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ADV EventsMuch to See for ADV Riders at the 2014 Long Beach IMS

Much to See for ADV Riders at the 2014 Long Beach IMS

We check out some of the new bikes and products in the adventure segment.

Published on 11.18.2014

Each year we visit the Progressive International Motorcycle Show (IMS) in Long Beach, California to see what’s new and interesting for Adventure Riders. Long Beach IMS 2014 took place over the weekend of November 14th at the Convention Center. We arrived the day before the show started, on Press Day, with a chance to check out all of the recently released Adventure Touring motorcycles before the crowds. We returned on the weekend to a full house packed with motorcyclists of all types. With some of the most exciting motorcycle and product releases coming from the Adventure Touring segment, all signs indicate continued growth for the industry.

The Bikes
All of the top Adventure Bike manufacturers were present at the Long Beach IMS, including BMW, Yamaha, KTM, Honda, Suzuki, Ducati and Kawasaki. A new addition to the Adventure Bike brands this year was CSC Motorcycles with their 250cc Cyclone RX-3.

Many of the recently revealed 2015 models were on display at the show, like the KTM 1290 Super Adventure, BMW S1000XR, Triumph Tiger 800 XCx, Ducati Multistrada, Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT and the Kawasaki Versys 650.

2015 BMW S1000XR at the Long Beach IMS
BMW’s stunningly beautiful S100XR Supersport Adventure Bike weighs 502 lbs. wet and generates 160hp.
2015 Kawasaki KLR 650
The 2015 Kawasaki KLR650 now incorporates updates from the 2014.5 “New Edition” model, including a tapered seat and firmer suspension.
csc rx3 cyclone
The pricing on the new 250cc CSC Cyclone RX-3 continues to rise. Order one soon to lock in the best pricing.
Suzuki DL650 XT V-Strom at the Long Beach IMS
The Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT ABS was there showing off its new beak design and wire spoked wheels for 2015.
Kawasaki Versys 1000
The redesigned Versys 1000 has been available in Europe for years but is new to the U.S. market for 2015.
Kawasaki Versys 650
The Kawasaki Versys 650 so closely resembles the Versys 1000, that it was hard to tell the two models apart.
Honda CB500X at the Long Beach IMS
Honda did not show their Africa Twin prototype revealed at EICMA, only this CB500X unchanged for 2015.
Ducati Multistrada 1200 at the Long Beach IMS
The new Ducati Multistrada looks fierce and ready to fight with BMW for the claim to fastest Adventure Bike.
Triumph Tiger 800 XCx at the Long Beach IMS
The Triumph Tiger 800’s updates for 2015 could be just what it needs to move ahead of BMW in the middle-weight ADV category.
KTM 1290 super adventure
The KTM 1290 Super Adventure felt only slightly larger than the 1190 Adventure and less wide in the tank than the BMW GS Adventure.
Yamaha-FJ09 at the Long Beach IMS
While not technically an Adventure Bike, the new Yamaha FJ-09 is ADV styled and we expect some folks will try to ride it off-road.


The Gear and Accessories
There were plenty of Adventure bike gear and accessories on display at the Long Beach IMS for Adventure Riders. We were excited to finally get a chance to touch and feel some of the innovative new products on the market. Below are just a handful of the great Adventure Touring products that were on display at the show.

Touratech Aventuro Carbon Helmets at the Long Beach IMS
The new Touratech Aventuro Carbon Helmets are three helmets in one. They’re also ultralight and packed with features specifically designed for Adventure Riders.
VentureHeat Heated Gloves at the Long Beach IMS
VentureHeat heated gloves are fully waterproof and include touchscreen sensitive finger tips.
Alt Rider Hemisphere Saddlebag
AltRider’s new Hemisphere Saddlebags are completely waterproof and are great for carrying odd-shaped items like firewood.
Bell MX-9 Adventure Helmet
Bell enters the Dual Sport helmet market with the light-weight and stylish MX-9 Adventure helmet.
Mosko Moto Backcountry Duffel and Pannier system
The Mosko Moto Backcountry soft bags are packed with innovative features and cost much less than you’d expect.

Photos Courtesy: Bill Lieras, Jim Downs and Karla Robleto

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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Paul Olson
Paul Olson
November 18, 2014 9:11 pm

The 2015 Kawasaki KLR, is the 2014.5 KLR 650 New Edition. All of the things that were in the New Edition last year, are incorporated in the 2015 model year.

Rob Dabney
Rob Dabney
November 19, 2014 10:04 am
Reply to  Paul Olson

Thanks Paul. The information on the KLR was provided to us by a Kawasaki rep at the IMS show. We’ve now confirmed with the Senior PR Coordinator that the New Edition changes have in fact been incorporated into the standard 2015 KLR650.

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