Tokyo shows off new cycle trends
Stars and Stripes March 31, 2008
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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.