- disclaimer: not me in the picture

I’ve been in LA for a couple of weeks now but even though this is my 5th or 6th time here, I’d only been to Long Beach once, during nighttime. I went again and first of all, allow me to say that this is vibrant and interesting city, and secondly, I accidentally stumbled upon a bike gathering of impressive proportions. Hundreds and hundreds of motorcycles from all eras and types.

It turns out they’re all here for the International Motorcycle Shows, which takes place at the convention center in Long Beach, California.

All major manufacturers (although I couldn’t find Ducati) were present with stands and demo rides. Harley-Davidson even brought the LiveWire, I asked about a demo ride but the guy said there was a 3-hour wait. Pah. Yamaha, Honda, Indian, Suzuki and Kawasaki also all their major products on display and available for demo rides. What really surprised me was the fact that all motorcycles were in excellent condition. It took me all day and when I finally thought I'd come to conclusion as to what my favourite bike was, I realized that it was impossible to pick just one so I selected three. If I really, really had to pick only one, I'd say I'd go with this Ténéré. Partly because this is the sort of motorcycle I like (this and scramblers) but chiefly because someone in my family had one in white and pink so it breeds childhood memories.

The place was packed with Harleys and Indians, as you’d expect, but I also found a plethora of other bikes from just about every manufacturer you could think of. Suzuki, Yamaha, Moto Guzzi, MV Agusta, Ducati, Triumph. The list goes on and it includes scooters, Can Am trikes and even a Polaris Slingshot, which is technically a 3-wheel car, not a bike, and some pretty sick trucks too. Go figure.

Some of the bikes here were properly gorgeous, you can tell there's so much going on and you see the hard work that owners has put in them. The attention to detail is mind-blowing.

I have to confess I've never been much of a motorcycle gearhead, I prefer cars, but I think I'm beginning to understand why some people are religiously attached to their motorcycle.

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