|Posted on Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 09:34 am: ||
I'm thinking about making an appearance, riding the new EBR in, of course!
If anyone would like to meet a fellow Bueller, I'd like to meet up with all of you.
|Posted on Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 09:49 am: ||
Me and the family unit will be there on Saturday. I'll wear my Buell hat.
|Posted on Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 11:08 am: ||
Might go on Sunday. Riding over to Daytona on Saturday for Biketoberfest.
|Posted on Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 11:27 am: ||
I'll be there with the wife and a few friends from work.
Bright and early Sat morning to secure a spot on as many demo ride lists as possible.
|Posted on Friday, October 16, 2015 - 08:34 pm: ||
It is looking like I'll be there at 830 or so, maybe sooner. I'll be doing demo rides as well.
Additionally, I will be signing up for free junk.
Look for the white 1190SX
(Message edited by malott442 on October 16, 2015)
|Posted on Friday, October 16, 2015 - 09:17 pm: ||
Hope you guys have a good time there. Let us all know how it was.
|Posted on Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 02:41 pm: ||
It was huge.
I test drove a zero bike. Meh. Kinda fun, but kinda boring. Put me on a dirt bike track with it, and I might smile more.
Nice meeting you Robert!
|Posted on Sunday, October 18, 2015 - 10:54 am: ||
Matt, great meeting you also.
This was my 3rd event. Primarily because it is local, no real sales pressure, and demo rides.
I had 2 goals: ride a zero and can am spyder.
We bought a used spyder RS Friday but were eager to ride the other models so we tried a RT out. Seat was more comfy but the adjustable windshield still created more buffeting than I expected. The spyder demo ride involves a training video and quick loop around the inside course to make sure you understand the different handling of the bike. They let us skip this part because we already had one but still had to wait for the others to complete this so overall it took a lot more time than I was expecting. Couple of friend with us were making fun of us for buying one but after riding they said it was a lot more fun than they expected. My wife was recently diagnosed with m.s. and a weak leg made it difficult at times to hold up the ninja.
I rode a Zero FX because it was what was available for the time slot I needed, plus I just wanted to experience the electric drive train. I am an engineering and technology geek so for me the Zero exceeded my expectations. I have followed them since before the public launch. Turn on the key and turn the throttle. That's it. Wind and a whine from the motor is all you hear. I'd definitely want a little wind protection though. The law enforcement models there had a windshield and hard luggage. Power delivery is smooth and constant. I felt it pulled as good or better than the ninja 650 I just traded and that was plenty of power for everyday riding. Not a superbike but If I commuted alone, I would be buying one. There was quite the variety of people riding them also. 2015 and up models have the option for Level 2 charging.
Inside, the big 4 always have the biggest booths, plus Harley. Can Am, Artic Cat, Massimo, and several other China brands present with nice displays. Motus was there but their bikes were in other vendor booths, not their own (that I saw). Accessories galore: twisted throttle, Arai, Shoei, AVG, rev'it, etc. Full list here:http://www.aimexpousa.com/2015-exhibitor-list/
Ace Cafe was there and will be open in early 2016 here in Orlando (updated per post below).
We also rode/drove a few atvs and sidebysides which is always fun. Can am, artic cat, massimo, kymco, suzuki, honda, yamaha. Usually you get 2 laps around the track but depends on the vendor and if people are waiting in line.
I can without a doubt say this event gets better and better each year.
Outdoors: I think the number of demo vendors was the same but they were spaced out more this year and 2 offroad tracks instead of 1. Think Suzuki had the largest number of motorcycles for riding. Offroad, they were all about equal in number of vehicles.
Indoors: Definitely more vendors because there was less custom and vintage bikes on display (still some, just not as many as before). They also expended the food area, with actual food this time, and that was a welcomed improvement.
I think next year I am going to plan to attend both days so I can do more demos and see everything inside.
I will say that the weather although beautiful and dry was a bit on the hot side (high 80s with very little shade).
(Message edited by robertl on October 19, 2015)
|Posted on Sunday, October 18, 2015 - 10:26 pm: ||
Ace Cafe has not opened in Orlando. They have plans to renovate a building downtown. Might be open by bike week...we'll see.
|Posted on Monday, October 19, 2015 - 08:59 am: ||
Thanks Ftd. I updated my previous post.
I saw the sign on the building as we were driving home so thought it was open.
Facebook page says early 2016.
|Posted on Monday, October 19, 2015 - 09:56 am: ||
Just an FYI but we have a Buell group that still meets every Monday (weather permitting) in Orlando.
6:30 to around 8:00 @ Ollie's on Edgewater Drive.
You should attend sometime.
Check us out in the Storm fronts section.