Cool show. But where are the sport bikes? They went straight from Goldwings to a frick'n BUELL! Throw me a frick'n bone here.....I want Buells with frick'n laser beams on their headlights!(what else are they good for) Buells look like mutated sea bass!
yeah, cool show, but it focused mainly on Harley, Indian, and Triumph. Honda was touched upon, and then it went back to Harley and lastly Buell--I didn't pay attention to the commercials, but I can guess who paid for the ticket on this show.
Good idea talking about motorcycles on that show instead of politics. Maybe you should try it at MO. I also thought that the show spent a disproportional amount of time on HD. But they did go into dirt bikes which surprised me. Overall, I'd say it was a good show.
Pleasantly surprised it wasnt a total Hog love fest given the success of "Monster Garage", etc. David, Alan, and Guggenheim Dude laid down a fair history. Wished Peter and Johnny B. couldve scored more face time, though.
Rest assured your time was well spent on two watershed models in the motorcycle continuum: Segway and the Leno Jet Bike .. So Sorry!
Yeah, in the Guggenheim they showed the early GSXR 750 twice, the Duc 916 twice, and the MV Agusta a couple times, but they never say anything about these...
Like the revolutionary performance (at the time) of the GSXR? And how the absolute stunning beauty of the 916 was a rebirth (or birth) of the motorcycling bug for the masses. And, of course, how the MV is just gorgeous!
I thought that the fact that the only sport bike they show is the Buell, which although it's pretty cool bike isn't by any means the tops in its class, really shows you what this is about. It was a 2 hour commercial for The Motor Company... Throw a little extra in there for a jet bike, dirt bikes, but it was all cruisers...
Kinda hard to imagine why anybody WOULD ride a sportbike in NYC (or any big city, for that matter). I can't imagine a type of bike less suited for city traffic. If it were me, I'd go for a dual purpose endure-type bike, or a supermotard bike. Upright position lets you see over the top of the cabs, light weight and narrow so you can split lanes etc and long travel suspension to handle the potholes.
At the same time on TLC they had "Worlds Greatest Motorcycles" and a very nice piece on MV Agusta's F4. I switched back and forth for the first hour. The TLC show had my attention for the most part. Then I watched the last hour on History.
The Britten got a brief mention on the HC show, too. As far as I can recall, though, the names Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha were never uttered. They couldn't ignore Honda, though. And yet it was mostly Honda's effect on HD that was covered. And the "trivia" segments just sucked. The whole show was "The History of Motorcycles in the USA for Non-Motorcyclists, as seen by Harley-Davidson".
funny you mention that.........in england the top sellers are all CBR's, YZF's, and ZX's.........with a varadero or other trailie thrown in. And in England, bikes are used MUCH more for daily transportation.
I think it is because, although not long travel, the suspension is usualyl much better then on any other bikes, you get decent weather protection, the riding position on many (honda, kwak) is not all that extreme, and the quick, precise handling and ability to manuveur right NOW make them great for traffic
Actually, I rode thier Blast, and I agree 100%with the review MO gave it a few months ago. I do admit that they have some very radical features on their bikes, and wish the jap bike makers would introduce some of thier own. That said, I still think they look like ****e.