Rob and Phil joined Born To Ride and motorcyclists from across the southeast for the Great American Motorcycle Show at the Cobb Galleria Convention Center in north Atlanta January 26-27, for the chance to browse the latest bikes, gear, accessories, and miscellaneous sparkles & farkles. Dealerships and bike shops from across the South debuted the latest in two-wheeled wonders from Harley-Davidson, Indian, BMW, Ducati, and the Japanese “Big Four”, but also newer and/or lesser known brands such as MV Augusta, Moto Guzzi, Hyosung, and one of the oldest moto companies in the world, Royal Enfield– among the largest manufacturers on the planet outside of the U.S, now making inroads here stateside (future story on this coming).
Every genre of motorcycling was represented- cruisers, tourers, sport bikes, standards, vintage/classics, motocross, even trials. Also seen- Zero Motorcycles, all-electric bikes, offering a glimpse into one possible future of motorcycling. The show featured numerous leather and riding gear companies, notably Diamond Gusset Jeans, makers of superb, all-American riding pants.
There were several vintage/classic restoration shops present, specializing in many of the legendary British marquees- Old Triumphs, Nortons, and BSAs. A bike show demonstrated the wide world of motorcycling, from radical modern custom baggers and raked out choppers, to old chopped/bobbed/ratted oldies. We even beheld a fully restored Spanish Bultaco 370 early motocross, and rare find indeed.
Wonderful rides, rallies, and destinations were present as well, with Copperhead Lodge, the Cherokee Blue Ridge Run, among others, and riding lawyers like Chuck Watwood (lawbike.com) helping sponsor the weekend with tote bags, prizes, etc. So many fantastic biker people, across the spectrum of motorcycling.
With the departure several years ago of the Progressive International Motorcycle Show from Atlanta (or the entire southeast, for that matter), the Great American Motorcycle Show fills that gap left behind for us here in the Deep South. Men and women, young and old, from across the spectrum of our great land, came together to share and enjoy our common passion- all things 2-wheels (and sometimes 3) and a motor.
*article first penned for my friends at Born to Ride