Yesterday I went to the motorcycle show at the San Mateo fairgrounds. I started in the Expo Hall where the bikes are and the first display was Ducati. Their new Scrambler model was on stage. And who knew Ducati would have an $8.000 motorcycle. It is good looking with several different versions on display.
It is an 800cc naked bike, ready to power off the stage and head for the hills. I prefer some sort of windscreen in front of me and I already have a perfectly good Versys so I did not drool much. The other Ducatis were there too. I like the Multistrada. The Diavel is scary. The Monster still has a cool factor.
I went back later to look again at the Scrambler. This time I noticed only a single brake rotor at the front end. My last two bikes had dual brakes at the front and they really seem to make an important difference to me. I guess that is how the price is kept low…
Next was BMW. The F800GT caught my attention. This one is much more of a sporty road bike than the other F800 models. I looked at them before buying my Versys. If I had seen the GT, it would have been in the running.
After speaking with the BMW guy a few minutes, I came to find out some interesting facts about the bike. For one, the gas tank is under the seat. He says it is about 4 gallons and good for over 200 miles which is decent enough. It has belt drive too, good for 30K miles but there are specialized tools needed to keep it adjusted – might not be a good thing for the DIY’er (a trend for BMWs). That was a little disappointing. I don’t mind having the dealer do maintenance but I do mind leaving it more than a few hours and most of them seem to think in terms of a few days.
Honda didn’t have anything that caught my eye. The F6B got my attention a couple of years back. I like the idea of an automatic option on the N600 bikes.
Suzuki’s V-Strom looks even better today. I used to have a 650 from 2005 and liked it a lot. They look better today with less of a nose to catch the wind. Today’s have ABS and other options too. They advertise 57 MPG on the 650 V-Strom now. I wonder why more makers aren’t showing better mileage than they do. Some of us rarely race.
Kawasaki has a 1 liter Versys now. It has all the electronics and is an inch or more lower than my 650. The display model had big hard bags all around and was ready for a long trip.
CSC motorcycles were there too. This is a Chinese bike. It looked good with an adventure style and cases included in a price under $4,000. The representative was from Azusa and told me they had not yet passed all the US certifications so could not sell one. But it is only 250CC with a top speed of 84MPH so I am not a likely customer anyway.
Now, to check out the Fiesta Hall…