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Phoenix "International Motorcycle Show"

A friend and I rode over to "Westworld" yesterday for the show, and I have some observations.

FIRST - neatest NEW thing was at the BMW display, but I didn't take a pic. Their 2015 bikes have the tire's valve stems in one of the spokes (on 'mag' wheels, of course), about 1" down from the rim, and at 90 degrees! What a GREAT idea!

SECOND - dumbest NEW thing was on a Super Ten in the Yamaha display (AGAIN - NO pic). It had a small 12v winch attached to the rack where you might (usually) have your trunk.... A WINCH...?

It had BETTER be a very strong rack IF you plan to pull a 575 pound bike out of a problem, like a mud-hole...!



There were a few of the Yamaha SR400 singles on display, and I took a pic of a PARTICULARLY nice one.



Also there were some "cafe-racers" like this Triumph.



I put the camera away till I got to the Kawasaki area, and the 2015 Versys 650LT.



Co$t was at $8,699 (PLUS the usual fees...) c/w the saddle-bags and hand-guards, but NOT the trunk, tank-bag, extra lights, gear indicator or 12v plug (last two are dealer installed options).

Here's the remote adjuster for the shock,



and the ABS stuff is where the current Vs have the voltage regulator, and I could NOT find where the regulator is now.



Here's a frontal view showing the auxiliary lights.



Apparently there is also a "hard-point" to attach frame sliders, just below the horizontal frame member that goes from the front to just above the clutch (right side).

For me a surprise was that a lot of European manufacturers weren't there (KTM, Aprilia, etc).

Looked at the Versys 1000, but to me it seems the same as what we got in Canada a couple of years ago, and I'm not personally interested.


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