One of the bigger events on the show circuit is the NYC edition of the International Motorcycle show, and this year was no different. OEMs massed to the Jacob Javits Center with displays of new 2013 models, and gear and aftermarket companies were out in force too.
Victory Motorcycles was especially prominent this year, with several new limited edition models, and Indian made a big bang (literally) with its Burt Munro Special (also known as the World's Fastest Indian) by firing it up several times for the crowd.
The Victory display at the New York IMS included the complete 2013 Victory motorcycle lineup - cruisers, baggers and touring models - as well as a large collection of the newest Victory apparel (they're in the middle of a complete re-vamp of that line).
Other special attractions included the introduction of a limited-edition 15th Anniversary model, which had its public unveiling on Friday evening (Jan. 18) at the Victory display in the Jacob K. Javits Center. The 15th Anniversary Cross Country Tour Limited Edition is swaddled in special features unique to this model, including a Sunset Red over Gloss Black paint with gold pinstriping inspired by the first Victory (a V92C, built in Spirit Lake, Iowa, in 1998), along with special saddlebag graphics. There's also plenty of chrome and other cool amenities; see the full list below:
- Exclusive Antares Red Over Gloss Black Paint
- Custom Cut & Sew Seats
- Gold Pinstriping
- 15th Anniversary Saddlebag Decals
- Billet Wheels
- 15th Anniversary Numbered Dash Badge
- Chrome Front Fender Trim
- 15th Anniversary Stitched Passenger Backrest
- Chrome Fuel Cap
- 15th Anniversary Fairing Badge
- Chrome Sprocket Cover
- Red-Letter Cam Badge
- Chrome Engine Covers
- Red-Letter Primary Badge
- Chrome Radio Controls & Cruise Controls
- Removable Saddlebag Liners
- Chrome Switch Cubes
- Removable Trunk Liner
- Chrome Rear Fender Trim
- Garmin GPS
- Chrome Saddlebag Lid Rails
- XM Radio
- Chrome Trunk Luggage Rack
- Kicker Speakers
- Black Blade Windshield
- iPhone/iPod Cord
Then there was the National Motorcycle Museum Ness Victory Custom, which legendary custom bike builders Arlen and Cory Ness introduced. The Ness Custom Cross Country that will be raffled off to raise funds for the National Motorcycle Museum (www.nationalmcmuseum.org
) in Anamosa, Iowa. Victory donated the bike and the Nesses customized it into a one-of-a-kind machine that includes museum graphics. The bike was unveiled Friday, Jan. 18, just after the 15th Anniversary Model.
Now becoming a familiar face at Victory displays is the Gunny, who held forth this time with a 'Gunny' & The Bunnies appearance: Actor, Victory rider and retired U.S. Marine R. Lee Ermey - (aka "The Gunny" - was hanging out at the Victory display for autograph and photo sessions with riders, as well as Playboy Playmates who appeared in the 2013 Victory Motorcycles brochure.
Over at the Moto Guzzi display, all the previously-announced, new 2013 V7 bikes were front and center, but Moto Guzzi USA had another special unveiling up its sleeve too: Friday night, at the ACE Hotel, Guzzi USA and Hammarhead Industries rolled out a slick, minimal custom -- the V7 Wayward.
Hammarhead says he envisioned the bike as the perfect solution to urban commuting as well as spontaneous fast and light travel outside the confines of town. The stock V7 Classic was essentially stripped of much of its defining bodywork, lightly massaged with performance enhancements like high flow K&N air filters and a freer- breathing custom exhaust (along with remapped fuel injection), upgraded fork springs and rear shocks, then given a new seat and a couple of trick cosmetic touches.
Word is only five examples will be built, so if you want a Wayward, don't dawdle.
Suzuki also displayed its new 2013 machines, most notably the C90T BOSS, the returning M90 and C50 along with a host of new standards, entry-level machines and sportbikes.
Honda had its full complement of new 2013 machines in view, with the wickedly cool Gold Wing F6B front and center.
Ducati didn't disappoint either, with its complete (and growing) Diavel lineup on display.
The show continues its way on to Cleveland OH, next.