Salon de la Moto, Paris' motorcycle show (pictures)
Europeans like their racing motorcycles, but there's plenty besides road bikes at this Paris show. Check out the show's three-wheel scooters, adventure machines for off-road tours, and custom choppers.
BMW R1200 GS Adventure
The Salon de la Moto in Paris draws hundreds of motorcycles -- and thousands of visitors who want to see the road bikes, off-road machines, scooters, custom motorcycles, and four-wheel all-terrain vehicles.
Street bikes take up the most floor space, but there's plenty of variety. Europeans enjoy the idea of motorcycle treks across Africa, and BMW's R1200 GS Adventure is designed for it. It's got a 1,170cc two-cylinder engine and a $22,700 price.
Three-wheel scooters are popular in Europe, and Yamaha now is showing interest in the market. It debuted a concept called the Tricity. This 330-pound, 125cc machine will go on sale in mid-2014 for a price under 4,000 euros, or about $5,500.
The 2014 Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere has a two-cylinder, 1,199cc engine and is designed for on- or off-road adventure touring. It's got an antilock braking system, too; squeezing the front brake lever activates the brakes for both wheels. For more traditional braking, activating the rear-wheel brake with the foot first makes the brake lever apply only to the front brake. It costs about $20,000.
Companies that customize motorcycles also show at the Salon de la Moto. Touratech modifies Yamaha and BMW machines; here, a Yamaha Super Tenere is fitted out into into the 1200 World Crosser configuration.