2016 Edmonton Motorcycle Show

2016 Honda VFR1200x adventure-tourer finally arrives in Canada

2016 Honda VFR1200x adventure-tourer finally arrives in Canada

The 2016 Edmonton Motorcycle Show opened in Edmonton yesterday, Friday, January 15, and a crowd was lined up waiting for the doors to open at 12:00 noon.

Show manager Laurie Paetz said the Calgary show, which was held the previous weekend, surprized organizers with attendance down only about 4-percent.  That’s a ‘win’ in her view, as Alberta’s economy has been hit hard by low oil prices and huge job losses in the province.  Edmonton typically has a stronger attendance at the show compared to Calgary, so everybody remains hopeful.

Rumour has it that Honda sold 47 bikes at the Calgary show, and that seems like a strong showing.

This year’s Edmonton show seemed better organized and layed out than in previous years.  Manufacturers’ displays were especially good, and friends say Honda’s booth was remarkably good.

2016 Honda NC750x, available this year with DCT automatic transmission. This example was fitted with knobbies, light bar and SW-Motech Trax panniers

2016 Honda NC750x, available this year with DCT automatic transmission. This example was fitted with knobbies, light bar and SW-Motech Trax panniers

Other bikes that caught my eye were the 2016 Honda NC750x which Honda had fitted with knobby tires, a light bar with driving lights and German-brand SW-Motech Trax aluminum panniers.  The NC750 x is available this year in Canada with a DCT automatic transmission for the first time.

Also grabbing my attention was BMW’s updated C650GT maxi-scooter, and an R Nine T.  Sadly, the recently announced R Nine T Scrambler was a no-show.

BMW C650GT maxi-scooter

BMW C650GT maxi-scooter

 

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