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Old 11th February 2008, 00:24   #1
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I visited the Chicago Motorcycle Show yesterday. Its a very regional event but you get to see and feel what most motorcycle manufacturers have to offer (no concept motorcycles though).
You can always see pics of these on mfg' websites but I still thought I'll go ahead and post these pics. I'm 6feet 1inches tall, and on the bikes in some of the pics. Might give you a perspective of how big/small the motorcycle is. I spent time only on those motorcycles that I had'nt had a chance to feel before. So here goes... (p.s. the pics are hi - res so it might take time to load)

Ducati's new Hypermotord. As usual the build quality is fantastic. Everything looks so well polished and sculpted. I'm a street bike rider (naked street/sport) however seeing this one makes me want one.


The side view mirrors are handle-bar end mounted.


Supermoto bikes sit really tall but once you get on one the monoshock is really squishy and ride lowers by a few.



Ducati 848.
The smaller engined version of the hot 1098. Both motorcycles look identical. A smaller engine and no front end steering damper makes this bike only 2000$ cheaper than the 1098. I love the white color. The 848 definitely felt more comfortable than the earlier 748. They say its very street rider friendly unlike the 748 which was originally designed as a track machine. The uncluttered instrument cluster area makes it look too bland in comparison to that in a 1098.







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Ducati's Sport 1000. The riding stance on this classic is more aggressive than you'd imagine. I so love that comforable seat. Beats riding a Gixxer anyday
Random pic of the sport 1000 steering damper.



New CBR 1000RR tail end chopped off like that in MOTO GP. For a real comparo i'd have to ride one. Could tell much difference from the older CBR. Probably since its been a while i've been on the old one . Looks great and feels a wee bit lighter . Seat was a frim cbr as usual.



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A toughened Honda CRF?! probably ridden in a raid or rally. I didnt see any description around where these were displayed but here're the pics anyway. Tires were super knobby.


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At the BMW exhibit I wanted to check out their new HP2 Sport. Their new hot shot boxer twin that costs a whopping $ 25000 US and they claim great performance figures on this one. I also wanted to check out their new F800 naked "parallel" twin (parallel and inline doesnt happen much here at the BMW so I really wanted to see these)
Now each of the new BMW's had a nice rev counter and a lil display on the side. There' was a button associated with this called "info" which gave trip info for the current trip and stored one for the last one and i'm sure for a BMW price tag it'll display some more.

You'll see my 6 foot skinny frame on the bikes in this to give you and idea of the size of the motorcycles.

The k1200S feels pretty heavy BUT the riding position is very comfortable. I'd do long distance high speed riding on this motorcycle any day. I loved the color scheme on this one. There's something about the BMW's which makes them look like a very middle-age man sportbike.


The F800's not the most attractive street naked bike out there. It does however feel light. The front end plastic work feel very big. Fortunately between the legs theres a parallel twin so that thins it out a bit. I love the wheel design on all the new BMW's you'll notice it in the k1200s above. here's a pic below as well.



I finally checked out the HP2 sport. Lately BMW MOTORRAD has been doing a pretty good job on "SPORTY"fying their motorcycle.In the HP2 i'm not a big fan of the boxer protruding out of the body so much. I wonder what happens when your corner very hard those ends have got to touch the ground.
HOWEVER, in that entire day this was the most comfortable super sport bike that I sat on. The seat, seating position, the way my feet fit in snugly along the body was just great. The handle bars felt great as well.


The single-sided swing-arm is almost a BMW trade mark along with the shaft-driven rear-wheel. The rear cowl / the place where the rear seat should be is really designed to look great. Its got a see thru mesh that shows the exhaust silencer.



HP2 sport Front end


I didnt take any pictures of the Supermoto'ish BMW with the same motor however which is even newer than the HP2.

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There' are more pics coming up in a bit!
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How come we are only able to see bikes here? Normally we get to see some fine examples of human beings posing with the bikes. Ain't it?
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Someones got the white 848 in Bombay recently.
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How come we are only able to see bikes here? Normally we get to see some fine examples of human beings posing with the bikes. Ain't it?
If you're talking about hot chicks then you'll see more of those in custom bike shows where all the exhibits are hideous stretched out custom sport bikes with pink and orange paint jobs complete gansta crowd as well!
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Amazing pics and enjoyable commentary. Keep em coming!
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Awesome pics man do keep posting.
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Great Pics. Just keep them coming.
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man loved the pics
something new
could u post some of the gxxr 750 my fav bike plzz

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Now thats some really wicked machinery there. Thanks for the photos. The BMWs look awesome (and are priced awesome as well) and I would agree with your observation that they are more suited for the "ahem" slightly older age group.
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Awesome pics!
Thanks a lot for posting!
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man loved the pics
something new
could u post some of the gxxr 750 my fav bike plzz
yes i'll post the only two pics i've got of the gixxer of the headlamps and the tail pipe ...thats only whats changed in the new 750. i had a lot to cover so i spent more time on bikes that are new launches or the ones that i hadnt been on before!

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