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BMW R1200 GS Adventure

Yamaha Tricity three-wheel scooter

Voxan Motors Wattman electric motorcycle

Indian Motorcycle Thunder Stroke 111

Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP

Knievel Cycles Patriot 300 Chopper

Vespa Primavera 125 3V ie

2014 Yamaha MT-09

Ducati Monster 1200S

Zero Engineering Phantom Junkyard

Honda VFR800F

Honda single-cylinder sporty bike

Honda Goldwing GL1800 C-ABS

Ducati's 1199 Superleggera

2014 Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere

Honda MotoGP racer

2014 Yamaha Cruiser XVS1300A Custom

Yamaha YFM700R

Doma Racing exhaust system

Peugeot Metropolis 400RS three-wheeler

Piaggio MP3 LT 500 ie

Touratech-customized Yamaha Super Tenere

BMW 2014 R1200RT

Ural Russian Motorcycles

Peugeot Django Allure 125

Rainproof scooter windscreen

Century-old motorcycle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 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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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'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 specializes in old-timey motorcycles, often with sidecars.

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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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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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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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