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    2018 Progressive International Motorcycle Show- NYC

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    Opening day here at the Javits Convention Center in NYC. I was going to skip it this year because I was working yesterday (Friday) and wouldn't dare go on a Saturday or Sunday. Too crowded and not a lot of anything "new" I was interested in anyway.
    But a good friend was having his revamped Norton featured in the Vintage/Retro area so...



    2018, just out of the shop 2 days ago and after a year+ (and 2-3 years of gathering and re-engineering parts:
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    2008 Vespa 150"S" (Elec & Kick Start)
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    2006 Yamaha TW200 (Elec & Kick Start)
    1995 BMW K75 (Elec Start)
    1991 Honda XR250L (Kick Start Only)
    1986 Yamaha BW200ES (Elec & Kick Start)
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    I have mixed feeling about it because it's no longer "original". Now I'm not one of those "purists" where everything has to be factory spec. After all, besides being sexy and racer motorcycles, Nortons for the general public out of the dealer sucked, that's why they went out of business and Honda got to establish their giant footprint (turn-the-key-and-go). Virtually anyone that dabbles in and maintains a British car or motorcycle from the olden days...I'm always in awe and have the deepest respect for. I had 4 MG's myself so yeah, an automotive form of S&M. But this bike is now better than when manufactured and I mean engineering-wise, not just bolted on pretty stuff. Other than the engine cases, that motor is nothing like what came out of England. He wants to ride this bike, not show it or work on it so if he's happy, I am for him.

    Here of course the 2019 TW:
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    Check out the new-style dash:
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    HaHa

    Price:
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    I don't know why everyone compares the VanVan to the TW. Yamaha is clearly tugging at the intro to Dual Sport crowd. The DR200 & DR400 are the DS's to compare to I'd think.
    Suzuki in my opinion has put out a nice looking street bike in the VanVan. Whoever buys this bike I assure you will never have to change this huge factory (and not bad looking) seat.
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    Grey tank, blue fenders, brown seat. What a completely odd color combination on this particular bike. And for some reason... it works!

    Price:
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    Last edited by stagewex; 12-01-2018 at 12:19 PM.
    2008 Vespa 150"S" (Elec & Kick Start)
    2007 Ural Patrol (2WD, Elec & Kick Start)
    2006 Yamaha TW200 (Elec & Kick Start)
    1995 BMW K75 (Elec Start)
    1991 Honda XR250L (Kick Start Only)
    1986 Yamaha BW200ES (Elec & Kick Start)
    1969 BMW r60/2, US Model (Kick Start Only)

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    See my old recently back-from-the-dead 1991 XR250L:
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    Its Great-Great-Great Grandson:
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    A lot of folks were eyeballing the monkey but the collector-type price if you were buying a real original one was a turn-off. Still, it's cute. No kick or pull-starter but I'll bet they still sell to folks that had one or always wanted one. There's only so many old vintage ones still around:
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    2008 Vespa 150"S" (Elec & Kick Start)
    2007 Ural Patrol (2WD, Elec & Kick Start)
    2006 Yamaha TW200 (Elec & Kick Start)
    1995 BMW K75 (Elec Start)
    1991 Honda XR250L (Kick Start Only)
    1986 Yamaha BW200ES (Elec & Kick Start)
    1969 BMW r60/2, US Model (Kick Start Only)

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    In the world of weird there were a few small "Boutique" motorcycles out there like Nostalgia. Looking through their brochure was like considering buying a condo:
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    First, buy a 2018 or 2019 BMW R9T as a "Donor Bike":
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    Pick a color:
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    Then:
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    Last edited by stagewex; 12-01-2018 at 11:19 AM.
    2008 Vespa 150"S" (Elec & Kick Start)
    2007 Ural Patrol (2WD, Elec & Kick Start)
    2006 Yamaha TW200 (Elec & Kick Start)
    1995 BMW K75 (Elec Start)
    1991 Honda XR250L (Kick Start Only)
    1986 Yamaha BW200ES (Elec & Kick Start)
    1969 BMW r60/2, US Model (Kick Start Only)

