Highlights – 2015 Edmonton Motorcycle Show, Part 2

Part of the fun of attending the motorcycle show is drooling over the multitudes of new and carryover motorcycles for 2015.

Here are some of the bikes that I’d slip into my Dream Garage, right after I win Lotto 649.

2015 BMW R1200RS

2015 BMW R1200RS

2015 BMW R1200RS.  BMW’s all-new-for 2015 is the Bavarian company’s re-entry into the sporty end of the sport-touring segment.  It uses the same liquid-cooled boxermotor-twin found on the R1200GS and R1200RT, but has a sportier ‘rider’s triangle’ (the relationship between saddle, footpegs, and handlebars) than the company’s legendary and widely-acclaimed R1200RTW.  I owned a 1981 BMW R100RS, and it was one of my favourite bikes.  Unconfirmed rumours have it that the 2015 R1200RS is already sold out for the model year.  MSRP $16,725.

2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 ABS LT

2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 ABS LT

2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 ABS LT.  The new Versys 1000 is substantially revised from last year’s ugly duckling Versys, which was a great bike despite having a face only a mother could love.  The 2015 Versys looks terrific and comes with ABS and hard bags as standard equipment.  With an MSRP of $14,999, it’s VERY aggressively priced, and arguably the best value sport adventure-tourer on the market (along with the $15,999 2015 Aprilia Caponord 1200.)  The Versys’ 1000 c.c. 4-cylinder engine puts out a torquey 118 horsepower (claimed).  I rode a 2014 Versys for more than a month last year and was impressed with the ‘standard’ bike-style ergos and smooth, powerful engine.

2015 Indian Scout

2015 Indian Scout

2015 Indian Scout.  I loved the retro style of the new Indian Scout.  It’s spare, minimalist style is an excellent example of contemporary industrial design with strong links to the brand’s past.  I want one.

2015 Kawasaki Concours 1400

2015 Kawasaki Concours 1400

2015 Kawasaki Concours 1400.  I have a natural affinity for big, shaftdrive sport-tourers.  Even though the Concours 1400 is a carryover model, this new green paint scheme has a ‘pop’, in-your-face good looks, at least to my colour-blind eyes.  The Concours possesses massive power that other manufacturers can only dream of.  MSRP $17,999.

2015 BMW R1200R

2015 BMW R1200R

2015 BMW R1200R.  This year, the R1200R roadster gets the superb liquid-cooled 125 horsepower boxermotor introduced in the R1200GS in 2013 and the R1200RT in 2014.  Shorn of unnecessary bodywork, this light, minimalist ‘naked’ bike would be my ride of choice if I lived in a moderate climate (like Canada’s West Coast) or if swervacious roads were outside my door.  Fit with hardbags and a decent windscreen, the R1200R’s sophisticated and grunty engine would make me a happy camper if I didn’t have to ride 4 hours to the nearest ‘good’ motorcycle roads.  MSRP $16,050.

Honda trials bike

Honda trials bike

Trials bike.  Seen at the Honda Canada booth, a trials bike.  I’m a big fan of trials bikes.  Just an engine, a frame and two sticky tires.  All you need is skill.  Minimalism at its finest.

Alberta Sheriff's BMW R1200RTP

Alberta Sheriff’s BMW R1200RTP

Alberta Sheriff’s BMW R1200RTP polic bike.  I wasn’t aware that Alberta Sheriff’s (our highway patrol motor officers) had BMWs in their fleet until I saw this one at the motorcycle show.  I have seen Alberta Sheriff Harley-Davidsons in past, so imprint this new ‘intelligence’ to your motorcycling toolbox for the 2015 riding season.

Customized Triumph

Customized Triumph

Customized Triumph.  This was seen at Triumph Canada’s exhibit.  I don’t recall who built it, but it’s cool.  Very cool.

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