Harley and Honda at The Beijing Autoshow

Asia’s biggest auto show in the world’s fastest growing and biggest auto market – Beijing, China. Though the focus was obviously on cars (for some Chinese news organizations though it was the models, including one wearing a diamond dress) there were some motorcycle companies displaying at the show. Interesting actually to compare this with the actual motorcycle show they had in Beijing last year (read our post on the first China Motorcycle and Parts Exhibition), which was not nearly as impressive. Here are some pics from the Autoshow this year including the motorcycle displays:
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RIP Marco Simoncelli

“Marco was flamboyant on and off the track. When someone dies, everyone always says they loved life. But he had a very vibrant personality. He already had a huge fanbase around the world, partly down to aggressive riding – but also because he was just a cool guy. He didn’t take himself too seriously and would have been a big star for next year.” ~Matt Roberts, BBC MotoGP presenter  
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Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

Well, if you’re ever Alabama, you must add the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum to your destination list. You may want to get a tissue before continuing – prepare to salivate! Home to the world’s best motorcycle collection, the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum has over 1200 vintage and modern motorcycles – the largest of its kind in the world, ranging from 1902 to current year production. AND, it boasts a 2.38 mile track. Twenty one motorcycles were selected for the famed Art of the Motorcycle exhibit at the Guggenheim’s New York and Bilbao, Spain location as well as the Field Museum in Chicago. Well, not quite sure where to begin. Here is a link to their gallery, and here is a link to a visitors gallery, but the following are some of my favs: I could go on …
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