Bikes of the 2019 SEMA Show

Posted December 06, 2019

By Dean Larson

Right after cars and trucks, it's safe to say that my second most financially crippling hobby is motorcycles. For me, it all started with a barn-find ’71 Suzuki TS185 which snowballed into a series of Japanese enduro bike projects. I wised up after college and sold a few to finance a sensible 250 cc Honda dual-sport, which has since taken me many miles over all sorts of terrain.

But the itch never really goes away, and in the past two years I've purchased another four (yes four) bikes, and only one that's not filed in my vast portfolio of project vehicles. That brings my total bike stable up to seven bikes, but one is currently in boxes, so that doesn't really count right? Should you be interested, here's the complete list: 1972 FLH Electra Glide, 1977 XL Ironhead Sportster, 1985 XLX Ironhead Sportster, 1971 Suzuki TS185, 1974 Suzuki TM100 flat-tracker, 1975 Suzuki RM100, 2014 Honda CRF250L.

But you didn't come to this article to hear me blab about my (sh*tbox) bikes, you want to hear about the good stuff. And while SEMA is predominantly a four-wheeled affair, there are always a few bikes scattered around the show. I've definitely seen more bikes in years past, but there were still some great machines from HD to Honda.

The bike that stuck out most to me was this HD bobber with a RevTech 88-inch engine. While it's a more contemporary bike, it took inspiration from the past with wire wheels, a Moto Iron/DNA-style springer, wide bars and plenty of plating. It was of course the paint that really made the bike stand out, which included all sorts of flake, pinstriping and (what I'll assume to be) some seriously intense leafing.

Of course I found plenty of other bikes I would have loved to take home, including the new CRF450L, this rad Indian flat tracker and a sweet KTM with a Timbersled snowbike kit installed. Also, a Husky TE 300, because well, two stroke!

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