ALERT: New York City breaks the record for the warmest December 13 since the beginning of record keeping. A perfect day to take a ride to the annual bike show at the Javits Center. After last years brutal winter, these Spring-like days are a real treat.
It was less crowded on this Sunday afternoon than it was when we came here last year, which was nice.
There was a good balance of custom, vintage and new model bikes at this years show.
The School of Rock kids were ripping some pretty heavy sounds.
A big draw to this years bike show for me was the opportunity to check out the new Triumph Bonneville T120.
I was first talking to a technician who told me, “You gotta be careful, that front end will come off the ground!”
They have beefed this bike up to 1200cc with some serious torque. That and many other new features make this bike very appealing to me. I’m over 76,000 miles on my bike right now. She still runs great. Better than ever if you ask me. But forward thinking has me asking a lot of questions about the T120.
Jillian was definitely ready to race. She hopped on the KTM…
…and gave Rollie Free a run for his money.
This guy from Victory had a voice that sounded the way a Grizzly Bear would if he could talk. He roared about this big ol bike. It has a power windshield that goes up and down. But he was most excited to show how this bike can take a spill and you can still ride it out. So he grabbed that bike and knocked it over.
Sure enough it leaned solidly on these two points. Then he told a story about a couple he knows who came out unscathed after going down and another about him killing a deer with the same model bike. Though he did break his leg on the deer collision.
This bike was made by Le Mani Moto who specialize in well crafted machines with pre-war style designs. This one’s a real beauty!
Their logo is pretty rad too!
Some of the local colors were checking out the show as usual.
This is a new Indian Scout customized for the straight track. The bike in the background is a hill climber that was at Sturgis this Summer.
An Indian Larry Bike.
This dude in the Predator helmet is Alex. He served in Afghanistan and beneath that menacing shield is a friendly, happy guy. He had a difficult time getting more than a few steps before someone wanted him to stop and talk or take pictures with him.
He also has the all out movie version Predator helmet. Sick!
It’s like the Vincent is saying, “You wanna see knuckles! I’ll show you knuckles, Knucklehead!”
Makoto Endo paints these cool, splattery illustrations of motorcycles with chopsticks. I saw him first at last years show and again at the Indian Larry Block Party. This year Jillian got me a T-shirt with a Triumph painted by Makoto. Thanks babe!
I really dig his paintings and it’s cool to watch him work. I’ve included a video below.
I love these clean, bobbed out vintage machines.
This one reminded me of one I had seen somewhere downtown last year.
Below is the bike I saw downtown.
And then as we were leaving the show, up pulls Alex. That’s his bike above. The one I saw downtown.
And here he is again! He’s had some work done on the bike. The tank has been nickel plated and painted black and brown with gold pinstripes. Looks great! Good to meet you Alex!
I mentioned earlier in the post that I had ridden over 76,000 miles on my bike. That actually happened today! Or at least I think so. I was short by 7 miles on my way to work this morning and I rode around a bit after work. So I am guessing she turned over.
Instead of shooting through the tunnel for a quick trip home, I crossed a couple bridges and headed toward Brooklyn.
I took the short cut through the cemetery. The light was awesome with the dark sky in the background.
The whole cemetery was aglow!
I rolled through Williamsburg just to have a look. I saw these old chopped Triumphs on N14 St. I had seen the one on the left completely stripped down this past September at the Indian Larry Block Party.
Well, we have been really lucky so far with a beautifully mild winter. Let’s hope there are good riding days in the months ahead. Merry Christmas everybody! And have a healthy, happy new year!