2013 Long Beach International Motorcycle Show

Motorcycle enthusiasts from the lower half of the West Coast look forward to the annual ritual of kicking tires and getting their first behind-bars feel for as many new models as manufacturers have to offer at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, California.  During show time, social media plays host to a constant stream of selfies and booth girl pics which is great for passing time with your smart phone, but the rapid-fire pic posting borders on overload and much of the cool stuff gets lost in the mix. While manufacturers have packed up displays and headed east for New York, Motorcyclist staff has emptied our memory cards of enough show footage to bring you a recap. The social thumbs-up count rises sharply for the new high-powered naked bikes from KTM, Kawasaki and Yamaha as well as BMW’s new R nine-T roadster. Here’s our highlight reel: