are released. Until then, see you next year!

Here are more pictures from IMS. Let Nerdzilla know which motorcycle you like the most:

Source: IMSMotorcycle USA


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