Tokyo shows off new cycle trends
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TOKYO — Tens of thousands of bike enthusiasts flocked to the 35th annual Tokyo Motorcycle Show over the weekend to check out the industry’s latest.
Held near Tokyo’s Odaiba waterfront, Japan’s largest motorcycle show featured 139 booths displaying the newest models, accessories and technology.
Last year, the three-day event attracted 91,267 visitors, according to organizers.
American Harley-Davidsons, Italian Ducatis and an array of Japanese makes — including the super-sleek Suzuki Biplane, with a V-4 engine, and Honda’s CBR600RR — were among stock and prototype bikes on display for visitors to scope.
There were colorful helmets and riding gear and decorative bike accessories.
Also at the show were motorcycles targeting women. One eye-catching scooter for ladies was a black Vespa with yellow and orange flowers on the side and front of the vehicle. A booth dedicated to women cyclists displayed stylish motorbikes designed for women to easily handle as well as attractive outfits.
Anyone with a motorcycle license could pay a 500-yen insurance fee and take one of 20 new motorcycles for a spin around a track outside the Tokyo Big Sight complex.
Outside the complex at a flea market were fan essentials such as old motorcycle magazines and used bikes.
The show also featured motocross demonstrations, motor biking for children and safety lectures by Tokyo Metropolitan Police.
Photos by Christopher Stoltz / Stars and Stripes
Visitors to the Tokyo Motorcycle Show check out used motorbikes for sale in the outdoor flea market.
A helmet with a detailed paint job by Shoei was one of the many exhibits for bike enthusiasts during the weekend's Tokyo Motorcycle Show.
Motorcycles and costumes from the Japanese action hero TV show “Kamen Rider” were on display.
GPR alpa-11 tires with extended grip levels fit for racing were on display at the Dunlop booth
Yamaha's Majesty series motorcycles were among those displayed at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show.
Suzuki's Biplane, one of the prototype motorcycles on display, was designed to capture the feelings shared between airplane and motorcycle.
Harley-Davidson bikes on display at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show. This FLTR with Twin Cam 96 engine comes with auto cruise control and high-quality audio.
Harley-Davidson was a prominent exhibitor during the Tokyo Motorcycle Show.
BMW displayed motocross bikes at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show.
A visitor tries out a Yamaha bike.
A Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport with 1,151 cc engine sits on display at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show.
A test-driving course allowed visitors to try out 20 bikes on display at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show.