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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.

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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.

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Yamaha Tricity three-wheel scooter

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.

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Voxan Motors Wattman electric motorcycle

Voxan Motors debuted its massive Wattman battery-powered motorcycle at the Salon de la Moto motorcycle show in Paris. The 772-pound, 200-horsepower machine has a 12.8kWh battery.

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Indian Motorcycle Thunder Stroke 111

Gleaming chrome is the order of the day for the Indian Motorcycle Thunder Stroke 111, a motorcycle with an 1,811cc engine.

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Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP

Honda's CBR1000RR Fireblade SP is a four-cylinder machine with a 1,000cc engine.

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Knievel Cycles Patriot 300 Chopper

The Knievel Cycles Patriot 300 Chopper has a super-wide rear wheel and a $45,100 price tag, at least in Europe.

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Vespa Primavera 125 3V ie

Vespa is the king of retro scooters, and at the Salon de la Moto it showed its new Primavera 125 3V ie, a 125cc model costing about $5,200. It's also available in a 50cc model.

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2014 Yamaha MT-09

The 2014 Yamaha MT-09 gets lighter-weight 10-spoke wheels to get more out of its 850cc 3-cylinder engine.

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Ducati Monster 1200S

The Ducati Monster 1200S has a big 1,198cc engine and costs about $21,900.

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Zero Engineering Phantom Junkyard

Zero Engineering's Phantom Junkyard brings an unusually wide front wheel to chopper look at the Salon de la Moto.

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Honda VFR800F

Honda's VFR800F is a four-cylinder motorcycle with a 1,140cc engine.

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Honda single-cylinder sporty bike

To appeal to younger buyers, motorcycle makers offer small-wheeled machines such as Honda's single-cylinder, 125cc MSX125. This model costs about $4,300.

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Honda Goldwing GL1800 C-ABS

The enormous $33,000 Honda Goldwing GL1800 C-ABS not only has a six-cylinder, 1,832cc engine, but it's also got an airbag.

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Ducati's 1199 Superleggera

Fancy a superbike? Ducati's 1199 Superleggera will be hard to come by: the company is building only 500.

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2014 Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere

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.

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Honda MotoGP racer

To keep the show visitors fired up, plenty of racing machines are on display, such as Marc Marquez' Honda RCV213V used in the 2013 MotoGP race season.

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2014 Yamaha Cruiser XVS1300A Custom

This 2014 Yamaha Cruiser XVS1300A Custom delivers a 1,304cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine for about $14,700.

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Yamaha YFM700R

The Salon de la Moto is popular with families. Here, a boy perches on a Yamaha YFM700R all-terrain vehicle.

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Doma Racing exhaust system

This custom exhaust system from Doma Racing for an all-terrain four-wheeler resembles a huge large intestine.

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Peugeot Metropolis 400RS three-wheeler

At the Salon de la Moto, Peugeot showed its new Metropolis 400RS, a three-wheel scooter with a 399cc engine.

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Piaggio MP3 LT 500 ie

Piaggio sells a lot of its bigger three-wheel scooters in Paris. This MP3 LT 500 ie costs about $12,300 and has a 493cc engine.

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Touratech-customized Yamaha Super Tenere

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.

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BMW 2014 R1200RT

BMW's new 2014 R1200RT is a long-distance touring motorcycle with a 1,170cc engine and $25,000 price tag.

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Ural Russian Motorcycles

Ural Russian Motorcycles specializes in old-timey motorcycles, often with sidecars.

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Peugeot Django Allure 125

Peugeot's Django Allure 125 scooter has a retro look. It's shown here with a vintage Peugeot S.57c scooter in the background.

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Rainproof scooter windscreen

Scooters live an urban life, and commuters often don't have another choice of transportation when it's raining. This scooter at the Salon de la Moto comes with a windshield wiper.

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Century-old motorcycle

The Salon de la Moto has its share of historic motorcycles, including this 400cc machine from Magnat-Debon built in 1913.

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