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2011 International Motorcycle Show – New York City

2011 International Motorcycle Show – New York City

The 2011 International Motorcycle Show comes rolling in to New York City’s Jacob Javits Center on January 21. I will definitely be attending.

Though I am not in the market for a new bike and I almost never buy anything at the show, I just like to go and look at everything. Observing the many facets of the motorcycle community all in one place is a people watcher’s dream. Love it.

Kenny and I will be hooking up with Soth from Steady on the Humble at the show. What day are you going?

What’s Happening at the HUB?

The HUB offers informational seminars and instruction on a diverse range of topics. I’m particularly interested in seeing:

  • Lee Parks – Advanced Riding Techniques
  • Cristina Shook -Who Are Women Riders Today: A Visual Presentation
  • Jeremy LaBreton – Offroad Adventure Riding
  • Sue Slate – Dual Sport Riding
  • John Colandrea – First Responder: Accident Scene Management

See the full weekend schedule.

Women Ride

The women-specific area is returning to the 2011 show. Need some information on riding gear, learning to ride, or skill building? Feel more comfortable getting guidance from a lady who has been where you are now? This is the place for you.

Read about Women Ride

Friends Strutting Their Stuff on the Floor

The lines at opening time are always long. Buy your tickets online – it makes life easier. The show website has a $4 off coupon.

Chicks On Bikes – IMS After Party 6PM Sunday 1/23

After the close of the show on Sunday night, there is a little motorcycle chick get together happening. Take a peek at Christina Shook’s blog for details. Fear not, well-behaved XY’s are welcome too.

Will I see you there?

Vintage Motorcycle Eye Candy: 1914 Flying Merkel

Vintage Motorcycle Eye Candy: 1914 Flying Merkel

In 1902 Joseph Merkel Started manufacturing single cylinder motorcycles in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Merkel was an innovator in the newly blossoming motorcycle arena. With his sights set on competition machines by 1905 Merkel began to produce racing bikes.

Innovations by Joseph Merkel

  • A patented spring fork that was the precursor to telescopic forks
  • Monoshock suspension
  • Throttle controlled engine oiler
  • Cam-actuated intake valve
  • Merkel Motor Wheel
  • Reduced highway fees for motorcycles in New York πŸ™‚

In 1908 Merkel merged his motorcycle company with Light Motor Company. The newly formed Merkel-Light Motor Company was then relocated to Pennsylvania. It was during this time that the “Flying Merkel” came into the world.

Merkel motorcycle production ceased during the time of World War I.

YouTube Video: Flying Merkel Running

Links & Photos


  • http://www.theflyingmerkel.com/themerkel.htm
  • http://www.motorcyclemuseum.org/halloffame/hofbiopage.asp?id=229
  • http://www.50sville.com/merkel.htm
  • http://www.motorcycle.com/events/historic-vintage-bike-auction-preview-80205.html
Hello Sexy! Rodney Aguiar’s Custom BMW R80ST – Envy

Hello Sexy! Rodney Aguiar’s Custom BMW R80ST – Envy

While at the International Motorcycle Show in New York City, Rodney Aguiar’s BMW custom R80ST called “Envy” caught my eye.Β The sexy unencumbered look of the rear wheel with it’s shaft drive and no fender or subframe, retro pan-style saddle and angular tank create an intriguing mix of new and old that is very appealing. Round that all out with the GSX-R front end with low, wide slung bars like a Monster and I bet it’s a great ride.

Rodney Aguiar Envy BWM Custom

Rodney Aguiar - Envy BMW Custom

Show Card Details:

Bike: 1983 BMW R80ST
Owner/Builder: Rodney Aguiar

  • Futuristic sheet-metal fuel tank
  • GSX-R750 front end
  • BMW R1100 Paralever singlesided swingarm
  • FMF RM250 exhaust silencers
  • Paint and striping by Mike Maldonado and Jimmy C
  • Custom-fabricated frame

From the Story: “I built them because no one else uses BMWs to create custom bikes”

Featured in Cycle World Magazine October 2009

Avarice, envy, pride,
Three fatal sparks, have set the hearts of all
On Fire.
Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy

NYC Motorcycle Show Pics: Confederate B-120 Fighter & Wraith

NYC Motorcycle Show Pics: Confederate B-120 Fighter & Wraith

The Art of Rebellion

From the first time I laid eyes on a Confederate motorcycle, I have been completely fascinated with their design aesthetic. The Hellcat, the Wraith and the P-120 Fighter Combat all exude a post-apocalyptic, minimalistic and menacing feel that I am drawn to. They appear to be masculine, unforgiving and aggressive. The Art of Rebellion? Yes, please! Unfortunately, with their high-profile price tags, I don’t foresee ever owning any one of these hand-built works of art, but a girl can dream.

Confederate Wraith

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Confederate P-120 Fighter Combat Confederate Wraith Confederate P-120 Fighter Combat

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