The weather was warm here in northeastern Georgia this weekend, and I noticed the thunder of Harley (or what hubby terms “Harleyesque”) bikes as they rolled by our home. No doubt lots of motorcyclists were enjoying the weather.
Some of them, however, were not just cruising around, but some were in Norcross, Georgia, shopping for farkles and looking new bikes and cool customs. We were among them, but we drove the car….
Upon arriving at the North Atlanta Trade Center, site of the Great American Motorcycle Show, we saw and heard lots of bikes. Yes, there were plenty of Harleys, but a Yamaha sport touring bike rolled up in the parking spot next to ours. We saw just about everything, including a couple with three wheels (2 in front in the case of a Can Am Spyder) and 2 in the back with a trike conversion.
Inside the exhibit hall, we each got a hi-viz yellow backpack advertising lawbike.com, and soon we were adding business cards, freebies, and flyers from all sorts of vendors. We saw gadgets for attaching a GoPro or GPS to the bike, for holding the bike in place in a trailer, and got free calendars featuring motorcycles and beer. There were some good deals for shoppers, too, from $49 leather chaps to $100 for some kevlar and denim jeans made in the USA. There were just a few helmets (too bad, as I am in the market for one of those.) I did see lots of leather, though, along with some cool vintage bikes, several custom bikes, and new bikes from Victory, Triumph, Vespa, Piaggio, Suzuki, Kawasaki, and (of course) Harley.
Oddly, there were other vendors who had nothing to do with bikes, like the window guy. Yes, windows might make my home more energy efficient, but that’s not why one goes to a motorcycle show. Oh, well, it was a great weekend for riding bikes, outfitting bikes and or riders, and traveling. And, the only cops we saw were directing traffic or providing security. A nice weekend indeed.