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ADV Events2015 Long Beach International Motorcycle Show Highlights

2015 Long Beach International Motorcycle Show Highlights

A quick look at what's new in the Adventure Segment at the Long Beach IMS.

Published on 11.27.2015

A sunny fall day in Southern California had motorcyclists heading down to the Long Beach International Motorcycle Show in droves. The Long Beach show saw approximately 52,000 attendees over three days. The festivities kicked off early Friday morning, November 14th with Media Day. Of course the big news was the new Honda Africa Twin but there were several other new and exciting bikes and products to see at the show.

The Convention Center in Long Beach was packed with 178 exhibitors that included motorcycle gear and accessory manufacturers along with the big OEMs like KTM, BMW, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Triumph and more. We spent a few days walking the floors on a mission to find anything new and interesting for Adventure Riders. Below are some of the highlights from the show.

2016 Honda Africa Twin
The Africa Twin was the big news at the show. For many, it was their first time getting a chance to look at the bike up close and sit on it. Shown here is the silver model fully loaded with factory accessories and DCT.
2016 Ducati Multistrada Enduro at the Long Beach International Motorcycle Show
The new Ducati Multistrada Enduro is designed to be more capable in the dirt. With its brushed aluminum tank shrouds, it looks like a finely built timepiece. We’ll see how many owners are willing to get their beautiful bikes dirty in 2016.
2016 KTM 500 EXC Six Days at the Long Beach International Motorcycle Show
KTM improves on its class-topping 500 EXC with the Six Days model that adds more performance and top-end components from the PowerParts Catalog.
2016 BMW R1200GS Triple Black at the Long Beach International Motorcycle Show
The 2016 R1200GS Triple Black limited edition model is back by popular demand. The bike receives the full black-out treatment and should be a hot seller this year.
Kawasaki KLR650 Digital Camo
Nothing much has changed on the KLR650 since 2008. But owners seem to love the bike so much, why change it? This year the KLR650 gets a quirky new color scheme — Digital Camoflage!
2016 vfr1200x us debut pricing announced
Fans of the Euro VFR1200X CrossTourer have been wondering for years when the bike would come to the US. Favorable exchange rates have now made this possible and Honda is bringing the VFR1200X to the US. Preliminary pricing was announced at $15,599 for the base model and $15,999 for the DCT version.
2016 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT ABS
The V-Strom 650XT gets stripped of its included accessories for 2016 to give it a more affordable starting price point. Now the Wee-Strom with wire-spoked wheels costs just $8,499, down from $10,399 in 2015.
2016 Yamaha Super Tenere
The 2016 Yamaha Super Ténéré is now available in this stunning 60th Anniversary Yellow. The bike retails for $15,590 and is available on dealer showroom floors now!
The original 1988 XRV650 Africa Twin
The new Africa Twin CRF1000L was getting the bulk of the attention at the Honda booth, but the original 1988 Honda XRV650 Africa Twin on display looked just as exciting to ride.
Carducci dual sport based on a Harley Sportster
The Carducci Dual Sport is a custom Adventure Bike that starts with a Harley Sportster donor and gets a 6.3 gallon tank, HID headlight and other top-of-the-line components. Expect to pay about $47,000 + the donor Harley to put one of these hand-crafted beauties in your garage.
CSC TT Special 250
CSC Motorcycles has had great success this year with the release of their 250cc Adventure Bike, the Cyclone RX-3. Now they are ready to release a new 250cc enduro-style dual sport — the TT 250 — at an introductory price of $1,895.
Lifan X-Plore 200M
Chinese motorcycle manufacturer Lifan is bringing their 200cc enduro-style Dual Sport to the US as well. The bike is currently undergoing certification.
Heidenau tires bigger sizes
The popular Heidenau K60 dual sport tires are known for their longevity and impressive performance off-road. Heidenau recently started offering new sizes in the K60 (120/70-19 and 170/60-17) to fit the KTM 1190 Adventure and BMW R1200GS.
womens moto skiveez
Moto-Skiveez have been improving their popular padded motorcycle shorts with new technology and are adding new products to their line. Now they offer compression socks, Lady Skiveez and will soon release new base layers as well.
twisted throttle booth
Twisted Throttle was at the show displaying their new DrySpec waterproof soft luggage, SW-Motech Trax aluminum cases and Denali LED auxiliary lights.
Touratech Aventuro Mod Helmet
The all new Touratech Aventuro Mod is surprisingly light for a Modular helmet and has nice off-road touches like a goggle strap holder. We look forward to getting our hands on one for testing soon!
CycleGear Sedici avventura carbon helmet
This Sedici Avventura Carbon Fiber dual sport helmet at the CycleGear booth retails for just $279 and comes with DOT and ECE certifications.
AGV AX-8 DS EVO Karacum Dual Sport Helmet
AGV had their latest design of the AX-8 DS EVO Dual Sport Helmet on display — the Karacum.
Photos by Bill Lieras

Author: Rob Dabney

Rob Dabney started a lifelong obsession with motorcycles at the age of 15 when he purchased his first bike – a 1982 Honda MB5. Through his 20’s and 30’s he competed in off-road desert races, including the Baja 250, 500 and 1000. Eventually, his proclivity for exploration led him to dual sport and adventure riding. Rob’s never-ending quest to discover what’s around the next bend has taken him on Adventures in Latin America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and throughout the American West. As a moto journalist, he enjoys inspiring others to seek adventure across horizons both near and far.


Author: Rob Dabney

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