Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Buffalo, NY
I Ride: 2001 zx6r and 2011 zx6r
Leising's visit from the Toronto Motorcycle show!
I went to the motorcycle show in Toronto with just about every manufacter out there to show their models for the year. I took some mental notes after sitting on them and getting a feel and looking at the cosmetics and fancy bits. Since we are the middle weights I'll start with that...
Yamaha: R6, no surprise its very aggressive for track riding, thing felt tight and looked great off and on the bike, definitely a popular bike for people to sit on and talk about. Has the "wow" factor. Brakes were mushy, and the model shown had the left sit rear set was broken off with duct tape to cover it. No big deal but I'd figure they would have fixed it as its getting a lot of attention. R1 looked great, both looked super similar. Tommy Casa's Yamaha was there, he had the Brembo RCS 19 with the remote adjuster, vortex rear sets, and a SK quick shifter and ecu set up. Very cool.
Triumph: No 675 to be seen, quite a disappointment.
Honda: CBR600 was discontinued, Cbr300 felt squishy in all areas, Cbr1000rr fireblade looked compact, usual honda minimalist agility>power bike.
Suzuik: GSXR600 felt like every other one I've sat on, no wow factor, looks like the mid 2000's models in reference to the headlight. GSXR1000 on the other hand looked amazing, loads of fancy bits and is definitely the top of the food chain.
Kawasaki: Despite my rather unexcited self seeing photos, the new zx6r looks stunning, almost looks like a ninja 400 and a Panigale had a child, looks great, felt better, I feel like kawasaki is leaning more towards the track very so slowly... ZX-10r looked great in the grey, felt like the R1.
Other than 600's....
BMW: Had the $97,000 HP4 with the carbon fibre frame with the monoblock brake calipers. The s1000rr was easily the most comfortable liter bike. The front looks like an r6, and I think it looks not as good as it was in the older models.
Ducati: V4 looked a little frumpy, although it had cool winglets. Another exotic bike was the H2R with its own set of winglets.
KTM: No Rc8 family, big disappointment, just two RC390s which felt like a cheap, plastic version of the ninja 400.
Zero Motorcycles: Loads of bikes to sit on, didn't even bother to try them, not an electric guy yet.
Harley Davidson: Lots of pop music (little odd) blaring over yonder, so I kept my distance.
Side notes: Saw 3 dudes strike out on the models.
PizzaPizza looks like Little Cesear's except the slice was 6 bucks! When I got home to NY I bought the whole pizza for 5.50 after tax.
“If a man does not have sauce, then he is lost. But the same man can get lost in the sauce.”
Last edited by leising; 02-17-2019 at 11:40 PM.