2013 Progressive International Motorcycle Show – Long Beach

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This weekend, we went over the Long Beach Motorcycle Show, and we decided to show you some of our highlights. Please note – this is no way any sort of comprehensive coverage. If you’re looking for more details about the newest Honda CBR1000, check out Cycle World. We’re just going to show you some of the more unique bikes we found at the show:

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Lossa Engineering’s Honda CB450 Scrambler

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Harley had an interesting program called “Jumpstart”, with one of their bikes on a dyno that allowed beginners to feel what it was like to utilize the throttle and shift.

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“The Beast” – a custom sidecar rig based on a R1150GS, designed to be used as a support vehicle for RawHyde Adventures.  We actually saw this bike a couple of weeks ago at the Urban Assault, as well.

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Awesome original dealership tag for a R69S.

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Entertaining the masses with a slot car track.

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Oops.  Looks like someone forgot to change this from Atlanta to Long Beach.

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One of the main sponsors, Progressive, had a guy custom painting tanks during the show.  Very cool.

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Custom dashboard for a Honda CB.

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One of the bikes we’re most excited about for next year, the Royal Enfield Continental GT.

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Someone playing “how many fingers am I holding up?” with the Reevu helmet, designed with a little internal rear view mirror.

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A bike on its side always gets attention.

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Indian was out in force, marketing themselves as a new choice in the Cruiser market.

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Triumph was one of the highlights – they had a few stock bikes but used most of their floor space for customs, like this cafe racer built on a Thunderbird.

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I sometimes make too much fun of my GS brethren for the amount they spend on Touratech parts.  See the bike above?  Guess how many dollars worth of TT gear is on this bike?

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Did you say over 14 THOUSAND DOLLARS?  Cause if you did, well done.

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One of my personal highlights – a BSA Bantam on a Mini trucklet.

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BMW has got something very interesting with the R nineT.  Cheaper than the R1200R, 110 hp boxer engine, and it’s built to be easily customized – the rear subframe comes off with just four bolts.   We’re excited to see what people do with this, though we’ve been disappointed with the first custom effort so far – Urban Motor’s take over at BikeExif.

Well, those were our highlights.  Hope you enjoyed the quick browse! Make sure to check out the show if it comes by your town.

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