Intermot is Europe most important trade fair with 3 sectors, motorcycles, scooters ad bicycles merged into a unique event in Cologne, Germany, attracting about 1050 vendors from around the world showing their ware to about 195,000 visitors during 5 days (October 6-10.) Correspondent Horst Roesler is on location and gave me the 411.
After an avalanche of press conferences by the big motorcycle manufacturers (and Distributors, Custom Chrome & Parts Unlimited/Drag Specialties are present) it was time for them to show their new models.
Highlights of the first 2 days are: BMW, the only company whose sales continue to increase in Europe, showing one of its most spectacular models ever produced, the BMW K 1600 GT and GTL featuring advanced active electronics and the most up-to-date package of any Touring motorcycle.
Suzuki introduced its electrical/hydrogen concept motorcycle, Triumph presented several new models highlighted by a 100% new “Speed Triple Roadster.” Kawasaki is showing its new “Classic Bike” and the “1700 cc Voyager Custom” which is as close to Harley-Davidson heritage a a japanese bike can be! Victory is also introducing 3 models in Europe and the Ness Victory touring model gets a lot of interest from visitors.
Over 100 European custom motorcycles are competing in a bike show organized by German press group Huber Verlag Germany, publisher of magazines Custom Bike, Bikers News, Dream Machines, Custombike, and others. Of course I will report on the winners (photos H. Roesler)