Arai has a new model helmet for 2013 called the Defiant. Based on the RX-Q the new helmet, shown here in Base Orange Frost, is meant to appeal to the motorcyclist who desires urban-aggressive styling coupled with Arai’s reputation for safety and comfort. More than just a styling exercise, the Defiant boasts new technologies unseen […]
2013 Long Beach International Motorcycle Show Report
Today the motorcycle press descended upon the Long Beach Convention Center to attend media day at the annual International Motorcycle Show. After feasting from a continental breakfast buffet the discerning journalists set to the task of reporting on the bounty of new model motorcycles – most of which has been previously showcased in our November EICMA reporting. If you missed anything from that show here’s a run down of what to look forward to:
Triumph Thunderbird LT
Suzuki V-Strom 1000
Royal Enfield Continental GT
KTM Super Duke R – KTM confirmed the retail price to be $16,999
BMW R NineT
Ducati Monster S 1200
A cool item of interest included a reproduction TZ750-powered flat tracker King Kenny Roberts made famous. Using an authentic, period TZ750 inline-Four, two-stroke motor Jeff Palhegyi constructed the most notorious flat tracker in history to the same specifications as the original model on display at the AMA Motorcycle Museum in Pickerington, Ohio.
Joker Machine had some very nice customs on display as did BatBuilder and its Bat Man movie inspired concept machines.
If you’ve already read the reports and are tired of looking at internet photos of the new models for 2014, get yourself down to the show and throw a leg over the bike you’re dreaming to purchase. Dates for the show in your area are at motorcycleshows.com.