The International Motorcycle Show has always been something I’ve enjoyed doing. A chance to get together with all my motorcycle friends and look at all the new bikes and dream a bit about a future bikes.
I’ve been thinking about what to write about this for the past week and have been really struggling to come up with something interesting and insightful to say about it. I was begining to think I had some how lost my motorcycle mojo or my enthusiasm for the sport. However what I really think happened was that the show was just not all that great. Not to say we didn’t have a great time but it’s reached an all time low. The last few years it’s been getting smaller and smaller and now I think it is too small, and since it’s so small it gets really crowded very quickly.
Strangely enough the result is that we did not have enough time to enjoy it since it quickly was filled with people and felt too crowded. This made the show a bit too much to deal with. I wish I knew who to complain to, since I really feel that it’s becoming not worth it to attend. Too few manufactures attend with real booths (no KTM, Ducati, or Aprillia), and not enough vendors. No GIVI Case booth and not even more than one place selling boots were the most obvious things missing.
However there were some great moments to be had, mainly because I brought nine of my closest motorcycle friends and family along with me, without them it would have been much worse.
I’m sure I’ll give another chance next year. Maybe I’ll try going late Saturday evening instead of early morning. It might be the last time I go however, it’s just not worth the price of admission, and I would start to feel guilty for getting all my friends to come with me for what ended up being a pretty disappointing show.