Michelle, Emmett and I (Jess wanted to spend time with Grandpa Dave) went to the 2009 Minneapolis International Motorcycle Show (IMS) put on by Cycle World magazine last weekend, for Valentine’s Day… talk about having the perfect wife!!? We had a great time, watch an unbelievable Trials demonstration that just blew my mind, and had a great time wandering the vendor booths, and checking out the offerrings from Harley Davidson, Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Ducati, Buell and about a hundred other manufacturers that I had heard of (KTM, Kymco, Polaris/Victory) and many I hadn’t heard of.
There was a great display of custom motorcycles and motorcycle art called “Architects of Inspiration” put on by Toyota, and most of the bikes I saw were built by Roland Sands Design. One of the coolest is the 450 Supersingle spec racer for WERA that he (and others) have been working on for a few years. It’s a great intro to roadracing, and although it’s out of my price range, for people who are really interested in becoming the next Nicky Hayden or Carl Fogarty it might be a great jumping point.
We checked out many of the cruisers, and sportbikes, and looked at and sat on the Suzuki V-Strom DL1000 that we had talked about buying. I still really like it, but the high exhaust looks like it could lead to some discomfort on long rides, for Michelle. We looked at the Buell Ulysses again, and really, it looks like the perfect bike for us. Parts availability is good (it’s a Harley… kinda), and the riding position and windscreen are much better suited to long distance riding than our current Buell XB9XS. We love our Buell, which means once it’s paid off, it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to say we’d happily upgrade it to the Ulysses!
Of course after taking one photo my camera batteries died, so I used my cell phone to snap a couple of fun ones of Michelle, Emmett and I. Oh, if you heard a screaming kid with parents frantically heading towards the exit… yeah, that was us. Emmett had had enough by about noon. Luckily we got there right away in the morning, so we got to spend about three hours checking things out.