Picture Intermission – Bikes at the Rock Store, 9/27

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Last week I stopped by the Rock Store to see what was on display as it turns into an impromptu show every weekend. Here are my highlights!

I putted over on the KTM Duke 200 – I recently asked y’all what you’d like to know about it and I’m hoping to have a review for you soon.

The little Duke has a big bike presence despite the diminutive engine size and price ($3,999). Almost everyone that asked me about it thought it was a Duke 390 at first. KTM’s best known for using orange but the Triumph parked next to me pulls it off well.

Also surprisingly orange is the Ducati 1199 Superleggera – I never understood why Ducati went with this color as I thought it wasn’t red enough.

Here’s an interesting custom based on a BMW R1200. I wasn’t able to find the owner, but I’d love to find out more about it from him or her.


I rode up with Nathan and my partner at Iconic, Adam Tromp. Nathan was on a Yamaha MT-03, while Adam was on his personal Ducati 748R.

We had a few other buddies join us, including a gentleman who brought out his Yamaha R7!


Someone else brought a special Yamaha sportbike – a previous gen R1M. Did you see the video I recently did with the new R1M and its equivalent from the mid 80s?

A pair of Japanese sixes:

I had no idea that Kawasaki created a tab to minimize the bend of the logo on the tank. Seems a little goofy to me, to be frank.

A few other personal favorites included this Yamaha XS650 and KTM RC8R.

The new MV Agusta Brutale 1000 gets plenty of attention from youngsters.

The new BMW R18, not so much. To be fair, this was at the corner of the parking lot. Did you see my First Ride Review of BMW’s new attempt at a cruiser?

Best seat of the day award.

There were also some fine older machines – a couple of customs and one beautiful stock-ish Harley-Davidson.


The finest of all was this beauty, which looks to me to be a Series C Vincent Black Shadow – but I don’t claim to be an expert on these things and would love confirmation!

All in all, it was a great morning: enjoy some local roads on the Duke 200, catch up with a couple of friends, and see some great bikes. Maybe I’ll see you at the next one!

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