Well, the 2010 Edmonton motorcycle show has kicked off and it is a much different feeling show that Calgary.

Perhaps it is because parking is cheaper in Edmonton...perhaps its because northern riders are fed up with winter - whatever it is there is a distinct difference in the feeling - the energy in the air.

The Indian booth is busy with lots of interest and so is the Royal Enfield booth. It would appear that perhaps northern riders have a larger appreciation for the little work horses.

The show is smaller - there is no doubt but there are some very cool products to see. Really the only thing that has changed is the lack of custom bikes and while they are cool - in this economy it appears that the blinged out barges and exotic looks of the custom are back to being reserved for the truly wealthy. The average person wants a machine that they can ride and afford. The average builder isn't at the show because no one has been buying their wares for a while. I have the utmost respect for the talent many of these builders have, through them and their creativity many inventions and adaptations have been made to motorcycles that are pretty important. The sad truth is - their machines are too expensive for the average pocket book, there is no warranty to protect the purchaser and no recourse when things don't go right.

As I said earlier the energy of the show, the feeling in the air here in Edmonton far different than Calgary was. If you are looking for a cure albeit a temporary one for your PMS come and join us. My hug meter is going to need a serious work out today if Edmonton is going to beat Calgary in the hugging department.

In the news today: The two Norwegians who are riding around the world on their 1937 Nimbus bikes are in the news again.

Motorcycle prices in Europe are going up, and up and up....

In the US, the department of Defense has enlisted the Motorcycle Safety Foundation to find ways to reduce the number of accidents experienced by military personnel.

ThermaHelm, the Brain Cooling Motorcycle Helmet is coming onto the market place in May with the basic model and later in July with an advanced model that has GPS, video and bluetooth...

Well folks, gotta get ready for a day of hugs, friends and motorcycles.

If you are fortunate enough to live where you can ride, please ride like everyone around you is blind and can not see you.

For the rest of you, please join us at the Edmonton Motorcycle Show or visit the Chrome Divas Booth at the Toronto International Supershow - if you aren't fortunate enough to have a show to attend, our Beat the PMS Blues on line show 'n' shine might help assauge that empty, missing the hiway feeling...

Belt Drive Betty
National VP A.I.M. Can

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