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    Two years ago Yamaha had a poster of the Niken.
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    Last year a poster and a video. This year they had an actual bike. In fact two if you include the stripped to the frame cross-section.
    But sales folks kept stuttering when I asked them when it would be on dealers floors.
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    This is very cool but my concern is that they are overselling "stability" harnessed to a monster FZ1 or FZ9 power plant. Ain't a Piaggio scooter:
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    2008 Vespa 150"S" (Elec & Kick Start)
    2007 Ural Patrol (2WD, Elec & Kick Start)
    2006 Yamaha TW200 (Elec & Kick Start)
    1995 BMW K75 (Elec Start)
    1991 Honda XR250L (Kick Start Only)
    1986 Yamaha BW200ES (Elec & Kick Start)
    1969 BMW r60/2, US Model (Kick Start Only)

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    Got a first look at the new 650's from Royal Enfield. I have to say I'm really impressed with how far this brand has come over the years. Styling-wise they always looked great evoking the originals from England. But quality control on the older ones and just 500cc for their biggest bikes kept them from appealing to a broader spectrum. The ones I saw, made in India (as most Triumphs are) seemed very nicely made:

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    The Himalayan was just "OK". Didn't wow me like the R.E. street bikes:
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    2008 Vespa 150"S" (Elec & Kick Start)
    2007 Ural Patrol (2WD, Elec & Kick Start)
    2006 Yamaha TW200 (Elec & Kick Start)
    1995 BMW K75 (Elec Start)
    1991 Honda XR250L (Kick Start Only)
    1986 Yamaha BW200ES (Elec & Kick Start)
    1969 BMW r60/2, US Model (Kick Start Only)

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    In 1968 I had the hots for a Norton....but I had already lost my licence on the BSA 650 Royal Star, so I had to be satisfied with dirt bikes for a couple of years. (Not that I could have afforded it anyway!)
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    Hey, here are the two (2) Suzuki contenders that you can compare to the TW. Not the poor little cute VanVan:
    DR200"S"
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    The DR400 and their suggested MSRP will give the 2019 Yammy xt250 a run for it's money. I really liked it myself. There is a street version too called the DR400"S" with street tires and some more shiny stuff:
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    2008 Vespa 150"S" (Elec & Kick Start)
    2007 Ural Patrol (2WD, Elec & Kick Start)
    2006 Yamaha TW200 (Elec & Kick Start)
    1995 BMW K75 (Elec Start)
    1991 Honda XR250L (Kick Start Only)
    1986 Yamaha BW200ES (Elec & Kick Start)
    1969 BMW r60/2, US Model (Kick Start Only)

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    My wife is in love with the Himalayan. We looked at one in Vegas last week. Nice looking and all, but I'm not a big fan, and it's hard to find honest unbiased reviews.
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    At the Dirt Dazes Rally last Summer there was a guy riding a stock street R.E. with some slightly more aggressive tires than stock. I don't know the name of the model but it's the one that's painted OD green and looks kinda like an old military bike, 500cc. He did fine but don't think after the ride (which was pretty easy, minimal dirt) he wanted to do anything off-road with it again.

    This Himalayan had for me all the right "looks" but had never seen one up close until yesterday.
    Seemed too fragile for even the stuff I do with my TW200. And a lot of the "Adventure" items are bolt on and not included in the MSRP. There's a lot of better choices. I think they are just testing the market and like others, feel like they "have" to ofer something in this category.

    But R.E. is getting spot on with what they are known for... street bikes. I wouldn't mind test-riding one of the new 650's.
    Last edited by stagewex; 12-01-2018 at 03:24 PM.
    2008 Vespa 150"S" (Elec & Kick Start)
    2007 Ural Patrol (2WD, Elec & Kick Start)
    2006 Yamaha TW200 (Elec & Kick Start)
    1995 BMW K75 (Elec Start)
    1991 Honda XR250L (Kick Start Only)
    1986 Yamaha BW200ES (Elec & Kick Start)
    1969 BMW r60/2, US Model (Kick Start Only)

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