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Old 11-15-2012, 04:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone going to the Long Beach show? It's December 7,8,9. I'm always there early Sat and Sun for the demo rides.
I'll ride anything with a reasonable (for me) seat height.
The Harley demos are the most fun since they allow you to ride solo.
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I went with my son last weekend, and we had a blast. We didn't have time to take advantage of the demo rides (had to get home and put up Christmas decorations), but maybe next year.

Did you have a chance to ride anything that you liked?
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Did you happen to see this bike out in the parking lot?
Not mine. Interesting though.



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Did you have a chance to ride anything that you liked?
I rode a Yamaha FZ8 which I liked. Torquey and good brakes.

Rode a Victory Cross Tourer which I would have liked more if it wasn't for the engine.

The best bike I rode was the Harley Street Glide. Say what they will about Harleys, the Touring models are beautiful bikes made for long rides and comfortable cruising.

Took a spin on the Can-Am Spider Sport. 3/4 of a large go-cart.
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Did you happen to see this bike out in the parking lot?
Not mine. Interesting though.
We walked through the parking lot, to look at all the bikes, but we missed the "Cheetos" Harley...impressive, but not necessarily my "taste" (pun intended). Was there any orange powder residue on the grips? heh
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I rode a Yamaha FZ8 which I liked. Torquey and good brakes.

Rode a Victory Cross Tourer which I would have liked more if it wasn't for the engine.

The best bike I rode was the Harley Street Glide. Say what they will about Harleys, the Touring models are beautiful bikes made for long rides and comfortable cruising.

Took a spin on the Can-Am Spider Sport. 3/4 of a large go-cart.
Cool! Thanks for the reviews! I'll have to make a point of doing a few demo rides next time. The Can-Am sounds interesting, if just to satisfy my curiosity...my son doesn't see the point in them, but I can see how they help fill a niche market.
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We walked through the parking lot, to look at all the bikes, but we missed the "Cheetos" Harley...impressive, but not necessarily my "taste" (pun intended). Was there any orange powder residue on the grips? heh
Ha! I didn't see any residue but the bike sure is the cheesiest Harley I've ever seen.

Next year, if you want to ride demos, get there by 7:45 because people are lining up early to register with each company. With the absence of the Kawasaki demo fleet this year the Yamaha line was pretty long, even at 8:00. Also, Sunday seems to be not as crowded.
I like the Harley rides the best because they don't go out escorted, in a group as all the others do. Some riders do Harley's marked route twice or improvise their own routes.

I remember when Suzuki, Kawasaki, Guzzi, and Triumph had fleets out there. Ducati too if I remember correctly. The bad economy this year meant only four manufacturers were demoing at the show: Harley, Yamaha, Victory, & CanAm.
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Ha! I didn't see any residue but the bike sure is the cheesiest Harley I've ever seen.

Next year, if you want to ride demos, get there by 7:45 because people are lining up early to register with each company. With the absence of the Kawasaki demo fleet this year the Yamaha line was pretty long, even at 8:00. Also, Sunday seems to be not as crowded.
I like the Harley rides the best because they don't go out escorted, in a group as all the others do. Some riders do Harley's marked route twice or improvise their own routes.

I remember when Suzuki, Kawasaki, Guzzi, and Triumph had fleets out there. Ducati too if I remember correctly. The bad economy this year meant only four manufacturers were demoing at the show: Harley, Yamaha, Victory, & CanAm.
Thanks for the pointers...I didn't realize that you had to arrive so early to sign up. Hmmm...might be a bit TOO early to get my butt outta bed, but getting to ride some interesting bikes is a good incentive!
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